Overview of the PharmD Program
The Marshall B. Ketchum College of Pharmacy is an intimate, adaptable, highly personal teaching focused institution. The faculty and staff are committed to supporting your journey to earn your professional Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. Satisfactory completion of MBKU’s College of Pharmacy program qualifies you to apply for licensure in all 50 United States.
FIRST YEAR | SETTING THE FOUNDATION
In the first year of your studies, you’ll gain a solid foundation for clinical practice that emphasizes the application of basic sciences such as Microbiology, Physiology, and Biochemistry. You will also gain practical pharmacy knowledge that can be immediately applied such as Pharmacy Law, Pharmaceutical Self-Care, and Immunizations.
SECOND YEAR | PHARAMACOTHERAPEUTICS
In the second year of your studies, you’ll be introduced to the integrated pharmacotherapeutics courses. Diseases are studied by body system blocks and the three core areas of study for pharmacists (medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapeutics) are blended together seamlessly to allow for more effective learning and application. Some body systems covered in the second year include cardiology, renal, and endocrine.
THIRD YEAR | TYING EVERYTHING TOGETHER & NAPLEX PREPARATION
In the third and final didactic year of the curriculum you will continue the integrated pharmacotherapeutics courses, covering disease states such as psychology, oncology, and infectious diseases. You will also begin your preparation for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) with a course that simultaneously reviews previously covered material and simulates board-style questions.
FOURTH YEAR | CLINICAL ROTATIONS
The final year of your PharmD program focuses on direct patient care while allowing you to customize your educational experience through 6 six-week rotations at your choice of various clinical rotations throughout the country. The last six-week rotation will culminate in a final NAPLEX board review course prior to graduation.
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