Doctor of Pharmacy

Special Degree Requirements

Refer to graduation requirements listed previously in the catalog.

Degree candidates must:

  1. Meet the general University requirements for graduation.
  2. Earn a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in each of the following areas:
    1. all courses attempted at The University of Montana-Missoula (cumulative GPA).
    2. all courses which carry a pharmacy (PHAR) prefix (pharmacy GPA).
    3. all required courses in the professional pharmacy curriculum (professional GPA).
  3. Required pharmacy course work must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  4. Complete at least six full academic years, including pre-pharmacy instruction, and a minimum of eight semesters of professional instruction as a full-time student registered for a minimum of twelve credits per semester.
  5. Complete not less than 200 credits of course work with a minimum of 136 credits in the professional program.
  6. Complete all other accreditation-required activities for pharmacy students (ACPE Standards 2016).

Licensure in Montana

An applicant for licensure as a registered pharmacist in Montana must pass national examinations as required by the Montana State Board of Pharmacy. To qualify for the examinations, the applicant must be of good moral character and a graduate of an accredited school of pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree; however, an applicant will not receive a license until all requirements have been met.

Doctor of Pharmacy

College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences - Skaggs School of Pharmacy

Degree Specific Credits: 200 (64 Pre-pharmacy and 136 Professional credits)

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2019-2020

Note: Pre-pharmacy coursework must be completed before entering the professional pharmacy program. Students should note some pre-pharmacy courses have prerequisites and they should consider that when planning their schedules. In addition, applicants to the professional pharmacy program must present proof of having completed at least 20 hours of observation in a pharmacy, other health care or social field, a writing assignment about the experience, and one evaluation form from someone involved with the applicant in such an experience. The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) must be taken within two years of application. Applications for the professional program are submitted through the PharmCAS system. See the School s prospective student webpage for more information.


Pre-Pharmacy Requirements64
General and Organic Chemistry
Communication & Social Sciences
Pre-Pharmacy Electives
Professional Pharmacy Curriculum136
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences
Clinical Sciences
Social Behavioral & Administrative Sciences
Introductory & Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE & APPE)
Total Hours200

Pre-Pharmacy Requirements


Complete all of the following courses:
BIOH 112Human Form and Function I3
BIOH 113Human Form and Function II3
BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology4
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

General and Organic Chemistry

Complete all of the following courses:
& CHMY 142N
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
& CHMY 144N
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab
CHMY 221
& CHMY 222
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHMY 223Organic Chemistry II3
Total Hours18
Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete all of the following courses:
& PHSX 206N
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
Total Hours5

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete the following course:
M 162Applied Calculus4
Complete one of the following courses:4
STAT 216
Introduction to Statistics
PSYX 222
Psychological Statistics
SOCI 202
Social Statistics
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Communication & Social Sciences

Complete all of the following courses:
COMX 111AIntroduction to Public Speaking3
or THTR 120A Introduction to Acting I
PSYX 100SIntro to Psychology3
or SOCI 101S Introduction to Sociology
ECNS 201SPrinciples of Microeconomics3
WRIT 101College Writing I3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Pre-Pharmacy Electives

Complete 11 elective credits. Speak with your advisor about completing this requirement. 11
Total Hours11

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Professional Pharmacy Curriculum

Students must apply for admission to the professional program. Students enrolled in the professional pharmacy curriculum are assessed a supplemental fee. This fee does not apply to pre-pharmacy students. Refer to the fees section of this catalog for details.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in pharmaceutical calculation by successfully completing a competency assessment prior to entering the second professional year.

Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Complete all of the following courses:
PHAR 329Microbes & Medicines4
PHAR 331Pharmaceutics4
PHAR 341
& PHAR 361
Pharmaceutical Pathophysiology I
and Pharm Sci Lab I
PHAR 342
& PHAR 362
Pharmaceutical Pathophysiology II
and Pharm Sci Lab II
PHAR 371Integrated Studies I1
PHAR 372Integrated Studies II1
PHAR 381Pharmaceutical Biochemistry4
PHAR 421Medicinal Chem I3
PHAR 422Medicinal Chem II3
PHAR 443Pharmacol & Toxicol I4
PHAR 444Pharmacology & Toxicol II4
Total Hours38

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Clinical Sciences

Complete all of the following courses:
PHAR 432Clinical Pharmacokinetics3
PHAR 451
& PHAR 471
Therapeutics I
and Integrated Studies III
PHAR 452
& PHAR 472
Therapeutics II
and Integrated Studies IV
PHAR 553
& PHAR 571
Therapeutics III
and Integrated Studies V
PHAR 554
& PHAR 563
& PHAR 572
Therapeutics IV
and Pharmaceutical Care Lab V
and Integrated Studies VI
PHAR 565Pharmacy APPE Preparation3
Total Hours25

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Social, Behavioral & Administrative Sciences

Complete all of the following courses:
PHAR 300
& PHAR 360
Pharmacy Practice I
and Pharmacy Practice Lab I
PHAR 310Pharmacy Practice II2
PHAR 311Healthy People1
PHAR 350Drug Info1
PHAR 412
& PHAR 463
Pharmacy Practice III
and Pharmaceutical Care Lab III
PHAR 460Pharmaceutical Care Lab II1
PHAR 505
& PHAR 560
Pharmacy Practice IV
and Pharmaceutical Care Lab IV
PHAR 506Pharmacy Practice V3
PHAR 514ECase Studies Pharm Ethics3
PHAR 550Drug Literature Eval3
PHAR 559Public Health and Pharmacoeconomics3
3 credits of elective courses. Please see your advisor for courses that will complete this requirement. 3
Total Hours32

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE and APPE)

Complete all of the following courses:
PHAR 480Community Pharmacy IPPE3
PHAR 481Hospital Pharmacy IPPE3
PHAR 579Comm Pharm APPE4
PHAR 580Hosp Pharm APPE4
PHAR 581Inpatient APPE4
Complete 16 credits of the following courses:16
PHAR 583
Drug Information APPE
PHAR 584
Specialized Services APPE
PHAR 585
Geriatric APPE
PHAR 586
Clinical Speciality APPE
PHAR 587
Administrative APPE
PHAR 588
Research APPE
PHAR 589
Education APPE
Total Hours42

Minimum Required Grade: C-