In 1981, the College of Pharmacy became the first pharmacy school in the Southeast and the fifth in the nation to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) as its sole professional degree. This program requires six years of study following high school, a minimum of two years (66 semester hours) of pre-pharmacy education at an institution(s) accredited by an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and four years of professional curriculum at the College of Pharmacy.
Mercer’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program is designed to provide the scholastic expertise and clinical acumen necessary to give high-quality patient-centered care in a variety of settings. Career opportunities are many and varied — community practice, hospital pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry are just a few examples. Alternatives such as consulting pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, drug information, managed care, geriatric, psychiatric or pediatric specialties and academia offer flexibility and growth to the Pharm.D. graduate. It makes good professional and financial sense to have a strong, competitive education.
Unique to Mercer’s Pharm.D. Program are opportunities for students during the fourth professional year, such as Advanced Clinical Track, Global Medical Missions, Indian Health Service and International Pharmacy Program.