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How Important Is a Pharmacy Residency?

March 18, 2020

Pharmacy professor and student working in labAs pharmacy students near the end of their professional education, they begin to ask themselves a question: Should I pursue a postgraduation residency?

For those who want to pursue more clinical work in a hospital setting, clinics, or a specialized setting, the answer is unequivocally yes.

A pharmacy residency allows you to apply the knowledge and skills you've learned in school to real patients, situations, and settings. You will also be exposed to different facets of practice and learn about the many and varied career paths available to pharmacists today. And, keep in mind that there are very few new graduate pharmacists hired today without a residency in the hospital setting or specialized fields.

The Cedarville University School of Pharmacy is equipping its graduates with pharmacy excellence and Christlike compassion. Those of our students who want a residency are finding them, and they’re ending up at prestigious locations such as the Mayo Clinic, St. Jude, and the Cleveland Clinic. And recent rankings prove it.

Our 2020 residency placement rates were:

  • Ranked #1 in Ohio
  • Ranked #1 in the Midwest
  • Ranked #1 in the U.S. for Christian and faith-based schools
  • Ranked #4 in the U.S. overall

A Pharm.D. from Cedarville will equip you with the pharmacy skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

COVID-19: A Coronavirus Primer

March 13, 2020

You’ve no doubt heard a lot of information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) through the media, some of which is correct and some that is not.

Zach Jenkins, Pharm.D., BCPS, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Cedarville University School of Pharmacy, an infectious disease expert, provides the latest, factual COVID-19 information so you can make informed decisions on the health and safety of yourself and your family. You'll learn how COVID-19 originated, how it can be treated, how we can slow its growth, and much more,

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Posted in Apologetics

How to Choose a Pharmacy School

January 29, 2020

Pharmacy professor and student working in labIn 2019, Fehbe Meza of Blueprint Test Prep penned a blog post outlining top considerations when choosing a pharmacy school. In it, she offered seven criteria that prospective pharmacy students should carefully consider to ensure they choose the program that fits them best.

At the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy, we are pleased to meet, and even exceed, each of the author’s criteria. Here’s how:

Compare Curriculums

Cedarville’s School of Pharmacy affords students a student-focused curriculum that embraces active learning, small class sizes, and multiple opportunities to interact directly with nationally recognized faculty. The four-year curriculum includes one year of clinical training in top-ranked facilities such as the Cleveland Clinic, OhioHealth, the VA Medical Centers, and many others. Students may take up to 8 credit hours in classroom electives and 12 hours of clinical electives. Students may use some of those hours to apply toward a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with the ability to graduate with a dual Pharm.D./M.B.A. degree. All students will develop research and entrepreneurship skills. One thing that really sets Cedarville apart is that students learn how to apply biblical principles to their profession, as a Christian worldview is integrated throughout the curriculum. Students will be able to integrate pharmacy practice, pharmacy science, ethics, faith, and business to become top-notch pharmacy practitioners that can work anywhere in the world.

Research the Faculty

Cedarville’s School of Pharmacy has hired a diverse and experienced team of faculty members who have been involved with research in pharmaceutical companies, the government, hospitals, and pharmacies. Our faculty members have experience both within the U.S. and internationally, which affords opportunities to have both a domestic and global impact. Many faculty members have received grants from various organizations or companies, such as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Cardinal Health Foundation, and Merck. Because we choose to be a small program, all students will be mentored directly by a very talented faculty advisor.

Think About Cost

Cedarville’s School of Pharmacy prioritizes stewardship as an important facet of Christian living. Our tuition is designed to be one of the lowest private pharmacy school tuition models, with several scholarships and grants available to those who qualify. We have developed many partnerships with companies, organizations, pharmacies, and hospitals to provide students with paid internship opportunities to offset the costs of education.

Consider Affiliations

Cedarville’s School of Pharmacy has developed partnerships with more than 350 training sites in the Midwest and throughout the U.S. Students will have the opportunity to train in hospitals, community pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, long-term care facilities, and many other practice settings. They also have opportunities to participate in medical missions trips as part of their training as well. Cedarville’s School of Pharmacy owns its own community pharmacy that serves as a teaching pharmacy for our students. Each student has an experiential advisor who works to customize a training experience to meet the student’s career goals.

Learn About the Area

Cedarville’s School of Pharmacy is located in a very unique area that blends rurality with easy access to major metropolitan areas. While located in a small, rural town, we are geographically located within 60 minutes of two major metropolitan areas (Cincinnati and Columbus), within 30 minutes of Dayton, and within 20-30 minutes of many smaller communities. The surrounding area includes snow skiing, water skiing, kayaking, boating, major amusement parks, theatres, concerts, the U.S. Air Force Museum, hundreds of restaurants and shopping areas, hiking trails, skydiving, river dinner cruises, Division I sporting events, professional baseball, football, soccer, and hockey events, and many more attractions. You also have the opportunity to simply enjoy the small town of Cedarville and dine in our local pizza or coffee shops. Whatever your taste, you will find it.

Don’t Overvalue Rankings or Reputations

 Cedarville’s School of Pharmacy began in 2009 and, thus, is relatively new. Although we are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), we are still building our reputation within the U.S. rankings. For a new school, we are also honored that our students and faculty have been recognized by winning or placing in multiple state and national competitions, granted awards for our program innovation, and have attracted research grants. We are seeking top-notch students to come along as we move into the next decade of achievement.

Understand Passing Rates

Cedarville’s School of Pharmacy provides students with board preparation sessions throughout the curriculum and before graduation. All of the first three graduating classes have passed their licensing examinations and become pharmacists. Our attrition rate is very strong, and most students will graduate on time from our program.


At Cedarville University’s School of Pharmacy, we are pleased to offer pharmacy excellence with Christlike compassion, making us the school of choice for Christian pharmacy students. Our Doctor of Pharmacy degree program is equipping our graduates to be innovative pharmacists, who serve with excellence and honor Christ in the pharmacy field.

Business Analytics vs. Data Science

November 4, 2019

Tablet screen with analytics displayedIf you open any business journal or newspaper, you are likely to see headlines that include the terms "business analytics" or "data science." Many articles seem to use these terms interchangeably, but are they really referring to the same thing? What do these terms mean, and what is the difference between the two? This post will help answer those questions.

Data Science

Data science is focused on developing problem-solving methods and tools to bring meaning out of data. At the core of data science is a statistical and programmatic approach to create and use algorithms to extract meaning out of data. The focus of each algorithm has a specific type of problem in mind that can be applied across multiple fields. For example, a common algorithm like multiple regression can be used to understand the relationship between one variable and a set of other variables. It doesn't matter to the data scientist if those variables are related to the hard sciences or to application areas like business.

Business Analytics

Business analytics is the application of data science methods and tools in an attempt to answer a business-related question. At the core of business analytics is a statistical approach to solving problems. One way to use statistics is to describe the current state of the business (i.e., descriptive analytics). For example, we may want to know the average revenue generated per salesperson over the past fiscal year. The average is a "statistic." Another way to use statistics is to predict what the future might hold for a business scenario (i.e., predictive analytics). For example, a business might want to predict the profitability of its product line next year, based on a few assumptions they have about their potential market. One other way to use statistics is to recommend a specific choice when confronted with a business-related scenario (i.e., prescriptive analytics). For example, a business may want to streamline their production flow in a manufacturing facility.

The Difference

Based on the definitions offered above, we can say that business analytics is really just the use of the tools created by data science in the business world. Where it can get confusing is that those doing business analytics can sometimes dive down into the weeds of data science to tweak the algorithms for more efficiency, and those who do data science can sometimes apply their algorithms to business-related scenarios. In the end, the two fields are heavily related but generally differ based on the level of focus.


Cedarville University offers an online master’s in business analytics that is preparing professionals in this exciting field. Our distinctly Christian M.B.A. in business analytics will prepare you to effectively and ethically use statistical tools to interpret data and forecast financial outcomes.

Posted in MBA