Pharmacists play a vital role in the health care system, and while responsibilities vary among the different areas of pharmacy practice, the bottom line is that pharmacists help patients get well and stay well. Pharmacist responsibilities include a range of care for patients, from dispensing medications to monitoring patient health and progress to optimizing their response to medication. Pharmacists also educate patients on the use of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, and advise physicians, nurses, and other health professionals on medication therapies and make sure that drugs do not interact in a harmful way. Pharmacists are medication experts ultimately concerned about their patients’ health and wellness.
The Pharm.D. curriculum is designed to produce a scientifically and technically competent pharmacist who can apply this education in such a manner as to provide optimal healthcare services to patients. Students are provided with the opportunity to gain greater experience in providing patient-centered pharmaceutical care in close collaborative relationships with other healthcare practitioners. It is the goal of all pharmacy degree programs to prepare pharmacists who can assume expanded responsibilities in the care of patients and assure the provision of rational medication therapy management.Back to Top