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 five-week rotations in internal medicine, health system 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).