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St. John Fisher University Pharm. D. online

Join the Wegmans School of Pharmacy community, and learn to promote intellectual, professional, and civic integrity as a service-oriented pharmaceutical professional.

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About the program

  • ACPE accredited: The St. John Fisher University Wegmans School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), which ensures the quality and rigor of the program for learners ready to pursue a pharmaceutical career.
  • Clinically oriented: Grounded in the sciences, the clinically-oriented hybrid Pharm.D. pathway provides an experiential, learner-centered approach to education with clinical rotations and medical outreach opportunities in your community.

About St. John Fisher University Wegmans School of Pharmacy 

A leader in pharmaceutical education, the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher University believes academic excellence begins with personalized learning and dedicated instruction. St. John Fisher University’s Pharm.D. graduates consistently outperform their peers nationally in licensing examinations. Learners are immersed in unique placement opportunities, and learn to empower people to lead healthier lives in communities across the globe.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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An ethics-driven curriculum

The Fisher Pharm.D. Online program prepares learners to be pharmacists of distinction. Courses have been thoughtfully designed by the same Wegmans School of Pharmacy faculty who also teach in the on-campus pathway.

  • Learners develop: the scientific skills they need to become patient-centered pharmacists. Accredited by the ACPE, the program’s courses build upon one another as learners progress through the program. Learners supplement their learning in the online classroom with experiential learning in their community and during on-campus immersions.

Admissions

Prospective learners interested in this program must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university, with a minimum of 62 semester hours already completed in specific subject areas. The PCAT is optional. However, learners are encouraged to submit their PCAT scores if they reflect their growth and academic preparedness. To complete an application, learners need:

  • PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service) application

  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions

  • At least two letters of recommendation

  • A virtual or in-person interview with faculty or professional staff

  • Prerequisite courses

  • PCAT scores (optional)

On-campus and service opportunities

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The program offers a first-class pharmacy education with a strong foundation in the sciences, and practice-oriented instruction. Faculty members are experts in the field and bring their own valuable experiences to the classroom. 

During their four years of professional study, learners take courses in the pharmaceutical sciences; develop clinical skills through didactic and group-based coursework; and learn the administrative aspects of pharmacy and healthcare while emphasizing professionalism, integrity, and diversity.

  • Courses encompass both didactic and experiential learning.

  • Experiential learning accounts for more than 30% of the curriculum.

  • On-campus immersions and clinical rotations at pharmacy locations in their communities empower learners for patient-centered work.

Learners also prepare to work with underserved communities by participating in local and global service opportunities. Upon graduation, learners have the necessary abilities they need to prepare to work in professional pharmacy settings, including healthcare clinics, hospitals, research labs, and more. Over the course of the program, learners will complete:

  • 151 total credits

  • 6 elective credits

  • 6 immersions

  • 11 clinical rotations

Frequently asked questions

Learners should enter the program with a strong foundation in mathematics and the sciences. Pharmacy is an applied discipline; St. John Fisher Pharm.D. graduates are able to apply scientific knowledge to solve pharmacy-related patient care issues.

St. John Fisher University requires applicants to complete prerequisite courses in order to enroll in the program. Lab-based science requirements must be completed within the past five years. Learners’ admissions counselors can help find local options, should they need to retake science coursework. View a full list of our prerequisite course requirements.

The online pathway brings the same rigorous, clinically-focused Pharm.D. curriculum that the St. John Fisher University Wegmans School of Pharmacy teaches on campus to learners across the country. In order to succeed in the program and effectively prepare for your career as a patient-first pharmacist, you will need to dedicate considerable time to the program.

Learners complete two didactic summer terms that require 30–35 hours of work per week, and additional time will be needed in the first and second summers to complete the first two Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) rotations. IPPE I rotation consists of 120 hours, 40 hours per week for three weeks. IPPE II rotation requires 160 hours, 40 hours per week for four weeks.

Coursework

All learners can expect to dedicate 40–60 hours each week to the program during non-clinical rotation periods. This includes at least three hours per credit per week completing coursework, studying, and attending live sessions, and an additional six hours per week for exams and professional time blocks.

Rotations

During Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) rotations, learners can expect to dedicate 40–63 hours each week to their rotation. All rotations will require 40 hours of weekly, in-person work during traditional business hours; some evenings and weekends may be required. Any additional time commitments will depend on the type of rotation and your preceptor.

Yes. Fisher Pharm.D. Online uses a flipped-classroom model. Concepts typically learned via lecture in a campus program are delivered online through the asynchronous content. You have the flexibility of being able to work through the content when it is most convenient for you, but each week’s asynchronous content must be completed prior to the live session. The live session will complement, reinforce, and solidify the concepts learned asynchronously. Exams will cover concepts from both the asynchronous content and the live sessions, so it is imperative that you engage fully in both.

Yes. You will be required to attend six immersion experiences at our Rochester, New York, campus. Immersions are an opportunity to meet your fellow learners and faculty, participate in hands-on learning that will enhance the work you do online, and engage in pharmacy-related community service activities in the greater Rochester area.

Your time commitment varies by term, which will likely require you to change your schedule or reduce your hours in order to focus on coursework. Your APPE rotations during the last year of the program will be a full-time commitment, and it would be extremely challenging to work outside of those rotations.

If you do need to work, we recommend that you find a job that allows you to keep a flexible schedule. Many learners choose to begin working as a pharmacy tech or intern to reinforce classroom learning and increase their competitiveness when searching for pharmacist positions after graduation. Some states, including New York, require learners to complete their P1 year before applying for an internship license. However, many states will allow you to work as a pharmacy tech prior to receiving an internship license. You should check with your state Board of Pharmacy for more information.

The online Doctor of Pharmacy pathway at St. John Fisher University is designed to meet the eligibility requirements for graduates to sit for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE), and the Part III: Written and Practical (Compounding) Exam in the state of New York. Other states may have additional requirements. We recommend that you research the licensing requirements specific to your state if you are seeking licensure outside of New York state.

In addition to entering the profession as a pharmacist, graduates of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy have the opportunity to compete for postgraduate pharmacy residency programs.

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