Alla Marks, Director of Distance Education
Health Professions Building, Office 269, (540) 678-4451, [email protected]
The Non-Traditional Doctor of Pharmacy (NTDP) Pathway is designed to provide practicing, U.S.- licensed pharmacists who already hold a Bachelor of Science degree (in pharmacy) from an accredited School of Pharmacy the opportunity to upgrade their education so they may obtain the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.
Pharmacists entering this program must have, prior to application into this program, successfully passed the national licensure examination offered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and must be current U.S.-licensed, registered and practicing pharmacists. The program consists of 53 credit hours which covers Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacogenomics, and Therapeutics of various disease states. The courses required to complete this program are repurposed from the traditional program.
Admission into the NTDP Pathway is determined by the School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee. Consideration for admission requires prior graduation from an accredited school of pharmacy, successful passing of the national licensing examination, and current practice as a U.S.-licensed and registered pharmacist. All applicants are required to submit an official copy of the college transcript(s) that show completion of a B.S. in Pharmacy or international equivalent and a notarized copy of their current pharmacy license to the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit two applicant recommendation letters from pharmacy co-workers. After review of completed applications, qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.
Conferral of the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree via the NTDP Pathway requires the successful completion of listed credit hours in the didactic and experiential curriculum with a minimum “C” average (70 percent) for each course. Students are responsible for finding appropriate practice sites for the experiential portion of the curriculum.