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Curriculum and Admission

Students who complete their pre-pharmacy coursework at another college or university may apply for entry to the four-year Pharm.D. program.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis provides a challenging learning environment where students can explore career options, develop practical expertise and become leaders in the profession and their communities.

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) curriculum prepares students to provide interprofessional, evidence-based, patient-centered care in any practice setting, achieving positive health outcomes for patients.


In the University's four-year Pharm.D. program, students complete 130 hours of required coursework. Students are required to complete 12 semester hours of elective or selective coursework.

Elective Focus Areas such as clinical services, community care, public health, research and more allow students to explore pharmacy-related topics in depth.

Learn more about our Elective Focus Areas.

Experiential Learning

Through hands-on learning and clinical experiences, students develop skills to work and interact with diverse patient populations.

  • Introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) introduce students to the profession. Students will consult with patients, discuss their concerns and do everything from assisting with dispensing prescriptions to creating medication management plans. 
  • Eight five-week advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) rotations let students gain experience in hospitals, clinics and community care or health system pharmacies, and they immerse students in their role as a pharmacist.

Download a sample plan of study for the Pharm.D. program.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for acceptance, professional applicants must apply to the University using the central pharmacy application system PharmCAS (pharmcas.org).

To be eligible for admission into the professional program, students must be in good standing with all previously attended institutions and must have successfully completed all prerequisite coursework.

Download the list of prerequisites.

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If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions to learn more.

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