North Dakota State University, a land-grant institution, was founded in 1890. Courses for a two-year program in pharmacy were initiated in 1902. Since then, courses and requirements have expanded to the present entry-level Pharm.D. program. The College also offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in pharmaceutical sciences.
Our mission is to educate students, advance research, and excel in provision of interprofessional service within the health professions. We will accomplish this by:
Fostering a culture that values competency, caring, ethics, inclusivity, and professionalism.
Delivering an effective curriculum that prepares students to work in diverse settings within interprofessional teams.
Collaborating with key partners and stakeholders to enhance teaching, research, practice, professional experience, and service opportunities.
Utilizing interprofessional approaches in teaching, research, clinical practice and service efforts.
Providing professional and interprofessional development opportunities for faculty, staff, students and alumni.
Securing financial, physical, and human resources to engage in effective teaching, research, practice, and service.
Improving the quality of research and scholarship.
Developing health care professionals to meet the health care needs of the state, region, nation, and world.
Our College believes that the primary purpose of its respective disciplines is to deliver patient- and population -focused care to improve the overall health and quality of life of patients they serve.
Interdisciplinary Team Approach:
Our College recognizes and values an interdisciplinary team approach to patient care, education, and research where each discipline works collaboratively to attain greater knowledge, expertise, and outcomes than what they are capable of accomplishing individually.
Our pre-professional curriculum requires the completion of 81 hours of coursework. Some students can complete this work in two years, while other students may take three years. In what follows, we will refer to a two year pre-pharmacy curriculum with the possibility of a three year track implied where necessary.
In the first two years of the curriculum (prepharmacy), emphasis is placed on chemical, biological, administrative, behavioral or social sciences, and humanities needed for the four-year professional pharmacy curriculum. The third, fourth and fifth years provide the students with the professional educational background necessary for the sixth year of clinical rotations. In addition to general adult medicine, students may pursue rotations in specialized areas of interest such as pediatrics, oncology, nutrition, infectious disease, pharmacokinetics, cardiology, family practice, ambulatory care, critical care, rural health, managed care, endocrinology, psychiatry and rehabilitation.
The Preprofessional Doctor of Pharmacy (or Prepharmacy) program is open to all high school graduates and college transfer students who have not completed the requirements to enter the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. To enter the Prepharmacy program students must be admitted to NDSU as an undergraduate student and declare Prepharmacy as an intended major. Transfer students must submit transcripts of all previous college or university work for equivalency evaluation.
The Prepharmacy program is composed of approximately 81 semester credits. Students may apply for admission to the professional pharmacy program upon satisfactory completion of the Prepharmacy program or evidence that this program will be successfully completed. A copy of the Prepharmacy curriculum may be obtained by checking the web site. Admission to the University does not grant admission to the professional program. All students must apply and be formally accepted by the Doctor of Pharmacy Admissions Committee before they may begin the sequence of professional courses in the Pharm.D.
The size of the entering class is limited by the resources of the College and the capacity of the clinical facilities. As North Dakota State University is a state supported institution, residents of North Dakota will be given first consideration. Acceptance to the professional program is based on previous academic performance, PCAT scores, interview scores, other standardized assessments conducted simultaneously with interviews, the applicant’s residency, the number of spaces available in the program, among other factors. Differential tuition is assessed to students enrolled in the professional program.
Pharmaceutical Sciences (M.S., Ph.D.)
NDSU offers both MS degrees and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The master’s program requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours and thesis research. The doctor of philosophy degree is awarded in recognition of high scholarly achievement as evidenced by a period of successful study, the satisfactory completion of examinations and the development of an acceptable dissertation project covering some significant aspect of a major field of learning and research. Students with a bachelor of science degree in biology or chemistry must have an adequate background for graduate work in the College. After successful completion of either degree program students have had a high level of success gaining highly desirable employment in academia, industry and governmental agencies doing work in pharmaceutical sciences.
The dual program (Pharm.D./Ph.D.) is designed to provide an opportunity for outstanding professional students in the Pharmacy Program at North Dakota State University obtain research experience and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. It is proposed that this can be accomplished with an additional 3 years of study and research placed between the second and the third years of the four-year professional program.
Professional pharmacy students have the option of enrolling in the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program post-graduation or as a joint degree program. Students must be admitted to both the Pharm.D. program as well as the M.P.H. program in order to pursue this option.
The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program at North Dakota State University is a non-thesis, professional program. It is designed to provide students with an effective set of analytical skills, a broad view of the way organizations work, and an understanding of the functional areas of business. Students must be admitted to both the Pharm.D. program as well as the M.B.A. program in order to pursue this option.