About the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree
Why Study Pharmacy at Cedarville?
Cedarville’s unique Christian Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is a transformative experience, equipping 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 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 transforming lives and the healthcare system by 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.
Students who have completed their undergraduate coursework at another institution and plan to apply for the doctorate program can find prerequisite, application, and interview information on our Prospective Pharm.D. Student Admissions page.Request Info Schedule an Appointment
What Sets Cedarville Apart?
Distinct MissionCedarville prepares competent professionals who bring a compassionate, biblical perspective to their profession.
Critical NeedCareer demand and the expanding role of pharmacists in healthcare leads to a rewarding career of serving patients.
Proven ResultsOur graduates exceed national averages for pharmacy licensing test pass rate and being placed in residencies.
Doctor of Pharmacy Program Highlights
Accredited — The Cedarville University School of Pharmacy’s doctorate program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
Early Decision — Students applying through PharmCAS will have opportunity to apply through Cedarville’s early decision program. Students who are accepted through Early Decision will not be put on a waitlist and will receive a scholarship for the first year in the professional program.
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.
Future Thinking — The School of Pharmacy's Center for Pharmacy Innovation seeks creative, biblical solutions today to meet the healthcare challenges of tomorrow.
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. Classroom time is focused on applying skills and preparing for clinical patient care. 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.
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, engaged in innovative, transformative research as part of the Center for Pharmacy Innovation, 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, valuing discipleship as a key distinctive of the Cedarville PharmD program.
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.
The Heart of a Cedarville University Pharmacist
At the 2020 White Coat Ceremony, David Vance, class president, shares what it means to be a professional pharmacy student at Cedarville University.
Center for Pharmacy Innovation
Cedarville University's Center for Pharmacy Innovation seeks to advance the profession of pharmacy by developing novel approaches to patient care and expanding pharmacists' roles as part of a collaborative healthcare team.
What Can You Do With a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree?
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
M.B.A. Testimonial – Cora Duran
Pharm.D./M.B.A. student Cora Duran explains why a Cedarville M.B.A. will add significant value to her pharmacy career.
Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom
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, allowing you to apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world experience, including at our such as in our very own local pharmacy, CedarCare Village Pharmacy, where we implement innovative patient care services.
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, innovative research.
Outreach — You can participate in a short-term medical missions trip or work in local pharmacies or clinics that care for underserved populations, as we seek to transform patient lives globally.
Serving Through Medical Missions
A group of Cedarville University students use what they are learning in their nursing and pharmacy coursework to serve the people of the Dominican Republic.
Admission, Costs and Aid, Start Dates
Admission Requirements — The first step in your graduate school journey at Cedarville is to apply to the program through the Pharmacy Centralized Application Service (PharmCAS) and complete the free Cedarville Graduate Application.Pharm.D. Admission Requirements
Costs and Financial Aid — Your decision to pursue quality, Christian graduate education represents a valuable investment in your career and professional development. To assure your degree is also affordable, Cedarville graduate programs are competitively priced and can be supplemented with a variety of financial aid.Pharm.D. Cost Information
Program Start Dates — You can enroll and begin classes in August.
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.
How long is pharmacy school at Cedarville? The Pharm.D. is offered in both six-year or seven-year completion plans.
- Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1-6
Program Format and Related Programs
Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.
Program Level and Format
From Our Students:
Jeffrey A. Bates, Pharm.D., BS Pharm, FMPADean, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
- HSC 238 B
Dave Ormsbee, M.B.A.Director of Graduate Recruitment - Residential Healthcare Programs
- HSC 234
Brenda Pahl, R.Ph., Pharm.D.Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
- HSC 245
Making a Difference in Healthcare: One Patient at a TimeIn just three years since graduating from Cedarville University’s School of School of Pharmacy, Dr. Kofi Amoah has fully devoted himself to community health and safety.
Cedar Care Offers COVID-19 AntiviralsBoth medications require a prescription and should be started as early as possible within five days of symptoms appearing.