The Florida schools profiled in this article offer Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) programs, which can take 3-6 years to complete. Related undergraduate and graduate degrees, such as a bachelor's in medicinal chemistry or a master's in pharmaceutical sciences, are also available. Additionally, there are dual programs combining a Pharm.D. with a master's or professional degree, such as a master's in business administration or public health.
Although the Pharm.D. is a doctorate degree, pharmacy schools often require only the first two years of a bachelor's curriculum for admission, with the inclusion of certain pre-professional courses in the sciences. Some schools even offer the pre-pharmacy and professional degree program all rolled up into one.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
This Tallahassee university offers a 6-year Pharm.D. program that includes pre-professional courses in chemistry, biology, calculus and anatomy and physiology. After taking these courses, undergraduates move on to courses in drug analysis, pharmaceutics, microbiology and immunology, principles of drug action, patient assessment and pharmacokinetics. Other topics include health care systems, public health, pharmacy management and ethics. During the last year of the program, students participate in 1,500 hours of clinical clerkships in areas such as general medicine, ambulatory care, psychiatry and pediatrics. This program is administered through the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, which also offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Additionally, students may pursue a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in pharmaceutical sciences. Some of these programs have additional pharmaceutical concentrations such as toxicology and medicinal chemistry.
Nova Southeastern University
Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale has a 4-year program leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The first year includes courses in medical terminology, pharmacodynamics, pathophysiology, biochemistry and health informatics. In the second year, students learn about physical assessment, social and behavioral pharmacy, research design, pharmacy law, non-prescription therapy and patient care management. The third and fourth years cover pharmacy management, pharmacoeconomics and public health. Students then complete nine clerkship rotations in specialty areas of their choosing. The 145-credit program culminates in a capstone course. A PhD program in pharmacy is also available.
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach is a private Christian university. This school offers a Pharm.D. degree through the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy. Courses include drug delivery systems, anatomy, pharmacy calculations, self-care, critical pharmacy knowledge, healthcare delivery, pharmacotherapy case studies, biotechnology, drug monitoring and disease prevention. Students take part in five practice clerkships in ambulatory care, drug information, internal medicine, hospital pharmacy and community pharmacy. Further specialized practice is available in areas such as cardiology, oncology, pediatrics and veterinary medicine. Students also have the opportunity to participate in medical mission trips to Africa, the Amazon and other regions. Program participants interested in earning a joint degree may complete the requirements for Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees simultaneously. Undergraduates who complete the pre-pharmacy curriculum are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Medicinal Chemistry.
University of Florida
The College of Pharmacy at UF in Gainesville has two options for aspiring pharmacists. The Entry Level Doctor of Pharmacy program is designed for first-time pharmacy students and can be completed in Gainesville, Jacksonville, Orlando or St. Petersburg. Some of the coursework for this 4-year program includes clinical biochemistry, pharmacology and pharmacotherapy. A part-time, 3-year Pharm.D. program for working professionals is open to practicing pharmacists who hold bachelor's degrees. Its curriculum focuses on disorders in circulatory, cardiac, respiratory and other systems. Research opportunities and paid summer internships are available for participants in both programs.
The College of Pharmacy offers several joint degree options for the Pharm.D, including a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences, an MBA, a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a PhD Master's degree programs are also available in the areas of medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, clinical pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacodynamics and pharmaceutics. Master's degree programs in forensic science, medication therapy management, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacy regulation, clinical toxicology and clinical pharmacy for international pharmacists are available online.
Pharmacists in Florida must be licensed in order to practice. In order to obtain licensure, one must earn the Doctor of Pharmacy degree and pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). Florida also requires applicants to pass the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE).
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Pharmacy Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University||4-year, public; midsize city|| Pharm.D.,
M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences,
PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences
| $9,876 (in-state),
|Nova Southeastern University||4-year, private, not-for-profit; suburban|| Pharm.D.,
PhD in Pharmacy
|Palm Beach Atlantic University||4-year, private, not-for-profit; small city|| Pharm.D.,
B.S. in Medicinal Chemistry
|University of Florida||4-year, public; midsize city|| Pharm.D.,
Pharm.D./B.S. in Nutritional Sciences,
Joint MBA, MPH, PhD/Pharm.D. degrees,
M.S. degrees in pharmacy, medicinal chemistry, clinical pharmaceutical sciences and other areas
| $12,737 (in-state),
Source: *NCES College Navigator