Find SomeoneCampus MapsOSU Site Map

General Catalog & Schedule of Classes

Oregon State University
OSU HomeProspective StudentsCurrent StudentsFaculty & StaffAlumni & FriendsVisitors
  
  Quick-Jump:    
What is Quick-Jump?
Catalog HomeCatlog IndexCatalog SearchCatalog ArchiveCatalog Help

  College of Pharmacy  

  (Return to Overview) Print Version Print


The Oregon State University College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (http://www.acpe-accredit.org/), 135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603-4810, 312-664-3575, 800-533-3606; Fax, 312-664-4652. The PharmD degree is jointly conferred by Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University. The Oregon State University College of Pharmacy is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The College of Pharmacy is dedicated to advancing societal health through leadership in pharmacy education, research, community engagement, and improved patient care.


203 Pharmacy Building
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-3507
541-737-3424
541-737-3999 fax
Website: http://pharmacy.oregonstate.edu/


Administration


Mark T. Zabriskie, Dean, 541-737-5774, mark.zabriskie@oregonstate.edu

Gary DeLander, Executive Associate Dean, 541-737-5805, gary.delander@oregonstate.edu

Mark Leid, Associate Dean for Research, 541-737-5809, mark.leid@oregonstate.edu

David Bearden, Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice, 503-494-0116, david.bearden@oregonstate.edu

Theresa Filtz, Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 541-737-5802, theresa.filtz@oregonstate.edu 

Tanya Ostrogorsky, Director of Assessment and Faculty Development, 503-494-6567, ostrogot@oregonstate.edu.

Angela Austin Haney, Director of Student Services/Head Advisor, 541-737-5784, angela.austinhaney@oregonstate.edu 

Paige Clark, Director of Alumni Relations and Professional Development, 503-494-3476, paige.clark@oregonstate.edu

Patty Beaumont, Executive Assistant to the Dean, 541-737-5796, patty.beaumont@oregonstate.edu


A petition from the pharmacists of Oregon led to the establishment of the Department of Pharmacy at Oregon State College in 1898. The department grew steadily and in 1917 became the School of Pharmacy. In 1983, it became the College of Pharmacy.

There are many career options available to individuals having a pharmacy degree. Some graduates are employed in privately owned or chain pharmacies and practice in a community setting while others practice in hospitals or nursing homes. The pharmaceutical industry offers careers in many areas including sales, marketing, public and government relations, manufacturing, and basic research. Pharmacy graduates are also employed in various local, state and federal health agencies, including the U.S. Public Health Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Individuals who decide to acquire advanced professional or graduate training may follow a career in research and academics.

College of Pharmacy graduates are eligible for licensure as pharmacists throughout the United States.


Professional Program

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Graduate Major

Pharmaceutical Sciences (MS, PhD)

Graduate Areas of Concentration
Biopharmaceutics
Medicinal Chemistry
Natural Products Chemistry
Pharmaceutics
Pharmacoeconomics

Pharmacokinetics
Pharmacology
Toxicology

Graduate Minor

Pharmacy


Faculty


Professors Bearden, Block (Emeritus), Christensen, Kioussi, Kradjan (Emeritus), Leid, Mahmud, Olyaei, Stevens, Williams, Zabriskie
Associate Professors Alani, DeLander, Filtz, Furuno, Hartung, Haxby, Indra, Ishmael-Leid, McGregor, McPhail, Munar, P. Proteau, Singh
Assistant Professors Anderson, Coon, Herink, Irwin, Lee, Morgun, Philmus, S. Ramirez, Sahay, Sikora, Suchy, Sun, Taratula, Zumach
Senior Instructor I Linares
Senior Instructor II Zweber
Instructors Bowers, Russell, Schnabel, Starwalt
Professional Faculty Austin Haney, Beaumont, Clark, Corwin, Mettie, Ostrogorsky, Peters, J. Ramirez

Research Faculty


Professor, Sr. Research Simonson
Assistant Professors, Sr. Research G. Indra, Taratula, Yin, Zielke

Courtesy Faculty and Preceptors

The College of Pharmacy utilizes practicing pharmacists, physicians, and pharmaceutical scientists as lecturers in the professional pharmacy program and in the college’s graduate education program. This group includes over 400 pharmacy preceptors. These individuals make a very important and significant contribution to the educational programs of the college.




Pharmacy Information

Professional pharmacy education has advanced both in Oregon and throughout the United States in order to meet the expectations of an evolving health care system. To be eligible for admission to the PharmD program, students must complete the PharmD prerequisites, which will require three to four years of college study. Completion of the pharmacy professional program requires an additional four years.

After completion of the four-year professional pharmacy program, the graduate is eligible to take a licensing exam administered by state boards of pharmacy. After passing the licensing exam and completing required internship training, the graduate is licensed to practice as a registered pharmacist. While time requirements may vary from state to state, most graduates become licensed as pharmacists approximately three months after graduation from Oregon State University.


PharmD Prerequisites

Required PharmD prerequisites may be taken at Oregon State University or any other accredited college or university. The PharmD prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the professional program.

Required courses must be taken for a letter grade; however, an exception may be made if a course is only offered pass/no pass. The student should make a specific request for waiver of grade requirement directly to the College of Pharmacy Admissions Committee prior to taking the course.

Students from community colleges, other colleges and universities, may transfer to OSU at any time to complete the PharmD prerequisites.

For more information on the prerequisites, please visit our website, http://pharmacy.oregonstate.edu/pharm-d-prerequisites

Early Assurance Program

The Early Admission Program is intended to guarantee highly qualified students admitted to Oregon State University the opportunity to enter the College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program after the successful completion of the program prerequisites and the maintenance of certain academic criteria.

Further information on eligibility and the admissions process is available at http://pharmacy.oregonstate.edu


The Professional Pharmacy Program

Enrollment in the four-year professional program is limited. Students must apply for admission to the professional pharmacy program. Application information and forms are available at http://www.pharmcas.org/. Contact the OSU College of Pharmacy for other information or visit the college website at http://pharmacy.oregonstate.edu/. Students are admitted to the professional program beginning fall term only.

Once admitted to the professional program, each student is assigned a faculty advisor. Students may register only for those courses for which they have completed the stated prerequisite courses. Exceptions are allowed only after approval by the College of Pharmacy's Academic and Professional Standards Committee. Students will complete the first two years of their course work on the Oregon State University campus. The third professional year will be at the College of Pharmacy Satellite Campus at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Most students choose to live in the Portland area during the third year. The fourth year will be off-campus at various pharmacy practice sites throughout the state of Oregon and the Northwest, including Hawaii. Contact the college directly for additional information about the PharmD curriculum.

Immunization and vaccination requirements for PharmD students are stricter than for other university students. PharmD students must satisfy all college immunization and vaccination requirements before starting classes and each year in the program. Failure to meet these requirements may delay enrollment.

The four-year professional pharmacy program provides a broad, scientifically based, clinically focused education. Through appropriate selection of professional elective courses in the fourth year, a student may concentrate in such areas as community, institutional, geriatric, or managed care pharmacy; or prepare for graduate study.

The pharmacy profession is experiencing profound changes. These changes include an increased focus toward patient care, in addition to the study of pharmaceutical products. All students will be required to give immunizations (shots), take medical histories from patients, and perform physical examinations. These experiences will involve asking sensitive questions and physically touching other people. Throughout the curriculum, students are assigned to off-campus practice sites where they are supervised by licensed pharmacists who are affiliate faculty members of the college. Practice sites are located primarily throughout Oregon. Completion of practicum courses at these off-campus practice sites in the fourth professional year generally requires up to 40 hours per week at the practice site. Practicum experience may include nights, evenings, and weekends. Practice sites are varied but include community pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and outpatient clinics. PharmD students are required to provide their own transportation to sites.

The College of Pharmacy requires all pharmacy students to complete criminal background checks and recommends that all pharmacy students submit to drug screening. Criminal background checks and drug screenings have become standard requirements for employment in a pharmacy and placement in experiential rotations. Criminal background checks and drug screening may also be required for licensure. Students who cannot participate in experiential rotations due to criminal or other activities of concern that are revealed in criminal background checks or drug screenings may be unable to fulfill the requirements of the professional PharmD program. Therefore, it is in everyone’s interest to resolve any issues prior to commitment of resources by the college and by students.

PharmD students must immediately disclose any criminal activity that occurs prior to or while enrolled in the PharmD program. PharmD students must immediately reveal any action taken by a Board of Pharmacy, including but not limited to warning, probation and revocation of licensure. Failure to do so could result in dismissal from the PharmD program.

To become licensed by the state of Oregon to practice pharmacy, an individual must meet at least three criteria:

  1. Possess a baccalaureate or PharmD degree in pharmacy from an accredited U.S. college of pharmacy,
  2. Pass the North American Pharmacist Licensing Exam (NAPLEX), the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE), and
  3. Complete the Oregon Board of Pharmacy internship requirements.

Admission Standards


Equal Opportunity and Disability Accommodation

The College of Pharmacy, as a part of Oregon State University, is committed to the principle of equal opportunity. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, and disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status. When requested, the college will provide reasonable accommodation to otherwise qualified students with disabilities. Disabled students must work with and be approved by the Disability Access Services office.

Essential Characteristics of Student Pharmacists

The essential characteristics of student pharmacists identified below are drawn from a number of different resources that govern the professional expectations of pharmacists and student pharmacists, including but not limited to the national Pharmacy Code of Ethics, the Oath of a Pharmacist, and the Pledge of Professionalism. Please see Appendices to view these resources. The essential characteristics are intended to ensure that student pharmacists and pharmacists educated at the College of Pharmacy (the "college") have the capacity to meet federal and state regulations and policies that pertain to pharmacy, and to meet or exceed expectations that the public has for professional competence and behavior among pharmacy professionals.

Academic and professional environments present different challenges, but the essential characteristics required to succeed in pharmacy are common to both settings. Students in the college must observe and fulfill the essential characteristics, which have been divided into the following relevant categories: intellectual ability, empathetic and collegial communication skills, psychomotor skills, respect for diversity, high ethical standards, and behavioral and social expectations. Under each category are examples that describe and clarify these essential characteristics.


Intellectual Ability


Empathetic and Collegial Communication Skills


Psychomotor Skills1


Respect for Diversity


High Ethical Standards


Behavioral and Social Expectations

Footnote:

1 Students may be able to be admitted and progress to graduation while not possessing selected psychomotor skills. In the instance of a documented disability, the college will work to provide reasonable accommodation. The absence of some skills, however, may limit the variety of settings in which a pharmacist can work.

Requirements for Progression

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students must meet university requirements and standards and adhere to the university Student Conduct Regulations (http://studentlife.oregonstate.edu/studentconduct/). The College of Pharmacy faculty has adopted additional requirements to assure that all pharmacy graduates have the best possible educational background and preparation for their pharmacy practice careers. College of Pharmacy standards may vary from the university standards in order to ensure compliance with policies, regulations and expectations specific to the pharmacy profession.

Students are expected to meet specific academic and professional requirements to matriculate in the College of Pharmacy and to progress to each successive year of the professional program. Each student’s standing in the College of Pharmacy is reviewed at the end of every term, or at any time in the interim ‘for cause’. The review includes core pharmacy term GPA, cumulative GPA, and other characteristics identified as being essential to student pharmacists and pharmacists.

The professional PharmD degree program at Oregon State University is designed to be completed within four years. The program combines didactic courses, structured clinical practice opportunities, and, optimally, significant work experience to educate pharmacists that have both in-depth and up-to-date knowledge to be change agents in their chosen profession. In order to assure this current and in-depth knowledge base for each graduate, the professional program must be completed within a five-year period.

To begin the first professional year, students:

  1. Must receive, and respond in a timely manner, to an offer of admission.
  2. Must complete all pre-pharmacy courses with a grade of C– or better.
  3. Must hold a current CPR and first aid certification from an approved provider.
  4. Must successfully complete a background check following guidelines established by the college.
  5. Must submit to the recommended drug screening or provide written acknowledgment of the potential consequences of declining the drug screening.
  6. Must attend the first-year professional orientation program, and verify an understanding and acceptance of College of Pharmacy policies and procedures.
  7. Must obtain an Oregon Pharmacy Intern License.
  8. Must fulfill the essential characteristics of student pharmacists identified by the college.

To advance into the second professional year, students:

  1. Must successfully complete all courses that are included in the curriculum of the first professional year, including electives with a cumulative pharmacy GPA of 2.00 and a P (Pass) in all P/N (Pass/No Pass) courses.
  2. Must have no more than one D grade in pharmacy courses.
  3. Must maintain a current Oregon Pharmacy Intern License.
  4. Must have a current CPR certification from an approved provider.
  5. Must fulfill the essential characteristics of student pharmacists identified by the college.

To advance into the third professional year, students:

  1. Must successfully complete all courses that are included in the curriculum of the first two professional years, including electives with a cumulative pharmacy GPA of 2.00 and a P (Pass) in all P/N (Pass/No Pass) courses.
  2. Must have no more than one D grade in pharmacy courses.
  3. Must have completed two approved elective courses with a grade of C– or better in graded courses, or with a P in Pass/No Pass (P/N) courses.
  4. Must successfully complete a background check during the summer preceding the third professional year
  5. Must maintain a current Oregon Pharmacy Intern License.
  6. Must have a current CPR certification from an approved provider.
  7. Must have earned a bachelor’s degree.
  8. Must fulfill the essential characteristics of student pharmacists identified by the college.

To advance into the fourth professional year, students:

  1. Must successfully complete all courses that are included in the curriculum of the first three professional years, including electives with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 and a P (Pass) in all P/N (Pass/No Pass) courses.
  2. Must have no more than one D grade in pharmacy courses.
  3. Must have completed three approved elective courses, one of which must be completed after the second professional year, with a grade of C– or better in graded courses, or with a P in Pass/No Pass (P/N) courses.
  4. Must maintain a current Oregon Pharmacy Intern License. (Licensure in additional states may be required for students completing clerkships outside of Oregon.)
  5. Must have a current CPR certification from an approved provider.
  6. Must be willing to meet site specific requirements for all assigned clerkship rotations.
  7. Must verify an understanding and acceptance of College of Pharmacy policies and procedures as they pertain to advanced experiential learning.
  8. Must fulfill the essential characteristics of student pharmacists identified by the college.

To graduate with the PharmD degree, students:

  1. Must have met all requirements defined for progression through each professional year.
  2. Must successfully complete all required and elective advanced clerkships with a passing grade.
  3. Must fulfill the essential characteristics of student pharmacists identified by the college.

Student Standing in the College of Pharmacy

The Academic and Professional Standards Committee ("APSC") may, at any time, review a student’s standing in the college. APSC is charged with ensuring that students are aware of academic performance or behavior which is not consistent with essential characteristics of student pharmacists and that, therefore, places their completion of the PharmD program at risk. Academic performance and behavioral concerns are often evaluated independently but have equal significance in determining whether a student is meeting the essential characteristics of student pharmacists. Severe, continuing or repeated academic or behavioral problems can result in dismissal from the PharmD program.

APSC, when necessary, provides student standing information to communicate performance deficits, insufficient student progress, and lack of progress in a student addressing academic or behavioral problems. APSC and the college’s director of student services/head advisor provide students guidance regarding what the college expects from a student to increase their opportunities for success in the college. Student performance and progress are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, utilizing the experience of APSC members. APSC uses good faith, informed judgment to determine appropriate recommendations for each student’s situation.

The following student standing notifications may be received by students who are demonstrating performance deficits or insufficient progress in the PharmD program:

Warning

Warning status is cautionary and identifies student performance which may place a student’s completion of the PharmD program at risk.

Students are placed on warning status if they have a term core pharmacy GPA of less than 2.5 or receive 2 or more C grades in core or elective professional courses in a term. Students may also be placed on Warning status if they engage in behavior that does not meet the Essential Characteristics of Student Pharmacists.


Probation

Probation status identifies an academic or behavioral concern that places the student’s completion of the PharmD program at serious risk. Probation may be accompanied by a delay in progression at the determination of the APSC.

Students are placed on Probation status if they have a term core pharmacy GPA of less than a 2.0 or if they receive a C– or lower grade in any core or elective professional course. A third warning automatically results in Probation.

Student behavior that is a significant departure from the Essential Characteristics of Student Pharmacists will also result in Probation status. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, violations of Academic Integrity policies, criminal violations, repeated or intentional violation of college policies, or significant breaches of the University Student Conduct Code (see http://studentlife.oregonstate.edu/studentconduct/).

Students on Probation status must follow recommendations of the APSC and the Director of Student Services/Head Advisor. Students on Probation status must meet with the Director of Student Services/Head Advisor following each term to review their progress and standing in the college. Students that successfully fulfill the recommendations prescribed will be removed from Probation status.

Students that fail to follow or are unsuccessful in fulfilling the recommendations will be suspended and evaluated for dismissal from the college. Students who are placed on Probation status for the second time will also be evaluated for dismissal from the college.

Suspension

Students that have failed to make adequate progress, or who have displayed severe or repeated departures from the Essential Characteristics of Student Pharmacists, may be placed on Suspension status. The college will place an indefinite hold on the progression of a student placed on Suspension status until APSC can adequately evaluate whether the student will be allowed to continue in the PharmD program. Students engaged in an appeal of their dismissal from the college will also be placed on Suspension status.

Students placed on Suspension status will not be allowed to progress in the PharmD program. APSC will review the status of a student on Suspension no later than the beginning of the next academic term. After review, ASPC may recommend immediate Dismissal from the college, recommend that the student be continued on Suspension status pending receipt of additional information, or prescribe a plan to address specific concerns that resulted in the student’s Suspension status. If a plan for progression is developed by APSC, the student will be changed to Probation status. If at any time it becomes evident that the student will not be able to address concerns and graduate within the required five-year window, the student will be dismissed immediately.

Dismissal

Students will be dismissed from the professional program if they are not making adequate academic progress, or if they fail to constructively address professional or behavioral concerns.

Professional Associations

Students are encouraged to join various professional organizations. At OSU, they may choose the following:

NCPA—National Community Pharmacists Association—Open to all students in pharmacy; affiliated with the national parent organization.

Academy of Students of Pharmacy—Open to all students in pharmacy; includes affiliation with the American Pharmaceutical Association and the Oregon State Pharmacists Association.

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists—Open to all students in pharmacy; includes membership in the Oregon Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Rho Chi—Membership in Beta chapter of Rho Chi, national pharmaceutical honor society, is selective and based on high scholastic achievement.

Phi Delta Chi—Membership in the Beta Iota chapter of this 100-year-old national pharmacy fraternity is limited. Individuals must meet the pledge requirements.

Phi Lamda Sigma—Membership in the Beta Zeta chapter of the national fraternity is limited to qualified individuals who meet requirements for professional development and leadership.

AACP—American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

OSSP—Oregon State Student Pharmacists is an umbrella professional development organization for pharmacy students that includes membership in several national and state professional organizations.

Scholarships and Loans

Information about scholarships and loans is available from the College of Pharmacy website and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, 541-737-2241.

WICHE Program

The College of Pharmacy accepts students supported through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Professional Student Exchange Program. This interstate program provides the opportunity for students from the 12 cooperating states to obtain professional training not available in their home states. Residents from the states of Alaska and Nevada are eligible to apply for support in pharmacy.

To apply, the applicant must become "certified" by his or her home state. Applicants must apply to their home offices before October 15 prior to the academic year in which they plan to enroll. State certifying office contact information is available at http://wiche.edu/psep/cert-off.



 
Catalog HomeCatlog IndexCatalog SearchCatalog ArchiveCatalog Help
OSU HomeProspective StudentsCurrent StudentsFaculty & StaffAlumni & FriendsVisitors
Find SomeoneCampus MapsOSU Site Map