Pharmacy Program Curriculum
The Pharmacy program at Cedarville involves two or three years of prepharmacy courses followed by four years of professional/graduate studies in pharmacy. During these six or seven years, you will earn two degrees, the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science (BSPS) and the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD).
The prepharmacy program allows you to complete its unique Bible minor and entire general education curriculum without having an overloaded class schedule. The Bible minor and liberal arts core are essential to what makes a Cedarville education unique. This also gives you the freedom to participate in other activities such as sports, music, and missions trips — important aspects of your Cedarville experience!
If you have already earned a bachelor's degree and completed most of your prepharmacy requirements, you may seek admission to the advanced professional curriculum. See graduate admissions for details.
The prepharmacy curriculum compares closely to course requirements for other majors pursued by students entering health professions, including the BA or BS degree in biology, and the BA in chemistry. However, in contrast to most prepharmacy programs, the curriculum gives you early exposure to the profession through a series of pharmacy courses, taken each of the six semesters of your prepharmacy experience.
Covering the history of pharmacy, current issues in pharmacy, and a variety of career options, the first four courses will help solidify your interest in pharmacy while providing you with valuable background information. You will also gain important qualitative research skills through the projects associated with the courses, preparing you in advance for the research expected in the professional curriculum.
The two courses you take your third prepharmacy year, pharmacy calculations and biostatistics, will equip you with some of the quantitative tools you will need in the profession.
Though designed specifically to meet the requirements of the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy, the prepharmacy curriculum will prepare you for admission to any pharmacy program. If you plan to pursue admission to a different pharmacy school, consult a pharmacy faculty advisor to ensure that you are meeting any specific requirements and deadlines required by that school.
BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences
The B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences serves as the foundation for advanced study in pharmacy or the pharmaceutical sciences as well as career opportunities in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry.
The three years of prepharmacy courses are followed by four years of advanced professional education. In your final year, you will participate in advanced clinical rotations in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings around the region and nation. Upon graduation, you will earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD), and be eligible to sit for the national pharmacy licensing examination.
The pharmacy curriculum features the essential components of a pharmacy education along with courses on contemporary topics designed to prepare you for the current and future health care environment. Weekly practical experiences in a variety of pharmacy settings will complement the important content you cover in classes, providing you with 300 hours of experience prior to your final year of advanced clinical rotations.
Additionally, pharmacy professors embrace active learning methods, designed to enhance your learning and mastery of the information that you will use for years to come.
Your pharmacy education will be challenging, patient-centered, and fulfilling.