Welcome to the Belmont University College of Pharmacy. We're located in one of America's great cities - Nashville, Tennessee - known for its strong healthcare industry, superb recreational opportunities, exceptional quality of life, and world-class musicians from all genres.
Belmont University offers a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program that provides our students with the education to compassionately serve patients and effectively manage a variety of healthcare systems. One-hundred percent of 2013 Belmont spring graduates taking the NAPLEX passed on their first attempt.
Service to others is a hallmark of the Belmont experience for pharmacy students. Opportunities abound for professional development in places where the need is greatest – whether in Guatemala, Honduras or Haiti, or in local neighborhoods right here in Nashville. A multitude of student organizations with guidance from dedicated faculty and staff help mobilize efforts to make an immediate difference while shaping future pharmacy practice.
Alongside the core curriculum, we offer innovative concentrations in five areas to enhance our graduates’ marketability and career options. This philosophy allows our students to receive in-depth training in one of these primary practice areas.
Practice area concentrations include:
Pharmacy Management: Successful pharmacists require more than a base in the science of pharmacy; long-term career success and responsible patient care requires more-than-passing training in the art and science of management. This is one of the profession's greatest needs. In this concentration, the student pharmacist will learn management principles, management training, and management experience that is applicable in all pharmacy settings.
Information Management: Information systems infuse all aspects of health care delivery; career competence requires the ability to use and to develop systems that integrate and extend current and emerging technologies. In this concentration, the student pharmacist will learn the impact and power of health care data, the use of robotics, the strategy of electronic health record development and use, and the ability to assist others in health care to created improved health record systems.
Pharmacotherapy: Contemporary health care is a team-based, complex enterprise; professional effectiveness requires knowledge of and longitudinal experience collaborating with multiple health care partners to navigate the complexity of the health care systems so that all patients receive exceptional care. In this concentration, the student pharmacist will learn and work alongside several other health care professionals in teams, and working toward problem solving and excellent patient care. These may include physicians, nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, administrators, and others.
Pharmacy Missions: Pharmacy is about serving others and what distinguishes fully-developed pharmacists is in the concern for others and a commitment to service; leadership in the profession and one's community requires understanding and a committing to health care access and equity for underserved populations. This concentration involves public service, public health, and mission work on a local and international basis (optional).
Interprofessional Care: As we move into the next decade of practice, we will undoubtedly work more collaboratively with other health care professionals. This concentration offers the student pharmacist the opportunity to work side by side with physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, business professionals, and others to shape and design effective health care models for patients.
We look forward to assisting you with questions you may have about our program! Our faculty and staff are helpful, knowledgeable resources, and we are always willing to assist in any way that we can.
More information can be found on our website at www.belmont.edu/pharmacy.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Biology with laboratory - Two courses such as general biology, microbiology, botany, zoology, genetics, and A&P. Must include labs.||8||12|
|Physics with laboratory - A one semester course, either algebra- or calculus-based. Must include a lab.||4||6|
|Public Speaking - Must include at least 3 major individual speeches and 1 minor presentation for 50% of course grade. A course syllabus may be required to confirm course content if the course is not titled as Public Speaking.||3||5|
|Social Sciences - Three semester courses. These may include courses from psychology, sociology, history, political science, and communication theory.||9||14|
|Electives - Two semester courses.||6||9|
|General (Inorganic) Chemistry - 2 semesters. Each of these courses must be a standard college-level course for science majors with a lab.||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry - 2 semesters. Each of these courses must be a standard college-level course for science majors with a lab utilizing full laboratory facilities.||8||12|
|Calculus - A one semester course providing an introduction to analytical geometry, limits, integration, and differentiation.||3||5|
|Statistics - Must include descriptive measures, elementary probability distributions, sampling distributions, one and two sample inferences on means and proportions, simple linear regression, and correlation. Business-based statistics not accepted.||3||5|
|Economics - A one semester course focused on general or health economics.||3||5|
|Literature - One semester. English and American literature satisfy this requirement, as do literature courses based on other cultures (such as French, African, classical, world, and continental) or specific modalities (such as poetry).||3||5|
|English Composition - One semester.||3||5|
|Writing Emphasis - One semester of a "writing emphasis" course such as English Composition II or any other writing courses denoted as such by a "W" (i.e. BIO W ) on a transcript is required.||3||5|
Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in June, August, or October.
School only accepts evaluations from WES or English translation required.
Qualified applicants are invited to attend an upcoming Interview Day. In addition to an interview appointment, Interview Days often include a program presentation, a campus and facility tour, opportunity to talk with current students, and an onsite essay.