One Thousand Days Transformed - The Campaign for Cedarville

About the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree

Why Study Pharmacy at Cedarville?

Cedarville’s unique Christian Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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 PharmD Student Admissions page.

Request Info Schedule an Appointment

What Sets Cedarville Apart?

  • Distinct Mission

    Cedarville prepares competent professionals who bring a compassionate, biblical perspective to their profession.
  • Critical Need

    Career demand and the expanding role of pharmacists in healthcare leads to a rewarding career of serving patients.
  • Proven Results

    Our graduates exceed national averages for pharmacy licensing test pass rate and being placed in residencies.

Program Overview

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 PharmD 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

PharmD + MBA student Cora Duran shares how becoming a business-minded pharmacy professional will allow her to pursue her dream of opening a pharmacy to serve low-income and no-income families.

See how alumni are putting their Cedarville pharmacy training into practice and making an impact for God's glory within diverse fields of pharmacy:

Julia Gardner: Pediatric Oncology

Even through her own medical crises, Julia Gardner felt supported by her School of Pharmacy faculty and classmates. Watch her inspiring journey that led her to a greater sense of professionalism, kindness, and empathy in her own work.

Neil Fox: Intensive Care

Neil Fox shares how his experiences at Cedarville prepared him well to serve in an intensive care setting.

Anna Staudt: Chronic Disease State Management

PharmD graduate Anna Staudt was challenged to get involved during her time at Cedarville. See how her experiences deepened her passion and empowered her to better serve her patients."

Joshua Pearson: Free Clinic

Why are pharmacists important in healthcare? Joshua Pearson describes his work experience and outlines how his time at Cedarville prepared him to serve the underserved in a free clinic setting.

Caleb Hasty: Oncology

Caleb Hasty shares how Cedarville prepared him to support both the physical and spiritual needs of his patients in his work in the oncology field.

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 PharmD 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 PharmD 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.

PharmD 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.

PharmD Cost Information

Program Start Dates — You can enroll and begin classes in August.

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.

How long is pharmacy school at Cedarville? The PharmD is offered in both six-year or seven-year completion plans.

Sample courses:

  • Bioethics
  • Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1-6

Start Your Degree in High School!

Save time and money in college by taking dual enrollment courses now. Discover how you can complete your PharmD in just six years with the Dual Enrollment Pathway to Pharmacy.

Explore the Dual Enrollment Pathway

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.

Woman holding child talking to a pharmacist wearing a white lab coat.

From Our Students:

Learn About Career Services

Program Contacts

Photo of Thad Franz

Thad Franz, PharmD

Assistant Dean of Student Services and Admissions, Professor of Pharmacy Practice


Photo of Gayle Wilken

Gayle Wilken

Director of Graduate Recruitment - Healthcare Programs


Program News