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Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Earn Your Doctor of Pharmacy in as Little as 3 Years

One of only a limited number of accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy Degree programs nationwide, our program can allow you to earn your Doctor of Pharmacy in just 3 calendar years, preparing you for entry into professional practice or a pharmacy residency program. Choose a campus to learn more.

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Earn your Doctor of Pharmacy in just 3 calendar years.

Discover our Accelerated Pharmacy School Curriculum

The Doctor of Pharmacy program consists of 12 quarters to be completed in three calendar years. Led by faculty recognized nationally and internationally for their teaching and research, this continuous, year-round Doctor of Pharmacy degree program utilizes professional-grade lab facilities to immerse students in valuable educational and professional experiences. Before graduation, pharmacy doctorate students also have the opportunity to gain 1,600+ hours of institutional or retail clinical experience.

Build Your Skills in Our Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Curriculum

Our Doctor of Pharmacy program curriculum can help you increase your expertise in four key areas:

Basic Biomedical Sciences

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pathology/Pathophysiology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry/Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology/Genetics
  • Biostatistics

Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacognosy and Alternative and Complementary Treatments
  • Toxicology
  • Bioanalysis/Clinical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutics/Biopharmaceutics
  • Pharmacokinetics/Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacogenomics/Genetics
  • Extemporaneous Compounding/Parenteral/Enteral
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations

Social/Behavioral/Administrative Pharmacy Sciences

  • Health Care Delivery Systems
  • Economics/Pharmacoeconomics
  • Practice Management
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Pharmacy Law and Regulatory Affairs
  • History of Pharmacy
  • Ethics
  • Professional Communication
  • Social and Behavioral Aspects of Practice
  • Informatics

Clinical Sciences

  • Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacist-Provided Care
  • Medication Dispensing and Distribution Systems
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Pharmacist-Provided Care for Special Populations
  • Drug Information
  • Medication Safety
  • Literature Evaluation and Research Design
  • Patient Assessment Laboratory

See Pharmacy School Requirements and Cost

As one of only a few schools offering accelerated three-year pharmacy programs in the nation, South University School of Pharmacy’s admissions requirements are extremely competitive. To view our pharmacy school prerequisites and admission requirements, please visit the Columbia or Savannah location-specific admissions page.

Information about the cost of pharmacy school is also available for the Columbia or Savannah locations. Financial aid and scholarships for pharmacy school students are available for those who qualify.

Explore Jobs in Pharmacy Alumni Can Pursue

South University’s School of Pharmacy programs are designed to equip students for contemporary and future jobs in pharmacy, including the following possible career paths.

Community/Independent Pharmacy Careers: Retail pharmacists dispense medications at drug stores or grocery stores. Some pharmacists own independent pharmacies and are able to provide more personalized care to their patients. Retail pharmacists are becoming more involved in direct patient care through such activities as counseling patients on disease states, including diabetes and hypertension, medication therapy management (MTM) and administering immunizations.

Clinical Pharmacy Careers: Clinical pharmacists work in a hospital or in a clinic setting as part of a medical care team. They typically visit patients with a physician and help to determine which medications and doses would be most effective for each patient's condition. In addition, they facilitate clinics which provide services such as anticoagulation and disease state management. They are more involved in drug therapy initiation and management than pharmacists in some other settings.

Long-term care: Long-term care facilities are homes where ongoing care is provided to the elderly or incapacitated individuals who are not in need of acute medical care but who are unable to care for themselves. Pharmacists in this setting review the medications of the patients living in these homes and provide recommendations to the providers of care.

Nuclear Pharmacy Careers: Nuclear pharmacists are responsible for measuring and delivering the radioactive materials which are used in digital imaging (MRI, CT, etc.) and other procedures in medical offices and hospitals. Due to the nature of the radioactive materials and how they are handled, nuclear pharmacists are typically required to start each work day very early, sometimes pre-dawn, as the radioactive materials must be delivered within a few hours of their use, or they lose their effectiveness.

Home infusion: These pharmacists are responsible for preparing intravenous medications for patients requiring such products as antibiotics, parenteral nutrition, or chemotherapy.

Academia: Pharmacists are an integral part of the faculty in Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy. In this setting, pharmacists are responsible for didactic teaching of clinical pharmacy courses and also serve as preceptors for students completing rotations, giving them the opportunity to observe clinical pharmacy activities.

Pharmaceutical Industry: Pharmacists are often employed by companies within the pharmaceutical industry to provide drug information, in depth information to healthcare providers, or facilitate clinical trials.

Pharmacy Management: Pharmacy District and Regional Managers supervise teams of pharmacy managers and staff pharmacists within a retail chain.

Average pharmacy job salaries can vary by region, experience, and type of position. You can view the median salary for our pharmacy program graduates from our Columbia and Savannah locations online.

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