The Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at SWOSU
Established in 1939, the Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) College of Pharmacy in Weatherford, Oklahoma has positioned itself as one of the best educational values for colleges and schools of pharmacy in the nation. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the SWOSU College of Pharmacy provides a dynamic educational environment in which students develop the personal, professional, intellectual, and leadership skills needed to advance the profession of pharmacy. Our major focus is teaching which is reflected in our small class sizes and our dedicated faculty and preceptors. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a health care professional, then consider the Doctor of Pharmacy program at SWOSU. Our alumni are leaders in all areas of pharmacy practice.
Preparation for the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Degree
The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum is a challenging, but rewarding educational experience. There are certain prerequisites that students will need in order to be considered for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Students must first complete two years of pre-professional study, including general education courses, as well as specific courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and math. Candidates must also take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) and be invited to interview with our faculty. After admission to the College of Pharmacy, students will spend four years studying pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacotherapy, including a year of rotations in a variety of pharmacy practice settings. SWOSU College of Pharmacy graduates consistently perform above the national average on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), the national licensing exam for pharmacy.
PharmD/MBA Dual Degree Program
Pharmacy students can further distinguish themselves through admission to the dual degree program in conjunction with the SWOSU School of Business, which combines a PharmD with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). The dual program bestows upon students not only expert pharmaceutical knowledge, but an advanced understanding of business and management principles – giving graduates of this program an edge over the competition in the workforce.
Degree Specialization in Pharmacy Leadership
The Center of Excellence in Pharmacy Leadership, Innovation, and Quality Outcomes at the SWOSU College of Pharmacy provides an opportunity for qualified Doctor of Pharmacy students to obtain a degree specialization. This specialization includes coursework and experiences focusing on innovative approaches to quality improvement in healthcare. These graduates are uniquely qualified to address the challenges created by the quality gap that exists in healthcare today.
Post Graduate Opportunities
SWOSU is also affiliated with two pharmacy residency programs, The SWOSU-Walgreens PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency and the INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center-SWOSU PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. These opportunities allow practitioners to further hone their clinical skills.
For more information on how the Doctor of Pharmacy program at SWOSU could lead to a rewarding career for you, contact us today!