The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy offers its Pharm.D. Program on two campuses – Duluth and the Twin Cities. Both campuses offer a small college feel, yet provide all the opportunities of a large university. Learn more about each campus at http://z.umn.edu/campus.
All classes are taught by faculty who are renowned for their research and innovations in patient-centered care. Throughout the four year program, students work closely with faculty. The student to faculty ratio is 6:1.
Our students learn by doing. Experiential education begins in the first year of the Pharm.D. program. Students learn in diverse patient care settings, typically one-on-one with a preceptor. The College of Pharmacy is part of the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center - organized specifically for health education, research, and practice – and provides opportunities for interprofessional study among medicine, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy students and faculty.
The curriculum of the Pharm.D. program is focused on patient-centered care, which involves helping patients identify, resolve, and prevent drug therapy problems. For specific information on the Pharm.D. curriculum, visit http://z.umn.edu/curriculum.
Pharmacy students will find the University of Minnesota offers a supportive student environment. Each student receives individualized attention from the Office of Student Services. Student input is sought on all college-wide decisions and 95 percent of pharmacy students are involved in the college’s student organizations.
Specific information can be found at http://z.umn.edu/umnpharmd.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|General Biology with laboratory||3||4|
|Microbiology with laboratory||3||4|
|General Chemistry I and II; 1 lab required, 2 recommended||6||9|
|Organic Chemistry I and II; 1 lab required, 2 recommended||6||9|
|Physics, calculus-based; 1 course (or 2 semesters of algebra-based)||3-6||4-9|
|Social and Behavioral Science; 2 courses (or bachelor's degree from U.S. regionally accredited institution)||6||8-9|
|English Composition, advanced course (or bachelor's degree from U.S. regionally accredited institution)||3||4|
|Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication (or bachelor's degree from U.S. regionally accredited institution)||3||4|
If taking combined Human Anatomy and Physiology courses, both semesters must be completed to fulfill both Human Anatomy and Physiology, or the combined one-semester course must be a minimum of 5 semester credits.
If you are completing a bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited institution in the United States, the social/behavioral science, advanced composition, and public speaking/interpersonal communication requirements will be met with the degree.
The recommended course for Advanced Biology is biochemistry. Other options include cell biology, genetics or molecular biology. Any other advanced biology course must focus on the human body in order to be considered.
Recommended courses for Social and Behavioral Science: psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, global issues, geography, political science, etc.
Applicants are responsible for reviewing prerequisite information at http://www.pharmacy.umn.edu/degrees-programs/doctor-pharmacy/admissions/prerequisites. Guides of approved prerequisites for numerous schools are provided on this website. If a guide does not exist for your school, you may contact admissions to confirm acceptability of prerequisites.
Qualified applicants will receive an email with the supplemental application link. Applicants may only submit the supplemental application upon invitation; however, applicants may begin preparing supplemental essays using the information at http://www.pharmacy.umn.edu/degrees-and-programs/doctor-pharmacy/applicants/steps-apply/supplemental-application.
Re-applicants must have PCAT scores sent to PharmCAS to be included with the new application, even if using old scores.
Choose at least three recommenders (up to four are allowed) from a variety of sources, such as college professors, work supervisors, volunteer supervisors or research supervisors. Only choose recommenders that know you well in a professional capacity; no family, friends or clergy.