Doctor of Pharmacy


At Notre Dame, the focus is on excellence in teaching, learning, service and scholarship. The challenging Pharmacy curriculum prepares students for the rigors of the field, concentrating on the human elements of patient care, along with the science, technology and practical elements of pharmacy management. Dynamic coursework coupled with community outreach projects result in professionals well-prepared to care for individual patients and to help insure the health of the public.

Student pharmacist shows a patient how to use an inhaler

Program Locations

The School of Pharmacy, which offers the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, is comprised of three academic units:

  1. Department of Clinical and Administrative Sciences
  2. Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  3. Office of Experiential Education

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Our Values (ACEI2)

Our faculty, staff and student pharmacists pledge to work together to achieve our vision and mission by embracing:

  • Altruism
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

How to Apply

We look for applicants with the academic and professional promise necessary to become outstanding members of the pharmacy profession.

The two-step application process includes both:

The Admissions Process


Year: P-1
Fall Semester (20.5 credits)
Spring Semester (21.5 credits)
PHRD 300: Foundations for Pharmacy Practice 2 PHRD 306: Pharmacist Care Lab II 2
PHRD 301: Pharmaceutical Calculations 2 PHRD 308: Developing the Leader Within 2
PHRD 302: Pharmacy & the U.S. Health Care System 3 PHRD 309: Immunology 3
PHRD 303: Pharmaceutics I & Lab 4 PHRD 310: Care of Diverse Populations 3
PHRD 304: Pharmacist Care Lab I 2 PHRD 311: Pharmaceutics II & Lab 4
PHRD 305: Biochemistry 4 PHRD 312: Pharmacy Practice Management 3
PHRD 307: Applied Biomedical Sciences Workshop 3 PHRD 413:  Pharmacotherapeutics I: Principles of Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacology* 2
PHRD 800: Career Development E-portfolio 0.5 PHRD 414: Pharmacotherapeutics II: Principles of Pharmacotherapeutics 2
    PHRD 800: Career Development E-Portfolio 0.5
Year: P-2
Fall Semester (18.5-20.5 credits)
Spring Semester (17.5 credits)
PHRD 400: Biopharmaceutics & Clinical Pharmacokinetics 3 PHRD 405: Women’s Health Issues 2
PHRD 401: Clinical Research Design 3 PHRD 406: Pharmacist Care Lab IV 1
PHRD 404: Pharmacist Care Lab III 1 PHRD 408: Pharmacy Law & Ethics 3
PHRD 410 or 412: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences I or II 3 PHRD 410 or 412: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences I or II 3
PHRD 416: Pharmacotherapeutics III – Self-Care & Dermatologic Disorders 3 PHRD 418: Pharmacotherapeutics V – Gastrointestinal Disorders 2
PHRD 417: Pharmacotherapeutics IV – Infectious Diseases 4 PHRD 419: Pharmacotherapeutics VI – Immunologic, Hematologic, & Rheumatologic Disorders 2
PHRD 800: Career Development E-portfolio 0.5 PHRD 517: Pharmacotheraputics XI: Neoplastic Disorders 2
Professional Elective*** 1-3 PHRD 513: Pharmacotheraputics VII: Pulmonary Disorders 2
  PHRD 800: Career Development E-portfolio 0.5
Year: P-3
Fall Semester (17.5-19.5 credits)
Spring Semester (16.5-18.5 credits)
PHRD 504: Pharmacists Care Lab V 1 PHRD 506: Pharmacists Care Lab VI 1
PHRD 505: Human Resources Management 3 PHRD 508: Complementary Medicine & Human Nutrition 3
PHRD 507: Public Health 3 PHRD 509: Evidence Based Medicine 2
PHRD 510: Longitudinal Care I 1 PHRD 512: Longitudinal Care II 1
PHRD 514: Pharmacotheraputics VIII: Cardiovascular Disorders 4 PHRD 518: Pharmacotherapeutics XII: Central Nervous System Disorders 4
PHRD 515: Pharmacotheraputics IX: Renal Disorders 2 PHRD 520: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 4
PHRD 516: Pharmacotheraputics X: Endocrine Disorders & Women's Health 2 PHRD 800: Career Development E-portfolio 0.5
PHRD 800: Career Development E-portfolio 0.5 Professional Elective*** 1-3
Professional Elective*** 1-3    
Year: P-4
Summer/Fall/Spring (37 credits)**
PHRD 700: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Ambulatory Care 5
PHRD 701: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Acute Care General Medicine 5
PHRD 702: Advanced Health Systems Pharmacy Practice 5
PHRD 703: Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice 5
PHRD 704: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Elective I 5
PHRD 705: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Elective II 5
PHRD 706: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Elective III 5
PHRD 707: Advanced Pharmacy Practice & Education Capstone 1
PHRD 800: Career Development E-portfolio 1
Total Program Credits = 149-155

*All Pharmacotherapeutics courses are taught sequentially within a semester

**All APPE are five weeks in duration except PHRD 707

***Students are required to complete a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of professional electives for graduation, which must be accomplished over a minimum of three (3) courses.

Certificate in Leadership and Entrepreneurship

In addition to the Doctor of Pharmacy program, the School of Pharmacy offers a Certificate in Leadership and Entrepreneurship. The courses are built into the doctorate program with only two additional courses (marked with *) which can be used to satisfy elective requirements.

PHRD 312 - Pharmacy Practice Management (3)
PHRD 505 - Human Resource Management (3)
PHRD 308 - Developing the Leader Within (2)
PHRD 626 - *Fundamentals of Financial Management (3)
PHRD 627 - *Entrepreneurship (3)

Total Credits = 14

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small class sizes, faculty mentoring, and hands-on experiences offer an environment of individualized learning while collaborative research opportunities enhance the student experience.

Innovation Grounded in Experience

Our Pharm.D. program reflects the most up-to-date practices and philosophies in the field, shaped by administrators and faculty with comprehensive research expertise and experience delivering care nationwide.

Exceptional Facilities

Many classroom and facilities on campus have been renovated or constructed especially for the School of Pharmacy, including the newly completed 25,000 square foot G. Avery Bunting Hall, which brings the total campus space to 40,000 square feet in support of the School. Technology rich classrooms, laboratories and office space support the work of students, faculty and staff.

Kyle Gundlach
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A Well-Deserved Scholarship

Student, NDMU Class of 2018 Doctor of Pharmacy

Kyle is the recipient of the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation Presidential Scholarship. As a recipient of this scholarship, Kyle demonstrated a strong interest in independent pharmacy practice, leadership qualities and accomplishments, involvement in extracurricular activities and academic achievement.

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Research Opportunities

One of the hallmarks of our rich educational environment is the opportunity to participate in research in your field of interest.

Independent Research Projects

Work with faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Administrative Sciences to engage in biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology and clinical research.

Faculty Student Collaborations

Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day provides the perfect forum to showcase your hard work with a formal research presentation to the Notre Dame community.

Community Outreach

Directly apply lessons from class into professional environments. Notre Dame of Maryland University has well-established partnerships with businesses and organizations throughout the area, providing exceptional opportunities for community outreach in the School of Pharmacy.


Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by:

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60503

Phone: 312-664-3575
Fax: 312-664-4652