The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum consists of four years of full-time study to prepare students to be leaders and innovators in pharmacy practice. All students complete a required core curriculum and select an emphasis in one of three pathways:
PharmD curricular outcomes
The UCSF Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum prepares graduates to demonstrate competence in six areas:
- Patient and population-based care
- Scientific and clinical foundations
- Practice-based learning and improvement
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Systems-based practice
Details: PharmD Curricular Outcomes
Years 1 and 2
The first and second professional years are intended to broaden the students’ knowledge in the basic biological, physical, and chemical sciences and understanding of the areas of professional emphasis in pharmacy. The emphasis in academic instruction shifts from the physical to the biological sciences to the mechanisms of drug action. Throughout the curriculum, students take elective coursework to explore their professional interests and the varied dimensions of pharmacy practice. In addition, through Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs), students gain patient care experience in a variety of practice settings.
The 3rd professional year is a transitional year, combining additional scientific and professional courses with a significant clinical orientation. Students take an increasing number of pathway-specific courses in the 3rd year.
The 4th year combines experience in patient care settings with a focus on the pathway through a combination of required and elective courses. Students complete advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) in a variety of acute, ambulatory, long-term care, and community settings. The clinical curriculum focuses on applying formal classroom training to the practice of pharmacy in the total health care of patients.