Doctor of Pharmacy

Degree Requirements

To earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UIC, students need to complete didactic course work, introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPE), and advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE). These degree requirements are outlined below.

Summary of PharmD Hours
Total core hours (excluding IPPE and APPE)78
Total professional elective hours13
Total experiential hours (IPPE and APPE)42
Total Hours133

Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
PHAR 410 Integrated Physiology 3
PHAR 411 Introduction Pharmacy Practice 4
PHAR 422 Fundamentals of Drug Action 4
PHAR 431 Pharmaceutics I - Pharmaceutics Principles, Drug Delivery Systems, and Calculations 3
PHAR 435 Pharmacokinetics 3
Electives a 0-1
 Hours17-18
Spring Semester
PHAR 412
Introductory Pharmacy Practice (IPPE): Community
or Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE): Hospital
2
PHAR 423 Biomedicinal Chemistry 4
PHAR 432 Pharmaceutics II ? Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Calculations 2
PHAR 438 Introduction to Drug Information (weeks 1-5) b 1
PHAR 461 Pharmacy and the U.S. Healthcare System (weeks 6-15) b 2
PHAR 501 Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 1: Self Care 3
PHAR 502 Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 2: GI/Endocrine 3
Electives a 0-1
 Hours17-18
Second Year
Fall Semester
PHAR 412
Introductory Pharmacy Practice (IPPE): Community
or Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE): Hospital
2
PHAR 433 Pharmaceutics III ? Complex Dosage Forms and Calculations 2
PHAR 462 Social and Behavioral Pharmacy (weeks 1-10) b 2
PHAR 463 Personal and Professional Development 2
PHAR 464 Patient Safety (weeks 11-15) b 1
PHAR 503 Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 3: Renal, Electrolytes, and Nutrition 3
PHAR 504 Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 4: Immunology/Respiratory 4
Electives a 0-2
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
PHAR 414 Introductory Pharmacy Practice (IPPE): Introduction to Patient Care 2
PHAR 434 Pharmaceutics IV ? Drug Delivery Systems Design and Calculations Competency 2
PHAR 439 Pharmacoepidemiology and Biostatistical Reasoning (weeks 1-5) b 1
PHAR 440 Evidence-Based Medicine (weeks 6-15) b 2
PHAR 505 Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 5: Cardiovascular 4
PHAR 506 Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 6: Infectious Diseases 4
Electives 0-3
 Hours15-18
Third Year
Fall Semester
PHAR 507 Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 7: Neurology, Psychiatry, and Pain 4
PHAR 508 Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 8: Special Topics 3
PHAR 515
Patient Care: Institutional/Hospital
or Patient Care: Ambulatory Care/Community
2
PHAR 520 Applied Pharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacogenomics 3
PHAR 565 Pharmacoeconomics and Payment 2
Electives a 0-4
 Hours14-18
Spring Semester
PHAR 509 Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 9: Hematology and Oncology 3
PHAR 510 Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 10: Advanced Disease Management 3
PHAR 515
Patient Care: Institutional/Hospital
or Patient Care: Ambulatory Care/Community
2
PHAR 566 Management and Informatics 2
PHAR 567 Pharmacy Law and Ethics 3
Electives a 0-5
 Hours13-18
Fourth Year
Fall and Spring Semesters
(and Third Year Summer Semester)  
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences—APPE (7 x 6-week APPEs, 4 credit hours each) c 28
Four APPE courses are required (Community, Hospital, Ambulatory Care, and Medicine). The remaining three APPE courses are selected from a list of APPE options in consultation with program advisors.  
 Hours28
 Total Hours133
a

Students are required to take a total of 13 semester hours of didactic electives during the P1 to P3 years.

b

Modular course. 1-hour course: 3 hours/week x 5 weeks (15 hours/semester). 2-hour course: 3 hours/week x 10 weeks (30 hours/semester).

c

Students must provide transportation to and from pharmacy practice experience. Some pharmacy practice experience sites may not be in the Chicago area or accessible by public transportation.