UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

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301 Pharmacy Lane, CB # 7355, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7355

(919) 966-9429

Angela Kashuba, Dean

pharmacy_admissions@unc.edu

Introduction

Pharmacists are the drug information experts and are among the most trusted and most accessible of health care professionals. Generalists practice in a variety of environments, including community pharmacies, health-system pharmacies, and the pharmaceutical and health care industries. Specialty pharmacy practitioners pursue training beyond the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) through residencies and fellowships and may ultimately practice in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiology, oncology, ambulatory/community care, and others.

Pharmacists evaluate complex approaches to drug therapy and advise patients and other health care professionals on strategies to achieve the best results from pharmaceutical care. Other pharmacists are engaged in practices that monitor, manage, and implement policies affecting drug prescribing and use across large groups of patients, such as those enrolled in a health plan.

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s doctor of pharmacy is a 4-year professional program that offers a curriculum centered on patient care. The doctor of pharmacy leads to a strong understanding of health quality and delivery across many innovative avenues.

Our Pharm.D. program offers a highly immersive curricula, where students aren’t confined to classroom lecture environment. Patient care immersion experiences commence during students’ second year of study.

As if the changes in health care and employer demands aren’t enough, the amount of information about health and medicines that aspiring health professionals must master has grown substantially. We no longer accept the outdated assumption that a professor’s job is to teach you everything you need to know. We recognize that you are a native of this highly interconnected world where information is easily available and freely accessible and technologies abound to support your learning.

Advising

Advising in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is a form of teaching. Advising fosters within student pharmacists skills, abilities, and dispositions that encourage directed career exploration as well as ongoing professional development, lifelong learning, and growth. Faculty advisors serve as content experts and mentors and are assigned to new students prior to the first semester of study. To fully maximize both curricular and co-curricular experiences, students are encouraged to schedule consistent and ongoing advising appointments throughout the course of their study. Professional advisors are also available to assist with student success strategies, decision making, and goal setting. Advising-related inquiries can be addressed to the Office of Curricular and Student Affairs in 109 Beard Hall.

Facilities

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy houses state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratory facilities. The School utilizes cutting-edge video teleconferencing and recording equipment used primarily for delivery of instruction to the satellite campus but also available to graduate and continuing education.

Career Opportunities

Pharmacy offers a variety of opportunities for career advancement and job security. Because pharmacy education draws from the chemical, physical, biological, and behavioral sciences to develop its knowledge base, pharmacists can contribute to the rational use of medications in many settings. Pharmacists work in all areas of the health care system, including

  • Community pharmacy, as a practitioner or a manager in a retail pharmacy, clinic, or office practice
  • Health system pharmacy, as practitioner, supervisor, or manager in large or small hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, and health-maintenance organizations
  • Pharmaceutical industry, in positions involving research, production, product development, product marketing, and drug information
  • Government, in the United States Public Health Service, Veterans Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration, Food and Drug Administration, and military services

Admission Requirements

The doctor of pharmacy requires at least two years of undergraduate study (at least 72 credit hours), followed by four years of study in the professional program.

Applicants must complete all prerequisites by the end of May of the year they plan to enroll.

Students who will have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to enrolling in their first year of the program must complete the math and science prerequisites only.

Students who will not have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to enrolling in their first year of the program must complete both the math and science prerequisites and the general education requirements.

Application Procedures

Students applying to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy must submit complete applications to the Pharm.D. program through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) and the school. For application deadlines, processes, and procedures, visit the Web site.

Prerequisites

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a letter grade of C minus or better (not Pass/Fail).

If you have a bachelor's degree:

CHEM 101
101L
General Descriptive Chemistry I
and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 102
102L
General Descriptive Chemistry II
and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory II H
4
CHEM 241
241L
Modern Analytical Methods for Separation and Characterization
and Laboratory in Separations and Analytical Characterization of Organic and Biological Compounds 1, H
3
CHEM 261Introduction to Organic Chemistry I H3
CHEM 262
262L
Introduction to Organic Chemistry II
and Laboratory in Organic Chemistry H
4
BIOL 101
101L
Principles of Biology
and Introductory Biology Laboratory H
4
BIOL 252
252L
Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory H
4
MCRO 251Introductory Medical Microbiology4
PHYS 114General Physics I: For Students of the Life Sciences4
PHYS 115General Physics II: For Students of the Life Sciences 24
MATH 231Calculus of Functions of One Variable I H4
STOR 151Introduction to Data Analysis3
or STOR 155 Introduction to Data Models and Inference
CHEM 430Introduction to Biological Chemistry H3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

If you do not have a bachelor's degree:

CHEM 101
101L
General Descriptive Chemistry I
and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 102
102L
General Descriptive Chemistry II
and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory II H
4
CHEM 241
241L
Modern Analytical Methods for Separation and Characterization
and Laboratory in Separations and Analytical Characterization of Organic and Biological Compounds 1, H
3
CHEM 261Introduction to Organic Chemistry I H3
CHEM 262
262L
Introduction to Organic Chemistry II
and Laboratory in Organic Chemistry H
4
BIOL 101
101L
Principles of Biology
and Introductory Biology Laboratory H
4
BIOL 252
252L
Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory H
4
MCRO 251Introductory Medical Microbiology4
PHYS 114General Physics I: For Students of the Life Sciences4
PHYS 115General Physics II: For Students of the Life Sciences 24
MATH 231Calculus of Functions of One Variable I H4
STOR 151Introduction to Data Analysis3
or STOR 155 Introduction to Data Models and Inference
CHEM 430Introduction to Biological Chemistry H3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

General Education Prerequisites

Students must complete all Foundations and Approaches requirements, the U.S. diversity Connections requirement, and the global issues Connections requirement.

Foreign language completion through level 3 9-10
Social and behavioral sciences; 3 courses from at least 2 different departments or curricula. One must be a historical analysis course. 9
Humanities and fine arts; one course in philosophical analysis, one in literature, and one in visual or performing arts 9
Lifetime fitness 1
U.S. Diversity 3
Global issues 3
English 105 (Composition and Rhetoric) 3

Program of Study

The Pharm.D. grants entry into the profession and practice of pharmacy. It is neither an undergraduate nor a graduate degree program, but rather a professional degree such as an M.D. or D.D.S. The Pharm.D. curriculum requires a minimum of two years to satisfy prerequisite requirements, normally completed in the General College, followed by four years of professional coursework. Students are subject to the requirements in place when they are admitted to the program.

The doctor of pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Graduates of the school’s Pharm.D. program may sit for the state licensure examination for pharmacists.

The school has a satellite campus for the Pharm.D. program at Asheville, NC. The first students were enrolled in this satellite program in August 2011. Students based at the satellite campus receive the same instruction and are subject to the same admission and progression standards as students on the Chapel Hill campus.

Students graduating from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy are expected to develop the following core competencies through coursework, immersion experiences (practica), and cocurricular 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

In addition, pharmacy graduates must pass national and state licensing examinations in order to practice as pharmacists.

Program Requirements

See the Courses tab for a list of required and available courses.

Special Opportunities in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Student Organizations

Pharmacy students are active in campus and community activities through their involvement with approximately 15 pharmacy student organizations. They belong to groups that link them to such national professional organizations as the American Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. Pharmacy students provide medication reviews for elderly citizens, staff clinics for indigent patients, and participate in health fairs on campus and in local malls or corporations. Several times each year trips are planned to attend meetings across the nation. Student leadership is fostered through intentional involvement in student organizations and enrolled students are highly encouraged to invest in the opportunities offered through student organizations.

Experiential Education

The school provides doctor of pharmacy students with a structured, supervised program of participation in the practice of pharmacy. Students gain experience in problem solving and providing patient care while applying the foundational and pharmaceutical sciences learned in the classroom and laboratories. Under the supervision of faculty and selected preceptors, students learn to make decisions based on professional knowledge and judgment. The school requires up to 15 months of full-time precepted practice with early practice experiences in the second and third professional year, followed by nine months of advanced practice experiences in the fourth professional year. The experiential education requirements of the program meet the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy experience requirement (1,500 hours) to sit for the licensure examination.

Residencies and Fellowships

To increase the depth of their education, many Pharm.D. graduates seek residency training in pharmacy practice. Pharmacy residencies, like medical residencies, provide stipends for further clinical training. There are over 4,000 pharmacy residency positions in the United States with sites in hospitals, community pharmacies, and some specialized facilities. Residency programs may be taken in general pharmacy practice and in specialty areas such as pediatrics, drug information, infectious diseases, oncology, psychiatry, and many others. Some Pharm.D. graduates seek additional training in research methods in drug development, pharmacokinetics, pharmacoeconomics, or pharmacotherapy. Postgraduate fellowship programs involve advanced training in these areas and may occur at academic centers or in the pharmaceutical industry. Like residencies, they are paid positions.

Administration

Angela Kashuba, Dean

Mary McClurg, Executive Vice Dean- Chief Academic Officer

Scott Savage, Executive Vice Dean- Chief Operating Officer

Kim Brouwer, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education

Wendy Cox, Associate Dean for Professional Education

Stephen Eckel, Associate Dean for Global Engagement

Annie Hager-Blunk, Associate Dean for Advancement

Michael Jarstfer, Assistant Dean for Graduate Education

Wayne Pittman, Associate Professor

Denise Rhoney, Associate Dean for Curricular Innovation

Mollie Scott, Regional Associate Dean at Asheville

Alex Tropsha, Associate Dean for Data and Data Science

Carla White, Associate Dean for Organizational Diversity and Inclusion

Roy Zwahlen, Associate Dean for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Risk Management

Udobi Campbell, Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Practice

Professors

Jeffrey Aube, Sue Blalock, Robert Blouin, Kim Brouwer, Jon Easter, Stephen Frye, Jerry Heneghan, Leaf Huang, Timothy Ives, Michael Jay, Alexander Kabanov, Angela Kashuba, Jennifer Lafata, David Lawrence, Andrew Lee, Kuo-Hsiung Lee, Jian Liu, J. Herbert Patterson, Denise Rhoney, Betsy Sleath, Dhiren Thakker, Alexander Tropsha, Paul Watkins, Xiao Xiao.

Associate Professors

Kristy Ainslie, Federico Innocenti, Michael Jarstfer, Samuel Lai, Craig Lee, Rihe Liu, Mary Roth McClurg, Sachiko Ozawa, Wayne Pittman, Robert Shrewsbury, Scott Singleton, Philip Smith, Dennis Williams, Tim Wiltshire, William Zamboni, Qisheng Zhang.

Assistant Professors

Stacy Bailey, Albert Bowers, Antonio Bush, Yanguang Cao, Delesha Carpenter, Daniel Crona, Julie Dumond, Stacie Dusetzina, Gang Fang, Daniel Gonzalez, Nathaniel Hathaway, Shawn Hingtgen, Robert McGinty, Jacqui McLaughlin, Guari Rao.

Research Professors

Dmitri Kireev, Susan Morris-Natschke, Kenneth Pearce, Michael Wagner, Timothy Willson.

Research Associate Professors

Elena Batrakova, David Drewry, Alexander Golbraikh, Robert Hubal, Lindsey James, Juan Li, James Luft, Chunping Qiao, Elias Rosen, Xiaodong Wang, William Zuercher.

Research Assistant Professors

Alison Axtman, Eric Bachelder, Soumya Benhabbour, Rachel Church, Mackenzie Cottrell, Kevin Frankowski, Dong Fu, Masuo Goto, Weigang Huang, Melanie Livet, Andrew Lucas, Merrie Mosedale, Eugene Muratov, Samantha Pattenden, Melanie Priestman, Paul Sapienza, Sarah Scarry, Marina Sokolsky-Papkov, Benjamin Urick, Qunzhao Wang, Yongmei Xu.

Clinical Professors

Thomas Angelo, Robert Dupuis, Stefanie Ferreri, Alan Forrest, Pamela Joyner, Greene Shepherd.

Clinical Associate Professors

Amanda Corbett, Wendy Cox, Stephen Dedrick, Stephen Eckel, Macary Marciniak, Adam Persky, Jo Ellen Rodgers, Philip Rodgers, Mollie Scott.

Clinical Assistant Professors

Heidi Anksorus, Amber Frick, Jessica Greene, Suzanne Harris, Roy Hawke, Stephanie Kiser, Kim Leadon, Amber Proctor, Nicole Pinelli Reitter, Kimberly Sanders, David Steeb, Carla White, Charlene Williams.

Professors Emeriti

Fred Eckel, Harold Kohn, Rudy Juliano.

PHCY–Pharmacy

All courses and electives for the Pharm.D. program are listed below by year in the curriculum. See the Student Handbook and the program's Web site for information about course sequence by semester. 

Professional Year 1

PHCY 500Pharmacy Bridging Course3
PHCY 501On Becoming a Pharmacist1
PHCY 502Pathophysiology of Human Disease3.5
PHCY 503Molecular Foundations of Drug Action3.5
PHCY 504Evidence-Based Practice3
PHCY 508Pharmaceutical Calculations1
PHCY 509Immunization Certificate Training Program0.5
PHCY 510Foundations of Clinical Pharmacology3
PHCY 511Foundations of Pharmacokinetics3
PHCY 512Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Systems I2
PHCY 513LPharmaceutical Compounding I: Nonsterile1.5
PHCY 514Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Systems II1.5
PHCY 515LPharmaceutical Compounding II: Sterile0.5
PHCY 516Foundations of Patient Care2
PHCY 519Self-Care and Non-Prescription Medications1.5
PHCY 529Pharmacotherapy: Foundations3
PHCY 591Immersion Experience: Community8
PHCY 691Immersion Experience: Health System8
Immersion Experience 1 is PHCY 591 OR PHCY 6918

Professional Year 2

PHCY 601LPatient Care Lab1.5
PHCY 609The US Healthcare System2
PHCY 611Applied Clinical Pharmacology3
PHCY 617The Patient Care Experience1.5
PHCY 630Pharmacotherapy: Applied4
PHCY 631Pharmacotherapy: Integrated I5
PHCY 636Leadership and Professional Development I1
PHCY 591Immersion Experience: Community8
PHCY 691Immersion Experience: Health System8
PHCY 791Immersion Experience: Direct-Patient Care8
Immersion Experience 2 is PHCY 591, PHCY 691, OR PHCY 7918
Electives1.5-3.0

Professional Year 3

PHCY 718The Patient Care Experience II2
PHCY 722Pharmacy Law: Regulation of Pharmacy Practice3
PHCY 732Integrative Pharmacotherapy II5
PHCY 733Integrative Pharmacotherapy III5
PHCY 737Leadership and Professional Development II1
PHCY 591Immersion Experience: Community8
PHCY 691Immersion Experience: Health System8
PHCY 791Immersion Experience: Direct-Patient Care8
Immersion Experience 3 is PHCY 591, PHCY 691, OR PHCY 7918
Electives1.5-6

Professional Year 4

PHCY 886Advanced Immersion Experience: Patient Care Elective I4
PHCY 887Advanced Immersion Experience: Patient Care Elective II4
PHCY 888Advanced Immersion Experience: Non-Patient Care Elective I4
PHCY 889Advanced Immersion Experience: Non-Patient Care Elective II4
PHCY 891Advanced Immersion Experience: Community4
PHCY 892Advanced Immersion Experience: Health Systems4
PHCY 893Advanced Immersion Experience: Ambulatory Care4
PHCY 894Advanced Immersion Experience: General Medicine4
PHCY 895Advanced Immersion Experience: Clinical I4
PHCY 896Advanced Immersion Experience: Clinical II4
PHCY 897Advanced Immersion Experience: Clinical III4
PHCY 898Leading Change in Health Care I1
PHCY 899Leading Change in Health Care II1

Electives

See the Student Handbook for the Pharm.D. Elective policy. The below list does not include all courses offered by other UNC departments and schools that may be approved electives.

PHCY 608IMultidisciplinary Perspectives on Managing Diabetes Mellitus2
PHCY 624Research and Scholarship in Pharmacy I1.5
PHCY 700SHAC: Community Outreach and Service Learning0
PHCY 725Research and Scholarship in Pharmacy II1.5
PHCY 726Research and Scholarship in Pharmacy III3
PHCY 800Geriatric Pharmacy Practice3
PHCY 801Radiopharmacy I: Introduction to Radiopharmacy1
PHCY 802Radiopharmacy 2 - The Drugs of Nuclear Medicine2
PHCY 803Radiopharmacy 33
PHCY 804Travel Medicine Care1.5
PHCY 807Veterinary Pharmacotherapy3
PHCY 808Critical Care3
PHCY 810The Science of Pharmaceutical Compounding1
PHCY 811Infectious Diseases1.5
PHCY 812Pediatric Pharmacotherapy1.5
PHCY 813Clinical Toxicology1.5
PHCY 814Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Care1.5
PHCY 817Making Medicine: The Process of Drug Development1.5
PHCY 830Introduction to Drug Development2
PHCY 832Innovations in Community-Based Pharmacy Practice1.5
PHCY 833Advanced Cardiovascular Pharmacy3
PHCY 83421st Century Independent Pharmacy Ownership3
PHCY 836Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery of Substance Use Disorders1.5
PHCY 837Pharmacogenetics1.5
PHCY 839Global and Rural Health: Maximizing Interprofessional Teams to Impact Patient Outcomes1
PHCY 840Health Policy and Managed Care3
PHCY 841Rural Pharmacy Health 1: Introduction to Rural Pharmacy Practice1
PHCY 842Rural Pharmacy Health 2: Cultural Responsiveness in Rural Health1
PHCY 843Rural Pharmacy Health 3: Interprofessional Practice1
PHCY 844Rural Pharmacy Health 4: Population Health Management1
PHCY 846Perspectives in Mental Health2
PHRS 815Foundations in Implementation Science: Examples in Precision Health and Society1.5