The pharmacist is an integral member of an interdisciplinary health care team focused on improving health care outcomes of patients. As the leading source for accurate and timely drug information, the pharmacist contributes to patient safety, alleviation of symptoms, prevention of disease, and reduced health care costs. Pharmacists can choose to work in a wide variety of professional settings. Although the majority of pharmacists work in community pharmacies, many other opportunities exist in health-systems, industry, nursing home, managed care, home infusion, and academic settings.
The School of Pharmacy offers a three-year professional curriculum leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD), a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree (MS), and a joint Doctor of Pharmacy/ Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PharmD/MS) degree program. Students attend the PharmD program on a year-round basis. The PharmD curriculum is composed of two didactic years followed by one advanced pharmacy practice year. Patient care/pharmacy settings integrate experience that supports the classroom material. The MS program is offered as standalone or as a joint degree with the existing three-year PharmD curriculum. A one-year research-focused curriculum will be added following the three-year PharmD program for a total of four years of education for students in the PharmD/MS joint degree..
The class of 2023 will be the last cohort based on a block design. Students in the class of 2023 and 2022 are not assigned letter grades in the curriculum but are instead assigned either a “pass” or “no-pass” based on achievement of 90% of stated competencies. Students are assessed every two weeks during the first two years of the curriculum. Students who do not achieve the necessary level of competency are given opportunities for extended learning. Extended learning opportunities occur immediately following each semester.
The curriculum places an emphasis on integration of knowledge, critical thinking, and utilization of evidence-based principles.
The PharmD program is approximately 34 months divided into three years.
P1: Didactic Year on campus, integrated with sites in the greater Portland area
P2: Rotation at sites including and beyond Portland area during summer; Didactic Year on campus, integrated with sites in the greater Portland area
P3: Clinical Advanced rotations at sites including and beyond the Portland area
The MS program is approximately 24 months divided over five or six terms (fall, spring, summer).
The PharmD/MS program is approximately 46 months divided into four years, with the additional year dedicated to a research-focused curriculum.
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Develop caring, influential, innovative pharmacists who lead the advancement of public wellness, interprofessional collaboration, and research.
The School of Pharmacy is fully accredited by Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors. Information on the accreditation process may be found on the Council’s website at www.acpe-accredit.org. The ACPE Board of Directors reviewed the Doctor of Pharmacy program for purposes of continued accreditation at its January 2015 meeting. The accreditation term granted for the Doctor of Pharmacy program extended until June 30, 2023.
Pacific University received regional accreditation from the Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities (NASC), Commission on Colleges and Universities, in 1929. In 1945 the University requested permission and received approval from NASC to offer the doctoral degree. Pacific University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), which until the year 2003 was part of NASC.
Student Learning Outcomes
The School adopted the 2013 CAPE Outcomes (also known as the 2016 ACPE Standards 1-4) as our program’s official curricular outcomes starting with the Contemporary Curriculum (Class of 2024 and moving forward).
1.1. Learner (Learner) - Develop, integrate, and apply knowledge from the foundational sciences (i.e., pharmaceutical, social/behavioral/administrative, and clinical sciences) to evaluate the scientific literature, explain drug action, solve therapeutic problems, and advance population health and patient- centered care.
2.1. Patient-centered care (Caregiver) - Provide patient-centered care as the medication expert (collect and interpret evidence, prioritize, formulate assessments and recommendations, implement, monitor and adjust plans, and document activities).
2.2. Medication use systems management (Manager) - Manage patient healthcare needs using human, financial, technological, and physical resources to optimize the safety and efficacy of medication use systems.
2.3. Health and wellness (Promoter) - Design prevention, intervention, and educational strategies for individuals and communities to manage chronic disease and improve health and wellness.
2.4. Population-based care (Provider) - Describe how population-based care influences patient- centered care and influences the development of practice guidelines and evidence-based best practices.
3.1. Problem Solving (Problem Solver) – Identify problems; explore and prioritize potential strategies; and design, implement, and evaluate a viable solution.
3.2. Educator (Educator) – Educate all audiences by determining the most effective and enduring ways to impart information and assess understanding.
3.6. Communication (Communicator) – Effectively communicate verbally and nonverbally when interacting with an individual, group, or organization.
3.3. Patient Advocacy (Advocate) - Assure that patients’ best interests are represented.
3.4. Interprofessional collaboration (Collaborator) – Actively participate and engage as a healthcare team member by demonstrating mutual respect, understanding, and values to meet patient care needs.
3.5. Cultural sensitivity (Includer) - Recognize social determinants of health to diminish disparities and inequities in access to quality care.
4.1. Self-awareness (Self-aware) – Examine and reflect on personal knowledge, skills, abilities, beliefs, biases, motivation, and emotions that could enhance or limit personal and professional growth.
4.2. Leadership (Leader) - Demonstrate responsibility for creating and achieving shared goals, regardless of position.
4.3. Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Innovator) - Engage in innovative activities by using creative thinking to envision better ways of accomplishing professional goals.
4.4. Professionalism (Professional) - Exhibit behaviors and values that are consistent with the trust given to the profession by patients, other healthcare providers, and society.
For the Legacy Curriculum (CO2023 and CO2022), the following outcomes still apply.
1A. Develop and use strategies to apply foundational sciences (pharmaceutical, social and administrative, and clinic) to solve therapeutic problems (1.1Learner)
1B. Critically analyze scientific literature to enhance clinical decision making (1.1 Learner)
1C. Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the laws governing pharmacy practice (1.1 Learner)
2A. Provide patient-centered care as the medication expert (collect and interpret evidence, prioritize, formulate assessments and recommendations, implement, monitor and adjust plans, and document activities) (CAPE: 2.1 Caregiver)
2B. Manage patient healthcare needs using human, financial, technological, and physical resources to optimize operational safety and efficacy (Modified-CAPE: 2.2 Manager)
2C. Design prevention, intervention, and educational strategies for individuals and communities to manage chronic disease and improve health and wellness (CAPE: 2.3 Promoter)
2D. Describe how population-based care influences patient centered care and influences the development of practice guidelines and evidence-based best practices (CAPE: 2.4 Provider)
2E. Prepare medications utilizing appropriate procedures and accurate calculations (2.1 Caregiver)
3A. Identify problems; explore and prioritize potential strategies; and design, implement, and evaluate a viable solution (CAPE: 3.1 Problem Solver)
3B. Utilize a caring, empathetic, and professional manner to effectively communicate with all health care professionals, patients, families and caregivers and assess their understanding (3.2 Educator / 3.6 Communicator)
3C. Demonstrate and practice skills in leading change and promoting advocacy for the profession, patients and self (3.3 Advocate / 4.2 Leader / 4.3 Innovator)
3D. Actively participate and engage as a healthcare team member by demonstrating mutual respect, understanding, and values to meet patient care needs (CAPE: 3.4 Collaborator)
3E. Demonstrate skills necessary to manage personnel, interpersonal relationships, and workflow within pharmacy practice (3.4 Collaborator)
3F. Recognize social determinants of health to diminish disparities and inequities in access to quality care (CAPE: 3.5 Includer)
4A. Assess personal knowledge, skills, abilities, beliefs, biases, motivation, and emotions that could enhance or limit personal and professional growth (Modified-CAPE: 4.1: Self-Awareness)
4B. Demonstrate responsibility for creating and achieving shared goals, regardless of position (CAPE: 4.2: Leadership)
4C. Engage in innovative activities by using creative thinking to envision better ways of accomplishing professional goals (CAPE: 4.3: Innovation)
4D. Exhibit behaviors and values that are consistent with the trust given to the profession by patients, other healthcare providers, and society (CAPE: 4.4:Professionalism)
4E. Actively seek engagement in the profession through service (4.4 Professionalism)
4F. Develop the skills, attitudes, and values necessary for self-directed, life- long learning (4.4 Professional)
CAPE: Center for Advancement of Pharmacy Education
Clinical Educational Facilities
The School has affiliations with a variety of clinical training sites, including but not limited to health-systems (e.g. hospitals), managed care pharmacy organizations, community pharmacies (e.g. chain and independent), ambulatory clinics, long term care facilities, home infusion/specialty pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, and the pharmaceutical industry. The vast majority of these facilities are located within the states of Oregon and Washington. Clinical sites are continually added by the School in order to provide variety and quality to the clinical experiences. Students will complete all rotations at sites assigned by the School and where the School has a current, active affiliation agreement.
Policies: School of Pharmacy
Due to the structure of the curriculum, there is no add/drop period. If a student must leave during a semester, courses that have been completed will receive a grade, and the transcript will show no record of courses that have not started. Once a course has started, withdrawing before 60% of the course has been completed will result in a W grade; withdrawing after the 60% point will result in a No Pass grade.
Students must apply for and received pharmacy intern licenses in both Washington and Oregon once accepted into the School. Students are encouraged to access the Oregon Board of Pharmacy at http://www.oregon.gov/Pharmacy and the Washington Board of Pharmacy at https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/PharmacyProfessions.
All students must maintain an active Oregon intern license and Washington Intern Registration while enrolled at the School. A copy of this document must be provided to the Office of Experiential Education, who is responsible for tracking student adherence with this policy. Revocation, expiration, or lack of said license precludes students’ ability to participate in experiential activities.
Prior to the third year, students may be required to submit proof of Intern licensure to the Office of Experiential Education prior to beginning any rotation.
Method of Evaluation of Student Progress
Progression of students toward achievement of programmatic and block outcomes is monitored frequently using various methods of assessment. Formal summative examinations for the purposes of communicating whether a student has passed a particular set of competencies are scheduled regularly throughout the academic year. The School’s administration reserves the right to employ additional assessment tools within or at the conclusion of each year.
Time limits on program completion
A student may take up to five (5) years to complete the three year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at Pacific University. A student may take up to three (3) years to complete the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree (MS). For the joint PharmD/MS, all requirements must be completed within six (6) years of matriculation. All forms of leave (voluntary withdrawals, administrative withdrawals, or leaves of absence) may be extended to a maximum of 24 months total (either consecutive months or cumulative time) with approval from the AD for Student Affairs (ADSA) and/or the AD for Educational Outcomes (ADEO). A student will be dismissed from the program five (5) years for the PharmD program, four (4) years for the standalone MS, or six (6) years for the PharmD/MS program from his/her start date if he/she has not completed program requirements, unless the Dean approves an alternative plan based on student-specific situations. The student may choose to re-apply for admission to the School as a first-year student.
Records of Student Performance
The School uses a combination of A-F grades and Pass/No Pass system of recording student achievement.
Pacific University School of Pharmacy will consider transfer students for admittance to advance standing only after careful review of all available information. The School will evaluate students who wish to transfer on a case by case basis, and will include a student interview. Student prerequisites, course descriptions and syllabi from the previous institution, hours completed, transcripts, and other significant data will be used in making a decision.
9 credits or higher is a full-time course load; 5 credits is half-time.
Auditors enroll in and attend classes, but are not required to complete assignments or take examinations. No credit is received for audited courses. Students must declare the audit option before the end of the add-drop period; once the audit option has been declared, the course cannot revert back to the graded option. See the catalog section on Business Policies on Tuition and Fees for payment information.
Letter Grades will be assigned using the following scale. Grades will be calculated by the following point allocation with no rounding.
A = 93 & above
A- = 90 to <93
B+ = 87 to <90
B = 83 to <87
B- = 80 to <83
C+ = 75 to < 80
F = below 75 or academic dishonesty, unprofessional conduct, unsatisfactory clinical progress, unsafe clinical practice
P = Pass
N = No Pass
Students must complete all coursework with satisfactory grades. If the student earns a single grade of “F” or “N” in any required/core course in any given semester, the student will be required to retake the course one more time or will be dismissed from the program.
An instructor may issue a grade of Incomplete (I) only when the major portion of a course has been completed satisfactorily but health or other emergency reasons prevent the student from finishing all requirements of the course. Prior to submitting an Incomplete grade, the instructor and the student complete an Incomplete Grade Contract detailing the completion and submission of all remaining work. After submission of the work, the instructor completes a Grade Change form and submits it to the Director of Curricular Operations for approval; the form then is processed by the Registrar.
If agreed-upon work is not completed and no grade change submitted in the allotted period (and an extension has not been granted), when the Incomplete expires the grade becomes an F or N. Faculty may request an extension of an Incomplete (before the expiration date of the Incomplete) by notifying the Registrar’s office.
Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Registrar or the Director of Curricular Operations.
Non-Degree Seeking Students
The method of curriculum delivery, combined with the integrated nature of the curriculum, does not easily support integration of non-degree seeking students. Pacific University School of Pharmacy will consider these students for admittance after careful review of all available information. The School will evaluate students who wish to take courses as a non-degree seeking student on a case by case basis, and will include a student interview. Student prerequisites, course descriptions and syllabi from the previous institution, hours completed, transcripts, and other significant data will be used in making a decision.
The School of Pharmacy does not award honors at graduation.
For the CO2023, if a student does not achieve 90%, then s/he must remediate that portion of the curriculum at a pre-designated time, be reassessed and achieve a level of 90% in order to progress to the next academic year. Students who do not pass may be required to attend an in-class or an electronic review session. If a student does not successfully achieve the desired set of competencies following re-examination, the student will be required to attend an extended learning block at the end of the current semester. The student will be assessed again on those competencies. Duration, scheduling, and other requirements for all extended learning blocks will be determined by the block faculty in conjunction with the AD for Educational Outcomes (ADEO) and with the approval of the Dean. Extended learning blocks are considered to be part of the regular educational process and as such, the School will not charge additional fees or tuition.
Attendance at Instructional Periods, Examinations, and Extended Learning
Attendance requirements during instructional/didactic sessions are at the discretion of the course coordinator and may vary between courses. Students should consult the syllabus for details related to attendance for each course. Attendance is required at all scheduled examinations, re-examination, and extended learning periods. Absence from scheduled examinations, re-examinations, or extended learning blocks are permitted only under the following conditions:
- Student illness when accompanied by a physician’s note describing the timeframe that would qualify as excused;
- A personal emergency or emergency in the student’s immediate family, such as death, hospitalization or other emergency situation as granted by the AD for Educational Outcomes (ADEO) on a case-by-case basis. In this case, the student must contact the block coordinator and the AD for Educational Outcomes, who shall consider the request and determine whether an excused absence is warranted; or,
- Attendance at professional meetings provided that the absence has been pre-approved at least two weeks in advance by the ADEO. This approval is coordinated through the AD for Student Affairs (ADSA) with the AD for Experiential Education (ADEE).
If an absence from a scheduled examination or re-examination is excused, the student will be assessed at a time set by the course coordinator. Students with excused absences will be given the same examination opportunities as students who were present at the examination or re-examination. Working with the student, the course coordinator will arrange for the student to take the examination as soon as possible following the student’s return to school. The date and time of the makeup examination will be communicated to the ADEO and may or may not be scheduled for regular school hours.
If an absence from a scheduled examination is unexcused, the student will be required to attend a scheduled re-examination and pass the re-examination. If an absence from a scheduled re-examination is unexcused, the student will be required to attend a scheduled extended learning block immediately following the end of the semester (to be determined by the ADEO) and be assessed on those competencies at that time.
Attendance at Experiential Activities
Attendance is required at all scheduled experiential rotations. Students are required to abide by the attendance policies outlined in the appropriate experiential manual.
Good academic standing in the School of Pharmacy is defined as:
- satisfactory academic performance
- sound practice skills
- adherence to University and School rules and procedures
- behavior that leads to professional competence and positive interpersonal and professional relations
Students may be placed on probation based on failure to comply with School or University rules and procedures or inappropriate professional or ethical conduct. Students on probation will be required to meet with their academic advisor on a schedule established jointly by the student and advisor or the Student Progression Committee (SPC). The student is responsible for the development of a student action plan that outlines the expectations of the student during the probationary period.
Students who receive an “N” or “F” in any required/core course, and who wish to remain enrolled in the program are required to attend the course the next time it is offered. Such students are placed on suspension (or probation for APPEs) as a result of receiving an “N” or “F” in any required/core courses. Criteria for progression through the curriculum will be determined as part of the terms of suspension and probation.
In the event that the course in which the student received an “N” or “F” has been modified and/or is covered by more than one course in a revised curriculum, the AD for Educational Outcomes (ADEO) may require a student to complete and pass more than one course.
Students are allowed to repeat a course only once after receiving an “N” or “F”. For CO2023, students who receive another “N” on a re-examination that covers the material for which they are repeating will be required to withdraw from the program. Starting with the class of 2024, students who receive another “F” for the same course will be required to withdraw from the program. The student’s status in that case will be withdrawal “not in good academic standing” and the student may apply for re-admission through the School’s Admissions Application process.
Students wishing to appeal can find details of professional and academic standards, academic policies and procedures, clinical policies and procedures, the appeals process, and the academic conduct policies, in the School of Pharmacy Student Handbook, College of Health Professions Faculty Bylaws, and the University Student Handbook.
Policies and Procedures Pertaining to Professionalism
Surveys of the general public consistently rank pharmacy at the top of lists of the most trusted profession. For ourselves and for the profession of pharmacy, Pacific University School of Pharmacy is committed to instilling in our students the importance of personal and professional honor and integrity. In our position as a gatekeeper for the profession of pharmacy, we intend for our graduates to uphold and maintain the level of confidence and trust the public has placed on pharmacists.
A pharmacist maintains the highest principles of moral, ethical, and legal conduct. Upon accepting admission to the School, each student agrees to abide by basic standards of honesty and academic integrity, which include but are not limited to:
- Acting with honesty and integrity in academic and professional activities. A student never represents the work of others as his/her own.
- Striving for professional competence.
- Fostering a positive environment for learning. A pharmacy student will not interfere with or undermine other students’ efforts to learn.
- Respecting the knowledge, skills and values of pharmacists, instructors, and other health care professionals.
- Respecting the autonomy and dignity of fellow students, instructors, staff, other health care professionals, and patients.
- Seeking treatment for any personal impairment, including substance abuse, which could adversely impact patients, instructors, health care providers or other students.
- Promoting the good of every patient in a caring, compassionate, and confidential manner.
- Protecting the confidentiality of any medical, personal, academic, financial or business information.
Violation of the Standards of Professional Conduct
The Student Progression Committee (SPC) handles discipline concerns. Violation of the Standards of Professional Conduct will be handled by the SPC and Administration of the School and, where appropriate, the State Board of Pharmacy. Violations may result in the probation, suspension, or dismissal of students from the program.
Tuition and Fees: School of Pharmacy
After notice of acceptance, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $1000 is required of students enrolling in the School of Pharmacy. This deposit is applied towards the student’s tuition for the first semester of the program.
|Doctor of Pharmacy
|1st Year Students
|BLS and Immunization Certification
|Experiential Education Management Software
|Professional Memberships Fee
|Examination Software Fee
|Personal Digital Learning Space Fee
|Academic Progression Software Fee
|Simulation Software Fee
|Health & Counseling Fee
|2nd & 3rd Year Students
|Per semester (Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022)
|2nd Year Fees
|Experiential Education Management Fee
|Professional Memberships Fee
|Simulation Software Fee
|Examination Software Fee
|Health & Counseling Fee
|Personal Digital Learning Space Fee
|Academic Progress Software Fee
|3rd Year Fees
|Experiential Program Operational Fee
|Experiential Education Management Software Fee
|Professional Memberships Fee
|Academic Progress Software Fee
|Graduation Application Fee
|Health & Counseling Fee
|Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences
|Tuition per credit
|Examination Software Fee*
|Personal Digital Learning Space Fee*
|Academic Progression Software Fee*
*Charged for standalone MS program. Joint degree PharmD/MS students pay for these fees in 1st Year Fees
Students can expect additional expenses for experiential travel, books, labs, equipment, student government and living.
Calendar: School of Pharmacy
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