UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy


Office of Student Affairs, 109 Beard Hall, CB# 7566; (919) 966-9429


Wendy Cox, Assistant Dean

Rowell Daniels, Executive Associate Dean

Roy Hawke, Assistant Dean

Pamela Joyner, Executive Associate Dean

Wayne Pittman, Associate Dean

Phil Rodgers, Assistant Dean

Mollie Scott, Regional Associate Dean

Dhiren Thakker, Associate Dean

Alexander Tropsha, Associate Dean

Rick Wernoski, Executive Associate Dean


Pharmacists are the drug-information experts and are among the most trusted and most accessible of health care professionals. 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 doctor of pharmacy (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.

Students enrolling in the Pharm.D. program will experience an enriched curriculum beginning in the fall of 2015. The curriculum emphasizes active engagement of students in the classroom, fosters scientific inquiry and innovation, and immerses students in patient care early and continually in their education. During the professional program, up to 16 months are spent in professional practice experiences under the direct supervision of practicing pharmacists. More information on the curriculum can be found on the School's Web site at www.pharmacy.unc.edu.

Program of Study

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy offers graduate education and training programs in addition to the clinical doctor of pharmacy practice degree (Pharm.D.). The school offers an M.S. in pharmaceutical sciences with a concentration in health-system pharmacy administration 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 Pharm.D. grants entry into the profession and practice of pharmacy. It is neither an undergraduate nor a graduate degree program, but rather a professional degree such as an M.D. or D.D.S. The Pharm.D. curriculum requires a minimum of two years to satisfy prerequisite requirements, normally completed in the General College, followed by four years of professional coursework. Students are subject to the requirements in place when they are admitted to the program.

The doctor of pharmacy program 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.

The school has a satellite campus for the Pharm.D. program at Asheville, NC. The first students were enrolled in this satellite program in August 2011. Students based at the satellite campus receive the same instruction and are subject to the same admission and progression standards as students on the Chapel Hill campus.

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

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 at 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 receive immunizations and testing in addition to those required for the general University student 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. Students will also need to be tested for tuberculosis (TB) exposure, as well as varicella (chicken pox) and hepatitis B immunity.

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.


Advising in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is a form of teaching. Advising fosters within student pharmacists skills, abilities, and dispositions that encourage directed career exploration as well as ongoing professional development, 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. 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 109 Beard Hall (pharmacy.unc.edu/osa).

Special Opportunities in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

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.

Student Organizations

Pharmacy students are active in campus and community activities through their involvement with approximately 15 pharmacy student organizations. 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. Student leadership is fostered through intentional involvement in student organizations and enrolled students are highly encouraged to invest in the opportunities offered through student organizations.

Experiential Education

The school's Office of Experiential Education 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 Office of Experiential Education requires up to 16 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. The experiential education requirements of the program meet the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy experience requirement (1,500 hours) to sit for the licensure examination.

Residencies and Fellowships

To increase the depth of their education, many Pharm.D. graduates seek residency training in pharmacy practice. Pharmacy residencies, like medical residencies, provide stipends for further clinical training. There are over 3,000 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 campus 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 pharmaceutical sciences with a specialization in health-system pharmacy administration 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



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Contact Information

Office of Student Affairs, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, CB# 7566, 109 Beard Hall, (919) 966-9429.



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