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Butler University Bulletin

Doctor of Pharmacy Requirements

  • Students matriculating in Fall 2021 of the pre-professional year are required to complete the program of study with a minimum of 206 credit hours.
  • Successful completion of the professional curriculum requires that the student not exceed 5 hours of course work with earned grades lower than C (2.0) in PX and RX courses numbered 300 or higher. Additionally, the student’s professional GPA must be 2.0 or higher. The professional curriculum consists of those courses designated PX and RX. The proper sequence of courses must be maintained and the prerequisites for each course satisfied. The student is responsible for making certain that he or she has completed all required courses in the curriculum.
  • All didactic coursework, all earned Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) hours, and University Core Curriculum requirements must be completed before beginning the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiential (APPE) rotations in the P4 year of the curriculum.
  • Only students admitted to and currently enrolled in the professional Pharmacy Program of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences may register for courses offered as part of the curriculum numbered with RX designators. Such students must maintain their eligibility to continue in the Pharmacy Program.

View the Doctor of Pharmacy Course Catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Acquire knowledge and apply rational decision-making and problem-solving skills:

  • Apply foundational pharmaceutical and health-related knowledge
  • Ensure the safe and effective use of medications
  • Provide and promote both patient-centered and population-based care and wellness

Function as an effective communicator and educator:

  • Use appropriate interviewing and counseling skills
  • Engage and collaborate with members of the interprofessional healthcare team and all applicable audiences
  • Assist patients with navigating the healthcare system and advocate for their needs

Demonstrate the principles of practice:

  • Use fundamental pharmacy practice skills
  • Effectively manage medication use systems

Emulate the principles of professionalism

  • Inculcate ethical, legal, and compassionate conduct and values
  • Recognize diversity and demonstrate cultural awareness to diminish health disparities
  • Practice independent learning and self-awareness
  • Use leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship skills to accomplish goals

Curriculum for First-Year Students Matriculating Beginning 2021

The College reserves the right to change the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum at the discretion of the faculty.

First Year, Pre-Pharmacy

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • FYS101, First Year Seminar (3)
  • CH105, General Chemistry (4)
  • BI105, Intro Cell Biology (or MA 106) (3)
  • Core (TI, PCA, or SW)* (3) OR
  • Liberal education elective (3)
  • PX100, Exploring Pharmacy 1 (1)

Total Semester Hours: 14–15

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • FYS102, First Year Seminar (3)
  • CH106, General Chemistry (4)
  • MA106, Calc and Analytical Geom I (or BI105) (4)
  • Core (TI, PCA, or SW)* (3)
  • PWB, Physical Well-Being (1)
  • PX102, Exploring Pharmacy 2 (1)

Total Semester Hours: 15–16

* TI=Texts and Ideas, PCA=Perspectives in the Creative Arts, SW=Social World. Students (except previously degreed students) must take at least one core course in each of the divisions listed.

Second Year, Pre-Pharmacy

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • GHS201–209, Global and Historical Studies (3)
  • PX326, Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 (4)
  • CH351, Organic Chemistry (4)
  • PX325, Ethical Issues in Healthcare** OR (3)
  • Core (PCA, TI, SW)* (3)
  • PX201 The Science of Pharmacy (1)

Total Semester Hours 15

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • GHS201–209, Global and Historical Studies (3)
  • BI325, Pathogenic Microbiology (3)
  • CH352, Organic Chemistry (4)
  • PX327, Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 (4)
  • Core (PCA, TI, SW)* (3)

Total Semester Hours: 17

* TI=Texts and Ideas, PCA=Perspectives in the Creative Arts, SW=Social World. Students (except previously degreed students) must take at least one core course in each of the divisions listed.

** Ethical Issues in Healthcare may be taken fall or spring semester

First Professional Year (Third Year)

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX312, Clinical Biochemistry (4)
  • RX316, Pathophysiology (4)
  • RX321, SJD - Diversity & Inclusivity in Healthcare (3)
  • BI323, Immunology (2)
  • RX361, Approval to Administration: How Drugs Get to Patients (3)
  • Professional electives (0-3)

Total Semester Hours: 16–19

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX314, Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology (3)
  • RX318, Introduction to Principles of Drug Action (5)
  • PX324, Assessment Skills in the PPCP (2)
  • RX351, Basic Pharmaceutics (4)
  • RX301 IPE and Professional Development (1)
  • Professional Electives (0-3)

Total Semester Hours: 15-18

Second Professional Year

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX400s  IPE and Professional Development 2 (1)
  • RX403, Therapeutics 1 case studies (1)
  • RX413, Therapeutics 1 (3)
  • RX411, PDA 1 (4)
  • RX415, Self-Care & Health Promotion 1 (3)
  • RX421, Intro to Dosage Forms (4)
  • RX427 Pharmacy Applications of Biostatistics and Research Design (2)

Total Semester Hours: 18

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX401 IPE and Professional Development 3 (1)
  • RX404, Therapeutics 2 case studies (1)
  • RX414, Therapeutics 2 (3)
  • RX412, PDA 2 (4)
  • RX416C, Self-Care & Health Promotion 2 (3)
  • RX422, Advanced Dosage Forms (4)
  • RX432 Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Management (2)

Total Semester Hours: 18

Third Professional Year

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX501 IPE and Professional Development 4 (1)
  • RX503, Therapeutics 3 case studies (1)
  • RX513, Therapeutics 3 (3)
  • RX511, PDA 3 (4)
  • RX522, Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics (3)
  • RX531 Evidence Based Medicine (2)
  • Professional electives (600 level) (0-4)

Total Semester Hours: 14-18

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX502 Introduction to Rotations (1)
  • RX517W, Therapeutics 4 with case studies (4)
  • RX523, Clinical Pharmacokinetics (3)
  • RX526, Pharmacy, Policy, and the Law (3)
  • RX527 Health Outcomes & Pharmacoeconomics (2)
  • Professional Electives (3-6)

Total Semester Hours: 16-19

Students must have a minimum of 7 professional elective hours.

Fourth Professional Year

  • RX650–699: 10 experiential on-site rotations
    (4 hours each) (40)

Total credit hours required for graduation: 206

Curriculum for First-Year Students Matriculating 2016

The College reserves the right to change the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum at the discretion of the faculty.

First Year, Pre-Pharmacy

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • FYS101, First Year Seminar (3)
  • CH105, General Chemistry (with lab) (5)
  • BI105, Intro Cell Biology (or MA106) (3)
  • Core (TI, PCA, or SW)* (3) OR
  • Liberal Education Elective (3)
  • PX100, Exploring Pharmacy (1)

Total Semester Hours: 15–17

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • FYS102, First Year Seminar (3)
  • CH106, General Chemistry (with lab) (5)
  • MA106, Calc and Analytical Geom I (or BI105) (3)
  • BI105, Intro Cell Biology (3)
  • Core (TI, PCA, or SW)* (3) OR
  • Liberal Education Elective (3)
  • PWB, Physical Well-Being (1)

Total Semester Hours: 15–18

Second Year, Pre-Pharmacy

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • GHS201–209, Global and Historical Studies (3)
  • PX326, Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 (4)
  • CH351, Organic Chemistry (with lab) (5)
  • PX325, Ethical Issues in Healthcare (3) OR
  • Core (TI, PCA, or SW)* (3)

Total Semester Hours: 16–18

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • GHS201–209, Global and Historical Studies (3)
  • BI325, Pathogenic Microbiology (3)
  • CH352, Organic Chemistry (with lab) (5)
  • PX327, Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 (4)
  • PX200, Intro to Pharmacy Practice** OR (1)

Total Semester Hours: 16–18

* TI=Texts and Ideas, PCA=Perspectives in the Creative Arts, SW=Social World. Students (except previously degreed students) must take at least one core course in each of the divisions listed.

First Professional Year (Third Year)

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX312, Clinical Biochemistry (4)
  • RX316, Pathophysiology (4)
  • BI323, Immunology (2)
  • RX361, Pharm Practice & Health Admin 1 (3)
  • Liberal education elective (3) OR
  • Core (TI, PCA, or SW)*

Total Semester Hours: 16

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX314, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (3)
  • RX318, Intro to Principles of Drug Action (5)
  • RX362, Pharm Practice & Health Admin 2 (3)
  • RX324, Clinical Assessment (2)
  • RX351, Basic Pharmaceutics (4)

Total Semester Hours: 17

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 (2)
  • RX421, Introduction to Dosage Forms (4)
  • RX427, Biostatistics and Research Design (2)
  • RX400S, IPE and Professional Development 2 (1)

Total Semester Hours: 17

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • 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)
  • RX401, IPE and Professional Development 3 (1)

Total Semester Hours: 18

Third Professional Year

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX432, Personnel & Financial Mgmt (3)
  • RX501 IPPE (0)
  • 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)
  • RX501, IPE and Professional Development 4 (1)
  • RX6xx, Professional Electives (2–3)

Total Semester Hours: 16–17

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX502, Intro to Rotations (1)
  • RX517W, Therapeutics & Case Studies 4 (4)
  • RX523, Clinical Pharmacokinetics (3)
  • RX526, Pharmacy, Policy, and the Law (3)
  • Liberal education elective (3)
  • RX6xx, Professional Electives (2)

Total Semester Hours: 16

Fourth Professional Year

  • RX650–699: six required pharmacy rotations (40)

Total credit hours required for graduation: 210

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 my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.