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Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

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.

Program Start Dates

You can enroll and begin classes in August.

Why Study Pharmacy at Cedarville?

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.

How long is pharmacy school at Cedarville? When you are admitted into the Pharm.D. program as a freshman, you will be able to complete a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, a  Bible minor, and a doctorate of pharmacy degree in six or seven years.

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.

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. 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, 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.

What Can I 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

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.

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

2018 Pharmacy Annual Report

Pharmacy Annual Report

The 2018 Annual Report celebrates another year of professional excellence and Gospel impact for the School of Pharmacy.

How long is pharmacy school at Cedarville? Earn your doctorate of pharmacy in 6 or 7 years.

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.

Dr. Rebecca Gryka teaching students in the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy.

Gift Continues Legacy of Service

Dr. Rebecca Gryka continues to support the school’s work of preparing the next generation of Christian pharmacists.
Zach Krauss helping a patient at Gem City Market.

Students Serve Patients at Community Grocery Store

The Cedarville chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association has been providing free healthcare screenings to customers at Dayton’s Gem City Market.
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Grant Provides Free Flu Shots

The Cedarville University chapter of Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) has been awarded a $500 grant to provide free influenza vaccines.
Pharmacist takes blood pressure of a patient

NAPLEX Pass Rate Exceeds National and State Averages

Cedarville University’s School of Pharmacy class of 2020 currently has a first-time pass rate of 92.5% on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX).

Program Faculty

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Jeffrey A. Bates, Pharm.D., BS Pharm, FMPA

Dean, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

  • Location HSC 238 B
  • Phone 937-766-3016
  • Email Email
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Aleda Chen, R.Ph., Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Dean, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

  • Location HSC 251
  • Phone 937-766-7454
  • Email Email

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.

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

Sample courses:
  • Bioethics
  • Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1-6
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog