UCSF

Curriculum: 2018 and Beyond

A transformed PharmD curriculum—a 3-year, 12-quarter integrated program—was launched in 2018. UCSF prepares distinguished, professionally skilled, and compassionate PharmD graduates with an unmatched scientific mindset to bring creative approaches to serve patients and meet challenges across health care. For more on the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum, see Curriculum Components and Curriculum Outcomes.

Requirements for the doctor of pharmacy degree

The APPE requirement for students graduating in 2021 is 42 units due to the COVID-19 pandemic; 4 blocks of required APPEs and 2 blocks of elective APPEs (totaling 14 units; 1 of which is a direct patient care rotation). For students in this class, 170 units are required for the PharmD degree.

A minimum of 184 units of professional study is required for the PharmD degree in addition to a set of specific graduation requirements.

Students complete courses in the following areas:

Foundations 17.5 units
Integrated Themes 72.5 units
Applied Patient Care Skills 8.5 units

Pharmacy Practice Experiences

73.5 units
  • 17.5 units of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and

  • 56 units of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs)

 
Inquiry and Discovery Project 10 units
Electives minimum 2 units

The requirements for graduation, including policies and specific courses, are subject to periodic review and may be changed as determined by the faculty of the School of Pharmacy.

PharmD required courses

The APPE requirement for students graduating in 2021 is 42 units due to the COVID-19 pandemic; 4 blocks of required APPEs and 2 blocks of elective APPEs (totaling 14 units; 1 of which is a direct patient care rotation). For students in this class, 170 units are required for the PharmD degree.

Foundations

17.5 units

Year 1

Foundations I

14.5 units

 

Year 2

Foundations II

3 units

 

Integrated Themes

72.5 units

Year 1

Cardiovascular Science & Therapeutics Theme

11.5 units

 

Respiratory Science & Therapeutics Theme

9.5 units

 

Renal Science & Therapeutics Theme

6 units

 

Gastrointestinal Science & Therapeutics Theme

8 units

 

Year 2

Endocrine Science & Therapeutics Theme

9.5 units

 

Neuroscience & Therapeutics Theme

14.5 units

 

Oncology Science & Therapeutics Theme

5.5 units

 

Infectious Disease Science & Therapeutics Theme

8 units

 

Applied Patient Care Skills (APCS)

8.5 units

Year 1

APCS I

2.5 units

 

APCS II

1 unit

 

APCS III

1 unit

 

APCS IV

1 unit

 

Year 2

APCS V

1 unit

 

APCS VI

1 unit

 

APCS VII

1 unit

 

Pharmacy Practice Experiences

 

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs)

17.5 units

Year 1

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience – Community A

2.5 units

 

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience – Community B

5 units

 

Year 2

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience – Health Systems

10 units

 

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs)

Students complete 56 units of APPEs beginning spring quarter of Year 2 through spring quarter of Year 3. The timing of each APPE depends upon the APPE schedule assigned to the individual student.

56 units

Years 2 & 3

Hospital Pharmacy Systems & Practice APPE

7 units

 

Community Pharmacy Systems & Practice APPE

7 units

 

Acute Patient Care APPE

7 units

 

Ambulatory Patient Care APPE

7 units

 

APPE Electives: 4 rotations of 7 units each (at least 2 must be Direct Patient Care Elective APPEs) 28 units  

Non-direct Patient Care APPE Elective

 

 

Direct Patient Care APPE Elective

 

 

Inquiry and Discovery Project

10 units

Year 1

Inquiry Immersion

3 units

 

Year 2

Discovery Project Research

5 units

 

Year 3

Discovery Project Final Analysis and Completion

2 units

 

Electives

Electives provide additional exposure to current issues and practices in pharmacy and health care.

2 units

Total units for the PharmD degree

184 units

 

Note: Students participating in the Intensive Discovery Project take PharmIS 120B for 12 units in place of PharmIS 120A and the Year 2 Spring APPE. Students participating in the Intensive Discovery Project take three elective APPEs; PharmIS 120B is counted as the fourth Non-direct Patient Care Elective APPE.