Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

Be a medical leader with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree

The pharmacist is a vital member of the healthcare team, is responsible for the outcome of patient medication therapy as a drug information expert, and is knowledgeable about the complexity of modern medication as well as the implications of natural herbals and more traditional medicine. The pharmacist communicates with patients and other members of the healthcare team to contribute to the delivery of a safe and effective therapy to patients. Pharmacists are advocates for the welfare of the patient, leaders in the community and contributors to research and the sciences.

The Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) requires prerequisite coursework equaling 72 semester credits (108 quarter credits) that approximates a two-to-three year program of study completed before admission to the Sullivan University program. The Sullivan University PharmD consists of a three-calendar-year professional program offered at the Louisville campus.


The Doctor of Pharmacy program will prepare Sullivan University graduates to provide and improve health care for the citizens of Kentucky. Graduates are also trained to care for patients throughout the United States and the world. The program is dynamic and reflects the needs of employers for caring and competent pharmacists.

Sullivan University Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences graduates will learn skills in the areas of foundational knowledge, essentials of practice and patient care, problem solving, communication, leadership, and advocacy.


The Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences boasts a three-year accelerated program. Students attend school year-round in the first and second years to complete the didactic portion of the curriculum. The third year is the experiential portion of the program, wherein students work in a variety of practice settings to hone clinical and communication skills. Though demanding, the benefit of a year-round program is that Sullivan students enter the workforce earlier than their cohorts at other schools.


The College of Pharmacy and The Graduate School offer the opportunity to concurrently complete both degrees (the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and a Masters.  The following Master’s programs are available as part of this program:  Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of  Public Administration (MPA), and Master of Science in Human Resource Leadership (MSHRL).  Coursework is designed to allow Pharm.D. students to complete both the Pharm.D. and Master programs during the three full calendar years required by the Pharm.D. program by allowing students to take their Pharm.D. elective courses in subjects that satisfy the requirements of a Master’s program.

Prospective candidates must submit separate applications and be admitted to both the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SU COPHS) PharmD program and The Graduate School according to the admissions standards established for each program.  Students may apply to participate in this program prior to or after matriculation in the SU COPHS.

Students may take up to two Masters courses per quarter (maximum of four courses) prior to matriculation if they have a letter of acceptance from the SU COPHS PharmD program, have completed at least a minimum of 136 quarter hours (or semester equivalents) of pre-requisite work or have a bachelor’s degree, and have a minimum pre-requisite GPA of a 2.7.

Students wishing to enroll in a Pharm.D., + Master’s concurrent degree program after matriculation, may apply any time after the summer quarter of the first professional year. Pharmacy students pursuing both degrees need to have a minimum 3.0 pharmacy GPA, no more than 3 unexcused absences per quarter, and not be on any type of academic or professional/ethical warning or probation, as well as meet the acceptance criteria of The Graduate School.

Acceptance by the PharmD program does not guarantee acceptance into The Graduate School.  Upon successful completion of the concurrent degrees, the student would earn separate Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and Masters degree.

Please consult with the SU COPHS Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Assessment for additional information and requirements for admission into this program.

Pharm.D. and Masters Program Descriptions.


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