The College of Pharmacy offers a wide variety of training enhancements through partnerships with other UAMS colleges and institutions throughout the state. Each program is described below, and more information can be obtained through the respective program directors noted there. Contact Dr. David Caldwell (email@example.com) for an initial discussion about the available opportunities.
|Program||Collaborator||Additional cost1||When to apply2||Anticipated completion3|
|PharmD/MBA||University of Arkansas-Little Rock||Yes||P2 spring||Concurrent with PharmD|
|PharmD/MPH||UAMS College of Public Health||No||P2 spring||Concurrent with PharmD|
|PharmD/MS-PEP||UAMS Graduate School||No||P1 summer||Concurrent with PharmD|
|PharmD/JD||University of Arkansas-Little Rock||Yes||P2 spring||After completion of PharmD|
|PharmD/PhD||UAMS Graduate School||Yes||P2 spring||After completion of PharmD|
|Certificate in Entrepreneurship||University of Arkansas-Fayetteville||Yes||P2 spring||Concurrent with PharmD|
|Certificate in Nuclear Pharmacy||University of New Mexico||No||No application required||Concurrent with PharmD|
1. Programs offered in collaboration with non-UAMS entities require additional tuition and fees paid to the collaborating institution.
Contact that program director for details. UAMS collaborations are offered at no additional tuition cost (though some fees may apply).
2. See specific application deadlines on collaborating programs’ websites.
3. Concurrent completions are possible where noted but may differ based on each student’s enrollment choices and timelines.
Speak with the collaborating program director to clarify the plan of study and anticipated date of completion.
PharmD/Master of Public Health
In many communities today, pharmacists are increasingly relied on as a key point of contact for healthcare advice, prevention and treatment. The PharmD/Masters of Public Health (MPH) combined degree program prepares students for this expanded role as they enter the practice of pharmacy as one of the most accessible groups of healthcare professionals. MPH training equips students with the competencies and skills to practice pharmacy and preventive care, but while also providing a theoretical and practical understanding that enables graduates to incorporate a population-based focus into their pharmacy practice. Graduates of this program are able to use public health science and theory to provide effective public health interventions in concert with their pharmacy practice, thus treating the individual and community. This program prepares students with a multidisciplinary perspective for work in public health agencies, pharmacy practice, healthcare organizations (public and private), government entities and the pharmaceutical industry.
PharmD/Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy
Pharmaceuticals are increasingly being used to cure, treat, manage or provide relief for many human afflictions. However, issues of financing, efficiency, access, adherence, and safety of pharmaceuticals continue to challenge the health care systems of the world. The Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy (PEP) Master of Science curriculum prepares students to contribute to the understanding of the value, safety and outcomes of medications, pharmacist-led interventions, and pharmaceutical policies.
Students pursuing the dual PharmD/MS-PEP will be able to apply innovative research methodologies to answer research and evaluation questions in these areas. This will prepare students for careers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, managed care organizations, or government agencies.
PharmD/Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The health care field has become increasingly cost-efficient creating demand for pharmacists with advanced business skills and knowledge in areas ranging from operations, finance, project management, marketing and entrepreneurship. The curriculum of the joint PharmD/MBA is developed to respond to these increasing needs by creating skilled pharmacists with strong business acumen. Graduates will be prepared for executive job opportunities in manufacturing corporations, hospital and long-term care systems, health maintenance organizations, independent pharmacies, state or federal health care agencies, hospital relations, planning/regulatory bodies, and consulting. Enrolled students may choose to complete all MBA coursework online.
PharmD/Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)
This dual degree pathway prepares graduates for unique careers in a diverse range of health care and legal areas, such as consulting on health law issues and regulatory policy for government agencies, trade associations, and pharmaceutical companies. Other possibilities include careers in tort law for class action suits related to pharmaceutical products, pharmaceutical patent law, and work as an expert witness.
PharmD/Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmaceutical Sciences
This dual degree pathway prepares students to fill roles in academia and industry as pharmaceutical scientists. The curriculum provides broad based didactic coverage of the specific scientific perspectives encompassed in pharmaceutical sciences and allows the student to focus on a particular area and to develop specific technical skills in their thesis research. The two focus areas include drug discovery and radiation health. The drug discovery track imparts advanced scientific knowledge in the drug discovery and design phases of pharmaceutical development. The radiation health track is directed toward determining the mechanisms responsible for side effects of cancer therapy and at developing effective interventions to prevent them. PharmD students interested in earning a PhD in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program can explore their research interest by working in a research laboratory during the summer following the P1 year and prepare an application for admission to the Graduate Program before the deadline of February 1 (during the spring semester of their P2 year).
Contact Dr. Antiño Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program, with questions.
Certificate in Entrepreneurship
The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship program in the UAF Walton School of Business educates business and non-business students on the core aspects of entrepreneurship, providing them with the foundation they need to start successful commercial or non-commercial enterprises, create and promote new products and processes, engage in social entrepreneurship, and serve as leaders and thought generators in existing organizations. Prospective students must have completed an accredited undergraduate degree and meet all other Graduate School of Business admissions requirements.
Certificate in Nuclear Pharmacy
UAMS is one of the 6 colleges of pharmacy that offer a nuclear pharmacy educational program. This unique track leads to qualification as an Authorized Nuclear Pharmacist (ANP) with specialized education and training to prepare sterile compounds, handle radioactive materials, prepare shipments of radioactive material, and comply with federal and state regulations governing the use, handling, distribution and disposal of radioactive material.