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College of pharmacy and health sciences
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Program

Dudman and Broyles

The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences offers a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program that prepares students to be compassionate pharmacy practitioners who possess the knowledge and skills required as authorities on the use of medications, and who can apply pharmaceutical and biomedical science to the clinical application of drug therapy.

All didactic coursework, earned Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) hours, and University Core Curriculum requirements must be completed before beginning the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) hours in the P4 year of the curriculum.

Students are required to complete the Doctor of Pharmacy program of study with a minimum of 206 credit hours.

Successful completion of the professional curriculum requires that the student not exceed five hours of coursework with earned grades less 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.  Students must maintain their eligibility to continue in the pharmacy program.

For a description of courses, visit Class Search.

NOTE: Degree requirements for incoming students may not reflect the actual degree requirements of current students.

Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum for all Pharmacy Programs

First Year—Pre-Pharmacy    

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • FYS101, First Year Seminar (3)
  • CH105, General Chemistry (with lab) or CH107 if qualified (4)
  • BI105, Introductory to Cell Biology (3) or MA 106 Calculus & Geometry (5)
  • Core (TI, PCA, or SW)* or Liberal Education Elective (3)
  • PX100, Exploring Pharmacy 1 (1)

Courses (Spring Semester)

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

Must earn C or better in CH105 to advance to CH106.
Must earn a C or better in CH106 (or CH107) to be eligible to take CH351. 
Must earn a passing grade in BI105 to take BI325 and BI323.  

Second Year—Pre-Pharmacy    

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • GHS201-2019, Global and Historical Studies (3)
  • CH351, Organic Chemistry with lab (4)
  • PX326, Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 (4)
  • PX325, Ethical Issues in Health Care** (3)
  • PX201, The Science of Pharmacy (1)
  • Core (PCA, TI, or SW)* (3)

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • GHS201-209, Global and Historical Studies (3)
  • CH352, Organic Chemistry with lab (4)
  • PX325, Ethical Issues in Health Care (3) 
  • PX327, Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 (4)
  • BI325, Pathogenic Microbiology with lab (3)
  • Core (PCA, TI, or SWA)*

Must earn a C or better in CH351 to advance to CH352.
Must earn passing grades in CH351 and CH352 to be eligible to take RX312.
Must earn passing grades in BI325 & PX326/327 to be eligible to take RX 314 & RX316.  

* 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.

Doctor of Pharmacy (Years 3-6)

First Professional Year (P1)    

Courses (Fall Semester)

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

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX314, Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology (3)
  • RX318, Introduction to Principles of Drug Action (PDA) (5)
  • RX324, Assessment Skills in the PPCP (2)
  • RX351, Basic Pharmaceutics (4)
  • RX301, IPE and Professional Development (1)
  • Professional Electives (0-3)

All RX courses numbered 300 or higher require official acceptance into the pharmacy program and P1 standing (or higher)
Must earn a passing grade in RX312 to be eligible to take RX314, RX318, and RX324.
Must earn a passing grade in RX314 to be eligible to take RX411, RX412, and RX511.
Must earn a passing grade in RX316 to be eligible to take RX318 and RX324.
Must earn a passing grade in RX318 to be eligible to take RX411, RX412, and RX511.
Must earn a passing grade in RX324 to be eligible to take RX403 and RX413.
Must earn a passing grade in RX351 to be eligible to take RX421.

Second Professional Year (P2)    

Courses (Fall Semester)

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

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX401, IPE and Professional Development 3 (1)
  • RX404, Therapeutics 2 Case Studies (1)
  • RX412, PDA 2 (4)
  • RX414, Therapeutics 2 (lecture) (3)
  • RX416, Self Care & Health Promotion 2 (3)
  • RX422, Advanced Dosage Forms (4)
  • RX432, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Management (2)

RX416 will fulfill the Core requirement for Speaking Across the Curriculum

RX 403 and RX411 are co-requisites for RX413
RX404 and RX412 are co-requisites for RX414
Must earn a passing grade in RX412 to be eligible to take RX522
Must earn a C or better in RX413 to be eligible to take RX404 & RX414
Must earn a C or better in RX414 to be eligible to take RX503, RX513, and RX522
Must earn a passing grade in RX415 to advance to RX416
Must earn a passing grade in RX421 to advance to RX422
Must earn a passing grade in RX422 to be eligible to take RX522

Third Professional Year (P3)    

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)
  • PX531, Evidence Based Medicine (2)
  • Professional Electives - 600 level (0–4)
    Must have a minimum of 7 hours of professional exectives by the end of the P3 year

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX502, Introduction to Rotations (1)
  • RX517, Therapeutics & Case Studies 4 (4)
  • RX523, Clinical Pharmacokinetics (3)
  • RX526, Pharmacy, Policy, and the Law (3)
  • RX527, Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics (2)
  • Professional Electives or Liberal Education Elective (3-6)
    Must have a minimum of 7 hours of professional electives by the end of the P3 year

Official P3 standing and anticipated P4 standing in May is required for RX500.
Official P3 standing is required for RX526
RX503, RX511, and RX522 are co- or prerequisites for RX513.
RX517 is a co-requisite for RX523.
Must earn passing grades in RX503, RX511, RX513, and RX522 to be eligible to take RX523.
Must earn a passing grade in RX503 and 513 to be eligible to take RX517. 

RX517 will fulfill the university core requirement for a writing intensive course.

Fourth Professional Year

Courses (Summer I)

  • RX 6_ Rotation Blocks 1 & 2* (8)

Courses (Summer II)

  • RX 6_ Rotation Blocks 3 & 4* (8)

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX 6_Rotation Blocks 5–8* (8)
  • RX607, PharmD Senior Seminar 1 (1)

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX 6_Rotation Blocks 9–12* (12)
  • RX608, PharmD Senior Seminar 2 (1)

* Specific rotations are scheduled through the Experiential Education Office. Students must take 10 rotations during the 12 rotation blocks, for a total of 40 credit hours of rotations by the end of spring semester.

Academic advisors are not responsible for ensuring the correctness of rotation scheduling or completion.  All aspects of rotations are managed though the Office of Experiential Education. Academic advisors are responsible for ensuring students enroll in and appropriately complete RX607 & RX608. 

Minimum number of credit hours required for graduation =  206 

Optional Doctor of Pharmacy Concentrations

Doctor of Pharmacy with Honors Curriculum

First Year—Pre-Pharmacy    

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • HN110, Honors Freshman Seminar (or FYS101) (3-4)
  • CH105, General Chemistry (with lab) or CH107 if qualified (5)
  • BI105, Introductory to Cell Biology (3) or MA 106 Calculus & Geometry (5)
  • PX100, Exploring Pharmacy (1)
  • CHOICE*

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • HN111 Honors Freshman Seminar (or FYS102) (3-4)
  • CH106, General Chemistry (with lab) (5)
  • BI105, Introductory Cell Biology (3) or MA106, Calculus and Analytical Geometry I (5)
  • CHOICE*

Must have C or better in CH105 to advance to CH106.
Must earn a C or better in CH106 (or CH107) to be eligible to take CH351. 
Must earn a passing grade in BI105 to take BI325, and BI323.
Must earn a passing grade in MA106 to be eligible to take RX350.
Must earn a passing grade in CH105 and BI105 to be eligible to take PX326.

Second Year—Pre-Pharmacy    

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • GHS, Global and Historical Studies (3)
  • CH351, Organic Chemistry with lab (5)
  • PX326, Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 (4)
  • PX325, Ethical Issues in Health Care (3) or PX200, Introduction to Professional Pharmacy Practice (1)
  • CHOICE* (suggest HN200 and/or HN300 level classes) (2-4)

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • GHS, Global and Historical Studies (3)
  • CH352, Organic Chemistry with lab (5)
  • PX325, Ethical Issues in Health Care (3) or PX200, Introduction to Professional Pharmacy Practice (1)
  • PX327, Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 (4)
  • BI325, Microbiology with lab (3)
  • CHOICE* (suggest HN 200 or HN300 level classes) (0-3)

Must earn a C or better in CH351 to advance to CH352.
Must earn passing grades in CH351 and CH352 to be eligible to take RX312.
Must earn passing grades in BI325 & PX326/327 to be eligible to take RX 314 & RX316.  

The elective patient care research track within the doctor of pharmacy curriculum will provide students an opportunity to participate in patient-care focused research. The research activity will be completed in a clinical practice setting and will be performed under the direct supervision of a COPHS faculty member.

First Professional Year (P1)    

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX312, Clinical Biochemistry (4)
  • RX316, Pathophysiology (4)
  • BI323, Immunology (2)
  • RX361, Pharmacy Practice & Health Admin 1 (3)
  • CHOICE* (suggest Core class, if not complete, or honors course) (3)

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX314, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (3)
  • RX362, Pharmacy Practice & Health Administration 2 (3)
  • RX318, Introduction to Principles of Drug Action (PDA) (5)
  • RX324, Clinical Assessment (2)
  • RX 351, Basic Pharmaceutics (4)

All RX courses numbered 300 or higher require official acceptance into the pharmacy program and P1 standing (or higher)
Must earn a passing grade in RX312 to be eligible to take RX314, RX318, and RX324.
Must earn a passing grade in RX314 to be eligible to take RX411, RX412, and RX511.
Must earn a passing grade in RX316 to be eligible to take RX318 and RX324.
Must earn a passing grade in RX318 to be eligible to take RX411, RX412, and RX511.
Must earn a passing grade in RX324 to be eligible to take RX403 and RX413.
Must earn a passing grade in RX351 to be eligible to take RX421.

Second Professional Year (P2)    

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX403, Therapeutics 1 Case Studies (1)
  • RX411, Principles of Drug Action 1 (4)
  • RX413, Therapeutics 1 (3)
  • RX415, Self-care and Health Promotion 1 (2)
  • RX421, Introduction to Dosage Forms (4)
  • RX461S, Pharmacy Practice & Health Administration 3 (3)
  • CHOICE* (as needed to complete core and honors requirements—if both complete, consider professional elective) (0-3)

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX404, Therapeutics 2 Case Studies (1)
  • RX412, Principles of Drug Action 2 (4)
  • RX414, Therapeutics 2 (3)
  • RX416C, Self-care and Health Promotion 2 (3)
  • RX422, Advanced Dosage Forms (4)
  • RX462, Pharmacy Practice & Health Administration 4 (3)

RX403 and RX411 are co-requisites for RX413.
RX404 and RX412 are co-requisites for RX414. Must achieve a C or better in RX404, RX414 to be eligible to take RX513.
Must earn a passing grade in RX412, RX422 to be eligible to take RX522.
Must earn a C or better in RX413 to be eligible to take RX404 & RX414.
Must earn a passing grade in RX415 to advance to RX416.
Must earn a passing grade in RX421 to advance to RX422.
Must earn a passing grade in RX412, RX422 to be eligible to take RX522.

RX416 Self Care fulfills the core requirement for Speaking Across the Curriculum.
RX461 will incorporate the Core Indianapolis Community Requirement.

Third Professional Year (P3)    

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX432, Personnel & Financial Mgmt (3)
  • RX503, Therapeutics 3 Case Studies (1)
  • RX511, Principles of Drug Action 3 (4)
  • RX513, Therapeutics 3 (3)
  • RX522, Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics (3)
  • RX6xx, Professional Elective (2–3)

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX500, Introduction to Experiential Rotations (1)
  • RX517W, Therapeutics & Case Studies 4 (4)
  • RX523, Clinical Pharmacokinetics (3)
  • RX526, Pharmacy, Policy, and the Law (3)
  • RX6xx, Professional Elective (3)
  • HN397 or (HN398) Honors Independent Study (1-2)

Official P3 standing and anticipated P4 standing in May is required for RX500.
Official P3 standing is required for RX526.
RX503, RX511,and RX522 are co- or prerequisites for RX513.
RX517 is a co-requisite for RX523.
RX503 and RX513 are pre-requisites for RX517; RX523 is a co-requisite to RX517..
Must earn a passing grades in RX503, RX511, RX513, and RX522 to be eligible to take RX523.

In general, students must have all professional electives (and Butler Cultural Requirements—BCRs) completed before starting the P4 year. However, students working on RX605 and 606 projects may enroll in these courses during the P4 year.  

Must have at least 168 credit hours completed by end of third professional year to go on rotations, honors students should have 170 hours.  

Fourth Professional Year (P4)    

Courses (Summer I)

  • RX 6_ Rotation Blocks 1 & 2* (8)

Courses (Summer II)

  • RX 6_ Rotation Blocks 3 & 4* (8)

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX6_Rotation Blocks 5–8* (8)

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX6_Rotation Blocks 9–12* (12)

* Specific rotations are scheduled through the Experiential Education Office. Students must take 10 rotations during the 12 rotation blocks, for a total of 40 credit hours of rotations by the end of spring semester.

Academic advisors are not responsible for ensuring the correctness of rotation scheduling or completion. All aspects of rotations are managed though the Office of Experiential Education. 

Minimum number of credit hours required for graduation =  210.
Honors students should have at least 211 hours; and may often have more. 

Doctor of Pharmacy with Medical Spanish Concentration

Pharmacy students may declare the medical Spanish concentration upon successful completion of RX617, Advanced Medical Spanish. Students must formally register for the track by adding it as a minor using the Butler University Major/Program Change Form. Successful completion of the medical Spanish concentration requires a minimum of 12 credit hours of medical Spanish coursework having the RX course designator. The 12 credit hours must include an APPE rotation with a Spanish-language focus. RX617, Advanced Medical Spanish, or permission of the instructor, is a prerequisite for the APPE rotation.

Curriculum

The following courses may be used to satisfy completion of the medical Spanish concentration:

  • RX481, Introduction to Medical Spanish (3)
  • RX482, Advanced Medical Spanish (3)
  • RX483, Medical Spanish Service Learning (3)
  • RX6484, Spanish Immersion (3)
  • RX692, Indigent Care (with Spanish emphasis) rotation (4)

Doctor of Pharmacy with Patient Care Research Concentration

The elective patient care research concentration within the doctor of pharmacy curriculum will provide students an opportunity to participate in patient-care focused research. The research activity will be completed in a clinical practice setting and will be performed under the direct supervision of a COPHS faculty member.

Curriculum
  • Years 1–2 as above (Pre-Pharmacy)
First Professional Year (P1)    

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX312, Clinical Biochemistry (4)
  • RX316, Pathophysiology (4)
  • BI323, Immunology (2)
  • RX361, Pharmacy Practice & Health Admin 1 (3)
  • CHOICE* (3)

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX314, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (3)
  • RX362, Pharmacy Practice & Health Administration 2 (3)
  • RX318, Introduction to Principles of Drug Action (PDA) (5)
  • RX324, Clinical Assessment (2)
  • RX 351, Basic Pharmaceutics (4)

All RX courses numbered 300 or higher require official acceptance into the pharmacy program and P1 standing (or higher)
Must earn a passing grade in RX312 to be eligible to take RX314, RX318, and RX324.
Must earn a passing grade in RX314 to be eligible to take RX411, RX412, and RX511.
Must earn a passing grade in RX316 to be eligible to take RX318 and RX324.
Must earn a passing grade in RX318 to be eligible to take RX411, RX412, and RX511.
Must earn a passing grade in RX324 to be eligible to take RX403 and RX413.
Must earn a passing grade in RX351 to be eligible to take RX421.

Second Professional Year (P2)    

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX400S, IPE and Professional Development 2 (1)
  • RX403, Therapeutics 1 Case Studies (1)
  • RX411, Principles 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)
  • RX602/603 Independent Study (2)

Total Semester Hours (20)

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX401, IPE and Professional Development 3 (1)
  • RX404, Therapeutics 2 Case Studies (1)
  • RX412, Principles 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, and Management (2)

Total Semester Hours (18)

Third Professional Year (P3)    

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX501, IPE 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, Professional Elective (0-4)
  • RX633, Incurrent Topics in Pharm Sci (1)

Total Semester Hours (15–19)

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX502, Introduction to Rotations (1)
  • RX517W, Therapeutics & Case Studies 4 (4)
  • RX523, Clinical Pharmacokinetics (3)
  • RX526, Pharmacy, Policy, and the Law
  • RX527, Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics (2)
  • Professional Elective or Liberal Education Elective (3-6)
  • RX634, Semincars in Pharmacy Sci (1)

Total Semester Hours (17-20)

Fourth Professional Year (P4)    

Rotations

  • 3 Patient Care Research Rotations (12)
  • 7 Patient Care Rotations (28)
    • 1 General Medicine
    • 2 Acute Care
    • 1 Ambulatory Care
    • 2 Community Practice
    • 1 Patient Care Elective
  • RX604, Pharmacy Project (1)
  • RX605, Pharmacy Project (1)
  • RX606, Pharmacy Project (1)

Total hours (40)

Total credit hours required for graduation: (210)

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 research activity will be completed in a pharmaceutical sciences laboratory and will be performed under the direct supervision of a COPHS faculty member.

Curriculum
  • Years 1–2 as above (Pre-Pharmacy)
First Professional Year (P1)    

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX312, Clinical Biochemistry (4)
  • RX316, Pathophysiology (4)
  • BI323, Immunology (2)
  • RX361, Pharmacy Practice & Health Administration 1 (3)
  • CHOICE* (3)

Courses (Spring Semester)

  • RX314, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (3)
  • RX362, Pharmacy Practice & Health Administration 2 (3)
  • RX318, Introduction to Principles of Drug Action (PDA) (5)
  • RX324, Clinical Assessment (2)
  • RX 351, Basic Pharmaceutics (4)

All RX courses numbered 300 or higher require official acceptance into the pharmacy program and P1 standing (or higher)
Must earn a passing grade in RX312 to be eligible to take RX314, RX318, and RX324.
Must earn a passing grade in RX314 to be eligible to take RX411, RX412, and RX511.
Must earn a passing grade in RX316 to be eligible to take RX318 and RX324.
Must earn a passing grade in RX318 to be eligible to take RX411, RX412, and RX511.
Must earn a passing grade in RX324 to be eligible to take RX403 and RX413.
Must earn a passing grade in RX351 to be eligible to take RX421.

Second Professional Year (P2)

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX411, Principles 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)

  • RX410, IPE and Professional Development 3 (1) 
  • RX404, Therapeutics 2 Case Studies (1)
  • RX412, Principles 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, and Management (2)
  • RX601, Independent Study (optional) (1)

Total Semester Hours (18–19)

Third Professional Year (P3)

Courses (Fall Semester)

  • RX501, IPE and Professional Development 4 (1)
  • RX503, Therapeutics 3 Case Studies (1)
  • RX511, Principles of Drug Action 3 (4)
  • RX513, Therapeutics 3 (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)
  • RX523, Clinical Pharmacokinetics (3)
  • RX526, Pharmacy, Policy, and the Law (3)
  • RX527, Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics (2)
  • Liberal Education Elective or Professional Elective (3)
  • RX601/602, Indep Study or Pharm Sci Electives (1–2)
  • RX634, Seminars in Pharm Sci (1)

Total Semester Hours (18–19)

Fourth Professional Year (P4)
  • 3 Research Rotations** (12 weeks total)—May through July (12)
  • 7 Patient Care Rotations (28)
    • 1 General Medicine
    • 2 Acute Care
    • 1 Ambulatory Care
    • 2 Community Practice
    • 1 Patient Care Elective
  • RX604, Pharmacy Project (1)
  • RX605, Pharmacy Project (1)
  • RX606, Pharmacy Project (1)

Total hours (42)

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

Total credit hours required for graduation: 208

 

Doctor of Pharmacy with Entrepreneurship Concentration

There is an increasing need for entrepreneurial skills in health care to encourage the creation of new and innovative health-related services, technologies, and therapies. To date, the entrepreneurial endeavors within the profession of pharmacy have been undertaken largely without formal training in entrepreneurship within the traditional pharmacy curriculum.  Importantly, entrepreneurship is generally associated with the establishment of innovative and progressive services; entrepreneurship and its associated skills are key to the development of a range of health services in community, hospital, industry, and various other sectors. 

Strong entrepreneurial skills form a dual, interactive process, where students develop an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their ideas, and of themselves, in relation to the wider environment.  Students who pursue this concentration will be better equipped to identify emerging problems, develop thoughtful solutions, and lead the pharmacy profession forward.

Goals and Outcomes
  • Provide students with a fundamental knowledge of concepts and skills necessary for practice in traditional and emerging areas of the profession.
  • Teach students how to apply principles of operations, financial management, marketing, and innovation to pharmacy practice-related problems.
  • Make students problem-solvers, helping them to overcome the unique and ever-changing challenges of delivering healthcare. 
Concentration Curriculum
Professional Year Course Semester Credit Hours
P1 EI201: Real Business Experience Fall or Spring

3

P2 RX432: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, & Management Spring 2
P3 EI315: Creativity and Innovation Fall 3
  EI485: Entrepreneurial Accelerator Spring 3
P4 Administrative APPE Rotation Fall or Spring 4
    Total Credit Hours 15

 

Pharmacy students may declare the Entrepreneurial Concentration upon completion of their second pre-professional year. Successful completion of the Entrepreneurial Concentration requires a minimum of 15* credit hours, which includes an APPE administrative rotation.

Concentration Courses:

EI201: Real Business Experience

Course Description: This class teaches students how to develop a real business plan. Working in teams, students identify a business initiative, develop business strategies, write a business plan report, and make a major presentation. Teams potentially receive funding for a (follow-up class) real business start-up. 

Prerequisites: must at least have sophomore standing

 

RX432: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Management

Course Description: This course introduces the principles and practice of entrepreneurship, leadership, and management in pharmacy. This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of concepts and basic skills necessary for practice in traditional and emerging areas of the pharmacy profession. Equipped with this essential information, students will be able to apply principles of operations, financial management, marketing, and innovation to pharmacy practice-related problems. Ultimately, this course is not designed to make students management or economics experts, but will help prepare students to overcome the unique and ever-changing challenges of delivering healthcare.

Prerequisites: none

 

EI315: Creativity and Innovation

Course Description: This one semester writing intensive course is designed to develop personal creativity skills and entrepreneurial mindset while learning the impact of innovation strategies across industries and organizations. Students will be exposed to concepts and principles engaged in mind mapping, creative problem solving, leadership, and self-reflection.

Prerequisites: must earn a passing grade in EI201; must be at least junior standing

 

EI485: Entrepreneurial Accelerator

Course Description: This course is designed as the capstone for students in entrepreneurship and innovation. A lean startup approach is used to get ideas as close to launch as possible, or if already launched, to experience accelerated growth.

This is a brand new course that will be offered in the form of two (2) sections every spring, starting in the spring of 2020.

Prerequisites: must earn a passing grade in EI315
 

Experiential Experience: Administrative APPE Rotation

One (1) Administration Rotation in the following setting: hospital, community, managed care, or administrative; 4 credit hours

 

Doctor of Pharmacy Dual Degrees

PharmD/MBA Dual Degree

The Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration dual degree program is a six-year curriculum with courses in both Butler’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and College of Business. You will complete prerequisites and professional courses in both colleges for the first five years during the spring, fall, and summer semesters. The sixth and final year is dedicated to experiential rotations; you’ll use what you’ve learned in the classroom in real-world pharmacy practice settings.

In addition to Pre-Pharmacy years 1 and 2, and Professional years 3–6, the following requirements must be met.

Course descriptions can be found in Class Search.

Business Choice 1

The following classes should be taken prior to the beginning of the junior year. The order of the classes isn’t important (except AC203 needs to be taken before AC204, and EC231 needs to be taken before EC232). Up to 12 credit hours may be taken outside of Butler University. If planning to take classes at another university, complete the transfer credit application and submit for approval BEFORE taking the class elsewhere. Not all classes are created equally; do not assume a basic business class from a community college will transfer. 

  • MS100, Business Excel
  • AC203, Accounting I
  • AC204, Accounting II 
  • EC231, Microeconomics
  • EC232, Macroeconomics
  • MS 264, Statistics 
  • MS 265, Information Technology 

Business Choice 2

 The following classes may not be taken before the junior year and many have prerequisites from the “Business Choice 1” classes. 

  • FN 340, Corporate Finance
  • MK380, Intro to Marketing Management
  • MG360, Organizational Behavior 

MBA

After being accepted into the MBA program, the following courses must be taken. MBA 505 must be taken first and MBA 545 must be taken last. The order of the other courses is not as important.

  • MBA505, Gateway Experience
  • MBA510, Leadership
  • MBA515, Legal and Ethical Operation of Business
  • MBA520, Managerial Accounting
  • MBA522, Business Practicum*
  • MBA525, Managerial Economics
  • MBA530, Financial Management
  • MBA535, Marketing Management and Research Methods
  • MBA540, Information Management and Business Analytics
  • MBA542, Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • MBA545, Integrated Capstone

 * May substitute MBA 571 Global Business Experience 

PharmD/Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences Dual Degree

One of the factors that limit many doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students from pursuing advanced degrees is the time commitment of eight or nine years required to complete the PharmD degree, plus an advanced pharmaceutical sciences degree. The objective of this program is to provide students with a time- and financially-efficient way to meet their professional goals. The curriculum for the PharmD/MS dual degree integrates the existing curricula of the PharmD and the MS in pharmaceutical sciences.

The PharmD degree allows students to work in many facets of the practice of pharmacy. Offering a PharmD/MS dual degree allows PharmD students to pursue additional training in the area of pharmaceutical sciences research. Having a PharmD/MS dual degree aids in the recruitment and retention of outstanding pharmacy students with a strong interest in research, and makes graduates more competitive for positions in the pharmaceutical industry or for academic positions.

In addition to Pre-Pharmacy years 1 and 2, and Professional years 3–6, the following requirements must be met.

Course descriptions can be found in Class Search.

The following courses must be taken prior to entry into the graduate portion of the MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences program:

  • RX634, Seminars in Pharmaceutical Science (1)
  • RX601, Independent Study (1)
  • RX633, Current Topics in Pharmaceutical Science (1)
  • RX601, Independent Study (1)

Once admitted into the graduate program, the summer research is required following the P2 Year:

  • RX705/706 Research and Thesis (3)

Additional requirements during the third professional year of the PharmD program (P3) 

  • Fall Semester:
    • RX781, Seminars in Pharmaceutical Science (1)
    • RX783, Intro into Pharmaceutical Research (2)
  • Spring Semester:
    • Liberal Education or Graduate-Level Electives (5)
    • RX701, Research and Thesis (1)
    • RX785, Biopharmaceutical Analysis (3)

Additional requirements during the fourth professional year of the PharmD program (P4) 

  • 3 graduate-level Research Rotations (12)
  • RX782, Ethics in Research (1)
  • RX780, Current Topics (1)​

Experiential Rotations

Experiential rotations give the student an opportunity to learn by doing. This crucial part of the pharmacy education program places students in working environments where they put classroom theories into practice.

During the final year of the professional phase, students participate in 10 one-month rotations at community pharmacies, hospitals and ambulatory clinic practices. Hospital medical teams lead the clinical experiences. There are numerous choices for the type and location of rotations at excellent sites in Indiana and the nation.

*Core Options

In any area marked Core, students may use these hours to satisfy requirements for Core curriculum, liberal arts education electives, or minor/track/dual degree major requirements.  Everyone must have at least 17 total Core credit hours, and they must meet the following requirements:

  • All students are required to take or have transfer, AP, or IB credit for all of the following core classes:
    • Social World (SW)
    • Perspectives in the Creative Arts (PCA)
    • Text and Ideas (T&I)
    • Physical Wellbeing (PWB)
  • Liberal Arts Education Electives—All students must take at least 6 credit hours of non-math, non-science, non-pharmacy classes (typically taken as two 3 credit hour courses). Courses for non-math/non-science minors, tracks, or dual degree majors may be used for liberal arts education elective credit. Classes must be taken for a grade, not pass/fail.

Note a total of 17 total hours of Core is required (due to curricular changes over the years), but the above classes may only total 16. If a student has met all core and liberal ed requirements, and does not have AP credit or other non-required courses, they may need an additional credit hour.  Students must complete at least 168 hours prior to rotations.