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Accredited iPharmD™ Online at University of Colorado Denver- CU Online - Denver, CO


The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy offers working pharmacists the ability to obtain a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree in an online format – what we refer to as iPharmD. The iPharmD programs are designed for both international and North America-trained pharmacists with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy. The programs are designed to improve clinical care and medication therapy management skills, leading to increased career options – while maintaining their current practice.

North American-Trained PharmD (NTPD) Program


The NTPD Program is a flexible program for working pharmacists licensed in the United States or Canada. The program format is offered in a full-time or part-time format. Didactic coursework is delivered online and no visits to campus are currently required.

Experiential training requirements may be met through a combination of live rotations and, in many cases, through credit received for qualified previous professional work. The NTPD Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Graduates are awarded the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree upon program completion. ​


 Program Structure

The NTPD Program requires the completion of a total of 65 credit hours:
  • 35 credit hours of online didactic coursework taught using a variety methods including asynchronous forums, simulations, live team and case-based learning.
  • 30 credit hours of live experiential training, which is equivalent to 30 weeks of rotations. Opportunities are available for student to complete rotations with our best-in-class preceptors in Colorado or within their existing communities.

Program requirements can be completed in as few as two years full-time study or up to six years part-time study.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. April 15 is the application deadline for fall semester and October 15 is the application deadline for spring semester.


International-Trained PharmD (ITPD) Program


The ITPD Program is modeled after our longstanding and successful on-campus, entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program. Didactic coursework is delivered online, and students travel to Colorado to complete their experiential requirements. The ITPD Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). ​


 Program Structure

The ITPD Program requires the completion of a total of 90 credit hours:
  • 54 credit hours of didactic coursework, many of which can be completed online.
  • 36 credit hours experiential training in advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs), which is equivalent to 36 weeks of rotations, completed in the U.S.

Program requirements can be completed within three years or up to six years of part-time study.

You are required to visit campus twice in the curriculum:

  • Approximately one month at the start of the program and ten months at the end of the program.
  • You will complete some didactic and all experiential requirements during your on-campus visits.
  • January 15 is the application deadline and courses begin summer semester however, applications are accepted throughout the year.

Lasting Professional Success

Earning your Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Colorado may help you secure lasting professional success, whether you currently work at:

  • A hospital or community pharmacy
  • A clinical setting
  • A practice in any other type of pharmacy environment

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