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Experiential Program

Prospective Students

The University of Colorado School of Pharmacy implemented its first professional doctor of pharmacy program in 1999 in response to changes in ACPE accreditation standards. The historical baccalaureate degree in pharmacy was based on a knowledge-based curriculum whereas the new doctoral degree emphasizes a competency-based curriculum (i.e. it is not what you know that's important but what you can do with that knowledge). More than a decade later, we continue to evolve our curriculum for the benefit of individual patients and for students to take leadership roles and serve society in the pharmacy profession.

Our dedication to curricular redesign aligns with the school's vision that our outcomes become ability-based, assessment driven for the purpose of continual improvement, incorporate self-directed learning, utilize technology to enhance learning, provide a component of scholarship and advance opportunities for interprofessional education.

It is the school's goal to train pharmacists who have the self-confidence and competency which define an independent pharmacy practitioner. To achieve that goal, students are placed in community, hospital and other innovative pharmacy practice settings and given increasing patient care responsibilities throughout the program. The benefit gained by each student from these experiential education opportunities is directly related to the extent the student takes direct responsibility for his or her own learning.

Papers describing our experiential courses have been published in peer-reviewed journals and the school's experiential program has been recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Please read more about our local and national successes!​​

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