PharmD/PhD Pathway

The Departments of Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Pharmacotherapy together with the Dean's Office, have developed a pathway for students who are interested in simultaneously pursuing a Pharm.D and a Ph.D. This program is intended for students who are interested in a career in basic or clinical research. It is constructed to intersperse the core curriculum requirements of the Ph.D. program into the curriculum of the Pharm.D. program, making course substitutions where feasible. In doing this, we minimize curriculum redundancy between the two programs while ensuring that the student is adequately prepared for the demands of both degree programs.

During the joint program pathway, students undertake research in the summers between their P1-P3 years, depending on when the student is admitted into the Ph.D. program pathway. Students are also expected to use at least one clerkship rotation for research. The program is structured so that students can take their Ph.D. qualifying exam as soon as their P3 year and their pharmacy licensure exam at the normal time after completion of the P4 year. Following the P4 year, students engage in full time research to complete the Ph.D. program.

Students who are interested in pursuing this pathway must first gain admission to the College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. program before they can apply for the Ph.D. program pathway. We encourage students to study the Ph.D. pathway carefully before making a decision as to the joint program or which program of study, so that most students will choose a Ph.D. pathway in their P2-P3 years. Students are accepted into the Ph.D. program if the student meets the program admissions criteria and there is appropriate research mentoring and support for the student. Interested students should contact the Director of Graduate Studies in the chosen department for application procedures and information. The College provides a stipend for tuition and fees during the P4 year.

For more information on the PharmD/PhD pathway please contact:

James N. Herron, Ph.D.
Executive Associate Dean for Professional Education
Associate Professor

(801) 581-7303 / (801)587-9966

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