University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Pharmacy, Doctor of (Pharm.D.)

Special Degree Requirements

Refer to graduation requirements listed previously in the catalog.

Degree candidates must:

  1. Meet the general University requirements for graduation.
  2. The student must have a 2.5 GPA to start the PharmD program.
  3. Earn a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in each of the following areas:
    1. all courses attempted at The University of Montana-Missoula (cumulative GPA).
    2. all courses which carry a pharmacy (PHAR) prefix (pharmacy GPA).
    3. all required courses in the professional pharmacy curriculum (professional GPA).
  4. Required pharmacy course work must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  5. Complete at least six full academic years, including pre-pharmacy instruction, and a minimum of eight semesters of professional instruction as a full-time student registered for a minimum of twelve credits per semester.
  6. Complete not less than 206 credits of course work with a minimum of 142 credits in the professional program.
  7. Complete all other accreditation-required activities for pharmacy students (ACPE Standards 2016).

Licensure in Montana

An applicant for licensure as a registered pharmacist in Montana must pass national examinations as required by the Montana State Board of Pharmacy. To qualify for the examinations, the applicant must be of good moral character and a graduate of an accredited school of pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree; however, an applicant will not receive a license until all requirements have been met.

  • Pre-pharmacy coursework must be completed before entering the professional pharmacy program.
  • Students should note some pre-pharmacy courses have prerequisites and they should consider that when planning their schedules.
  • Applicants to the professional pharmacy program must present proof of having completed at least 20 hours of observation in a pharmacy, other health care or social field, a writing assignment about the experience, and one evaluation form from someone involved with the applicant in such an experience.
  • The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) must be taken within two years of application. Applications for the professional program are submitted through the PharmCAS system. See the School's prospective student webpage for more information.


Students have the option of completing a dual-degree pathway toward the Doctor of Pharmacy and the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Design. This pathway allows students to substitute coursework taken as part of the Doctor of Pharmacy program for requirements in the M.S.

Doctor of Pharmacy


Pre-Pharmacy Requirements64
General and Organic Chemistry
Communication & Social Sciences
Pre-Pharmacy Electives
Professional Pharmacy Curriculum142
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences
Clinical Sciences
Social Behavioral & Administrative Sciences
Introductory & Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE & APPE)
Total Hours206

Degree Specific Credits: 206 (64 Pre-pharmacy and 142 Professional credits)

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Pre-Pharmacy Requirements


Complete all of the following courses:
BIOH 112Human Form and Function I3
BIOH 113Human Form and Function II3
BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology4
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

General and Organic Chemistry

Complete all of the following courses:
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab
CHMY 221
CHMY 222
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHMY 223Organic Chemistry II3
Total Hours18
Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete all of the following courses:
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
Total Hours5

 Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete the following course:
M 162Applied Calculus4
Complete one of the following courses:4
Introduction to Statistics
Psychological Statistics
Social Statistics
Total Hours8

 Minimum Required Grade: C-

Communication & Social Sciences

Complete all of the following courses:
COMX 111AIntroduction to Public Speaking3
or THTR 120A Introduction to Acting I
PSYX 100SIntro to Psychology3
or SOCI 101S Introduction to Sociology
ECNS 201SPrinciples of Microeconomics3
WRIT 101College Writing I3
Total Hours12

 Minimum Required Grade: C-

Pre-Pharmacy Electives

Complete 11 elective credits. Speak with your advisor about completing this requirement. 11
Total Hours11

 Minimum Required Grade: C-

Professional Pharmacy Curriculum

Students must apply for admission to the professional program. Students enrolled in the professional pharmacy curriculum are assessed a supplemental fee. This fee does not apply to pre-pharmacy students. Refer to the fees section of this catalog for details.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in pharmaceutical calculation by successfully completing a competency assessment prior to entering the second professional year.

Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Complete all of the following courses:
PHAR 329Microbes & Medicines4
PHAR 331Pharmaceutics4
PHAR 341
PHAR 361
Pharmaceutical Pathophysiology I
and Pharmaceutical Science Lab I
PHAR 342
PHAR 362
Pharmaceutical Pathophysiology II
and Pharmaceutical Science Lab II
PHAR 371Integrated Studies I1
PHAR 372Integrated Studies II1
PHAR 381Pharmaceutical Biochemistry4
PHAR 421Medicinal Chemistry I3
PHAR 422Medicinal Chemistry II3
PHAR 443Pharmacology & Toxicology I4
PHAR 444Pharmacology & Toxicology II4
Total Hours38

 Minimum Required Grade: C-

Clinical Sciences 

Complete all of the following courses:
PHAR 432Clinical Pharmacokinetics3
PHAR 451
PHAR 471
Therapeutics I
and Integrated Studies III
PHAR 452
PHAR 472
Therapeutics II
and Integrated Studies IV
PHAR 553
PHAR 571
Therapeutics III
and Integrated Studies V
PHAR 554
PHAR 563
PHAR 572
Therapeutics IV
and Pharmaceutical Care Lab V
and Integrated Studies VI
PHAR 565Pharmacy APPE Preparation3
Total Hours25

 Minimum Required Grade: C-

Social, Behavioral & Administrative Sciences

Complete all of the following courses:
PHAR 300
PHAR 360
Pharmacy Practice I
and Pharmacy Practice Lab I
PHAR 310Pharmacy Practice II2
PHAR 311Healthy People1
PHAR 350Drug Info1
PHAR 412
PHAR 463
Pharmacy Practice III
and Pharmaceutical Care Lab III
PHAR 460Pharmaceutical Care Lab II1
PHAR 505
PHAR 560
Pharmacy Practice IV
and Pharmaceutical Care Lab IV
PHAR 506Pharmacy Practice V3
PHAR 514ECase Studies in Pharmaceutical Ethics3
PHAR 550Drug Literature Eval2
PHAR 559Public Health and Pharmacoeconomics3
3 credits of elective courses. Please see your advisor for courses that will complete this requirement. 3
Total Hours31

 Minimum Required Grade: C-

Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE and APPE)

Complete all of the following courses:
PHAR 480Community Pharmacy IPPE3
PHAR 481Hospital Pharmacy IPPE3
PHAR 579Community Pharmaceutical APPE6
PHAR 580Hospital Pharmacy APPE6
PHAR 581Inpatient APPE6
Complete 18 credits of the following courses:18
Drug Information APPE
Specialized Services APPE
Geriatric APPE
Clinical Specialty APPE
Administrative APPE
Research APPE
Education APPE
Total Hours48

 Minimum Required Grade: C-