Eshelman School of Pharmacy
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
CB# 7566, 109 Beard Hall
ROBERT BLOUIN, Dean
Pharmacists are the drug-information experts and are among the most trusted and most accessible of health care professionals. Generalists practice in a variety of environments, including community pharmacies, health-system pharmacies, and the pharmaceutical and health care industries. Specialty pharmacy practitioners pursue training beyond the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) through residencies and fellowships and may ultimately practice in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiology, oncology, ambulatory/community care, and others.
Pharmacists evaluate complex approaches to drug therapy and advise patients and other health care professionals on strategies to achieve the best results from pharmaceutical care. Other pharmacists are engaged in practices that monitor, manage, and implement policies affecting drug prescribing and use across large groups of patients, such as those enrolled in a health plan.
The Pharm.D. curriculum emphasizes active engagement of students in the classroom, fosters scientific inquiry and innovation, and immerses students in patient care early and continually in their education. During the professional program, up to 16 months are spent in professional practice experiences under the direct supervision of practicing pharmacists. More information on the curriculum can be found on the school’s Web site.
Advising in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is a form of teaching. Advising fosters within student pharmacists skills, abilities, and dispositions that encourage directed career exploration as well as ongoing professional development, lifelong learning, and growth. Faculty advisors serve as content experts and mentors and are assigned to new students prior to the first semester of study. To fully maximize both curricular and cocurricular experiences, students are encouraged to schedule consistent and ongoing advising appointments throughout the course of their study. Professional advisors are also available to assist with student success strategies, decision making, and goal setting. Advising-related inquiries can be addressed to the Office of Student Affairs in 109 Beard Hall.
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy houses state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratory facilities. The School utilizes cutting-edge video teleconferencing and recording equipment used primarily for delivery of instruction to the satellite campus but also available to graduate and continuing education.
Graduate School and Career Opportunities
Graduate degrees offered through the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy are administered by The Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Students may pursue graduate study in pharmaceutical sciences with concentrations in molecular pharmaceutics, pharmacotherapy and experimental therapeutics, chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, or pharmaceutical outcomes and policy. A master of science in pharmaceutical sciences with a specialization in health-system pharmacy administration is also offered through the school.
Pharmacy offers a variety of opportunities for career advancement and job security. Because pharmacy education draws from the chemical, physical, biological, and behavioral sciences to develop its knowledge base, pharmacists can contribute to the rational use of medications in many settings. Pharmacists work in all areas of the health care system, including
- Community pharmacy, as a practitioner or a manager in a retail pharmacy, clinic, or office practice
- Health system pharmacy, as practitioner, supervisor, or manager in large or small hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, and health-maintenance organizations
- Pharmaceutical industry, in positions involving research, production, product development, product marketing, and drug information
- Government, in the United States Public Health Service, Veterans Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration, Food and Drug Administration, and military services
Students are admitted to the Pharm.D. program (the four-year program of professional studies) in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy upon completion of at least two years (the prepharmacy years) of collegiate work in the General College of UNC–Chapel Hill or at any accredited institution of higher learning in the United States. Criteria for admission include satisfactory completion (with a grade of C- or better) of all prepharmacy courses prior to beginning the pharmacy program. Other considerations for admission include overall quality of academic performance in prepharmacy courses, Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) scores, interview scores, involvement in extracurricular activities, and two letters of recommendation.
Students applying to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy must submit complete applications to the Pharm.D. program through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) and the school. For application deadlines, processes, and procedures, visit the Web site.
Since pharmacy students are health care professionals, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy requires that accepted applicants receive immunizations and testing in addition to those required for the general University student population. To enroll in this program, a student must have been fully immunized against hepatitis B. Note that the hepatitis B vaccination series takes a minimum of six months to complete, so students should start the series no later than December 15 of the year in which they plan to enroll. Students will also need to be tested for tuberculosis (TB) exposure, as well as varicella (chicken pox) and hepatitis B immunity.
All prerequisite courses must be completed with a letter grade of C minus or better (not Pass/Fail).
Math and Science Prerequisites
|Principles of Biology|
and Introductory Biology Laboratory H
|Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology|
and Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
|General Descriptive Chemistry I|
and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory I
|General Descriptive Chemistry II|
and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory II H
|CHEM 261||Introduction to Organic Chemistry I H||3|
|Introduction to Organic Chemistry II|
and Laboratory in Organic Chemistry H
|Modern Analytical Methods for Separation and Characterization|
and Laboratory in Separations and Analytical Characterization of Organic and Biological Compounds 1, H
|CHEM 430||Introduction to Biological Chemistry 2, H||3|
|MATH 231||Calculus of Functions of One Variable I||3|
|or MATH 241||BioCalculus I|
|MCRO 251||Introductory Medical Microbiology||4|
|or MCRO 255||Elementary Pathogenic Microbiology|
|PHYS 114||General Physics I: For Students of the Life Sciences||4|
|PHYS 115||General Physics II: For Students of the Life Sciences 3||4|
|STOR 151||Introduction to Data Analysis||3|
|or STOR 155||Introduction to Data Models and Inference|
Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.
only required for students completing prerequisite courses at UNC–Chapel Hill
two semesters of organic chemistry should be a prerequisite for the course
not required for students completing CHEM 241/241L at UNC–Chapel Hill
General Education Prerequisites
Students must complete all Foundations and Approaches requirements, the U.S. diversity Connections requirement, and the global issues Connections requirement.
Program of Study
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy offers graduate education and training programs in addition to the clinical doctor of pharmacy practice degree (Pharm.D.). The school offers an M.S. in pharmaceutical sciences with a concentration in health-system pharmacy administration and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences with concentrations in molecular pharmaceutics, pharmacotherapy and experimental therapeutics, chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, and pharmaceutical outcomes and policy.
The Pharm.D. grants entry into the profession and practice of pharmacy. It is neither an undergraduate nor a graduate degree program, but rather a professional degree such as an M.D. or D.D.S. The Pharm.D. curriculum requires a minimum of two years to satisfy prerequisite requirements, normally completed in the General College, followed by four years of professional coursework. Students are subject to the requirements in place when they are admitted to the program.
The doctor of pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Graduates of the school’s Pharm.D. program may sit for the state licensure examination for pharmacists.
The school has a satellite campus for the Pharm.D. program at Asheville, NC. The first students were enrolled in this satellite program in August 2011. Students based at the satellite campus receive the same instruction and are subject to the same admission and progression standards as students on the Chapel Hill campus.
Students graduating from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy must demonstrate professional practice competencies, including but not limited to the ability to
- Develop patient-specific therapeutic plans
- Select an appropriate route and method of medication administration
- Determine the appropriate dose and dosage schedule for a medication
- Provide and manage systems for delivering pharmaceutical products
- Counsel patients regarding the importance, nature, scope, and methods of delivery of the drug products and therapeutic plans being implemented
- Monitor drug therapy and educate patients with regard to self-monitoring to help manage disease
- Communicate effectively with patients, patient advocates, and other health care professionals
- Organize, plan, direct, and manage a pharmaceutical-care practice or system
In addition, pharmacy graduates must pass national and state licensing examinations in order to practice as a pharmacist.
The program requirements for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy can be found on the school’s Web site.
Special Opportunities in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Pharmacy students are active in campus and community activities through their involvement with approximately 15 pharmacy student organizations. They belong to groups that link them to such national professional organizations as the American Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. Pharmacy students provide medication reviews for elderly citizens, staff clinics for indigent patients, and participate in health fairs on campus and in local malls or corporations. Several times each year trips are planned to attend meetings across the nation. Student leadership is fostered through intentional involvement in student organizations and enrolled students are highly encouraged to invest in the opportunities offered through student organizations.
The school’s Office of Experiential Education provides doctor of pharmacy students with a structured, supervised program of participation in the practice of pharmacy. Students gain experience in problem solving and providing patient care while applying the foundational and pharmaceutical sciences learned in the classroom and laboratories. Under the supervision of faculty and selected preceptors, students learn to make decisions based on professional knowledge and judgment. The Office of Experiential Education requires up to 16 months of full-time precepted practice with early practice experience in the second and third professional year, followed by nine months of advanced practice experiences in the fourth professional year. The experiential education requirements of the program meet the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy experience requirement (1,500 hours) to sit for the licensure examination.
Residencies and Fellowships
To increase the depth of their education, many Pharm.D. graduates seek residency training in pharmacy practice. Pharmacy residencies, like medical residencies, provide stipends for further clinical training. There are over 4,000 pharmacy residency positions in the United States with sites in hospitals, community pharmacies, and some specialized facilities. Residency programs may be taken in general pharmacy practice and in specialty areas such as pediatrics, drug information, infectious diseases, oncology, psychiatry, and many others. Some Pharm.D. graduates seek additional training in research methods in drug development, pharmacokinetics, pharmacoeconomics, or pharmacotherapy. Postgraduate fellowship programs involve advanced training in these areas and may occur at academic centers or in the pharmaceutical industry. Like residencies, they are paid positions.
Robert Blouin, Dean
Wendy Cox, Associate Dean
Rowell Daniels, Executive Associate Dean
Roy Hawke, Assistant Dean
Pamela Joyner, Executive Associate Dean
Wayne Pittman, Associate Dean
Phil Rodgers, Assistant Dean
Mollie Scott, Regional Associate Dean
Dhiren Thakker, Associate Dean
Alexander Tropsha, Associate Dean
Rick Wernoski, Executive Associate Dean
Carla White, Assistant Dean
Jeffrey Aube, Sue Blalock, Robert Blouin, Kim Brouwer, Stephen Frye, Jere Heneghan, Leaf Huang, Timothy Ives, Michael Jay, Alexander Kabanov, Angela Kashuba, David Lawrence, Andrew Lee, Kuo-Hsiung Lee, Jian Liu, J. Herbert Patterson, Denise Rhoney, Betsy Sleath, Dhiren Thakker, Alexander Tropsha, Xiao Xiao.
Kristy Ainslie, Elena Batrakova, Joel Farley, Federico Innocenti, Michael Jarstfer, Craig Lee, Rihe Liu, Mary Roth McClurg, Wayne Pittman, Robert Shrewsbury, Scott Singleton, Philip Smith, Dennis Williams, Tim Wiltshire, William Zamboni, Qisheng Zhang.
Stacy Bailey, Albert Bowers, Yanguang Cao, Delesha Carpenter, Daniel Crona, Julie Dumond, Stacie Dusetzina, Gang Fang, Daniel Gonzalez, Nathaniel Hathaway, Shawn Hingtgen, Sam Lai, Jacqui McLaughlin, Christine Oramasionwu, Thomas Urban.
Dmitri Kireev, Susan Morris-Natschke, Kenneth Pearce, Michael Wagner, Timothy Willson.
Research Associate Professors
Alexander Golbraikh, Juan Li, James Luft, Chunping Qiao, Elias Rosen, Xiaodong Wang, William Zuercher.
Research Assistant Professors
Alison Axtman, Eric Bachelder, Soumya Benhabbour, Mackenzie Cottrell, Ruth Everett, Kevin Frankowski, Masuo Goto, Weigang Huang, Robert Hughes, Lindsey James, Xin Ming, Eugene Muratov, Samantha Pattenden, Melanie Priestman, Paul Sapienza, Marina Sokolsky-Papkov, Qunzhao Wang, Yongmei Xu, Kuo-Hsiung Yang.
Thomas Angelo, Robert Dupuis, Alan Forrest, Heyward Hull, Pamela Joyner, Greene Shepherd.
Clinical Associate Professors
Amanda Corbett, Wendy Cox, Stephen Dedrick, Stephen Eckel, Stefanie Ferreri, Macary Marciniak, Adam Persky, Jo Ellen Rodgers, Philip Rodgers, Mollie Scott.
Clinical Assistant Professors
Heidi Anksorus, Jessica Greene, Suzanne Harris, Roy Hawke, Stephanie Kiser, Kim Leadon, Nicole Pinelli, Amber Proctor, Kelly Scolaro, David Steeb, Carla White, Charlene Williams.
George Cocolas, Fred Eckel, Harold Kohn, Rudy Juliano.
PHCY 124. Contemporary Communications in Health Care. 1 Credit.
This course exposes students to approaches and strategies that optimize communication in today's dynamic health care field. It is ideal for those considering a career in the health sciences. Students will engage in multifaceted activities and discussions with experienced practitioners and apply course concepts to real world scenarios.
Requisites: Prerequisite, ENGL 105.
Grading status: Letter grade.