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International-Trained PharmD Program

Program Description


The International-Trained PharmD (ITPD) Program is an advanced standing entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program for pharmacists who graduated with a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in pharmacy from any locally-approved or accredited college or university program outside the United States (US). 

The goal of the ITPD Program is to educate pharmacists worldwide who will expand the practice of pharmacist-provided, patient-centered care and better meet the healthcare needs of their home countries. 

The ITPD program meets the same abilities-based outcomes as the school’s on-campus entry-level program, with advanced standing achieved through coursework earned in the applicant’s baccalaureate Pharmacy degree, prior professional experience, and demonstration of competency in biomedical sciences and pharmaceutical sciences via pre-admission examination.  These exams assure that knowledge obtained from coursework provided in the applicant’s baccalaureate pharmacy program may be accepted as credit for previous degree work. Alternatively, applicants may demonstrate this competency through successful passing of the US Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Exam (FPGEE). More information about the pharmacy foundations competency exams or FPGEE can be found on the ITPD Program Admissions Requirements​ website page.  

The ITPD Program is primarily a distance-based program, yet the ITPD Program does require students to come to Colorado during the curriculum. During these visits, students complete program requirements through live sessions, which occur at the beginning and toward the end of the curriculum. The first live session includes four weeks of on-campus training, which provides in-person interaction, individualized education and support, and introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs). The second live session includes the advanced IPPE and on-campus training and assessments to prepare students for the advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) rotations, which are completed in the US over 30-36 weeks. ITPD students do not have to complete the APPE rotations consecutively, so students do have the option to come to the US for multiple short periods of time during the second live session. Additionally, ITPD students have the opportunity to complete one (1) elective APPE rotation at an international rotation site, upon approval.

All students have up to six years to complete the program requirements in either a part- or full-time format. Students can complete the program requirements in as few as three years when enrolled as a full-time student.  A program overview is provided here​.

PLEASE NOTE: Successful completion of the ITPD program’s pathway to the PharmD degree does not ensure eligibility for licensure in the US, as each state sets its own requirements for licensure.