The new UCSF School of Pharmacy doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum will launch with the class entering the program in 2018.

This is the best time to earn a PharmD degree.

Our new pharmacist graduates are facing entirely new types of therapeutics—the fruits of stunning insights into fundamental science and the causes of disease and, as a result, new possibilities for prevention and treatment. They will encounter sea changes in where and how pharmacy is practiced and how health care is delivered. They will work under a significantly expanded scope of practice, providing aspects of primary care. They will have unprecedented opportunities to apply their pharmacy expertise in novel ways across other fields.

And this is just the beginning.

Now is the time for a pharmacy curriculum that promotes ingenuity and adaptability … and scientific thinking as a habit of mind.

The curriculum for 2018 and beyond is being designed to be solid yet nimble, as it must be, to ready graduates to lead in new ways and in new directions in a swiftly changing workplace. The curriculum will integrate learning from start to finish and be will based on a firm foundation of scientific thinking.

The curriculum offers five tightly intertwined components.

  1. Foundations
  2. Integrated Themes (Science and Therapeutics of organ systems and diseases, Inquiry)
  3. Applied Patient Care Skills
  4. Practice Experiences
  5. Discovery Projects

Through coursework, students will…

  • Build core knowledge (Foundations, Science and Therapeutics, Applied Patient Care Skills)
  • Experience pharmacy practice (Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences)
  • Explore new ideas and innovations in science and practice while developing inquiry skills (Inquiry, Discovery Projects)

Graduates will set out ready to…

  • Work effectively … in teams and interprofessionally
  • Look at complex pharmacy problems from all angles … not just from a single point of view
  • Welcome ambiguity … as opportunity
  • Be visible and accountable … whether as part of small teams or within complex systems
  • Learn continually … as a matter of course
  • Adapt … to meet the needs of changing situations
  • Explore advanced postgraduate training … and ultimately unite their pharmacy expertise in new ways with further advanced pharmacy training and training in other fields
  • Lead pharmacy forward into the unknown … with confidence

The new curriculum encourages graduates to apply the PharmD in new ways.

This new curriculum prepares students to drive the profession forward into a new frontier of expanded pharmacy practice, where pharmacists help meet the nation’s primary care needs, and into fields—from law to public health—where the expertise of the pharmacist has tremendous potential to benefit patient care and health outcomes in unprecedented ways. 

We encourage graduates of the new curriculum to use their PharmD degrees in new ways by building on their pharmacy expertise with additional advanced training. Our PharmD graduates may choose to move on to additional advanced pharmacy practice training through a pharmacy residency, or to an advanced degree program in another field (PhD, MPH, JD, MS). Or they may unite the advanced degrees they hold upon entering the PharmD program with their newly earned PharmDs.

Ultimately, our PharmD graduates—equipped with advanced pharmacy training or graduate degrees in other fields—will focus their education and energies on creating a time when precise therapeutics improve the health of people everywhere.