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Major: Pharmaceutical Sciences (Includes Pre-Pharmacy) Requirements
Degree Type: B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 127-136
University General Education Requirements
|College Composition I|
|College Composition II|
|Fundamentals of Public Speaking|
Upper Division Writing †
|Quantitative Reasoning (R) †||3|
|Science and Technology (S) †||10|
|Humanities and Fine Arts (A) †||6|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) †||6|
|Wellness (W) †||2|
|Cultural Diversity (D) *†|
|Global Perspectives (G) *†|
May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.
General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.
- A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.
- Student admitted to the Pharm.D. program will earn a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Pharmaceutical Sciences with successful completion of all courses through the second year of the professional Pharm.D. program.
- Selected Core Courses - see information below for grading and GPA information.
|General Biology I|
and General Biology I Laboratory *
|General Biology II|
and General Biology II Laboratory *
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I|
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S) *
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II|
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S)
|CHEM 121||General Chemistry I (May satisfy general education category S) *||3|
|CHEM 121L||General Chemistry I Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S)||1|
|CHEM 122||General Chemistry II (May satisfy general education category S) *||3|
|CHEM 122L||General Chemistry II Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S)||1|
|CHP 190||Critical Thinking and Academic Success||2|
|COMM 110||Fundamentals of Public Speaking *||3|
|COMM 216||Intercultural Communication (May satisfy general education category B and D) *||3|
|ECON 201||Principles of Microeconomics (May satisfy general education category B and G) *||3|
|ENGL 120||College Composition II *1||3|
|MATH 146||Applied Calculus I (May satisfy general education category R) *||4|
|MICR 460||Pathogenic Microbiology||3|
|PHYS 211||College Physics I||3|
|PSCI 499||(Admission to PharmD program required)||5|
|STAT 330||Introductory Statistics (May satisfy general education category R) *||3|
|Biochemistry - select from below 2||5 or 6|
|Foundations of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I|
and Foundations of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
|Organic Chemistry - select from below 2||5 or 7|
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
and Organic Chemistry II *
|Select one of the following: *||3 or 5|
and Introductory Microbiology Lab *
and General Microbiology Lab *
|Upper Division Writing - select from below 2||3|
|Writing in the Sciences (May satisfy general education category C)|
or ENGL 325
|Writing in the Health Professions|
|Professional Pharmacy P1 & P2 Years||72-76|
Students with composite ACT scores of 20 or lower must register for English 110 fall semester and take Engl 120 spring semester. Students who complete English 120 with a “C” or higher will receive credit for English 110 with a passing grade (P).
Curricular plan based on traditional admissions path or early acceptance path. Consult adviser for additional information.
Selected Core Courses
Selected core courses will be used for selection criteria to determine GPA used in calculation for admission to the professional program. These courses must show evidence of letter grade, or other means of demonstrating acceptable competency (i.e. AP – CEEB) and MUST be completed by the end of fall semester prior to the December 31 deadline to apply to the pharmacy program. Remaining courses, which are required and listed in the pre-pharmacy curriculum, MUST be completed by the end of spring term. The only exception to this is that up to six credits of electives may be completed during the summer term.
Pre-Professional Pharmacy Requirements and Notes
- All courses listed for pre-pharmacy must be complete in order to apply for the professional program in the last spring semester in which pre-requisite courses are taken.
Degree Requirements and Notes
- All required courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or above.
- All students must maintain a semester GPA of 2.0 or above for each semester in the College. A student who fails to meet this standard for two successive or three non-successive semesters may be terminated from enrollment in the College of Health Professions.
Major: Doctor of Pharmacy
Degree Type: Pharm.D.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 147
Professional Pharm.D. Requirements
The following professional Pharm.D. requirements that follow are subject to change per department. Students follow the curricula developed by the department and any changes that occur while in the professional program will be communicated to the student by the department.
In addition to curriculum listed below, 6 credits of Professional Elective MUST be completed PRIOR to P4 year.
|P1 First Year Professional|
|MICR 470||Basic Immunology||3|
|PSCI 367||Pharmaceutical Calculations||1|
|PSCI 368||Pharmaceutics I||3|
|PSCI 369||Pharmaceutics II||2|
|PSCI 410||Pharmaceutical Biotechnology||2|
|PSCI 411||Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics||3|
|PSCI 412||Chemotherapeutic/Infectious Disease Pharmacodynamics||3|
|PHRM 340||Pathophysiology I||4|
|PHRM 341||Pathophysiology II||3|
|PHRM 350||Introduction to Pharmacy Practice||2|
|PHRM 351L||Pharmacy Practice Laboratory I||2|
|PHRM 352||Introduction to Health Care Systems||2|
|PHRM 355||Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience I: Introduction to Institutional Pharmacy Practice||3|
|PHRM 480||Drug Literature Evaluation||3|
|P2 Second Year Professional|
|CHP 400||Interprofessional Health Care Practice||3|
|PSCI 413||Endocrine/Respiratory/GI Pharmacodynamics||3|
|PSCI 414||Cardiovascular Pharmacodynamics||3|
|PSCI 415||Neuropsychiatry Pharmacodynamics||3|
|PHRM 400||Top Drugs I||1|
|PHRM 450||Self Care||3|
|PHRM 452L||Pharmacy Practice Laboratory II||2|
|PHRM 455||Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience II: Introduction to Community Pharmacy Practice||4|
|PHRM 532||Infectious Disease||3|
|PHRM 535||Hematology and Oncology||3|
|PHRM 538||PTDI: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diseases||4|
|PHRM 565||Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery||1|
|P3 Third Year Professional|
|PHRM 475||Pharmacy Practice Management||3|
|PHRM 500||Top Drugs II||1|
|PHRM 520||Special Populations||3|
|PHRM 536||Neurology & Psychiatry Pharmacotherapy||3|
|PHRM 537||Renal Disease/Fluid and Electrolytes||2|
|PHRM 540||Public Health for Pharmacists||3|
|PHRM 545L||Pharmacotherapy Laboratory||1|
|PHRM 551L||Pharmacy Practice Laboratory III||2|
|PHRM 552L||Pharmacy Practice Laboratory IV||2|
|PHRM 560||Specialty Care Topics||2|
|PHRM 570||Pharmacy Practice Improvement and Project Management||2|
|PHRM 572||Pharmacy Law and Ethics||3|
|PHRM 580||Pharmacotherapy Capstone||3|
|P4 Fourth Year Professional|
|Student will choose 8 out of 9 rotations for a total of 40 credits. Each rotation is 5 credits.||40|
|Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Rotation I|
|Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Rotation II|
|Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Rotation III|
|Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Rotation 4|
|Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Rotation 5|
|Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Rotation 6|
|Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Rotation 7|
|Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Rotation 8|
|Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Rotation 9|
- All applicants to the NDSU Doctor of Pharmacy program must apply using the PharmCAS admissions website. The PharmCAS application requires the completion of a standard application (which all students applying to any accredited pharmacy program in the U.S. must complete) and a supplemental application for each specific pharmacy program to which a student wishes to apply. It is imperative that the NDSU Pharmacy supplemental application be completed and submitted to the NDSU School of Pharmacy by all persons wishing to be considered for acceptance into NDSU’s Entry-Level Pharm.D. Program.
- The application deadline can be found on the School of Pharmacy website.
- PCAT: We do require the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test). The College requires that students take either the PCAT in July, September, October or November 2019 for students applying for 2020. We will accept PCAT scores from exams taken back three years (July 2016 to November 2019). If you are interested in taking a practice test, Test Prep Review is a free service of a nonprofit group of educators. Their website was created to provide free practice test questions for students in a variety of career situations. Their PCAT practice test, is located at PCAT Practice
- Applicants who are NOT currently NDSU students must submit official transcripts of previous academic work to the University's Admissions Office and one set to the NDSU School of Pharmacy.
- Students not previously enrolled at NDSU must apply both to NDSU and to the School of Pharmacy within College of Health Professions. For an NDSU application, contact the Office of Admissions at 701-231-8643. For International students, contact the Office of International Programs at 701-231-7895.