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ITPD Program

Frequently Asked Questions

 How fast can I complete the program?

On average, most students complete the program in three and-a-half to four years. Every individual’s situation is unique. Depending on the student’s professional and personal life circumstances, the Distance Degrees and Programs office does its best to accommodate and offer flexibility for all our students.​


 Can I become licensed in the United States after graduating from the ITPD Program?

All ITPD program applicants should have the goal to expand patient-centered pharmacy care in their home country or abroad. Successful completion of the ITPD program’s pathway to the PharmD degree does not ensure eligibility for licensure in the U.S. as each state sets its own requirements for licensure.​


 I speak English and graduated from an international institution that was taught in English. Do I still have to take the TOEFL or IELTS test?

Yes, all ITPD program applicants are required to submit a language test with their application for admission. It is vital all students in the ITPD program effectively communicate with faculty and staff, patients and preceptors while on rotations. As a result, this admission requirement is non-negotiable.​​


 Does the University assist with student visas?

Yes, the Distance Degrees and Programs office will work with the International Student and Scholar Office to provide applicants who are offered admission the necessary documentation to apply for a F-1 student visa. More information about becoming an international student at the University of Colorado can be found on the International Student & Scholar Services Website.​​


 Can I complete the program and keep my full-time job?

Absolutely! In fact, 99% of our students are employed. We do encourage you to speak with your employer before starting the program.​


 Do I have to come to Colorado?

Yes, the ITPD curriculum begins with a live, on-campus session where students complete 5 weeks of experiential Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and traditional didactic lecture coursework. Then, students return home to complete online didactic curriculum. Next, students will return to Colorado approximately 24 months later to attend a second on-campus session. This second live, on-campus session is 4 weeks long, and students will complete 4 weeks of experiential advanced-IPPEs and the remaining didactic coursework. The second curriculum in the second live session is design to assure readiness for the experiential curriculum, where students complete advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs), or rotations.

Visit the ITPD program’s Experiential Training website page for or more information about the experiential curriculum.​​


 Does the University supply housing while completing coursework on campus?

All students are responsible for arranging and paying for housing when visiting Colorado for both live sessions and/or APPE Rotations. Free housing is available for most rural Colorado rotations – provided by Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). Refer to the Colorado rotation requirements website for additional details about securing housing during Colorado rotations and AHEC housing requirements.​


 What is the maximum and minimum number of courses I can take each semester?

During the first and second live sessions, all ITPD students are required to enroll in specific courses. Upon returning home to complete didactic coursework there is no minimum or maximum numbers of courses you must enroll in each semester. Within this portion of the curriculum, students can tailor each semester’s enrollment to accommodate other professional or personal commitments. To complete the didactic portion (online coursework) in 2 years, plan to enroll in 6-9 credits per semester.​


 Do I have to find my own rotation sites?

No, the Office of Experiential Programs (OEP) will search for the rotations. However, all students will collaborate with the OEP and their academic advisor regarding potential rotation sites their area.​


 Are all courses offered every semester?

Courses for the ITPD curriculum are offered in the fall, spring and summer semesters. Some courses are offered multiple times a year, and every course is offered at least once per year.​


 What is the total cost of the program?

Tuition and fees change every year with new tuition and fees going into effect in the fall semester. To see the current tuition and fees pricing visit the ITPD Tuition and Fees website page.​


 Can I complete rotations at my place of work?

Yes, students complete rotations at their place of employment, provided the site can offer an experience that aligns with the educational needs of the program. Additionally, there must be no conflicts of interest between the student’s job and educational experience. Students may not be paid for any rotation hours.​


 Can I complete rotations internationally?

Students have the opportunity to complete one elective APPE rotation at an international rotation site. To be considered for this opportunity, the student will submit a request for review and approval with their academic advisor.​


 Can I take semesters off during the program and how long do I have to complete the program?

Most definitely! Remember the ITPD program is flexible and caters to working pharmacists. Keep in mind students who take three or more consecutive semesters off will result in deactivating the CU student account, which means the student will need to resubmit required documentation in order to reenroll in the program and register for courses. In addition, all students are required to complete the program within six years. Any time taken off is time included in the required timeframe. It is important to speak with your advisor before taking a break from the program.​


 How long are rotations? Do I have to take time off work to complete them?

Students must perform 36 weeks or 1440 hours of advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) rotations. In other words, students complete six rotations. Each rotation is six weeks in length, and 240 hours per rotation. Students typically complete the rotations fulltime by spending eight-hours each day at the rotation site. The DDP office recommends students speak to their employer in advance to ensure their employer’s full support is provided while completing rotations.​