The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree to students who successfully complete the study of prescribed courses. The first two or three years (pre-pharmacy) may be completed at any accredited institution of higher education. The last four years (nine semesters) are in the professional program and must be in residence at the College of Pharmacy. In order to receive the Pharm.D. degree, a student must have earned academic credit for not less than 69 semester hours in pre-pharmacy coursework and 148 semester hours of required professional coursework.
The four-year professional program integrates classroom, laboratory, and experiential training in a curriculum organized around both human physiology and disease states. The first year curriculum introduces the student to "systems" on which the pharmacy profession is based, e.g., organ systems, drug delivery systems, health care systems, computer systems, communications, and medical terminology. This provides the foundation on which the second, third, and fourth professional years are built. In the second year, the curriculum focuses on drugs - their structure, function, mechanism of action, formulation, and clinical use in patients. For the third year of the curriculum, some students move to satellite campuses in Augusta or Albany, Georgia. Third year courses utilize disease and drug information presented in the first and second years to make decisions for individual patients. The student contstructs pharmacotherapy regimens and writes plans to monitor drug therapy for efficacy and safety. Experience programs at the College of Pharmacy are designed to develop professional practice skills in a variety of patient care settings. It is divided into two components: introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) and advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). The IPPEs are administered either in stand-alone courses or as part of existing courses offered during the first three years of the program. These experiences are designed to provide students with a better understanding of how pharmacy relates not only to patients but also to other health care disciplines. The fourth year consists of three semesters of full-time APPEs in institutional, community, and other patient care settings. A matching system is used during the third year to assign students to available APPE areas within Georgia. Space within these areas is limited and quotas are set each year based upon site availability and class size. Students are assigned to one area for the entire fourth year. Based upon University policy, we are prohibited from granting preference to students for area assignments. The only allowable exception is for those students moving to Augusta or Albany for their third year coursework who remain in those areas for their APPEs. Within the fourth year, students receive extensive training in various inpatient and outpatient settings. The majority of these experiences occur in teaching hospitals, community hospitals, community pharmacies, home health settings, nursing homes, public health agencies, managed care companies, and the pharmaceutical industry. Students learn to design, implement, monitor, evaluate, and modify patient pharmacotherapeutic plans based upon scientific principles to ensure effective, safe, and economical patient care. Complete information on the Pharm.D. program, as well as graduate and residency programs offered in the College of Pharmacy, can be found at http://www.rx.uga.edu.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|English Composition I||3|
|English Composition II||3|
|Analytic Geometry and Calculus||3|
|Introduction to Public Speaking or Introduction to Interpersonal Communication||3|
|Principles of Macroeconomics or Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|World Languages and Culture - a total of 9 hours (three 3-credit courses) are required; accepted courses can be found at http://www.curriculumsystems.uga.edu/ucc/GenEdCore.pdf||9|
|Freshman Chemistry I||3|
|Freshman Chemistry Lab I||1|
|Freshman Chemistry II||3|
|Freshman Chemistry Lab II||1|
|Organic Chemistry I||3|
|Organic Chemistry Lab I||1|
|Organic Chemistry II||3|
|Organic Chemistry Lab II||1|
|Priniciples of Biology I with Lab||4|
|Principles of Biology II with Lab||4|
|Anatomy and Physiology||6|
A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all prerequisite courses.Only two prerequisite courses may be taken after the spring semester (i.e., in Maymester or summer semester) and only one of those courses can be a math or science course (i.e., calculus, statistics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, biochemistry, anatomy and/or physiology). Applicants needing to complete more than one math or science course, or more than two courses of any type, after the spring semester will not be offered admission. If an applicant receives an offer of admission prior to completing all of the prerequisite courses, a grade of C- or higher must be earned in any outstanding pre-pharmacy courses. If a grade below C- is earned in any such course, the offer of admission will be rescinded.
The online University of Georgia College of Pharmacy supplemental application will be avaliable beginning July 1, 2014 at http://www.rx.uga.edu.
Work experience in pharmacy is not required for admission, but it is highly valuable. Such experience helps an applicant learn as much as possible about the profession, how it matches his/her skills and interests, and what practice opportunities are available to pharmacists. While working in a pharmacy is perhaps the best way to gain this type of knowledge, there are other ways to learn more about the profession, including "shadowing" pharmacists, involvement in health-related community service activities, and participation in health care-related research projects.
Credit can be given for courses completed at foreign institutions, but no letter grades for those courses will be transferred. Such courses do not have to be repeated, but the pre-pharmacy GPA can be calculated only from courses taken at accredited institutions in the United States. Therefore, it is required that all international applicants take a minimum of 35 credit hours (including both English courses) at an accredited U.S. institution in order to establish a GPA. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the services designated by the University of Georgia. International students can find more detailed information on this process at http://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/admission-information-for-international-students.html.
Two letters of recommendation are required and a maximum of four letters may be submitted. It is highly preferred that one recommender be someone very familiar with the applicant's academic background as a result of teaching the applicant at the college level. The second recommendation should be from a person, preferably a pharmacist mentor/supervisor, familiar with the applicant's interest in and suitability for a career in pharmacy. However, letters of recommendation from other sources are accepted. Letters must be sent directly to PharmCAS; letters sent to the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy will not be accepted.
Applicants invited for interviews will meet with members of the Admissions Committee, as well as currently enrolled Pharm.D. students. During the interview, students may be asked to discuss their academic background, reasons for selecting pharmacy as a profession, plans upon graduation, work experience, leadership experience, and extracurricular activities. Verbal and written communication skills also will be evaluated.