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Doctor of Pharmacy

About the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree

Cedarville’s unique Christian Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program will equip you for a career in the dynamic field of pharmacy. Far beyond the traditional drugstore, pharmacists are a key part of today’s medical team, providing patient care and advice while collaborating with physicians on prescribing and managing complex drug therapy. Pharmacists have prescriptive authority in many states and have become one the nation’s largest providers of immunizations. It’s the perfect career to blend your interest in the sciences and your passion to serve people, and Cedarville University will help you get there.

At Cedarville, we’re engaging the dynamic environment of 21st-century healthcare with a solid Christian perspective. You will learn from Christian faculty members who have received national recognitions for their research and will discover how to integrate your faith and a biblical worldview into your professional practice. We are preparing future pharmacists who can meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients with faith-informed ethics and commitment.

When you are admitted into the Pharm.D. program as a freshman, you will be able to to complete a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, a Bible minor, and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in six or seven years.

Pharm.D. Program Highlights

Accredited — The Cedarville University School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Biblical — Your academic program will be strengthened by incorporating Scripture throughout all coursework. Cedarville’s commitment to the authority of the Bible is the basis for discussions on medical ethics, the sanctity of life, origins, and the balanced integration of faith and learning. As a result, you will be equipped to influence your profession and culture for Christ.

Innovative curriculum — The four-year professional curriculum — designed to meet the latest accreditation standards and to address contemporary topics in pharmacy — features a modular approach, enabling you to master course content progressively. Approximately one-third of the curriculum occurs off campus in health-systems, pharmacies, clinics, and pharmaceutical companies, just to name a few. The program is offered in both six- or seven-year completion plans.

Preferred admission — Through Cedarville's direct-entry option, qualifying prepharmacy students will have a reserved slot in our Pharm.D. program. This allows you to avoid the stress of applying for graduate school and frees you to truly enjoy your undergraduate experiences. In order to receive preferred admission status, you must meet all Pharm.D. program entrance requirements.

Mentoring faculty — You will study with professors who have high academic credentials as well as extensive clinical and research experience. They are leaders in the pharmacy profession, recognized by their peers, consulted by the media, and sought after as trainers and presenters. Most importantly, they love the Lord and will encourage and guide you every step of your educational journey.

State-of-the-art facilities — You will learn and discover in the spacious, award-winning Health Sciences Center, which features the latest in instructional technology and pharmacy laboratory and simulation equipment. The Center also includes multiple group meeting rooms for collaborative research and study.

Outcomes for Pharm.D. Graduates

Pharmacy is a dynamic field with growing demand. Your Pharm.D. degree can lead you to careers in:

  • Ambulatory Care Clinics
  • Chain Pharmacy Management
  • Clinical Specialists (e.g., Oncology, Cardiology, Pediatrics, etc.)
  • Community Pharmacy Ownership
  • Community and Retail Pharmacies
  • Drug and Poison Information Services
  • Home Infusion Services
  • Hospital Pharmacies
  • Hospital Pharmacy Administration
  • International Medical Missions
  • Long-term Care Pharmacy
  • Managed Care Services
  • Medical and Drug Informatics
  • Medical Publishing
  • Nuclear Pharmacy Services
  • Pharmaceutical Research
  • Professional Associations
  • Specialty Compounding Services
  • University Teachings

Since 2016, the School of Pharmacy has graduated more than 90 professional pharmacists. You’ll find these Cedarville graduates working in pharmacy chains, hospital settings, and in their own businesses. Others are completing prestigious residency programs at places like Kettering Health; Premier Health; the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN; Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Cleveland Clinic; OhioHealth; and The Ohio State University. We are proud of our graduates’ success:

  • 98% of the class of 2017 had secured employment at graduation. 100% of the class of 2016 had secured employment within six months of graduation.
  • 72% combined average for ASHP residency placement: 2016 PGY1 match – 79%, 2016 PGY2 match – 67%, 2017 PGY1 match – 67% (national average is 66%).
  • 95.7% on-time graduation rate for the class of 2017 (national average is 94.6%).
  • 93.3% six-month pass rate on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) for the class of 2017. The first-time pass rate for the NAPLEX was 84.4%.
  • 100% Pharm.D. student participation in cross-cultural missions trip.

Opportunities for Pharm.D. Students

You will have many co-curricular opportunities to complement your coursework and enhance your resume.

Experiential learning — As a Pharm.D. student, you will become a licensed intern in the state of Ohio during your first year in the professional program (you may also choose to gain licensure in another state as well). This will allow you to work in various pharmacies and health-systems/hospitals during your Pharm.D. program. You will complete experiential training throughout the entire curriculum.

Professional organizations — You will be able to participate in professional organizations and in some cases take on leadership roles at the state or national level.

Research — Working with a faculty adviser, you can choose to conduct cutting-edge research.

Outreach — You can participate in a short-term medical missions trip or work in local pharmacies or clinics that care for underserved populations.

Introducing the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy

Get to know Cedarville's School of Pharmacy, its quality and its passion for using pharmacy for Gospel impact.

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Trustees focus on campus master plan, budget, and new pharmacy venture

Cedarville's Board of Trustees considered several important proposals during its Jan. 26 meetings.

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Pharmacy Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report celebrates another pivotal year for the School of Pharmacy.

The Health Sciences Center

Health Sciences Center

Take a look at the School of Pharmacy’s state-of-the-art labs and simulation equipment. Then, picture yourself studying pharmacy at Cedarville University.


Earn Your Degree Sooner and Save $$

Choose the two-year prepharmacy option and you can complete your Pharm.D. in six years instead of seven, saving up to $20,000 on your overall costs.

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Pharmacy Graduates Off to a Successful Start

Read a recent Cedarville Magazine article detailing the success of the School of Pharmacy’s first graduating class.

Program Faculty

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Marc Sweeney, R.Ph., Pharm.D.

Dean, Professor of Pharmacy Practice

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Jeff Bates, R.Ph., Pharm.D.

Associate Dean, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

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Doctor of Pharmacy Program Curriculum

Your four-year professional curriculum was designed to meet the latest accreditation standards, including contemporary topics in pharmacy. It features a modular approach, allowing you to master course content progressively. Coupled with a class schedule that facilitates extensive practical experience and small-group learning with faculty mentors, this educational experience provides exceptional preparation for your career as a pharmacist.

The Pharm.D. is offered in both six-year or seven-year completion plans.

Sample courses:
  • Bioethics
  • Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1-6
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