North Dakota State University, a land-grant institution, was founded in 1890. Courses for a two-year program in pharmacy were initiated in 1902. Since then, courses and requirements have expanded to the present entry-level Pharm.D. program. The College also offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in pharmaceutical sciences.
North Dakota State University College of Health Professions leads the advancement of healthcare for the benefit of society through innovation, growth, and excellence in teaching, research, practice, and service. Our mission is to educate students and advance research and professional service in pharmacy, nursing, allied sciences, and public health.
Our College believes that the primary purpose of its respective disciplines is to deliver patient-focused care to improve the overall health and quality of life of patients they serve.
Interdisciplinary Team Approach:
Our College recognizes and values an interdisciplinary team approach to patient care, education, and research where each discipline works collaboratively to attain greater knowledge, expertise, and outcomes than what they are capable of accomplishing individually.
Our pre-professional curriculum requires the completion of 76 hours of coursework. Some students can complete this work in two years, while other students may take three years. In what follows, we will refer to a two year pre-pharmacy curriculum with the possibility of a three year track implied where necessary.
In the first two years of the curriculum (prepharmacy), emphasis is placed on chemical, biological, administrative, behavioral or social sciences, and humanities needed for the four-year professional pharmacy curriculum. The third, fourth and fifth years provide the students with the professional educational background necessary for the sixth year of clinical rotations. In addition to general adult medicine, students may pursue rotations in specialized areas of interest such as pediatrics, oncology, nutrition, infectious disease, pharmacokinetics, cardiology, family practice, ambulatory care, critical care, rural health, managed care, endocrinology, psychiatry and rehabilitation.
The Preprofessional Doctor of Pharmacy (or Prepharmacy) program is open to all high school graduates and college transfer students who have not completed the requirements to enter the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. To enter the Prepharmacy program students must be admitted to NDSU as an undergraduate student and declare Prepharmacy as an intended major. Transfer students must submit transcripts of all previous college or university work for equivalency evaluation.
The Prepharmacy program is composed of 76 semester credits. Students may apply for admission to the professional pharmacy program upon satisfactory completion of the Prepharmacy program or evidence that this program will be successfully completed. A copy of the Prepharmacy curriculum may be obtained by checking the web site. Admission to the University does not grant admission to the professional program. All students must apply and be formally accepted by the Doctor of Pharmacy Admissions Committee before they may begin the sequence of professional courses in the Pharm.D.
The size of the entering class is limited by the resources of the College and the capacity of the clinical facilities. As North Dakota State University is a state supported institution, residents of North Dakota will be given first consideration. Acceptance to the professional program is based on previous academic performance, PCAT scores, interview scores, other standardized assessments conducted simultaneously with interviews, the applicant's residency, the number of spaces available in the program, among other factors. Differential tuition is assessed to students enrolled in the professional program.
Pharmaceutical Sciences (M.S., Ph.D.)
NDSU offers both MS degrees and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The master's program requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours and thesis research. The doctor of philosophy degree is awarded in recognition of high scholarly achievement as evidenced by a period of successful study, the satisfactory completion of examinations and the development of an acceptable dissertation project covering some significant aspect of a major field of learning and research. Students with a bachelor of science degree in biology or chemistry must have an adequate background for graduate work in the College. After successful completion of either degree program students have had a high level of success gaining highly desirable employment in academia, industry and governmental agencies doing work in pharmaceutical sciences.
The dual program (Pharm.D./Ph.D.) is designed to provide an opportunity for outstanding professional students in the Pharmacy Program at North Dakota State University obtain research experience and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. It is proposed that this can be accomplished with an additional 3 years of study and research placed between the second and the third years of the four-year professional program. It is believed that the combination of the Pharm.D. and Ph.D. degrees will greatly enhance the student's research background, critical thinking skills, and marketability for leadership positions within the profession of pharmacy in academic, government, and industrial environments.
Professional pharmacy students have the option of enrolling in the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program post-graduation or as a joint degree program. Students must be admitted to both the Pharm.D. program as well as the M.P.H. program in order to pursue this option.
The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program at North Dakota State University is a non-thesis, professional program. It is designed to provide students with an effective set of analytical skills, a broad view of the way organizations work, and an understanding of the functional areas of business. Students must be admitted to both the Pharm.D. program as well as the M.B.A. program in order to pursue this option.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|General Chemistry I * & II * w/labs||8|
|Organic Chemistry I * & II and Ochem I lab||7|
|Biochemistry & Molecular Biology I and II||6|
|Biology I * & lab *||4|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology I * & II w/labs I * and II||8|
|Microbiology * & lab *||3|
|Calculus I *||4|
|English Composition I & II *||6|
|English Upper Division-Health Sciences||3|
|Public Speaking *||3|
|Intercultural Communication *||3|
|Humanities & Fine Arts||6|
All courses must be completed with at least a grade of "C." Selected core courses, indicated by an asterisk (*) must be completed by the end of fall semester prior to the December 31 deadline date to apply to the pharmacy program. Remaining courses, which are required and listed in the pre-pharmacy curriculum, MUST be completed by the end of spring term.
We will accept PCAT scores from the time period of July 2013 to November 2016.
In addition, NDSU must receive an official evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (i.e. WES or ECE).
An interview on campus is part of the evaluation process for students who receive final consideration for admission.