Harrison School of Pharmacy (HSOP) has been a part of Auburn University’s rich family history and tradition since 1885. Consistent with our University’s values, HSOP’s motto is “Caring is the Core of Our Curriculum.” Our program is built on this family value as we aspire to educate tomorrow’s pharmacists. Aspiring students enter a professional program in which faculty/student relationships are built on mutual respect with the faculty mentoring student junior colleagues to become mature health professionals. We expect our graduates to enter practice with personal character, confidence, and competence to assume leadership positions in their communities and pharmaceutical care practices. Student pharmacists continuously care for patients, beginning with their first semester. This aspect of the curriculum is unique to Auburn and provides an innovative mechanism to tie coursework to actual patients.
HSOP is located in the Walker Building on the Auburn University campus. A new 45,000 square foot addition opened January 2006 and is dedicated to the School’s educational mission. Students’ learning is positively affected by the new dedicated spaces for students, new lecture halls, a new skills lab, an enlarged pharmaceutical care center, and a new dispensary. The HSOP is one of only a few pharmacy schools operating a pharmaceutical care clinic in its building that students can experience throughout their education.
In August 2007, a satellite campus was opened in Mobile and located on the campus of the University of South Alabama. Newly renovated facilities and the extensive use of information technology facilitate the replication of Auburn's quality Pharm.D. program at the Mobile satellite. Location of the HSOP's program in a building adjacent to the University of South Alabama College of Medicine allows the education of student pharmacists in a setting which facilitates collaboration with students in medicine and other health professionals.
Faculty members are also located in health care facilities throughout Alabama and in adjacent states. This allows student pharmacists to complete their advanced practice experiences in a wide variety of practices devoted to the provision of pharmaceutical care. Auburn is located 110 miles southwest of Atlanta, Georgia and 115 miles southeast of Birmingham. The community is dedicated to the University and its 24,000 students. The environment allows students to experience university life while receiving an excellent general and professional education at the same time.
Mobile is a city located in a metropolitan area of approximately 600,000 people and is in close proximity to the lovely Alabama Gulf Coast. It is a city known for its rich history. The location of the Mobile satellite on the campus of the University of South Alabama provides student pharmacists with the opportunity to experience campus life while completing their professional degree.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|English Composition I and II||6|
|Fundamentals of Chemistry I and II with Lab||8|
|Core Fine Arts||3|
|Literature (World, British, American)||3|
|Genetics or Genomic Biology||4|
|Microbiology with Lab||4|
|Organic Chemistry I and II with Lab||8|
|Principles of Biology||4|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II||8|
|Core History I and II||6|
|Mammalian or Human Physiology (Upper Division Required)||4-6|
Students must demonstrate proficiency in the use of a personal computer (including Microsoft Office software) at the time of matriculation into the Harrison School of Pharmacy.
Students with a prior baccalaureate degree are exempt from the English composition, literature, humanities, history, fine arts, and social science requirements, but must complete all other requirements.
History – Students must complete a sequence of world history, western civilization, or United States history.
Core Fine Arts – Students must take a course in art appreciation, art history, music appreciation, or theater appreciation.
Ethics – A course in health ethics is preferred, a general ethics course is acceptable. Courses in general philosophy do not meet this requirement.
Literature – A 3-hour course American literature, English literature, world literature, or great books is acceptable.
Additional Humanities - 3 additional hours selected from public speaking, literature, fine arts, philosophy
Core Social Sciences – Two 3-hour courses selectve from anthropology, geography, psychology, sociology, economics, or political sciences.
Statistics – Must have a general statistics or biostatistics emphasis; a course in business statistics does not meet the requirement.
Physics – Can be either trigonometry-based or calculus-based.
Calculus – A course in business calculus does not meet the requirement.
Biochemistry, genetics/genomic biology, microbiology, and immunology – These courses must be taken at a 4-year college or university and must be upper division (junior level or higher). The biochemistry course must be a general survey course. Students at colleges and universities offering a 2-semester biochemistry sequence must take both semesters.
Mammalian/Human Physiology - Course must be a upper-division course of at least 4 credit hours. Prospective applicants should contact the School regarding questions they may have concerning this prerequisite requirement.
Additional information is available at: http://www.pharmacy.auburn.edu/prospective_students/professional_degree/menu.htm
Applicants are given the opportunity to indicate campus preference on the supplemental application. The application is online at: http://pharmacy.auburn.edu/supp_app_interface/Results/submission_form_2010.asp
All student pharmacists are required to provide proof of the following immunizations prior to matriculation: Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR); Varicella (chicken pox); Hepatitis B vaccine series and documentation of antibody titer; Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap); Booster with tetanus/diptheria (Td) required every 10 years
Tuberculosis skin test (or chest X-ray as appropriate), CPR certification, and proof of current medical insurance are also required.
At a minimum applicants should have explored the profession of pharmacy sufficiently to be able in an interview to provide meaningful answers to questions related to pharmacy. During the interview, applicants are expected to provide clear rationale as to their reasons for pursuing a career in pharmacy.