About the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree
Cedarville’s unique Christian Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program will equip you for a career in the dynamic field of pharmacy. Far beyond the traditional drugstore, pharmacists are a key part of today’s medical team, providing patient care and advice while collaborating with physicians on prescribing and managing complex drug therapy. Pharmacists have prescriptive authority in many states and have become one the nation’s largest providers of immunizations. It’s the perfect career to blend your interest in the sciences and your passion to serve people, and Cedarville University will help you get there.
Why Study Pharmacy at Cedarville?
At Cedarville, we’re engaging the dynamic environment of 21st-century healthcare with a solid Christian perspective. You will learn from Christian faculty members who have received national recognitions for their research and will discover how to integrate your faith and a biblical worldview into your professional practice. We are preparing future pharmacists who can meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients with faith-informed ethics and commitment.
How long is pharmacy school at Cedarville? When you are admitted into the Pharm.D. program as a freshman, you will be able to to complete a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, a Bible minor, and a doctorate of pharmacy degree in six or seven years.
Students who have completed their undergraduate coursework at another institution and plan to apply for the doctorate program can find prerequisite, application, and interview information on our Prospective Pharm.D. Student Admissions page.
Doctor of Pharmacy Program Highlights
Accredited – The Cedarville University School of Pharmacy’s doctorate program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
Early Decision – Students applying through PharmCAS will have opportunity to apply through Cedarville’s early decision program. Students who are accepted through Early Decision will not be put on a waitlist and will receive a scholarship for the first year in the professional program.
Biblical – Your academic program will be strengthened by incorporating Scripture throughout all coursework. Cedarville’s commitment to the authority of the Bible is the basis for discussions on medical ethics, the sanctity of life, origins, and the balanced integration of faith and learning. As a result, you will be equipped to influence your profession and culture for Christ.
Future Thinking – The School of Pharmacy’s Center for Pharmacy Innovation seeks creative, biblical solutions today to meet the healthcare challenges of tomorrow.
Innovative curriculum – The four-year professional curriculum — designed to meet the latest accreditation standards and to address contemporary topics in pharmacy — features a modular approach, enabling you to master course content progressively. Approximately one-third of the curriculum occurs off campus in health-systems, pharmacies, clinics, and pharmaceutical companies, just to name a few. The program is offered in both six- or seven-year completion plans.
Mentoring faculty – You will study with professors who have high academic credentials as well as extensive clinical and research experience. They are leaders in the pharmacy profession, recognized by their peers, consulted by the media, and sought after as trainers and presenters. Most importantly, they love the Lord and will encourage and guide you every step of your educational journey.
State-of-the-art facilities – You will learn and discover in the spacious, award-winning Health Sciences Center, which features the latest in instructional technology and pharmacy laboratory and simulation equipment. The Center also includes multiple group meeting rooms for collaborative research and study.
What Can I Do with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree?
Pharmacy is a dynamic field with growing demand. Your Pharm.D. degree can lead you to careers in:
- Ambulatory Care Clinics
- Chain Pharmacy Management
- Clinical Specialists (e.g., Oncology, Cardiology, Pediatrics, etc.)
- Community Pharmacy Ownership
- Community and Retail Pharmacies
- Drug and Poison Information Services
- Home Infusion Services
- Hospital Pharmacies
- Hospital Pharmacy Administration
- International Medical Missions
- Long-term Care Pharmacy
- Managed Care Services
- Medical and Drug Informatics
- Medical Publishing
- Nuclear Pharmacy Services
- Pharmaceutical Research
- Professional Associations
- Specialty Compounding Services
- University Teachings
Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom
You will have many co-curricular opportunities to complement your coursework and enhance your resume.
Experiential learning — As a Pharm.D. student, you will become a licensed intern in the state of Ohio during your first year in the professional program (you may also choose to gain licensure in another state as well). This will allow you to work in various pharmacies and health-systems/hospitals during your Pharm.D. program. You will complete experiential training throughout the entire curriculum.
Professional organizations — You will be able to participate in professional organizations and in some cases take on leadership roles at the state or national level.
Research — Working with a faculty adviser, you can choose to conduct cutting-edge research.
Outreach — You can participate in a short-term medical missions trip or work in local pharmacies or clinics that care for underserved populations.