Our list of the Top 7 Online Doctoral Programs in Pharmacy is a broad ranking which takes into account accreditation and general reputation. With the increased presence and acceptance of online Ph.D. programs throughout the U.S., prestigious institutions and many state schools are now offering online degrees with more frequency. The doctoral degree in Pharmacy is still limited across the country but programs are becoming more common. With many emphases being offered at various institutions, it may be difficult to find a degree that suits a students’ purposes. This list provides a list based on reputation that we hope will help guide decisions in picking a top tier school. The schools that made the list were accredited.
University of Florida offers a doctor of Pharmacy degree through their distance learning programs. The degree is designed for working pharmacists who need flexible hours to attain their doctorate. It is possible to obtain the doctorate from U of F in three years. Given that a PharmD is becoming a standard in the Pharmaceutical industry, recent grads are coming out of college with better credentials. Gaining a PharmD online through U of F is a way for a Pharmacist to upgrade their credentials with a more competitive edge. University of Florida is ranked at #47 nationally by U.S. News and World Report and is ranked #5 in our The Top 50 Schools Offering Online PhD Programs 2015-2016. Tuition is $650 per credit hour. University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Howard University offers a non-traditional online doctor of Pharmacy degree. The course work is entirely online and can be fast-tracked so that a student can complete the program in two years. There are only two residencies during the course of the program. Cohorts are started once a year. Howard University is ranked at #135 nationally by U.S. News and World Report. Tuition is $1,287 per credit hour. Howard University is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as well as the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.
The University of Colorado – Denver offers a doctor of Pharmacy degree online. This program is suited for both people in the U.S. and in Canada. You can be a part-time or full-time student. The program is 35 credit hours of online coursework along with 30 credits of live experiential training. The live training can happen on campus at University of Colorado or in the pharmacists own community. There is also an International Trained PharmD concentration in which there is 54 credit hours of coursework that can mostly be taken online as well as 36 credit hours of experiential training that is to be completed in the U.S. Tuition is $800 per credit hour. University of Colorado is ranked #199 nationally by U.S. News and World Report and is ranked #31 in our The Top 50 Schools Offering Online PhD Programs 2015-2016. University of Colorado – Denver is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as well as by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
Creighton University offers a doctor of Pharmacy degree online. The program is online except for two to four on campus summer residencies. The program concentrates on patient data collection, medication therapy assessment and delivery, pharmacy care plan, patient counseling, patient monitoring and compliance, and patient outcomes evaluation and documentation. Specialized clinical and internship programs are available in fields ranging from critical care to family medicine, pediatrics to gerontology, cardiology to home care and neurology to psychiatry. U.S. News and World Report ranks Creighton University at #1 in its region and is ranked #31 in our The Top 50 Schools Offering Online PhD Programs 2015-2016. Tuition is $1,509 per credit hour. Creighton University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
Shenandoah University offers a Non-traditional Doctor of Pharmacy. While most of the courses are held online, there are two residencies per year that occur on one weekend during summers. The program is 53 units that are planned out across 2.5 years. Students interact with faculty weekly both in real-time and in threaded occasions. Shenandoah University is ranked #41regionally by U.S. News and World Report. Tuition is $650 per credit hour. The Shenandoah University’s school of Pharmacy is accredited by the Council for Pharmacy Education and the university as a whole is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science offers an online Doctor of Pharmacy degree for practicing pharmacists. The program is mostly online with a mandatory on-campus orientation and one Saturday visit per semester. The program trains students in designing a pharmaceutical care plan in collaboration with other health professionals, based on identified, patient-specific problems and literature support while giving consideration to pathophysiologic, pharmacotherapeutic, pharmacokinetic, economic and ethical/legal principles, and the patient’s specific needs and desired outcome. Tuition is $870 per credit hour. MCPHS University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine offers a four year distance doctor of Pharmacy degree. In the first two years, the core curriculum centers on the basics including anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry. This leads to training in clinical sciences during year three and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) in year four. The APPE consists of six, six week sessions in community and clinical settings. Tuition is $1,042 per credit hour. Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Council for Pharmacy Education and by the American Osteopathic Association, Bureau of Education, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.