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Pharmacy

Degree Type: Doctor of Pharmacy
College(s): College of Pharmacy

Why Choose the College of Pharmacy?

Graduates are well prepared for the North American Pharmacists Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), which is required for licensure in Michigan and most other states.

Ferris offers a pre-pharmacy/professional program leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Pre-Pharmacy consists of approximately two to three full-time academic years of study which can be completed in the College of Arts & Sciences at Ferris State University. Application guides are also available which outline pre-pharmacy courses that can be completed at most of the state's two and four-year institutions. The four-year professional degree program is then completed in the College of Pharmacy at Ferris State University. (First two years - Big Rapids, 3rd year - Grand Rapids, 4th year in clinical sites in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Flint/Saginaw, Traverse City, or Marquette.

Pre-Pharmacy subjects include general biology, anatomy & physiology, microbiology, genetics, general and organic chemistry, biochemistry, calculus, statistics, physics, economics, english, communication skills, psychology or sociology, and cultural enrichment. All course work designated as pre-pharmacy must be completed in order to finalize admission. Prospective students should familiarize themselves with the University's General Education Guidelines.

Career Opportunities

Since its inception in 1893, the College of Pharmacy has adapted its programming to meet the challenges and complex demands of an ever-changing profession. Current emphasis is on clinical practice and the provision of medication therapy management to ensure that the patient's drug therapy is appropriate, safe, effective for the condition being treated and cost-effective. Graduates of the College will be prepared to deliver care to patients in a wide range of practice settings.

Some of the many fields of specialization open to the pharmacist include:

  • Community pharmacy: most pharmacists are engaged in this type of professional practice in either independently owned or chain pharmacies.
  • Hospital pharmacy: this field offers a variety of assignments in support of physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team in dealing with the medication needs of patients.
  • Industrial pharmacy: opportunities include those related to production, quality control, research, administration and sales promotion.
  • Long term care: This includes many settings such as nursing home, hospice, psychiatric, rehabilitation, and substance abuse care.
  • Other: Nuclear pharmacy, drug information, poison control, public health, home health care, long-term care, law and areas of pharmacy education and specialization.

 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program is competitive and is granted to the best qualified applicants on a space available basis.
Admission criteria include:
1. Academic Achievement in pre-pharmacy courses;
2. Score on Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT);
3. Results of an in-person interview (verbal and written);
4. Pharmacy Technical Standards;
5. Course load (average number of hours per semester, repeats, withdrawals);
6. Letters of recommendation; and
7. Results of a criminal background check.


For complete admission policies, check at the link below:
http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/pharmacy/curriculum/Admissions-Policies.htm
Although the minimum acceptable cumulative GPA obtained in pre-pharmacy is 2.5, the average of successful applicants is higher. The Pre-Pharmacy program can be taken at Ferris or at any other accredited college or university.

Graduation Requirements

The College of Pharmacy at Ferris State grants the doctor of pharmacy degree. Graduation requirements for the Pharm.D. degree include completion of all work outlined in the Pharm.D. curriculum and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

The Application Process

Information on the pre-pharmacy curriculum as well as contact information on pre-pharmacy advisors can be found by clicking on link below: http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/artsands/pre-pharmacy/homepage.htm

Information on the Doctor of Pharmacy professional degree program can be found at the College of Pharmacy website below: http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/pharmacy/admissions/homepage.htm

For students interested in applying to the College of Pharmacy after completing the two-year pre-pharmacy courses at another State of Michigan college or university should consult the appropriate guide below: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/colleges/pharmacy/admissions/guides/AppguidesTxPage.htm

Other students should contact the College of Pharmacy Office at: College of Pharmacy, 220 Ferris Drive, Big Rapids, MI 49307; Phone: 231-591-3780.

Accreditation

The College of Pharmacy is recognized by the Michigan Board of Pharmacy and is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education, the national accrediting agency for all colleges of pharmacy. Ferris is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

More Information

College of Pharmacy
Ferris State University
220 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2740
Phone: (231) 591-3780

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Medical Biochemistry
3
Molecular Biochem and Biotech
3
Pathophys Basis of Therapeut 1
3
Pathophys Basis of Therapeut 2
3
Drug Delivery 1
3
Drug Delivery 2
4
Pharmaceutical Calculations
1
Pharmacy and Health Care in US
3
Clinical Communications
2
Nonprescrip Meds and Self-Care
3
Practice Skills Lab 1
1
Practice Skills Lab 2
1
Community Intro Phar Pract Exp
2
Drug Action 1
4
Drug Action 2
4
Drug Action 3
4
Drug Action 4
4
Applied Micro/Infect Dis 1
3
Applied Micro Infect Dis 2
3
Pharmacy Practice Mngmt 1
3
Pharmacokinetics
3
Practice Skills Lab 3
1
Practice Skills Lab 4
1
Longitud Pt-Centered IPPE 1
.5
Inst Intro Phar Prac Exp
2
Pharmacotherapeutics 1
4
Pharmacotherapeutics 2
3
Pharmacotherapeutics 3
4
Pharmacotherapeutics 4
3
Pharmacy Practice Mngmt 2
3
Pharmacy Law
2
Sociopharm and Profess Ethics
3
Drug Info/Clin Lit Eval
3
Practice Skills Lab 5
1
Integrated Case Studies
2
Longitud Pt-Centered IPPE 2
.5
Internal Medicine APPE
6
Ambulatory Care 1 APPE
6
Institutional APPE
6
Community APPE
6
Doctoral Project
.5
Note: PHAR 491 and PHAR 591 are taken twice for a total of 1 credit

Pharmacy Electives

Students must take one elective in their first year and one elective in their second year.
Institutional Pharmacy
2
or
Topics in Nutrition Biochem
2
or
Introduction to Public Health
2
or
Manufacturing Pharmacy
2
or
Curr Controversies Health Care
2
or
Intro to Pharmacy Law & Ethics
2
or
Pharmaceutical Science Seminar
2
or
Botanical Supple - Alt Therapy
2
or
Natural Product Toxins
2
or
Medicinal Chemistry Research
2
or
Sel Top Medicinal Chemistry
2
or
Pharmacy and Geriatric Health
2
or
Pharmacoepidemiology
2
or
Managed Care Pharmacy Pract
2
or
Adv Topics in Infect Diseases
2
or
Palliative Care
2
or
Comp & Alt Med for Clin Pharm
2
or
Spec Topics in Comm Pharm Prac
2
or
Med Research Methods - Design
1
or
Interdis Community Practicum
1
or
Advance Card Life Support
2
or
Elder Care Initiative
1
or
Spec Pop Peds Geriatrics
2

English Composition

Students must take and advanced English composition class in their first year.
Adv Composition Prof Programs
3
Scientific Writing Prof Prog
3
ENGP 421 must be taken if a student has acquired a Bachelor degree or has already taken ENGL 321 at Ferris State University.

Clinical Clerkship Rotation Electives

Students must take two clerkship rotation electives in their fourth year.
Academic APPE
6
or
Drug Information APPE
6
or
Prof Organization Manage APPE
6
or
Community Mgmt APPE
6
or
Hospital Pharmacy Admin APPE
6
or
Managed Care APPE
6
or
Spec Comm Practice APPE
6
or
Veterinary Medicine APPE
6
or
Nuclear Pharmacy APPE
6
or
Special Top Inpatient Med APPE
6
or
Special Top Amb Care APPE
6
or
Corporate Pharmacy MBA APPE
6
or
Pharmaceutical Indust MBA APPE
6
or
Health Systems Pharm MBA APPE
6
or
International Pharmacy APPE
6
or
Research APPE
6