School of Pharmacy



THE SCHOOL OF PHARMACY offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and two graduate degrees. Each is accredited by the appropriate organization. The two graduate degrees, a Master of Science (M.S.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), are described in the Graduate School section of this Bulletin.

Pharm.D. program graduates are prepared to enter the pharmacy profession and provide pharmaceutical care. Pharmacists are responsible for preventing, indentifying and solving problems that are medication-related and for assuring that a patient's drug therapy will improve the patient's quality of life by curing illness or disease.

Opportunities for graduates vary from the traditional community and institutional pharmacy settings to community-based healthcare or managed care environments. In these settings, pharmacists have direct patient care responsibilities. Pharmacists also have the opportunity to position themselves as primary care providers. In some areas of the country, pharmacists directly prescribe medications in collaboration with other prescribers. Opportunities in industrial pharmacy include research, product development, analytical control, product manufacturing, government and sales. There are also opportunities in research and teaching in an academic environment. Information about the educational and career achievements of School of Pharmacy graduates may be obtained from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

The Auburn Pharm.D. degree program is a four-year course of study which requires completion of the pre-pharmacy curriculum prior to admission. Consistent with accreditation standards and guidelines, the curriculum provides an appropriate balance of course work in the five following areas: (1) biomedical sciences, (2) pharmaceutical sciences, (3) behavioral, social and administrative pharmacy sciences, (4) pharmacy practice and (5) pharmacy practice experiences. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare graduates who can provide pharmaceutical care and are lifelong learners. To accomplish this, the curriculum involves students in continuous patient care responsibilities early in the curriculum. Students also participate as active learners in interdisciplinary teaching models. The experiential component of this curriculum is taught at various affiliated clinical sites throughout Alabama and in Georgia and Florida.

Pharm.D. students are required to participate in activities beyond course requirements. These activities provide an environment in which students can develop the knowledge, attitudes and values that characterize the professional practitioner and include self-tutorial reviews, obtaining cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification and participation in the orientation to pharmacy school and the professional seminar series.


Course requirements for admission to the School of Pharmacy may be satisfied by completion of the Pre-Professional Curricula in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Any or all of these requirements may be met by transfer of credit from other institutions. Transfer students from junior colleges may receive no more than 102 quarter hours credit for the pre-pharmacy curriculum.

Admission is limited and is contingent upon available facilities and faculty. To be considered for admission the applicant must have a satisfactory GPA based on all courses attempted, as well as a satisfactory science index (GPA on all mathematics and science courses). A grade of D in any required course will not be accepted.

Students are accepted into the School of Pharmacy only during fall quarter. Applications should be submitted not later than January 15. To be considered for admission to the School of Pharmacy, the applicant must forward to the Pharmacy Admissions Committee a completed application, three reference forms and complete transcripts of all work attempted. For an application packet, contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at 209 Pharmacy Building, Auburn, AL 36849-5501.

Applicants must appear for a personal interview. Applicants are notified as to acceptance or denial no later than June 1. All pre-pharmacy course work must be completed by the end of the summer term before the professional program begins in the fall quarter.

Any student in the pharmacy curriculum who is subjected to academic suspension and desires to re-enter the School of Pharmacy must, in addition to complying with the pertinent university regulations, be approved by the Pharmacy Admissions Committee for readmission.

Guidelines to Academic Performance

1. The implementation of all guidelines will be in addition to those existing policies and standards of the University.

2. To remain in good standing, students are required to achieve a School of Pharmacy GPA of at least 2.25. GPAs will be calculated only from professional course work, which is defined as core pharmacy courses approved by the faculty and listed in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum.

3. A copy of the School of Pharmacy Academic Performance may be obtained from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

4. Appeals to these standards can be made to the Committee on Admissions and Academic Requirements through its chairperson.

5. Students must observe prerequisites and corequisites stated in the current Auburn University Bulletin. A prerequisite statement denoting "__-year PYDI standing" indicates that the student must have passed all courses in the prior year of the curriculum.

Licensure Requirements

The Alabama State Board of Pharmacy (BOARD) regulates the practice of pharmacy in the state. In brief, the requirements for licensure are:

1. B.S. in Pharmacy or Pharm.D. degree from an accredited School of Pharmacy.

2. A total of 1,500 hours of practical experience under the supervision of a registered preceptor, 400 hours of which must be completed after finishing the third professional year.

3. Students are required to file an application with the BOARD for registration as an intern at the time they enroll in the School of Pharmacy. Periods of any work experience must be reported to the Secretary of the Board within 10 days of beginning and within 10 days after ending the experience or at intervals of 16 weeks, whichever first occurs.

4. Graduates of accredited schools of pharmacy are eligible to take the BOARD examination. Applications for taking the BOARD examination may be obtained from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

5. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs of the School of Pharmacy will be glad to respond to questions on licensure. Requests for information can also be referred directly to: Mr. Jerry Moore, Secretary, Alabama State Board of Pharmacy, One Perimeter Park South, Suite 425 So., Birmingham, Ala. 35243.

Continuing Education and Extension Services

Continuing education and extension service programs are available to pharmacists throughout the year. Faculty members of the School of Pharmacy as well as practicing pharmacists and industry leaders and consultants in state and federal governmental agencies serve as instructors.

The Alabama Board of Pharmacy requires 15 clock hours of approved continuing education for renewal of each pharmacist's controlled substances permit.


Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum


First Quarter 

Second Quarter 

Third Quarter 
 ZYWL 0560 Mamm. Physiology I (5)  ZYWL 0561 Mamm. Physiology II (5)  PYPP 0347 Human Pathology (5)
 CHEM 0518 Biochemistry (4)  CHEM 0519 Biochemistry (4)  PYPC 0465 Pharm. Oper. Syst. (3)
 PYPC 0351 Pharmaceutical Care (3)  PYPC 0464 Jurisprudence (3)  PYDI 0402 Drug Literature I (3)
 PYPP 0350 Patient/Phys. Assess. (1)  PYPS 0302 Pharmaceutics II (3)  PYPS 0450 Prin. Drug Action I (4)
 PYPS 0301 Pharmaceutics I (3)  PYPS 0302L Pharmaceutics Lab (1)  PYPC 0471 Prof. Comm. (3)
 PYPS 0301 L Pharmaceutics Lab (1)  PYDI 0341 Pharmacy Prac. Exp. II (1)  PYDI 0342 Pharm. Prac. Exp. III (1)
 PYDI 0340 Pharmacy Prac. Exp. I (1)    

 PYPS 0402 Pharm. Biotechnology (3)  PYDI 0401 Prin. Antimic & Immuno. Ther. (4)  PYDI 0411 Pharmacotherapy I (4)
 PYPS 0451 Prin. Drug Action II (4)  PYPS 0452 Prin. Drug Action III (4)  PYDI 0412 Pharmacotherapy II (5)
 PYPS 0401 Pharmaceutics III (3)  PYDI 0403 Drug Literature II (3)  PYDI 0443 Pharm. Prac. Exp. VI (1)
 ENGL 0400 Adv. Comp. (5)  PYPP 0451 Pat./Phys. Assess. II (3)  Professional Elective (6)
 PYPC 0361 Pharmacoecon. (2)  PYPS 0502 Pharmacokinetics (4)  
 PYDI 0441 Pharm. Prac. Exp. IV (1)  PYDI 0442 Pharm. Prac. Exp. V (1)  

 PYDI 0413 Pharmacotherapy III (5)  PYDI 0416 Pharmacotherapy VI (5)  PYDI 0418 Pharmacotherapy VIII (4)
PYDI 0414 Pharmacotherapy IV (4)  PYDI 0417 Pharmacotherapy VII (5) PYDI 0419 Pharmacotherapy IX (4)
 PYDI 0415 Pharmacotherapy V (4)  PYDI 0445 Pharm. Prac. Exp. VIII (1)  PYDI 0420 Pharmacotherapy X (5)
 PYDI 0444 Pharm. Prac. Exp. VII (1)  Professional Elective (4)  PYPP 0452 Disease/Drug Int. (4)
 Professional Elective (2)    PYDI 0446 Pharm. Prac. Exp. IX (1)

 PYPP 0465 APE: Gen. Medicine (8)
 PYPP 0466 APE: Ambulatory Care (8)
 PYPP 0467 APE: Adv. Pharm. Care (8)
 PYPP 0468 APE: Electives (8)
 PYPP 0542 Clinical Seminar (2)



1. In Fall 1997, the School of Pharmacy changed to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree as the sole entry-level degree. During the implementation of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum, and transition to the semester system, the sequencing and content of courses may change slightly from year to year. Students having questions regarding this should contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Such changes will not prolong the student's course of study. B.S. program students who entered the School of Pharmacy prior to Fall 1997 should contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs regarding questions about their course of study.

2. Students must complete CPR and First Aid certification prior to beginning pharmacy school.

3. Students entering the Doctor of Pharmacy program are required to have a laptop computer that meets minimum specifications established by the School of Pharmacy. Computer specifications and information on the Auburn University Computer Lease Program are provided to students admitted into the School of Pharmacy. Computer literacy must be demonstrated prior to beginning pharmacy school. Questions about computer specifications and the lease program should be directed to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

4. During the academic year, students are required to attend the Professional Seminar Series.

5. A set of Class C, metric and apothecaries' weights and a lab coat, which may be purchased from ASP (Academy of Students of Pharmacy), are required for pharmacy laboratories.

6. All School of Pharmacy elective courses are acceptable for the professional restrictive electives. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will provide information on any non-pharmacy elective courses which are acceptable. ROTC students should see their adviser concerning special accommodations.

7. Students having appropriate qualifications and prerequisites may be able to take graduate course work while enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. However, such work cannot be applied toward both the Doctor of Pharmacy and graduate degrees.

8. At the end of each Spring quarter, students will take an examination that will assess their ability to integrate the knowledge, attitudes and skills learned to date. Students may be assigned remedial course work should their performance be unsatisfactory.

9. Students will be notified of their site assignments for the Advanced Practice Experiences at the earliest feasible time, to enable them to make housing arrangements. Rotation sites are located throughout Alabama, western Georgia and the Florida panhandle. Although students may request specific sites, each site has a limited enrollment and students may be assigned to sites they do not request. Students are responsible for procuring housing, including the assessment of its safety and living conditions (e.g., privacy and single sex housing). Students are also responsible for housing and other living expenses incurred when assigned to rotation sites away from the Auburn campus.

10. At the beginning of each academic year, students are required to furnish professional liability insurance, up-to-date CPR and First Aid certification, personal medical insurance and documentation that immunizations are up to date.

11. The numbers of some courses have recently been changed. Students will not be awarded credit for both the old and new course numbers. Students should contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs for a list of applicable courses.


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