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H. Glenn Anderson, Dean
Enhance the health and wellness of our communities
We transform our profession through the development of tomorrow’s leaders who will pursue breakthrough research, advance pharmacy practice, and create educational innovation.
The College of Pharmacy was established by the State Board of Education on August 11, 1956 and continues to serve as Louisiana’s sole State supported Pharmacy Program. The College of Pharmacy continues to evolve to meet the health care needs of the State’s population, and in 1998, began to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy degree as its sole entry level professional pharmacy degree. The College also offers the State’s only doctor of philosophy degrees in the areas of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. The Bachelor of Science program in Toxicology was initiated in 1982 and is one of only six programs in the country. The College of Pharmacy currently includes two academic schools - Basic Pharmaceutical and Toxicological Sciences and Clinical Sciences.
The University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy’s The Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/664-3575; FAX, 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org. The accreditation status of the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s College of Pharmacy is affirmed through June 30, 2022.
The College of Pharmacy is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, an organization whose mission is to lead and partner with its members in advancing pharmacy education, research, scholarship, practice and service to improve societal health.
All majors in baccalaureate curricula having pre-professional and professional segments within the College of Pharmacy complete a 39-hour general education core curriculum consisting of English, 6 hours; Mathematics, 6 hours; Natural Sciences, 9 hours; Fine Arts, 3 hours; Humanities, 9 hours; and Social Sciences, 6 hours; University Seminar (1 hour).
Doctor of Pharmacy Program
The Doctor of Pharmacy degree is the highest level of applied professional education offered in pharmacy. It is designed to assure development of clinical skills and judgment with the acquisition of the confidence necessary to assess therapeutic problems and to be an active participant in decision-making processes related to pharmaceutical care. The program is designed to provide a broad spectrum of study in the administrative, biological, clinical, pharmaceutical, and social sciences to prepare the graduate for careers in academic, ambulatory, community, industrial and institutional settings.
Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy requires preparatory coursework focusing in the areas of biological, chemical and physical sciences, and written and oral communications which need to be completed prior to admission into the College of Pharmacy. Students wishing to pursue a career in pharmacy are encouraged to complete their pre-professional requirements in conjunction with pursuing a four year degree (e.g., toxicology, biology, chemistry, etc.). Pre-professional preparatory coursework may be completed at any accredited university. Students aspiring to complete their pre-professional preparatory coursework at the University of Louisiana at Monroe must meet the admission requirements for the University. Students with a “Pre-Pharmacy” major designation must present a 2.33 cumulative grade point average once they have earned 57 hours to maintain the designation. Students who fail to present a 2.33 grade point average will be required to change their major to LUIO (undeclared) or another major at the 57 hour mark.
Upon completion of the preparatory coursework, students may apply for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program in the College of Pharmacy. Admission to the program is competitive and, at a minimum, is based on cumulative pre-professional preparatory course work grade point average, written and oral communication skills, and scores on the Pharmacy College Admission Test.
Students applying for admission to the College of Pharmacy must meet the following academic requirements:
- Have a preferred minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average;
- Meet the Louisiana Board of Regents’ core curriculum requirements with a grade of “C” or better in each core course;
- Complete the following course and semester hour requirements with a grade of “C” or better:
- Microbiology with laboratory (4 semester credits or equivalent)
- Human or comparative anatomy with lab and human or mammalian physiology (7 semester credits or equivalent)
- Cell biology or cell physiology (3 semester credits or equivalent)
- Genetics (3 semester credits or equivalent)
- Economics (3 semester credits or equivalent)
- Inorganic chemistry with laboratories (8 semester credits or equivalent)
- Organic Chemistry with laboratories (8 semester credits or equivalent)
- Biochemistry (3 semester credits or equivalent)
- English composition (6 semester credits or equivalent)
- Public Speaking (3 semester credits or equivalent)
- Calculus (3 semester credits or equivalent)
- General physics with laboratories (4 semester credits or equivalent)
- Statistics (3 semester credits or equivalent)
- Meet the technical standards of the College of Pharmacy, and
- Obtain a competitive Pharmacy College Admissions Test score.
For students attending the University of Louisiana at Monroe for their pre-professional requirements, courses listed online at www.ulm.edu/pharmacy will fulfill the College of Pharmacy’s pre-professional requirements. This list along with course descriptions provided in the undergraduate or graduate and professional catalog also provide students attending other state or out of state institutions guidance concerning course content for pre-professional requirements.
Pharmacy, Pharm. D. (512001)
In addition to meeting the general requirements for graduation for the University, the candidate for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree must, after completing the requirements of the pre-professional preparatory coursework, be enrolled in the professional pharmacy curriculum for a minimum of four academic years (eight semesters or equivalence) and have earned a minimum grade of “C” in all courses comprising the degree requirements. In addition to meeting minimum course grade requirements, students must meet programmatic requirements for graduation which may include but not be limited to attendance at student convocations, participation in professional development programs, co-curricular requirements and successful completion of progression and/or competency exams. The curriculum prepares all students to provide entry-level, patient-centered care in a variety of practice settings as a contributing member of an interprofessional team. The didactic and experiential curricula include opportunities for students to learn about, from, and with other members of the interprofessional healthcare team. A majority of semester hours required in the professional program must be earned at ULM. All advanced practice experiences must be completed through ULM using ULM approved practitioners and practice sites. Finally, students must demonstrate the professional maturity and demeanor necessary to succeed in the profession of pharmacy.
Required for a Major (PHRD):
Total Semester Hours 159
(Pharmacy elective credits must be taken while enrolled in the professional program. A list of approved electives is available on the College of Pharmacy webpage under “Reference” for the appropriate catalog term or Student and Professional Affairs. Additional courses may be reviewed by the Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum Committee and recommended to the Dean of Academic Affairs for credit.)
Second Professional Year*
Fourth Professional Year*
Total hours for degree 234 (includes 75 hours of preparatory coursework)
* - Fall, Spring, and Summer Semester
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