The Pharm.D. curriculum at Ferris State University is designed to prepare successful graduates with the skills necessary to work with the latest breakthroughs in drug treatment and practice in a diverse number of health care settings. The Doctor of Pharmacy coursework builds first on the foundations of:
Upon completions of the foundational sciences of pharmacy, the student is then transitioned to the clinical science of pharmacotherapeutics. Pharmacotherapeutics deals with how we clinically apply drug therapy to a given disease state in the context of the patient. Each patient possesses a unique set of characteristics (age, gender, genetics, additional disease states, organ function, etc.), which must be considered when selecting drug therapy. The pharmacy student learns to make drug therapy recommendations with consideration of these characteristics. In addition to the clinical sciences, students learn valuable communication, drug literature evaluation, pharmacy management, pharmacy law and practice skills.
The classroom and laboratory education and training is augmented with over 1,700 hours of field experience for each student in an array of pharmacy practice settings including a rich balance between community-based and institutional (e.g. hospital) sites. Elective experiences also exist in a diversity of pharmacy settings including:
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)