College of Pharmacy
Dana Diedrich, Ph.D., Interim Dean
Bernard W. Graham, Ph.D.,
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences
Chair and Associate Professor: Culbertson
Professors: Hurley, Sharp
Associate Professors: Adamcik, Gould, Mason, Rhodes
Assistant Professors: Bartlome', Cady, Cook, Erramouspe, Force, Hefflinger,
Larson, Matsuyama, Reitz
Clinical Assistant Professor: Beckwith, Jue, Madaras-Kelly, Sawyer
Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor: Heyneman, Phelan
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Interim Chair and Professor: Fontenelle
Professors: Dodson, Garner, Goettsch, Isaacson, Stull, Vestal
Associate Professors: Daniels, Graham, Jarvi, LaHann, Lai, Oberg, Stull, Torian
Assistant Professors: Charan, Cusack, Mobley, Morgan, Nelson, Nielson, Olson, Ramagopal, Ratka, Senekowitsch, Stevens
The College of Pharmacy offers the professional program of education leading to the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.).
The Doctor of Pharmacy is a professional doctorate degree. Graduates with the Doctor of Pharmacy degree may apply for licensure to practice pharmacy immediately upon graduation.
Curriculum Mission Statement
To prepare a competent pharmacy practitioner with effective primary care practice skills, including abilities to communicate and educate others on the rational use of medications and related devices; to engender a life-long learner who possesses a caring professional attitude and seeks to be an agent of change within the profession. The faculty endeavors to develop and maintain a curriculum that is open to individualized inquiry, holds the student responsible for his/her own learning, and foster the education of the whole person.
The six-year curriculum allows adequate time for the student of pharmacy to broaden his/her education through the selection of liberal arts courses, to strengthen his/her scientific and professional background in the event that s/he desires to work for graduate degrees, or to specialize in community or hospital pharmacy by the selection of advanced professional courses or courses in business, economics, and related subjects.
The Doctor of Pharmacy program has been accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education, the national accrediting organization for colleges of pharmacy.
Students enrolled in the programs of the College of Pharmacy are expected to endorse professional standards by subscribing to the Oath of the Pharmacist. Students are also expected to abide by the American Pharmaceutical Association's Code of Ethics of the Profession.
Admission to the College of Pharmacy
The recommended high school background for students planning to enter the pre-professional program at Idaho State University includes four units of mathematics and three units of natural science (biology, chemistry, and physics).
Students who enroll at ISU and who seek admission to the College of Pharmacy must complete or have already completed the equivalent of courses outlined under the pre-professional curriculum in this catalog. In addition, the faculty encourages applicants to have broad, cultural backgrounds in the arts, humanities and social sciences, as well as in the biological and physical sciences.
To be admitted to the College of Pharmacy, a student's accumulative grade point average in all previous college courses which are to be applied toward a degree in pharmacy must be 2.5 or above. Admission is competitive; in recent classes, successful applicants had an accumulative GPA in excess of 3.0 with a class median of 3.4 GPA. Fulfillment of the specific requirements does not ensure admission to the college.
New students are admitted to the professional program of the college only in the fall semester of each year. All materials should be submitted to the College of Pharmacy Admissions Committee by February 1 to ensure first consideration for fall enrollment. Materials received after February 1 will be considered only after those meeting the deadline have been evaluated. Preference is given to residents of the State of Idaho.
Evaluation of Students for Admissions
Admission to the College of Pharmacy is limited to 50 positions per class. Historically, there have been more applicants than available positions. This requires the faculty to select from among the applicants, those who will have the best opportunity to complete the curriculum and have productive professional lives.
In addition to the application form and the application fee, students must submit transcripts of all college courses and three letters of recommendation, including one from a pharmacist. Additional admissions information may be obtained from a personal interview. Selected applicants will be requested to schedule an on-campus interview with the Admissions Committee. Interviews should be scheduled through the Office of the Associate Dean (208-236-3475).
The Admissions Committee carefully weighs the information about each applicant:
Applicants are then placed in three categories:
- letters of recommendation,
- information obtained during the personal interview,
- grade point average, and
- grades achieved in biological, physical and social sciences, arts, and humanities.
- reserve for possible admission pending available positions, or
- no admission.
Students will be notified no later than March 15 of their admission status. Students placed in the reserve admission category will be notified of their priority within this division. As positions become available, students will be reclassified from reserve admission to admission.
Admission Under Special Circumstances
Pharmacy Transfer Students
Students wishing to transfer from another college of pharmacy must present the following materials to the Office of the Associate Dean of the College of Pharmacy:
- A letter certifying good standing by the dean of the college of pharmacy previously attended,
- An official transcript(s) showing that the pre-pharmacy requirements of Idaho State University have been completed,
- A letter to the associate dean requesting evaluation of class standing.
Graduates of Foreign Schools of Pharmacy
Graduates of foreign schools of pharmacy who wish to pursue a degree in pharmacy from the ISU College of Pharmacy must make formal application and provide evidence that they meet all of the pre-professional course requirements of the college. Scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) also must be provided. Such applicants will be evaluated by the faculty regarding their class standing.
Students accepted into the professional program of the College of Pharmacy will be permitted to progress to the next semester in the professional curriculum only when all of the required courses of the previous semester have been completed successfully. Successful completion is defined to mean that a grade point average of C (2.0) or better must be maintained in required professional courses, as well as required courses outside the College. In addition, no student shall be allowed (on his or her transcript) more than two D grades in required professional courses both in and outside of the College. Policies adopted within these guidelines are distributed to all students in the professional program.
Students whose programs of study deviate from the above policy must, prior to progressing, submit such programs in writing to the Office of the Associate Dean of the College of Pharmacy for evaluation and advice. In such cases, students may be called to appear before the committee of the faculty.
A student who intends to take a required ISU pharmacy course at another institution must receive written permission of the dean. This permission must be received prior to enrolling in the course.
In order to withdraw from a class after the last date allowed for withdrawal, the student must petition the Dean of the College of Pharmacy for permission. Permission will be granted only if it is clear that a hardship case exists which cannot be alleviated by other means. The petition must be signed by the instructor(s) and the student's advisor prior to submission to the dean.
Petitions for withdrawal from the university, i.e. withdrawal from all classes, may be approved by the advisor and the dean without review by the committee.
To be eligible for graduation in pharmacy, a student must have earned an average of 2.0 or above on all credits applied toward minimum graduation requirements of the curriculum. S/he also must have earned an average of 2.0 or above for all required pharmacy courses applied toward graduation. A minimum of 227 semester credits is required for graduation with the Doctor of Pharmacy.
Students are held responsible for meeting degree requirements in proper sequence. Frequent consultation between student and faculty advisor is encouraged.
Forty-four (44) weeks of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum are spent in a variety of patient care areas. This is required so that the student can become adept at applying formal classroom training to the practice of pharmacy as it may relate to the full health care of patients. Decentralization of off-campus programs is a commitment the College has made to provide students with the best possible educational experiences. For these reasons, students should clearly understand that they will be required to complete at least part of their last year at a site other than Pocatello.
In addition to assignments, students are required to complete at minimum 40 contact hours per week in off-campus programs. Since patient care is a continuous activity, some off-campus activities are conducted outside the traditional work day. For example, students may have responsibilities in the morning, late at night or on weekends. Personal expenses, including travel, food, and lodging while enrolled in off-campus programs, are the student's responsibility.
Policy on Completing Clerkship Requirements for Graduation
Students must complete all clerkship requirements for graduation by May of the year following the original scheduled graduation date at the time the student was first enrolled in clerkships. There are two reasons for this policy:
- Student's database must be current when clerkships begin.
- Due to staffing limitations, the College does not have a great deal of flexibility in providing repeat clerkships.
This policy will apply to all Traditional Pharm.D. students.
Non-traditional Pharm.D. students must complete all degree requirements, including clerkships, within four years after beginning the program.
The following information relative to licensure is included at the request of the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy:
For graduation with the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, students are required to complete a program of 44 weeks (1,760 hours) of structured practical experiences in pharmacy practice environments administered by the College. By action of the Idaho Board of Pharmacy, successful completion of the clinical program/externship required for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree will satisfy all of the practical experience requirements for licensure in Idaho.
Following completion of all requirements, candidates must pass an examination given by the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy to obtain licensure to practice pharmacy in Idaho. The examination is given in Pocatello during June of each year.
All questions relative to internship training requirements and other qualifications for examination and licensure as a pharmacist in Idaho should be addressed to Executive Secretary, Idaho State Board of Pharmacy, 280 N. 8th Street, Boise, Idaho 83720.
Registration of Students as Pharmacy Externs
All students are required to be registered with the Idaho Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy extern during all phases of the clinical program/externship. Registration forms may be secured from the Office of the Associate Dean or directly from the Board of Pharmacy. The completed form, along with the required registration fee, must be returned to the Idaho Board of Pharmacy, 280 N. 8th Street, Boise, Idaho 83720.