Pharmacy Elective Offerings & Requirements for Graduation

Students must complete one didactic elective credit (approximately 15 contact hours) prior to being eligible to graduate, in addition to the three required APPE electives.  The Office for Educational Outcomes (OEO) tracks this process.

Elective are offered to students in all years of the program, except for Fall P1 (in order to help them get better acclimated to the rigor of the program and ensure early success in required coursework).  Students may enroll in no more than two electives per semester, and elective courses are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  In addition to electives, all P1 students are required to attend an introductory interprofessional course (CHP 550), and all P1 and P2 students have the option of attending an Interprofessional Case Conference (ICC) each academic year.

In addition to individual courses, there is an opportunity to earn additional specialization through a track or similar program.  Below is a brief overview of current offerings:


Specialization in Research and Scholarship

The Specialization in Research and Scholarship is an opportunity for student pharmacists to be involved in research throughout their three years of the program.  Students will develop skill sin problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, and research design, while experiencing 1:1 mentorship with faculty.  The skills acquired can increase students' marketability for residency and job search and open additional opportunities for industry employment.  Ideal outcomes for both students and faculty include dissemination of scholarship in the form of posters, presentations, and/or publications.

Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Scholars Program

The AHEC Scholars Program is an opportunity for student pharmacists to increase awareness of the healthcare disparities and challenges faced by rural and medically-underserved communities.  Students will engage in advocacy and service initiatives designed to promote the health of underserved populations.  This nationally recognized program will prepare students to practice in a rural or medically-underserved community as part of an interprofessional team.