»Doctor of Pharmacy Program

The Doctor of Pharmacy degree is a three-year, “accelerated” professional degree composed of eight, 15-week trimesters where students will begin in the fall of each year. Personalized education is a core value for Chapman University, therefore, for many pharmacy courses students will be broken up into smaller groups of 15 or 30. 

+-What Makes Us Unique

This unique full-time program will have integrated “Study & Reflection” periods in the schedule to provide student pharmacists with the ability to prepare for classes, study new material, or reflect upon what they have learned within the day. This program is also unique in its delivery of innovative and student-centered methods of instruction. Instead of sitting in class listening to professors lecture, class time will be devoted to discussion and active learning exercises. To succeed at CUSP, students will be required to have viewed lectures and completed the assigned readings before coming to class. Quizzes will be given at the beginning of class to allow students to demonstrate the knowledge gained from the pre-class work, and allow faculty to tailor the discussion and active learning exercises to best meet student needs.

+-Team-Oriented Education

Learning to work with other health professionals on a health care team will be a major emphasis of the CUSP program. Students will spend time each year learning and working beside physician assistant, nursing, and physical therapy students. These inter-professional courses, such as IPE501 and IPE502, will allow students from the various professions to learn about each other’s areas of practice and history. Additionally, courses like IPE521 and IPE522, will allow students to work as a team in a simulated patient care environment. This simulation environment will allow students to work on their communication and team-building skills, in addition to demonstrating the value that each profession brings to the patient care process.

+-Experiential Education

CUSP students will have opportunities to take their knowledge, skills, and attitudes and apply them in various direct patient care environments during their experiential education courses as they work to become competent and caring health care professionals. These courses will comprise nearly one-third of the entire curriculum. Introductory experiential courses will expose students early to various pharmacy practice settings and practitioners, and community health needs during the first two professional years.  These introductory experiences coupled with the other courses in the curriculum will adequately prepare student pharmacists for advanced pharmacy practice experiences. In the third year, advanced experiential courses will be composed of six, 6-week rotations in required (community, health-system, ambulatory care and acute care practices) and elective (managed care, administrative, pharmaceutical industry) area of practice.

+-Student Participation with Pharmacy Organizations

To help students better appreciate their role in the profession and how they can contribute to the larger community, students will be able to participate in national pharmacy organizations such as the American Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and their respective state affiliates, as well as other pharmacy associations as part of their assimilation into the pharmacy profession. In addition, students will develop as leaders to advance the changes that will be required for health care in the future and will do so through their involvement in CUSP chapters of various student pharmacists association and local pharmacy associations. They will be encouraged to actively participate as a complement to their formal education and to extend participation throughout their entire career as a means to advocate for patients, themselves and the profession.

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