PHARMACY Curriculum

The following text is taken from The University of Findlay's graduate and undergraduate catalogs.


The University of Findlay's Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, 312-664-3575; fax 312-664-4652, website

If a student has a concern about ACPE, The University of Findlay’s status with the Council, or a complaint concerning ACPE standards, there are several routes by which to carry that forward. The student could contact his or her adviser, the dean of the College of Pharmacy or the Student Affairs Committee in the College of Pharmacy. (There are student representatives on the Pharmacy Student Affairs Committee, and it is charged with treating important information confidentially). Also, the student may contact ACPE directly (312-664-3575 or

Competency Requirements

All students at The University of Findlay must demonstrate competency in computer use and/or speech, reading, and writing.

Prerequisite Requirements

All prerequisite courses must be completed with at least a grade of "C." Some courses require a higher grade than a "C" for the prerequisite. The course description will list the required grade if different from a "C."

Pharmacy Requirements

Pharmacy students must be eligible for an Ohio Pharmacy intern license, receive specific immunizations, clear a criminal background check, demonstrate the absence of infectious tuberculosis, undergo an interview with his or her adviser and hold a current American Heart Association Health Care Providers Basic Life Support (BLS) certification prior to gaining entry to the P3 year. Advanced Cardiac Life Support, a physical exam and criminal background check are required for entry into the final year (P6). A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 and no grade less than “C” are mandatory in all required courses. For further information see the Pharmacy Student Handbook for principles and technical standards.

License Requirements

In order to be eligible for licensure as an intern in Ohio the student must be enrolled in the first pharmacy (PHAR) course, be of good moral character, be completely finished with all requirements necessary to enter the first-professional year (P3) and apply to the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.

To be eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in Ohio, the student must have graduated from a school or college of pharmacy accredited by the Board of Pharmacy, completed 1,500 hours of internship experience and successfully passed the National American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX)/Multistate Jurisprudence Exam (MJPE) after graduation.

For more details on these licensure requirements, the student should contact the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy directly (614-466-4143; For students wishing licensure in other states, the Board of Pharmacy in that state should be contacted directly.

General Entry Requirements

For High School Students
The overwhelming majority of students will be admitted to the College of Pharmacy from high school based on strong academic performance. If academic and professional standards are met, the student should expect to continue in pharmacy until graduation. Minimum qualifications to receive an application for the College of Pharmacy include:
1. Four years of English, mathematics, and science.
2. A combination of six years of social sciences and foreign language.
3. ACT of 23 in each section or new SAT of 530 in each section.
4. High school GPA of 3.3 (with strength in math, science, honors, AP, and college courses).
For Transfer Students and Degree Holders
Transfer students and students who already have a college degree will be admitted to fill vacancies in the first year, second year, and the beginning of the third year. Minimum standards to receive an application to the College of Pharmacy include a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA with no grade below a “C” (a “C-” is not acceptable) in subjects that are required by the College of Pharmacy curriculum. If the applicant has attended more than one institution, an overall GPA will be calculated using quality points and quality hours from each institution. The student must maintain the 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA at other institutions until actually enrolled at The University of Findlay in the pharmacy program.
Transfer students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from American universities must meet the previously listed admissions conditions, plus:
1.  Have a verified TOEFL Internet-based text (iBT) minimum total score of 100 with subset scores of 22 for reading, 22 for listening, and 24 for writing.
2.  Provide an affidavit of financial support (original), if not an American citizen or permanent resident.

Dual Enrollment: Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Science in Health Informatics OR Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration

Students interested in enrolling in courses in both pharmacy and the Master of Science in Health Informatics or the Master of Business Administration (MBA) must complete the primary and secondary eligibility criteria, apply to the health informatics or MBA program, meet the respective requirements for that program, and complete a Pharmacy/Health Informatics Contract or Pharmacy/MBA Contract each semester of dual enrollment.
Primary Criteria
1.  Be a seated UF Pharmacy student in good academic standing and
2.  The pharmacy student must have at least P5 pharmacy status or have a pharmacy status of P1-P4 and already possess at minimum a baccalaureate degree.
Secondary Criterion
1.  A pharmacy student who is in good academic standing as a P4 may take a maximum of two (2) health informatics or MBA courses during his/her P4 academic year.

Pharmacy/Health Informatics/MBA Contract

1.  Student adds undergraduate and graduate courses, signature, and date onto the form;
2.  Pharmacy advisor reviews, adds signature and date, registers student into pharmacy courses;
3.  Health Informatics or MBA Program Director reviews, adds signature and date, registers students into health informatics or MBA courses, form is forward to the Business Office.

Withdrawal from Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiential Courses

Withdrawals from an advanced pharmacy practice experiential course will not be granted after the course begins, unless approval is granted by petitioning to the Director of Experiential Education. Either the student or the preceptor may request a withdrawal. Withdrawals may be granted by the Director of Experiential Education for two reasons:
a.  Unsatisfactory clinical education experience - According to the Director of Experiential Education, the experience does not meet the educational needs of the student or provide a safe learning environment.
b.  Exceptional change to personal circumstances - The student has experienced the birth or adoption of a child, has to care for an ill family member and/or has developed a serious health condition or other acceptable documented reason during the semester of the scheduled experience.
A student whose appeal is denied will receive the grade she/he earns for the course as assigned by the preceptor.

Degree Requirements

Students receiving a Doctor of Pharmacy degree are required to complete the following courses: three hours of general education courses from social science, foreign language/culture and fine arts; HPE 100; ENGL 106, 107 or 206; ENGL 272 or 282; MATH 141, 142 and 223; one course from CSCI 150, 190, COMM 110 or 211 (or competency exam); PHIL 221; BIOL 152, 152L, 300, 302, 310, 310L, 322, 322L, 323, 323L, 412, 412L; CHEM 130, 130L, 131, 131L, 310, 310L, 311, 311L, 400; NSCI 323; PHYS 260; PHAR 251, 350, 351, 361, 362, 363, 370, 460, 463, 466, 469, 473, 476, 491, 492, 550, 553, 560, 563, 569, 590, 591, 592, 599; and 36 hours from PHAR 701-709. In addition, Doctor of Pharmacy students are required to take an additional 14 semester hours of professional electives.

Course Sequencing

The Doctor of Pharmacy is a six-academic year program, given that acceptance into the program is directly from high school. Each academic year corresponds to a level with P1 being the first year’s level of the program and P6 being the last year’s level of the program. To progress through the program there are both academic and non-academic requirements. The courses associated with each academic year are listed below. Additional requirements for forward progression in the program can be found in the College of Pharmacy Student Handbook.
The required P1 and P2 (undergraduate) courses include CHEM 130, 130L, 131, 131L; MATH 141, 142; BIOL 152, 152L, 310, 310L; ENGL 106, 107 or 206; ENGL 272 or 282; HPE 100; Computer Science or Communication Competency (exam or course completion); CHEM 310, 310L, 311, 311L; BIOL 322, 322L, 323, 323L, MATH 223; PHIL 221; PHYS 260; PHAR 251; and general education courses in Fine Arts, Social Science and Multicultural/Foreign Language.
The required P3 (undergraduate, first-professional year) courses include BIOL 300, 302, 412, 412L; CHEM 400; NSCI 323; PHAR 350, 351, 361, 362, 363, and 370.
The required P4 (undergraduate, second-professional year) courses include PHAR 460, 463, 466, 469, 473, 476, 491, and 492.
The required P5 (graduate, third-professional year) courses include PHAR 550, 553, 560, 563, 569, 590, 591, 592, and 599.

In addition to the above listed courses, pharmacy students during their P1-P5 levels must complete a minimum of 14 approved elective hours.
The required P6 (graduate, fourth-professional year) courses include PHAR 701-709.