The Doctor of Pharmacy degree requires completion of all the required pre-pharmacy and professional courses, for a total of 208 credit hours. Student must also have an overall grade point average of 2.5 as well as a grade point average of 2.5 in all of their School of Pharmacy courses.
The curriculum includes instruction in the three basic sciences; medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, and pharmacology & toxicology, as well as in the various aspects of pharmacy practice, including the health care system, law, and the emerging roles for pharmacy practitioners.
The final year of the curriculum consists of nine four-week clerkship/externship rotations with faculty preceptors at practice sites throughout the state of Kansas. These sites include, but are not limited to: K.U. Medical Center in Kansas City and Wichita, and other sites in Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City, Salina, Hays, and Garden City. Students must have their own transportation to reach their assigned sites.
At the conclusion of the program, students are certified to The Kansas State Board of Pharmacy as having completed the entire externship requirement (1,500 hours) and are therefore eligible to take the complete Kansas licensure examination.