Doctor of Pharmacy Degree

The Gatton College of Pharmacy offers a four-year program of study leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD). The PharmD is the entry level professional degree required to practice pharmacy within the United States

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) states that the PharmD is intended to prepare pharmacists who will be able to

  • provide patient-centered care, through the ability to
  • design, implement, monitor, evaluate, and adjust pharmacy care plans that are patient-specific; address health literacy, cultural diversity, and behavioral psychosocial issues; and are evidence-based
  • manage a successful patient-centered practice (including establishing, marketing, and being compensated for medication therapy management and patient care services rendered)
  • provide population-based care, through the ability to develop and implement population-specific, evidence-based disease management programs and protocols based upon analysis of epidemiologic and pharmacoeconomic data, medication use criteria, medication use review, and risk-reduction strategies
  • manage human, physical, medical, informational, and technological resources, through the ability to ensure efficient, cost-effective use of these resources in the provision of patient care
  • manage medication use systems, through the ability to apply patient- and population-specific data, quality improvement strategies, medication safety and error reduction programs, and research processes to minimize drug misadventures and optimize patient outcomes; to participate in the development of drug use and health policy; and to help design pharmacy benefits
  • promote the availability of effective health and disease prevention services and health policy, through the ability to apply population-specific data, quality improvement strategies, informatics, and research processes to identify and solve public health problems and to help develop health policy


Accreditation Standards and Guidelines for the Professional Program in Pharmacy Leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. Adopted January 15, 2006. Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.


Equal Educational Opportunity Policy

The educational programs and student services provided by the Gatton College of Pharmacy are made available to all eligible persons without regard to age, gender, color, race, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Additionally, academic and other policies of the College are applied without consideration of any of the above listed attributes.