Jan 30, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog

Pharmacy, PharmD

The UNT System College of Pharmacy (HSCCP) is a four year program that leads to the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). Emphasis is placed upon training students to enter any area of pharmacy practice or pharmacy residency. During the first and second years of the curriculum, a heavy emphasis will be placed on foundational courses in the biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences. During the second and third years, integrated pharmacotherapy will be taught with an organ system approach. Clinical problems/diseases with their underlying pathophysiology will be presented, followed by the medicinal chemistry and pharmacology of drug classes used to treat these conditions. In the pharmacotherapy part of each block, students will apply this information in analyzing and evaluating clinical cases and recommending appropriate, effective, and cost-effective pharmaceutical care plans. Clinical case discussions in the first year will focus on health promotion and communication skills, and in the second and third years, these discussions will align with the pharmacotherapy blocks. Pharmacy Practice Skills Laboratories in Years 1 and 2 will focus on medication preparation, patient interviewing and assessment, and professional communication skills. Students will participate in Pharmacy Practice courses in Semesters 1 - 6, in which they study a broad range of areas, including biostatistics, health care delivery systems, pharmacoeconomics, law, ethics, history of pharmacy, communications, and more. During Years 1 - 3, students will engage in Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE’s) in which they work with pharmacists or fourth year pharmacy students in community and institutional pharmacies, participate in health promotion projects in the community, take Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support classes, and perform simulations on high fidelity manikins. IPPE’s will emphasize interprofessional collaboration with other health professions students at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (HSC). In the fourth year, students will engage in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE’s), in which they provide patient assessment and care through medication management, provide drug information to patients, providers, and other health care professionals, engage in disease management and prevention, and engage in medication distribution through filling of prescriptions and medication orders, all under the direction of a licensed pharmacist preceptor.

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures  

University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy Curriculum


Students are required to take six semester credit hours of electives during the PharmD program. Students may fulfill these hours by choosing pharmacy electives, School of Public Health (SPH) courses listed below, or School of Health Professions (SHP) courses listed below. Students may take a combination of their elective courses from pharmacy, SPH, or SHP. Elective courses may be taken during the fall and spring semesters of Professional Years 2 and 3. In addition, students may take SPH courses that are offered in the summer semesters. Students may earn a graduate certificate in public health by completing 15 semester credit hours of coursework or graduate certificate in lifestyle health by completing 6 credit hours of coursework. 

Elective Courses from other Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy

Students may request to take off-site electives (on campus or online) from accredited U.S. Colleges or Schools of Pharmacy to fulfill required elective hour credits. If approved, students are responsible for paying for the courses and must earn a minimum of a grade of “C” or the equivalent in order for the hours to count toward elective requirements. Students are responsible for arranging for transcripts to be sent to the HSC Registrar’s Office. Semester credit hours will be recorded on the HSC transcript, but the grade will not.

Licensing Disclosure

Licensing Disclosure

  1. To practice pharmacy, a person who graduates with a PharmD degree must also pass pharmacy licensing board examinations of the state(s) in which they want to practice and become a registered pharmacist.
  2. All pharmacy licensure boards recognize the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College of Pharmacy as fulfilling the academic requirements for pharmacist licensure. The ACPE maintains national accreditation standards for Colleges of Pharmacy.   The University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy is an ACPE accredited College of Pharmacy.
  3. All pharmacy licensure boards recognize the North American Pharmacy Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) as a standardized licensure exam for pharmacist licensure.  Additionally, each state may have different licensure requirements including a state specific pharmacy law exam (refer to each state’s board of pharmacy website for state specific information).  Forty-nine pharmacy licensure boards require passing the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) as component of licensure.  Arkansas, California, Idaho, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands do not utilize the MPJE for their law examination.