Pharmacy - Four year Distance Education Pathway

Pharmacy – Four year Online Distance Education Pathway

Earn your PharmD degree in four-years through our online distance education pathway.

The LECOM School of Pharmacy Distance Education Pathway curriculum is a four-year, online 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 year teaches the basic sciences, including: anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. This lays a solid foundation for training in clinical sciences during years two and 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 online courses using state of the art synchronous and asynchronous technologies where students can learn at home on their computer.  Students will be required to come to the Bradenton, FL campus each summer for between one and three weeks in order to fulfill the laboratory, casework, and presentation portion of the curriculum.

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 virtual proctoring service, there is an additional technology fee for that service.  See tuition and fees for the current amount.

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 began the four-year Distance Education pathway leading to the Pharm.D. degree in 2014.  The first cohort of 24 students will graduate in June 2018. LECOM is now authorized to accept applications for the Distance Education pathway for all states with the exception of Massachusetts.  If you have any questions concerning the admissions process, contact Jordan Koper at

LECOM is now authorized to accept applications for the Distance Education pathway for all states with the exception of Massachusetts.  Please visit the LECOM PharmCAS page for more information.

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