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Program Timeline

PharmD timeline

Year 1 (PharmD)

Complete first year requirements for the PharmD curriculum, meet with the professors of labs you are interested in to explore the possibility of completing rotations with them, apply for the Extended Discovery Project option (i.e., commit to 6 additional weeks of research over and above the 5 week required Discovery Project) and select Discovery Project lab (which will count as the first research lab rotation).

Year 2 (PharmD)

Complete second year requirements for the PharmD curriculum, apply to the PSPG PhD program by the December deadline, interview with the PSPG PhD program if application is accepted, and accept offer of admission to the PSPG PhD program if selected. Complete Extended Discovery Project (11 weeks total) to fulfill one research laboratory rotation. Continue to explore options for second and third research laboratory rotations by meeting with faculty.

Year 3 (PharmD)

Finalize second and third research laboratory rotation selections. Complete 6 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) for the PharmD program. Complete second research lab rotation and graduate from the PharmD program. Take exams for pharmacy licensure during the summer (for those interested in becoming a licensed pharmacist).

PhD timeline

PhD timeline chart.

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PDF iconPharmD-PhD Curriculum Chart, October 2021 (PDF, 1 page, 430 KB)

PhD timeline description

Year 1 (PhD)

Complete the third research lab rotation, then select research advisor/research lab for PhD thesis. Complete PhD required coursework and continue working on thesis research project. Take an optional Clinical Experience elective where you can maintain your clinical pharmacy skills in your desired area of pharmacy.

Year 2 (PhD)

* Complete Teaching Assistant requirement (if not completed during the PharmD), prepare and take the PSPG PhD Qualifying exam. Advance to candidacy and continue working on thesis research project. Complete any additional program requirements for the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics (PSPG) PhD program. Continuation of the Clinical Experience elective is optional.

Year 3 and beyond (PhD)

Complete any PSPG program requirements. continue working on thesis research project. Continuation of the Clinical Experience elective is optional.

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