The full-time 4-year Pharm.D. program consists of a 3-year didactic curriculum followed by 3 semesters of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. During the didactic portion of the curriculum, students will participate in Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences each semester. The program must be followed as prescribed and students cannot enroll part-time. Classes will be held in the fall and spring semesters only except during the APPE experiences. The SIUE School of Pharmacy was granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in June 2009. ACPE authorized the following statement: The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, IL 60602–5109, 312/664–3575; FAX 312/664–4652, web site http://www.acpe-accredit.org/">www.acpe-accredit.org.
The SIUE School of Pharmacy prepares pharmacists who can serve the health care needs of the citizens of Illinois and its surrounding region. The School provides a contemporary and innovative Pharmacy education utilizing state-of-the-art technology and new modern classrooms. The curriculum provides for interprofessional education, integrated and team-based learning, experiential education throughout the four years, and preparation for contemporary roles including health promotion, prevention and wellness. There is the opportunity to pursue a concentration of study for some of the didactic electives and for an advanced practice experiential elective. The hallmark of the program at SIUE is the focus on “Excellence.” Highly qualified students and competent and dedicated faculty are attributes of our program. The culture of SIUE is one of a community of learners, teachers and scholars.
The combination of scientific and technical emphasis of our program ensures that our graduates are prepared for highly-competitive pharmacy careers. Students complete a Senior Assignment that serves as an integrative capstone learning experience. The SIUE Senior Assignment has been recognized by the US News and World Report for its excellence. The School also prepares students for cultural competency and openness to diversity. This outcome is accomplished through the didactic curriculum and the experiential education. Numerous didactic and experiential education electives are also offered. Students develop citizenship and leadership skills as part of the co-curricular organizational opportunities.
A major component of the Pharm.D. curriculum (approximately 30%) is comprised of Experiential Education. This can best be defined as practical experience in a variety of pharmacy settings. Experiential Education, often called “rotations,” is the bridge between the classroom and the pharmacy practice environment. During their offsite experiences students work with practicing pharmacists or faculty members who are commonly referred to as “preceptors.” Contemporary pharmacy curriculums have two levels of experiential education incorporated over the course of the program: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). During the IPPE program students develop practice skills while during the APPE program they are expected to demonstrate their achievement of the skills needed to be a practicing pharmacist.
The experience starts with a didactic class in the spring semester P3 year that defines the experience. As part of this class, the students are assigned a five-week APPE capstone rotation block to be completed during their P4 year. During this APPE five week capstone rotation, the student is expected to work on a capstone project and have a rough draft of the final paper ready for the mentor and course coordinator at the end of the rotation. A final paper and poster is due in April of the P4 year. The capstone project is an independent, research based project that should follow the established guidelines for a research or publishable paper. It is desirable that the student can work on all aspects of a research project which include development of the idea, literature search, collection of data, analysis of the data and an appropriate conclusion based on the results. The project is small in scope so the student is able to spend a minimum of 120 hours from start to finish.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|General Chemistry I with lab||5|
|General Chemistry II with lab||5|
|College Physics II with lab||5|
|English Composition I||3|
|English Composition II||3|
|Microeconomics or Macroeconomics||3|
|Psychology or Sociology||3|
|Organic Chemistry I||3|
|Organic Chemistry II||3|
|Organic Chemistry Lab||2|
|General Biology I with lab||4|
|General Biology II with lab||4|
|Anatomy and Physiology I with lab||4|
|Anatomy and Physiology II with lab||4|
|College Physics I with lab||5|
For Fall 2015 Admission, PCAT scores through September 2014 will be considered.
WES or ECE evaluation required. SIUE may require applicants to provide English translations of course descriptions.
The SIUE School of Pharmacy will interview approximately 192 of the most qualified candidates each admissions cycle. Students will be notified whether they received an interview in mid January. Interviews are held in early February. On the day of the interview, students will take a writing assessment.More information about our interview process can be found on our website www.siue.edu/pharmacy