As early as 2000, when the Wilkes University's Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
graduated its first doctors of pharmacy, the school has had a national reputation for providing exemplary education for its students.
The main focus of Pharm. D. education is on the development
of patient care skills. This means that, in addition to imparting a thorough knowledge of medications, the program must devote substantially more time to teaching applied therapeutics, patient communications, and physical assessment.
Our graduates are expected to help prevent medication problems when possible and when medication-related health problems do occur, to identify them and find appropriate solutions.
The Pharm. D. requires four years of professional study following
completion of all pre-pharmacy course requirements. The first year is devoted to classroom and laboratory work. Each subsequent year introduces more direct patient care and practical learning opportunities. The capstone fourth year is devoted exclusively to clinical education.
The first professional year includes education in biomedical and pharmaceutical science areas. One of the highlights of the first-year experience is electronic "dissection" via sophisticated computer simulation. Experiential learning begins and provides opportunities for the socialization of students into the health care environment. Professional experiences progressively increase in complexity and require more in-depth knowledge of therapeutics and patient management as the student advances in the curriculum.
During the first professional year, students participate in the White Coat Ceremony. This ceremony is an annual event where each entering student is presented with a white coat, symbolic of the professionalism, integrity, and caring values of the pharmacy profession.
In the second professional year, students are assigned to real-world practice sites for early exposure to pharmacy practice. Problem-based case studies facilitate application of learning to lifelike situations. Students are introduced to therapeutic decision making.
The third professional year is devoted to practice-related training. The pharmacy practice sequence emphasizes development of communication and counseling skills, patient assessment, prospective drug review, and non-prescription products.
The culmination of the pharmacy curriculum occurs in the final academic year, which is composed entirely of full-time clinical experience in various practice environments. Students complete six-week rotations in general medicine, ambulatory care, and community practice. Students select three additional rotations in practice areas of interest.
A formal hooding ceremony takes place the night before commencement. The Dean and advisor 'hood' each student, recognizing his or her achievements.
Graduation with the Pharm.D. degree,
completion of state internship requirements, and passage of a state-administered two-part examination, known as the Pharmacy Boards, will allow you to enter practice as a Registered Pharmacist. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy administers two Pharmacy Boards which are comprised of the Pharmacy Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) and the Pharmacy Law Exam (MPJE).
Over 95% of the School's Doctor of Pharmacy students have passed both the MPJE and the NAPLEX on the first try; all have passed to date. Our pass rate on these two licensing exams is higher than the state and national average. Most, if not all, of our students receive multiple job offers around the country with generous salaries and sign-on bonuses.
Graduates from the School of Pharmacy
are providing quality patient care in a wide range of health systems, in metropolitan and rural areas, in 22 states. Common areas of pharmacist employment include retail pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and pharmaceutical sales.
As restructuring of U.S. health care delivery evolves, it is likely that opportunities will be created within the newly formed, competing health systems. Pharmacists who elect to pursue additional education (residencies, Master of Business Administration or Ph.D. degrees) may find positions in research, management, teaching, or advanced practice.