Pharmacy - 4-year Distance Education Pathway

The LECOM School of Pharmacy Distance Education Pathway curriculum is a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree program. The administration and faculty continuously work to enhance learning styles by using active and interactive teaching strategies.

This pathway begins with emphasis in the pharmaceutical sciences, with an introduction to the profession. The core curriculum during the first two years teaches the basic sciences, including: anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. This lays a solid foundation for training in clinical sciences during year three and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) in year four. APPE consists of six rotations, six weeks each in community and clinical settings.

A majority of the pathway is taught through distance education where students can learn at home on their computer.  Students will be required to come to the Bradenton, FL campus each summer in order to fulfill the laboratory, casework, and presentation portion of the curriculum.  Testing throughout each semester will be done at sites associated with the National College Testing Association (NCTA).  For a list of locations and more information about NCTA, please see: http://www.ncta-testing.org/.

The Distance Education Pathway tuition, your cost of attending the distance education pathway, and financial aid application instructions may be found under Tuition & Financial Aid.   Note, because testing will be conducted through a national testing service, there is an additional $1000 technology fee for that service.

The opportunities for Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) graduates are endless. Pharmacists are currently working as generalists and specialists in community pharmacies, government agencies, hospice and home health care, hospital and institutional settings, independent ownership, long-term care facilities, consulting, managed care, medical and scientific publishing, drug information and research in the pharmaceutical industry, professional associations, uniformed service (public health and military), and academics. Additionally, beginning salaries in each of these areas are well above the national salary means, and with a well-documented long term shortage of pharmacists ahead of us, the future job availability outlook looks good.

The LECOM School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and plans to begin a new four-year Distance Education pathway leading to the Pharm.D. degree.  The first cohort of 24 students will matriculate alongside LECOM’s traditional pathway students at the Bradenton, Fla., campus in August 2014 with an expected graduation date of June, 2018.  Applications are now being accepted through PharmCAS.  If you have any questions concerning the admissions process, contact Lauren Bewley at lbewley@lecom.edu. For questions regarding the curriculum or other matters pertaining to logistics for this pathway, contact Priscilla Martin, M.Ed. at pmartin@lecom.edu.