Today's pharmacists do much more than dispense medications. They are front line health care professionals involved in numerous aspects of patient care.


About the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program:

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy established its distance learning Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at the Universities at Shady Grove in 2007. The four-year program combines basic and applied science, as well as an in-depth therapeutics course of study, to provide future generations of pharmacists with the knowledge and skills needed to be essential contributors to a dynamic health care arena.

Students are immersed in six semesters of applied science and therapeutics courses and corresponding abilities labs in order to assure that they are thoroughly prepared for advanced pharmacy practice experiences in the final year of the program. Innovative web-based technologies are used to deliver lectures asynchronously to the Universities at Shady Grove, with the campus’ students served by resident faculty members who facilitate discussions, monitor examinations, provide tutoring, and liaison with Baltimore.

The PharmD program at Shady Grove also forges a link between the School’s scientific and clinical faculty with the rich resources of the I-270 biotechnology corridor and federal facilities, such as the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the U.S. Public Health Service. The opportunities for collaboration and synergy in the region are significant.


Applying to the Program:

The PharmD program admits approximately 160 new students each year. To apply to the program, prospective students must submit a PharmCAS application and a short supplemental School-specific application, as well as complete an in-person interview at the Baltimore campus. There are a number of prerequisite courses that students are required to complete before applying to the program.

The curriculum challenges us to become the best pharmacists in the nation. Our faculty teach us in a way that many other students will never experience.
John Hodgson, Second-Year Student Pharmacist