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We offer a Pharm.D. degree program and two dual-degrees at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Pharm.D.

The Doctor of Pharmacy is a professional degree similar to the doctor of medicine (M.D.) for physicians or a doctor of dental surgery (DDS) for dentists. This is a four year program that prepares students to become future health care leaders.  Our graduates work in a wide range of practice environments including hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, government agencies and academia.

Our Pharm.D. program is offered on both our Chapel Hill and Asheville campuses.

Pharm.D./MBA

The joint Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Business Administration is a professional degree offered in conjunction with the nationally ranked UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. This is five year program that prepares students to become leaders in management and administrative positions in the healthcare industry. Our graduates work in healthcare management, health care consulting and pharmacy enterprise management.

Interested students must first apply to and be accepted by the Pharm.D. program at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. In the fall semester of the second year in the Pharm.D. program, students can apply to the MBA program at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Students must have a four-year degree to be eligible for the MBA program.

Our Pharm.D. program is offered on both our Chapel Hill and Asheville campuses. MBA courses are taken in the third year at the highly ranked UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School on the Chapel Hill Campus.

Pharm.D./MPH

The joint Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Public Health is a professional degree offered in conjunction with the nationally ranked UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. This is a five year program that prepares students with the knowledge of drug therapy and public health needed to plan, organize, manage, and perform medication-related activities within a specific public-health focus or setting.

Interested students must first apply to and be accepted by the Pharm.D. program at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. In the fall semester of the second year in the Pharm.D. program, students can apply to the MPH program at UNC Gillings Global School of Public Health. Gillings will accept PCAT scores in place of GREs for dual degree applicants.

Our Pharm.D. program is offered on both our Chapel Hill and Asheville campuses. MBA courses are taken in the third year at the highly ranked UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on the Chapel Hill Campus


The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has three program outcomes for our doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum. We will create…

Exemplary pharmacy practitioners who provide high-quality, team-based, patient-centered care;

Leaders and innovators who identify opportunity, lead teams toward improvement and change, and positively impact human health and health care; and

Lifelong learners who continually strive for positive impact both personally and professionally.

 

The core competencies reflect the skills, areas of knowledge, and abilities that we aspire to foster in our students throughout their time at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. We believe these attributes are critical to achieving our Pharm.D. program outcomes and advancing the practice of pharmacy. Our students are expected to develop the following core competencies through coursework, immersion experiences (practica), and co-curricular experiences:

  1. In depth knowledge and proficient skills in the pharmaceutical sciences and the practice of pharmacy: demonstrate an in-depth understanding of medicines, human health, and health care, and apply the principles and practice of pharmacy to advance human health and health systems
  2. Accessing and analyzing information: identify, locate, critically evaluate, and process information to arrive at an informed opinion
  3. Critical thinking and problem solving: engage in the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, and events to identify, prevent, or solve problems
  4. Communication: effectively develop, express, and listen to ideas that inform, inspire, or create focus
  5. Collaboration and Influence: work effectively with others to create networks and groups that respect differences and make progress toward a common goal
  6. Adaptability: demonstrate a willingness and ability to change in order to fit new surroundings, ideas, trends, and technologies
  7. Initiative: be self-directed; seek out new opportunities, ideas, and strategies; take responsibility for implementing plans and ideas
  8. Curiosity and Inquisitiveness: demonstrate a desire to learn and understand more than is currently understood
  9. Professionalism and ethical behavior: uphold the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior and act appropriately, thoughtfully, and with integrity at all times

as of Oct. 25, 2019

Graduating Year

Four-Year Graduation Rate (%)

Delayed (%)*

Dismissed (%)

Withdrew (%)

Class of 2019 90 8 0 2
Class of 2018 96 2 0 2
Class of 2017 97 3 <1 0
Class of 2016 96 2 0 2
Class of 2015 93 4 0 2
Class of 2014 92 5 3 1
Class of 2013 95 3 <1 <1
Class of 2012 92 3 <1 4
Class of 2011 90 5 4 <1
Class of 2010 95 2 0 3
Class of 2009 94 3 1 2
Class of 2008 97 2 <1 <1
2019: 13 students were delayed: 3 to meet the requirements for the PharrmD/MPH dual degree program, 1 to meet the requirements for the PharrmD/MBA dual degree program, 2 for academic reasons, 3 for medical reasons, 3 for leave of absence, and 1 other
2018: 4 students were delayed: 3 for medical reasons and 1 to meet the requirements of the PharmD/MPH dual degree program
2017: 8 students were delayed: 3 for academic reasons, 1 for medical reasons, 3 to meet the requirements of the PharmD/MPH dual degree program, and 1 to meet the requirements of the PharmD/MBA dual degree program
2016: 4 students were delayed: 1 for academic reasons, 2 for medical reasons, and 1 for other reason
2015: 7 students were delayed: 4 for academic reasons, 1 for medical reasons, and 2 for other reasons
2014: 7 students were delayed: 2 for academic reasons, 4 for medical reasons, and 1 to meet the requirements of the PharmD/MBA dual degree program
2013: 5 students were delayed: 3 for academic reasons, 1 for medical reasons, and 1 to meet the requirements of the PharmD/MBA dual degree program
2012: 5 students were delayed: 1 for academic reasons, 3 for medical reasons, and 1 to meet the requirements of the PharmD/MBA dual degree program
2011: 7 students were delayed: 5 for medical reasons, 2 for other reasons
2010: 4 students were delayed: 1 for academic reasons, 2 for medical reasons, and 1 for other reasons
2009: 4 students were delayed: 3 for academic reasons, 1 for other reason
2008: 2 students were delayed: 1 for academic reasons, 1 for medical reasons

as of June 19, 2020

Graduating Year

NAPLEX First-Time (%)

MPJE In-state First-Time (%)

Class of 2019 94.26 93.10
Class of 2018 95.48 93.22
Class of 2017 92.05 90.48
Class of 2016 95.21 94.93

 

 


Pharm.D. Program Accreditation

The doctor of pharmacy program at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy was reaccredited in August 2020 by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

The accreditation term granted for the doctor of pharmacy program extends until June 30, 2028, which represents the customary eight-year cycle between self-studies. The professional program of the School and its accreditation status is designated on ACPE’s web site, acpe-accredit.org.

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