UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy


The doctor of pharmacy is a four-year program that requires six semesters of coursework in the classroom and eleven months of experiential practice.

What is the purpose of this major?

The curriculum prepares students not only for the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills they'll need to make the right decisions about medications, but also gives them the personal-interaction experience that is critical to understanding the practice of pharmaceutical care.

Semester Hours

Year 1
Fall: 14.5 hrs
Spring: 17.5 hrs
Summer: 4.5 hrs
Total: 36.5 hrs

Year 2:
Fall: 16.5 hrs
Spring: 17.0 hrs
Summer: 4.5 hrs
Total: 38.0 hrs

Year 3:
Fall: 12.5-16.5 hrs
Spring: 13.5-17.5 hrs
Total: 26.0-34.0 hrs

Year 4:
Summer: 0.0-12.0 hrs
Fall: 13.0-21.0 hrs
Spring: 13.0-17.0 hrs
Total: 26.0-50.0 hrs

Careers Associated with Pharmacy Degree Include:

Retail Pharmacy: Dispense medications at drug stores or grocery stores

Clinical Pharmacy: Work in the hospital and determines the medications and doses that would be most effective for a patient's conditions

Long-term Care: Responsible for stocking and organizing prescriptions and other medications in a long-term care facility

Exploring College Majors
By: Katie Pham

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