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Doctor of Pharmacy

Pharm.D. Requirements

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.


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2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to needy Kansans during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU
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