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Pharmacy Technical Standards

Approved 1/25/2022 
Technical Standards for Student Pharmacists

The purpose of the technical standards is to provide applicants and student pharmacists with a clear understanding of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors that are required with or without accommodations to successfully complete the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program.  Each student pharmacist must be able to demonstrate proficiency in these skills with or without reasonable accommodation.  This document outlines technical standards that a student pharmacist must possess at the time of admission and throughout the program.

Student pharmacists may utilize reasonable accommodations to assist in meeting technical standards. Student pharmacists are encouraged to strongly consider and self-assess whether it may be necessary to request accommodations to meet the standards. Inquiries into accommodations can be made with the Office of Education and Disability Services at the time of admission and throughout the program. If an applicant or student pharmacist believes that they may be unable to meet the Technical Standards of the program, they should contact the Office of Student Services of the College of Pharmacy to discuss their concern. If a disability, condition or situation requiring accommodation is not disclosed in a timely manner relevant to their qualifications for admission under the Technical Standards, and the applicant (or admitted student) is unable to fulfill these Technical Standards, which represent the essential functions and qualifications of a student pharmacist, an applicant may be denied admission, or a student pharmacist may be dismissed from the program or have a resultant delay in graduation.  

The application documents and interview may not adequately evaluate an applicant’s abilities on these Technical Standards.  Additionally, a student pharmacist’s situation may change as they progress through the curriculum.  As a result, the applicant and student pharmacist should continuously self-evaluate on each of the Technical Standards.   

Technical Standards

With or without accommodations the applicant must meet required aptitude, abilities and skills in the areas identified below:  


An applicant or student pharmacist must be able to combine the functional use of visual, auditory and somatic senses to observe and demonstrate professional knowledge and skills presented in the classroom, laboratories and practice settings.


An applicant or student pharmacist must be able to communicate and perceive in verbal, nonverbal and written ways.  

Sensory and Motor Coordination and Function

An applicant or student pharmacist must possess sufficient motor function and skill to perform the essential functions in the practice of pharmacy.   

Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities

An applicant or student pharmacist must possess sufficient intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities to complete a rigorous didactic and experiential curriculum which includes measurement, reasoning, analysis, judgment, synthesis and numerical recognition and computation.   

Behavioral and Social Attributes

An applicant or student pharmacist must possess the emotional and mental health required for full utilization of their abilities, exercise good judgment and promptly complete responsibilities.  Empathy, integrity, honesty, concern for others, patience, good interpersonal skills, strong work ethic and motivation are required.  Student pharmacists must be able to maintain a level of behavior, demeanor and communication that is expected in a professional health care environment.  

Ethical Values

An applicant and student pharmacist must demonstrate a professional demeanor, conduct and behavior that are appropriate to their standing in the professional degree program.  This includes compliance with the administrative rules applicable to the profession of pharmacy, honor codes of the College of Pharmacy and Ferris State University.  Under all circumstances, a student pharmacist must abide by the Oath of a Pharmacist.  In addition, student pharmacists must be able to obtain and maintain a valid Pharmacist Intern license in the State of Michigan and pass requisite criminal background check, drug tests/screens, immunization/tests, and trainings required by the Michigan Board of Pharmacy rules, Michigan law and/or Ferris State University College of Pharmacy affiliated experiential sites and their accrediting and/or regulatory agencies.