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Butler University Bulletin

Doctor of Pharmacy with Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Concentration

The elective pharmaceutical sciences research concentration within the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum will provide students an opportunity to participate in pharmaceutical sciences-focused research. The concentration comprises 12 credit hours of pharmaceutical sciences research, at least 2 credit hours of independent study, and 2 credit hours of pharmaceutical sciences research seminar topics. The research activity will be completed in a pharmaceutical sciences laboratory and will be performed under the direct supervision of a COPHS faculty member.

Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the student learning outcomes for the Pharmacy Program, at the completion of the pharmaceutical sciences research concentration the student will be able to: 

  • Conduct a thorough literature review and write a concise summary of the literature relevant to a research project using appropriate critical thinking and analysis skills
  • Using one or two laboratory techniques, conduct laboratory experiments with sufficient proficiency so as to function with minimal supervision
  • Generate, evaluate, and interpret experimental data using the principles of scientific research integrity
  • Create and present an oral presentation summarizing the background, methods, results, and conclusions of the conducted research


Years 1–3 as found here.

Second Professional Year

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX403, Therapeutics 1 Case Studies (1)
  • RX411, Prin of Drug Action 1 (4)
  • RX413, Therapeutics 1 (3)
  • RX415, Self-Care and Health Promotion 1 (3)
  • RX421, Introduction to Dosage Forms (4)
  • RX427 Pharmacy Applications of Biostatistics and Research Design (2)
  • RX400S IPE and Professional Development 2 (1)
  • RX601/602 Independent Study (1–2)

Total Semester Hours: 19–20

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX401IPE and Professional Development 3 (1)
  • RX404, Therapeutics 2 Case Studies (1)
  • RX412, Prin of Drug Action 2 (4)
  • RX414, Therapeutics 2 (3)
  • RX416C, Self-care and Health Promotion 2 (3)
  • RX422, Advanced Dosage Forms (4)
  • RX432 Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Management (2)
  • RX601, Independent Study (optional) (1)

Total Semester Hours: 18–19

Third Professional Year

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX501IPE and Professional Development 4 (1)
  • RX503, Therapeutics 3 Case Studies (1)
  • RX511, Principles of Drug Action 3 (4)
  • RX513, Therapeutics 3 (3)
  • RX522, Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics (3)
  • RX531 Evidence Based Medicine (2)
  • RX6xx, Pharmaceutical Science Elective (0-4)
  • RX633, Current Topics in Pharm Sci (1)

Total Semester Hours 15–19

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX502, Intro to Rotations (1)
  • RX517W, Therapeutics & Case Studies 4 (4)
  • RX526, Pharmacy, Policy, and the Law (3)
  • RX523, Clinical Pharmacokinetics (3)
  • RX527, Health Outcomes & Pharmacoeconomics (2)
  • Liberal education elective or professional electives3RX601/602, Indep Study or Pharm Sci Electives (1–2)
  • RX634, Seminars in Pharm Sci (1)

Total Semester Hours: 18-19

Fourth Professional Year

  • 3 research rotations** (12 weeks total)—May through July (12)
  • 7 patient care rotations (28)

Total Semester Hours: 40

** Prerequisite for research rotations: grade of C or better in research concentration basic science courses; all three research rotations are to be completed consecutively.


NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.