The PharmD degree is granted upon successful completion of the professional curriculum and compliance with the requirements of the University for graduation. The course of instruction covers eight terms over four academic years (see Curriculum).
The curriculum includes lecture and laboratory courses that are delivered using a variety of pedagogy. Although students are introduced to the clinical environment as early as the fall term of the first professional year, clinical instruction is emphasized in the third and fourth years of the curriculum. During this time students receive experiential learning in traditional practice settings such as community and hospital pharmacy arenas as well as advanced clinical rotations in internal medicine, ambulatory care, pediatrics, mental health, parenteral nutrition, cardiology, critical care and other specialty areas.
Students may be required to complete a portion of the introductory and advanced practice experiences in various parts of the state. US rotations located outside Tennessee (e.g., Alaska, Arizona, North Carolina) and international professional experiences (e.g., Bulgaria, Canada, England, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Spain, Sweden, and Thailand) are available to a limited number of students.
All College of Pharmacy students are required to obtain American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification with external defibrillation by the end of their first academic term. Following initial certification, all students must maintain active CPR certification during the P2, P3, and P4 years. Students will not be allowed to enter the subsequent year without approved CPR certification. For the convenience of UT College of Pharmacy students, the UT Chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) offers this certification during orientation and to third year students.
- Medicinal Chemistry
- Sterile and Non-Sterile Product Preparation
- Pharmacotherapy including both prescription and non-prescription medications and supplements
- Communications with Patient and Healthcare Professionals
- Patient Assessment
- Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
- Pharmacy Management and Pharmacoeconomics
- Healthcare Systems and the Medication Use Process
- Experiential Learning, which is conducted across all 4 years
First Professional Year (Class of 2023)
Second Professional Year (Class of 2023)
Third Professional Year (Class of 2023)
Total: 6.5 credit hours (didactic)
Fourth Professional Year (Class of 2023)
Total: 2.5 credit hours (didactic)
Total: 2.5 credit hours (didactic)
Final Three Terms (Class of 2023)
Students must take the following during the last three terms (P3 Spring, P4 Fall, P4 Spring). Students will be provided a list of rotations that are included in each of the following categories during the P3 Fall term.
- All students will take a minimum of 8 credit hours of didactic electives.
- All students will take a minimum of 6 credit hours of didactic electives before the end of the P3 Fall term.
- Students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Health, Master in Health Informatics and Information Management, Informatics or Nuclear Certificates obtain all 8 credit hours of didactic electives through that program.
- Students enrolled in a Master of Business Administration or Master of Public Health degree programs are responsible to obtain and submit the necessary paperwork to obtain such credit. Information regarding requirements can be obtained from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Assessment.
- Students not enrolled in one of the dual degree or certificate programs cannot take more than 6 credits of an elective concentration (e.g., TA elective, research).