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College of Pharmacy

PharmD Curriculum

The PharmD curriculum at Belmont University prepares pharmacists to meet the demands of evolving contemporary practice with specialized concentrations (tabbed below) that enhance the traditional pre-professional preparation in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice. No other pharmacy school offers such opportunity.

At Belmont, students take 30 semester credit hours of electives to build upon the foundation of pharmacy coursework with at least 18 credit hours in a chosen concentration. Students complete these elective courses within their selected concentration across years two, three, and four of the program.

The curriculum is designed to integrate teaching and learning methods that cultivate critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students learn how to answer questions of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

During the first year, the curriculum builds a foundation of knowledge with theoretically-focused lectures designed to develop content mastery. In years two and three, coursework compliments and extends the first-year experience with more small-group seminars to increase team-based learning with therapeutic case studies. Progressively, the curriculum becomes more focused on individualized instruction and assessment through active-learning that challenges students to demonstrate higher-order critical-thinking, clinical expertise, mature communication skills and problem-solving abilities.

Link to Belmont University Catalog for PharmD Curriculum and Course Descriptions

  • Advanced Pharmacotherapy

    Contemporary health care is a team-based, complex enterprise. Professional effectiveness requires knowledge of and experience collaborating with multiple health care partners to navigate the complexity of the health care system. This ensures that all patients receive exceptional care.

    Today, pharmacy practitioners benefit from learning how to manage diseases and developing increasingly sophisticated intervention abilities. Student pharmacists at Belmont acquire skills and competencies in direct patient care, age-related variances in therapy and all levels of treatment from intensive care to self-care. This is accomplished with experiences in hospice, oncology, geriatrics, pediatrics, pharmacy compounding and pharmaceutical research.

  • Health Care Informatics


    Information systems infuse health care delivery; career competence requires the ability to use and to develop systems that integrate and extend current and emerging technologies.  Belmont University College of Pharmacy has achieved the rigorous standards for quality health IT or healthcare education to qualify as an Approved Education Partner (AEP) by the Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS).

    As a student pharmacist at Belmont, you will have the opportunity to experience multiple sites that utilize electronic health records, dashboard data for production efficiency, drug interaction data, clinical decision support information, robotic processing methods, supply chain information, as well as the sites that propose and design such systems. These experiential sites include community pharmacy, health systems and managed care locations.

  • Pharmacy Management

    Successful pharmacists require more than a solid base in the science of pharmacy; long-term career success and responsible patient care requires more-than-passing training in the art and science of management. This is one of the profession's greatest needs.

    As a student pharmacist at Belmont, all students will learn foundation principles in management, but within the concentration, you will have the opportunity to work side by side with pharmacists who are managers, and who will teach you advanced personnel management, hospital pharmacy management, contract management, financial management, LEAN management, health economics, quality improvement methods, negotiation skills and presentation skills used in management.

  • Public Health/Missions

    Pharmacy is about serving others and what distinguishes fully developed pharmacists is their concern for others and commitment to service. Pharmacists learn to offer care as well as product, in a covenant with the public. Leadership in the profession and community requires an understanding of and a commitment to health care access and equity for underserved populations.

    At Belmont University College of Pharmacy, you will have the opportunity to learn how many pharmacy-related services assist patients locally and internationally. You will learn from those who have established viable services for the underserved, uninsured and underinsured. Patient populations with whom you will work include refugees, indigent patients, illiterate patients, marginalized patients and patients in third world countries. Much of the work is collaborative and inter-professional by design.

  • PharmD/MBA

    The PharmD/MBA is a dual degree program offered cooperatively by Belmont University College of Pharmacy and the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business. The program provides a unique opportunity to get a cutting-edge education in pharmacy and business in the nation’s healthcare capital, Nashville, Tenn. Graduates are prepared for roles as executives and managers in the pharmaceutical industry and in health care delivery systems that provide pharmacy services to patients.

    With Belmont’s PharmD/MBA, students can: 1)complete all the requirements for both degrees within four years; 2)complete both degrees at a significant tuition savings from enrolling in each program separately; and 3)benefit from Belmont’s signature personal interaction with experienced, highly regarded faculty in both programs.

    Click here for more detailed information about the PharmD/MBA dual degree.


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