Doctor of Pharmacy Program (Pharm.D.)
The Doctor of Pharmacy Program (Pharm.D.) is approved by the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education (PRCHE), and has been granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the accreditation agency of professional programs in pharmacy. The University of Puerto Rico, School of Pharmacy - Doctor of Pharmacy Program (Pharm.D.) is structured in four academic years in order to ensure the achievement of the abilities necessary to become a generalist practitioner who renders pharmaceutical care.
The goals of the program are:
1. To foster the integral formation of students by developing their general and professional abilities along the curriculum.
2. To foster the integration of knowledge based on professional practice experience in a systematic ability-based curriculum which incorporates the following areas: biomedical sciences; pharmaceutical sciences; behavioral, social, and administrative pharmacy sciences; pharmacy practice; and general education.
3. To prepare competent pharmacists to enter the practice of the profession in different settings.
The program requires the approval of 144.5 credits, exposing the student to 1,948 hours of practice experiences. The curricular model adopted responds to a conception of a liberal, systematic and humanistic curriculum which promotes human development through the development of a core of then (10) general/professional abilities. These are systematically developed as skills, attitudes, values and conceptual knowledge, all of which are necessary in order to provide pharmaceutical care. The abilities are contextualized in the disciplines and practice that comprise the pharmacy profession. These are: Pharmaceutical Care; Critical Thinking; Problem Solving and Decision Making; Communication; Ethics; Social Interaction and Relations; Social Consciousness and Responsibilities; Intervention in Public Policy; Administration; and Self-Learning and Professional Development. These abilities have been developed as a set of expectations at three levels of progress through the curriculum (level 1 – beginning, level 2 – developing, level 3 – outcome) General and Professional Abilities.
The curricular content is defined in terms of fourteen (14) major concepts, set of core skills, attitudes, and values, and ten (10) abilities. The core concepts developed in the program are: human development, pharmaceutical care, education, research, scientific method, drug, scientific foundations, professional practice, service, health/disease, public policy, psychosocial foundations, culture, and management General Conceptual Map. The School has identified a set of core skills that are included in the General Conceptual Map of Intellectual and Professional Skills. They illustrate the combination of skills (intellectual as well as professional) the pharmacist must achieve in order to become a generalist practitioner General Conceptual Map of Intellectual and Professional Skills. A set of core attitudes and values is also incorporated in the curriculum since they are deemed essential in a pharmacy graduate Ethical/Attitudinal Conceptual Map.
Students will receive a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree upon the completion of the following requirements:
▪ Approve all required 144.5 semester credits.
▪ Approve required and elective courses with a grade of C or above,
minimum grade point average of 2.00 (on a scale of 4.00).
▪ Comply with a portfolio that shows the students development of the ten
(10) general and professional abilities of the program.
▪ Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
▪ Complete at least the last two (2) years of studies in the School of
Pharmacy of the University of Puerto Rico.
▪ Complete the academic program in a maximum of six (6) years since the
time of admission.
▪ Comply with all applicable regulations established by the University
Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus.