Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Facts and Information

Accreditation Status

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)- The Ferris State University College of Pharmacy is accredited by the ACPE until 2016.  ACPE now accredits college of Pharmacy on 8 year cycles.  For more information pertaining to the accreditation process please see the ACPE website:  http://acpe-accredit.org or call the ACPE office at 312-664-3575.

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)- Ferris State University is accredited by the HLC and was last accredited in 2010.

Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Format

The Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm.D.) is the entry level degree to become a pharmacist in any state in the United States.  Each state grants pharmacist licensure based on a combination of: degree completion, required “internship” hours and successful completion of the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE).

Obtaining a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Ferris is based on the successful completion of a “pre-pharmacy” and “professional” collegiate course of study.  The pre-pharmacy course requirements consist of 2-3 academic years (4-6 academic semesters), the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and a number of other criteria outlined in our admission guidelines. Admission to the professional curriculum is competitive and based on the criteria outlined in our admission guidelines. Ferris State University College of Pharmacy participates in the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).  The professional curriculum requires 4-years of academic studies, which includes approximately 1,700 hours of “field experience” in the practice of pharmacy across a wide spectrum of community and institutional settings. As a result, there is a minimum of 6-7 academic years of full-time college study (2-3 years pre-pharmacy + 4 professional years) to reach the goal of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, based on the format of Ferris’ Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Location of Studies

Both the pre-pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy programs can be completed through Ferris State University. The Ferris pre-pharmacy program is completed on the Big Rapids campus.  If accepted, the professional degree program is completed on the Big Rapids (first two professional years) and Grand Rapids (third professional year) campuses.  Required pharmacy practice experiences (4th year) are completed around the State of Michigan, with students having the option to select sites in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Flint-Saginaw and Marquette. Introductory pharmacy practice experiences occur around the state during the summers after the first and second professional years. 

The pre-pharmacy requirements can also be completed at many of the colleges and universities, both in the State of Michigan, as well as out-of-state.  Application guides for Michigan colleges and universities are available on the pharmacy website.

Tuition and Living Expenses

Complete and up-to-date tuition and housing/dining information can be found on the Ferris website.  Undergraduate (pre-pharmacy) tuition is approximately $10,000 per academic year for Michigan residents and $15,000 for U.S. non-Michigan residents.  Professional program (Pharm.D) tuition is approximately $19,000 per academic year for Michigan residents and $28,000 per academic year for U.S. non-Michigan residents.  It is important to note that during the professional degree program there are some credit hours associated with the summer semester. Ferris housing and dining expenses are approximately $9,000 to $13,000 per year depending on the type of housing (residence hall or apartment).

Admission to and Completion of the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree

As state above, admission to the College of Pharmacy is competitive, based on a number of different criteria, which are published on our website.  Ferris admits 150 successful candidates to the Doctor of Pharmacy program each Fall.  In addition to candidates who have completed their prerequisites at Ferris, the College of Pharmacy has also admitted applicants from colleges and universities across the State of Michigan, as well as around the region and country. Graduation rates for students admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program can vary from class to class.  In recent years, approximately 90% of students admitted to the professional program complete the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  

As stated above, the professional degree program requires 4-years of full-time academic commitment (Fall and Spring semester) along with parts of the summer semesters. "On-time" graduation (by the end of 4-years) also varies based on student performance against academic requirements set within the program to assure a high degree of competency of future pharmacy practitioners.  The College of Pharmacy provides remediation pathways for professional degree candidates to aid them in meeting these performance measures, that in some cases may delay graduation. The high academic standards set within the program have resulted in Ferris Doctor of Pharmacy graduates achieving a 97-100% first time pass rate on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) in recent years (2012 - 2013 to date).

Measure (Applies to Doctor of Pharmacy Program) 2013
Total Applicants (Entered in 2009) 458
Qualified Applicants (Entered in 2009) 269
Admitted (Entered in 2009) 152
Average Overall Pre-Pharmacy Requirements GPA 3.68
Pharmacy College Admission Test Composite Percentile Ave. 74th
Number of Different Michigan Colleges Represented for Pre-Pharmacy Studies 35
Number of Different Out-of-State Colleges Represented for Pre-Pharmacy Studies 5

Number of Admitted that Graduated

139 (91%)
Number of Admitted that Graduated "On-Time" (4-years) 118 (78%)
Pass Rate for First-Time Take of North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination 100%