UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy



Russell Mumper, Vice Dean

Kevin L. Almond, Associate Dean

Wendy Cox, Assistant Dean

Rowell Daniels, Executive Associate Dean

Roy Hawke, Assistant Dean

Pamela U. Joyner, Executive Associate Dean

Wayne Pittman, Associate Dean

Phil Rodgers, Assistant Dean

Mollie Scott, Regional Associate Dean

Dhiren R. Thakker, Associate Dean

Alexander Tropsha, Associate Dean

Rick Wernoski, Executive Associate Dean

Carla White, Interim Regional Associate Dean


Sue Blalock, Robert Blouin, Kim Brouwer, Moo Cho, Stephen Frye, Leaf Huang, Timothy Ives, Michael Jay, Rudy Juliano, Alexander Kabanov, Angela Kashuba, Harold Kohn, David Lawrence, K.H. Lee, Jian Liu, Howard McLeod, Russell Mumper, J. Herbert Patterson, Betsy Sleath, Dhiren Thakker, Alexander Tropsha, Xiao Xiao.

Associate Professors

Kenneth Bastow, Elena Batrakova, Stephen Caiola, Joel Farley, Frederico Innocenti, Michael Jarstfer, Richard Kowalsky, Andrew Lee, Craig Lee, Rihe Liu, Mary Roth McClurg, Wayne Pittman, Jaya Rao, Denise Rhoney, Robert Shrewsbury, Scott Singleton, Philip Smith, Dennis Williams, Tim Wiltshire, William Zamboni.

Assistant Professors

Albert Bowers, Stacy Bailey, Lynn Dressler, Gang Fang, Shawn Hingtgen, Sam Lai, Christine Oramasionwu, Mary Paine, Christine Walko, Qisheng Zhang.

Research Professors

Clark Jeffries, Dmitri Kireev, Feng Liu, Susan Morris-Natschke, Michael Wagner.

Professor of the Practice

Bill Janzen.

Research Associate Professors

Alexander Golbraikh, Jian Jin, Juan Li, Qian Shi.

Research Assistant Professors

Todd Auman, Soumya Benhabbour, Delesha Carpenter, Anthony Di Pasqua, Julie Dumond, Ruth Everett, Denis Fourches, John Kagel, Devika Soundara Manickam, Xin Ming, Eugene Muratov, Melanie Priestman, Keduo Qian, Chunping Qiao, Mary Roederer, Paul Sapienza, Marina Sokolsky, Ruhang Tang, Qunzhao Wang, Xiaodong Wang, Kristina Wolf, Kuo Yang, Xiang Yi.

Clinical Professors

Heyward Hull, Greene Shepherd.

Clinical Associate Professors

Stephen Dedrick, Robert Dupuis, Stefanie Ferreri, Pamela Joyner, Robb Malone, Macary Marciniak, Adam Persky, Jo Ellen Rodgers, Phillip Rodgers, Mollie Scott, Betsy Shilliday.

Clinical Assistant Professors

Heidi Anksorus, Jena Burkhart, Amanda Corbett, Wendy Cox, Rowell Daniels, Lisa Dinkins, Daniel Forrister, Roy Hawke, Debra Kemp, Kim Leadon, Ruth Ann Lee, Nicole Pinelli, Tracie Rothrock-Christian, Dawn Rush, Amy Sauls, Kelly Scolaro, Carla White, Charlene Williams.

Professor Emeritus

George Cocolas.


Pharmacists stand on the front lines of health care. They are the drug-information experts and are among the most trusted and most accessible of health care professionals. The profession is continuously evolving and growing with opportunities for both generalist and specialist practitioners. Generalists practice in a variety of environments, including community pharmacies, health-system pharmacies, and the pharmaceutical and health care industries. Specialty pharmacy practitioners pursue training beyond the Pharm.D. through residencies and fellowships and may ultimately practice in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiology, oncology, ambulatory/community care, and others.

Pharmacists evaluate complex approaches to drug therapy and advise patients and other health care professionals on strategies to achieve the best results from pharmaceutical care. Other pharmacists are engaged in practices that monitor, manage, and implement policies affecting drug prescribing and use across large groups of patients, such as those enrolled in a health plan.

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy offers graduate education and training programs in addition to the clinical practice degree (Pharm.D.). The school offers an M.S. in health-system pharmacy and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences with concentrations in molecular pharmaceutics, pharmacotherapy and experimental therapeutics, chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, and pharmaceutical outcomes and policy.

The first satellite campus of the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program, operated in partnership with Elizabeth City State University, enrolled students for the first time in August 2005. The School’s second satellite campus at Asheville enrolled its first students in August 2011. Students based at the satellite campuses receive the same instruction and are subject to the same admission and progression standards as students on the Chapel Hill campus.

The doctor of pharmacy program, including those at the ECSU and Asheville satellite campuses, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Graduates of the school’s Pharm.D. program may sit for the state licensure examination for pharmacists.

Program of Study

The doctor of pharmacy grants entry into the profession and practice of pharmacy. The Pharm.D. is neither an undergraduate nor a graduate degree program, but rather a professional degree such as an M.D. or D.D.S. Students without an undergraduate degree may also be eligible to receive a bachelor of science with a major in pharmaceutical sciences. Students are subject to the requirements in place when they are admitted to these programs.

The Pharm.D. curriculum requires a minimum of two years to satisfy requirements normally completed in the General College followed by four years of professional coursework. During the professional program, 11 months are spent in professional practice experiences under the direct supervision of practicing pharmacists. Nine months of these practice experiences occur during the final year.

Pharm.D. curriculum requirements and costs of attendance are the same for students on all campuses. Pharm.D. students on the ECSU and Asheville campuses remain on those campuses, with the exception of special events, for the first three years of the professional program. Instruction is delivered to students on the satellite campuses through live and recorded video teleconferencing, Web-based instruction, and instruction by faculty located at the satellite campus. Students from all campuses complete the 11-month experiential requirements through the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) system.

Students graduating from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy must demonstrate professional practice competencies, including but not limited to, the ability to

• Develop patient-specific therapeutic plans

• Select an appropriate route and method of medication administration

• Determine the appropriate dose and dosage schedule for a medication

• Provide and manage systems for delivering pharmaceutical products

• Counsel patients regarding the importance, nature, scope, and methods of delivery of the drug products and therapeutic plans being implemented

• Monitor drug therapy and educate patients with regard to self-monitoring to help manage disease

• Communicate effectively with patients, patient advocates, and other health care professionals

• Organize, plan, direct, and manage a pharmaceutical-care practice or system

In addition, pharmacy graduates must pass national and state licensing examinations in order to practice as a pharmacist.

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the Pharm.D. program (the four-year program of professional studies) in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy upon completion of at least two years (the prepharmacy years) of collegiate work in the General College of UNC–Chapel Hill or in any accredited institution of higher learning in the United States. Criteria for admission include satisfactory completion (with a grade of C- or better) of all prepharmacy courses prior to beginning the pharmacy program. Other considerations for admission include overall quality of academic performance in prepharmacy courses, Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) scores, interview scores, involvement in extracurricular activities, and two letters of recommendation.

Application Procedures

Students applying to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy must submit complete applications to the Pharm.D. program through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) and the School. For application deadlines, processes, and procedures, visit the Web site at www.pharmacy.unc.edu.

Since pharmacy students are health care professionals, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy requires that accepted applicants complete immunizations in addition to those required for the general population. To enroll in this program, a student must have been fully immunized against hepatitis B. Note that the hepatitis B vaccination series takes a minimum of six months to complete, so students should start the series no later than December 15 of the year in which they plan to enroll.

Prerequisites and Program Requirements

The General Education requirements and program prerequisites for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy can be found on the school’s Web site at www.pharmacy.unc.edu.

Honors in Pharmacy

The School offers a departmental honors program to provide professional growth to highly motivated students. The honors program of the school is an enrichment of the Pharm.D. curriculum designed to help develop critical thinking skills and expand the range of possibilities available to academically talented and motivated pharmacy students. Students are invited to participate in the honors program seminar during the fall semester of their first year of pharmacy school. Students must complete an application and interview with the honors program committee. Once admitted into the program, the students must meet several requirements for retention in the program. Honors program students complete all required coursework in the curriculum and have the additional opportunity to work closely with individual faculty members on topics of particular interest. In addition, they participate in a weekly seminar series and conduct original research in collaboration with a faculty member. Most research projects lead to publication in a professional or scientific journal, and students often find that the honors program is an avenue to expanded career opportunities. Approximately 10 to 12 students are admitted each year to the program.


Advising provides student pharmacists with skills, abilities, and dispositions that encourage lifelong learning and growth. Faculty advisors serve as content experts and mentors and are assigned to new students prior to the first semester of study based on a mutual interest survey. To fully maximize both curricular and cocurricular experiences, students are encouraged to schedule consistent and ongoing advising appointments throughout the course of their study. Professional advisors are also available to assist with student success strategies, decision making, and goal setting. Advising-related inquiries can be addressed to the Office of Student Affairs in Beard Hall 109 (pharmacy.unc.edu/about-us/school-organization/student-affairs).

Special Opportunities in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Departmental Involvement

Pharmacy students are active in campus and community activities. They belong to groups that link them to such national professional organizations as the American Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. Pharmacy students provide medication reviews for elderly citizens, staff clinics for indigent patients, and participate in health fairs on campus and in local malls or corporations. Several times each year trips are planned to attend meetings across the nation.

Experiential Education

The Professional Experience Program provides doctor of pharmacy students with a structured, supervised program of participation in the practice of pharmacy. Students gain experience in problem solving and providing patient care while applying the foundational and pharmaceutical sciences learned in the classroom and laboratories. Under the supervision of faculty and selected preceptors, students learn to make decisions based on professional knowledge and judgment. The Professional Experience Program requires 11 months of full-time precepted practice with early practice experience in the second and third professional year, followed by nine months of advanced practice experiences in the fourth professional year. Students receive four hours of academic credit for each month of professional experience. The 11-month Professional Experience Program meets the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy experience requirement (1,500 hours) to sit for the licensure examination.

Laboratory Teaching Internships and Assistantships

Approximately 25 laboratory teaching assistantships, which provide a modest stipend, are available for students in their third professional year to serve as course facilitators to students in the first-year pharmaceutical care laboratory courses. Students may apply for these assistantships in the spring of their second professional year. Eligibility criteria for these positions include excellent communication and problem-solving skills and completion of first- and second-year laboratory courses with a grade of B or better.

Residencies and Fellowships

To increase the depth of their education, a growing number of Pharm.D. graduates are seeking residency training in pharmacy practice. Pharmacy residencies, like medical residencies, provide stipends for further clinical training. There are approximately 800 pharmacy residency positions in the United States with sites in hospitals, community pharmacies, and some specialized facilities. Residency programs may be taken in general pharmacy practice and in specialty areas such as pediatrics, drug information, infectious diseases, oncology, psychiatry, and many others. Some Pharm.D. graduates seek additional training in research methods in drug development, pharmacokinetics, pharmacoeconomics, or pharmacotherapy. Postgraduate fellowship programs involve advanced training in these areas and may occur at academic centers or in the pharmaceutical industry. Like residencies, they are paid positions.


The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy houses state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratory facilities. Two lecture halls and two small-group classrooms house cutting-edge video teleconferencing and recording equipment used primarily for delivery of instruction to the satellite campuses but also available to graduate and continuing education.

Graduate School and Career Opportunities

Graduate degrees offered through the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy are administered by The Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Students may pursue graduate study in pharmaceutical sciences with concentration in molecular pharmaceutics, pharmacotherapy and experimental therapeutics, chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, or pharmaceutical outcomes and policy. A master of science in health system pharmacy is also offered through the school.

Pharmacy offers a variety of opportunities for career advancement and job security. Because pharmacy education draws from the chemical, physical, biological, and behavioral sciences to develop its knowledge base, pharmacists can contribute to the rational use of medications in many settings. Pharmacists work in all areas of the health care system, including

• Community pharmacy, as a practitioner or a manager in a retail pharmacy, clinic, or office practice

• Health system pharmacy, as practitioner, supervisor, or manager in large or small hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, and health-maintenance organizations

• Pharmaceutical industry, in positions involving research, production, product development, product marketing, and drug information

• Government, in the United States Public Health Service, Veterans Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration, Food and Drug Administration, and military services

Contact Information

Office of Student Affairs, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, CB# 7566, Beard Hall, (919) 966-9429. Web site: www.pharmacy.unc.edu.