The Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy is a 0/6 program. While most of our first year students come directly from high school, we also accept a small number of transfer students into the first professional year (P1) of the curriculum. The 6-year curriculum stresses critical thinking, active learning and clinical experience to prepare you for practice in a variety of professional settings. Students have the opportunity to take professional electives that will advance their knowledge in different areas of pharmacy, including hospital, clinical (e.g. geriatrics, pediatrics, palliative care), manufacturing, managed care, drug analysis, administration, and research. The clinical portion of the program provides students with hands-on experience in hospitals, nursing homes, community pharmacies, government institutions, home healthcare settings, and other industries. We will work with you to place you in early and advanced experience practice sites that are aligned with your educational and career goals.
Graduates of our program have a strong record of passing the national licensing examination (NAPLEX). Average scores over the past five years are above the 90 percentages, with a 100% passage rate for 2011 graduates and a 99% passage rate for the 2012 graduates taking the exam for the first time. A recent survey of graduates (AACP) indicates that 62% work in a community practice setting, while 10% work in hospitals. Others are pursuing advanced training in residencies (20%) and graduate studies (6%). Job responsibilities vary from staff pharmacists, manager, clinical specialist, consultant, executive, to professor. Ninety-nine percent of graduates indicate that they would select the URI College of Pharmacy if they were starting their pharmacy programs over again.
For more information, please visit our web page: http://www.uri.edu/pharmacy
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The PCAT is not required for students entering the PharmD program as Freshman. Students wishing to transfer into the first professional year of the PharmD program must take the PCAT.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit one of the following:
1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), minimum paper-based 550, computer-based 213 or iBt score of 79
2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum of 6.5
3. Pearson Test of English minimum of 53
4. EIKEN Test of English Language Proficiency level Pre-1
5. Completion of the A.C.E. Language Institute program on URI campus through Level 6 for undergraduates
Most students will be required to take one of the English language tests listed above. Applicants who have attended a secondary school or post-secondary school where the language of instruction is English may be exempt from submitting these test results, dependent upon their English grades and their Critical Reading SAT score. This will be determined on an individual basis.
If you are an international transfer student, your transcripts of university studies must be formally evaluated by any NACES certified agency. Please visit NACES.org for a list of approved credit evaluators. Please request a course-by-course evaluation and have an official report sent directly to URI. For International Applicants, please visit the following website for more detailed information: http://www.uri.edu/admission/InternationalHome.html#FAQs
For admission as a Freshman to the PharmD program, we require a minimum of two letters: one from a science or math teacher and one from a guidance counselor or a teacher from another subject area. For admission as a transfer student into the first professional year (P1) of the PharmD program, we require a minimum of two letters: one from a health professional and one from a science or math instructor.
For students admitted to the PharmD program as Freshman, students must complete a formal interview during the second semester of the sophomore year. The interview with faculty from the College of Pharmacy assesses the students' verbal and written communication skills, understanding of the pharmacy profession, and commitment to patient care. Transfer applicants must complete an interview.