FAQ: Pharmacy Program

  • No

  • No.

  • No, but some of our courses are enhanced with Internet tools and resources.

  • Over the years, pharmacy programs have generally been classified as either "0-6" or "2-4" programs. A "0-6" program refers to the fact that an applicant applies to the college of pharmacy and completes, what is in essence, the pre-pharmacy and pharmacy professional degree program in continuous sequence, in the same college.  A "2-4" program refers to the fact that the program is broken into two components: pre-pharmacy and the professional degree program.  Admission to the professional degree program is contingent upon completion of the pre-pharmacy courses.  Typically, the pre-pharmacy component can be completed at the same college/university; but can also be done in other institutions.  The length (in credit hours) of pre-pharmacy (the "2" component) varies between different colleges of pharmacy.  Pre-pharmacy can be anywhere from 2-years to 4-years (for colleges of pharmacy requiring a Bachelors Degree).  The length of the pre-pharmacy program will not affect the duration of time spent in the professional degree program, which is usually 4-years.

    The Doctor of Pharmacy program at Ferris, would fall into the "2-4" category.  Admission to the professional degree program requires the completion of a set of college-level prerequisites.  These prerequisites can be taken at most U.S. or Canadian accredited colleges/universities including Ferris.  The length of time that it takes to complete the prerequisites depends on the year of admission (to the professional degree program) and the individual.  You should examine the prerequisites carefully, and consult with an adviser.  Please note: We have recently made changes in our prerequisites that take effect for those applying for admission to the professional degree program in 2014 (or later).  These changes lengthen the "2" component (pre-pharmacy component).  These changes will typically add at least one semester (and possibly 2) creating what might be best categorized for some as a 3-4 program. 

  • No. We only offer the professional Pharm.D degree. We do not have a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in pharmacy-related areas.
  • No, however it may be helpful. We do have a number of computer labs in our facilities that students are able to use. The College of Pharmacy and the campus has recently installed wireless Internet. The main pharmacy classroom also has cabled Ethernet ports as well as power outlets to accommodate laptops in the classroom.
  • A Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) degree is an entry-level professional degree for individuals who wish to become a pharmacist in any State in the U.S. It is a practice-oriented degree that is required when applying for a pharmacist license. A Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) degree is one that has a heavy research component, requiring a major research project and a defense of a written thesis. This degree is an option to pursue for our graduates. However, they would have to pursue it at another university since this degree is not offered at FSU.

  • Healthcare continues to be one of the major employers in the U.S. Most graduate have little trouble securing employment. Applicants are encouraged to check the website: www.pharmacymanpower.com. This site maintains up-to-date information on a state-by-state basis regarding the pharmacist employment market.

  • Our goal is to admit 150 students each fall. Classroom sizes can vary, but typically the required courses in the first 2-years of the program are taught to the full class. Practice labs, skills classes (e.g. Clinical Communications) and electives typically have 20-30 students in them.

  • The Pharm.D. program is a full-time program for 4-years. Non-traditional students can be successful in this program, however the demands on time are extensive. Full-time class attendance each week is required, along with experiential rotations in the portion of some summers. Students should not expect to meet the demands of this program along with a full-time job.

  • Yes, everyone has to take an Advanced Composition course (either ENGL321 or 421) in the second semester.