2023-24 Edition

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) is a professional degree leading to pharmacist careers in inpatient and outpatient health care settings, managed care, community pharmacies, academia, research, or government.

The UCI Pharm.D. is a four-year program that will prepare graduates to be practice-ready pharmacists who are problem solvers, independent lifelong learners, team players, and leaders who will drive transformative changes in the healthcare system. The curriculum will be taught by faculty from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice and delivered using innovative instructional methods and applying evidenced based practices. 

What makes us unique?

  • Strong foundation of pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences, and clinical sciences integrated throughout the curriculum

  • Interprofessional education within the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences

  • Rigorous clinical training at UCI’s academic medical center to ensure graduates are ready to work in interprofessional teams

  • Integrative health approach to treating the whole patient with a wide range of preventive and treatment modalities

  • Committed to serve under-represented populations and advance healthcare equity

For admission, a bachelor’s degree is required; students must demonstrate readiness to enter the Pharm.D. by providing evidence of satisfactory completion of required courses in general biology, biochemistry, human physiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, statistics, English/writing, macro- or micro-economics, communication/public speaking, and psychology with a preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicants must meet general requirements of the UCI Graduate Division. Applicants must submit applications via the Pharmacy College Application Service (PHARMCAS) http://www.pharmcas.org/ and the UCI Graduate Division Application https://apply.grad.uci.edu/apply

Additional information on PharmD Admissions, including recruitment events, can be found on the program web site: https://pharmsci.uci.edu/pharm-d/ 

The program of study emphasizes preventive and integrative health care, using innovative and evidence-based instructional methods. The curriculum includes didactic and experiential content areas that span across four categories of sciences: biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, social/administrative/behavioral sciences, and clinical sciences. Students complete internships and practicum training throughout the program.

Beyond the required coursework, pharmacy students are required to participate in co-curricular activities such as community service, societies/clubs, and/or student chapters of professional organizations. Students are formally evaluated on these activities, which must be approved in advance by a faculty advisor or committee and have supervision.

Additionally, students are required to complete self-directed learning throughout the program, i.e., students follow their interests, or as part of a guided course experience, to develop independent learning opportunities. Examples include group activities such as a journal club, or faculty-guided activities such as a research project.

There is a formal cumulative assessment at the end of each year. At the end of year four, the Doctor of Pharmacy epilogue PHMD 290 is the final course, which represents a cumulative assessment of the entire program.

Normative time to complete the requirements of the Pharm.D. degree is four years. Students enter and work through the program as a cohort. Those on approved leave of absence are expected to return at the same level and must continue making normal progress upon their return. Maximum time to degree is six years.

Course Requirements

A. Complete:
PHMD 200A Interprofessional Clinical Foundations I
PHMD 200B Interprofessional Clinical Foundations II
PHMD 200C Interprofessional Clinical Foundations III
PHMD 200D Interprofessional Clinical Foundations IV
PHMD 201A Principles of Pharmacy Practice I
PHMD 201B Principles of Pharmacy Practice II
PHMD 201C Principles of Pharmacy Practice III
PHMD 202A Self Care I: Conventional and Complementary
PHMD 202B Self Care II: Conventional and Complementary
PHMD 202C Self Care III: Conventional and Complementary
PHMD 203A Pharmacotherapy Principles to Practice I: Central Nervous System
PHMD 203B Pharmacotherapy Principles to Practice II: Immunology
PHMD 203C Pharmacotherapy - Principles to Practice III: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
PHMD 203D Pharmacotherapy - Principles to Practice IV: Endocrine System
PHMD 203E Pharmacotherapy - Principles to Practice V: Gastrointestinal System, Dermatologic, and Opthalmologic Disorders
PHMD 203F Pharmacotherapy - Principles to Practice VI: Infectious Diseases
PHMD 203G Pharmacotherapy - Principles to Practice VII: Hematology and Oncologic Disorders
PHMD 203H Pharmacotherapy - Principles to Practice VIII: Special Population and Nutritional Disorders
PHMD 204A Information Analytics and Numeracy I: Biostatistics
PHMD 204B Information Analytics and Numeracy II: Drug Information, Research Methods, and Literature Analysis
PHMD 204C Information Analytics and Numeracy III: Epidemiology
PHMD 205A Molecular Basis of Health and Disease I: Microbiology and Immunology
PHMD 205B Molecular Basis of Health and Disease II: Microbiology and Immunology
PHMD 205C Molecular Basis of Health and Disease III: Clinical Chemistry
PHMD 210 Principles of Pharmacology
PHMD 211 Principles of Public Health
PHMD 212 Principles of Pharmacogenomics
PHMD 213 Pharmaceutical Biochemistry
PHMD 214 Pharmacy Law and Ethics
PHMD 215 Health Policy and Pharmacoeconomics
PHMD 216 Clinical Toxicology
PHMD 220 Medical Physiology with Anatomic Correlates
PHMD 274A Pharmaceutics I
PHMD 274B Pharmaceutics II
PHMD 274C Pharmaceutics III 1
PHMD 277A Medicinal Chemistry I 1
PHMD 277B Medicinal Chemistry II
PHMD 280A Scholarly Project I
PHMD 280B Scholarly Project II
PHMD 290 Doctor of Pharmacy Epilogue
PHMD 401 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE): Community
PHMD 402 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE): Institutional Health System
PHMD 403 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE): Integrative Health
PHMD 410 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE): Ambulatory Care
PHMD 411 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE): Community
PHMD 412 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE): Institutional Health System
PHMD 414 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE): Medicine
B. Select two of the following:
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE): Elective
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE): Integrative Health
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE): Psychiatry Elective
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)