You’ve Got Questions and We’ve Got Answers
All of the information on this website is intended to answer your questions about the University of Florida’s Working Professional Doctor of Pharmacy distance-learning degree program. On this page you’ll find quick answers to frequently asked questions and suggestions on how to get more detailed information.
- I have read the website. What if I have more questions?
- Why is ACPE accreditation important?
- What should I look for in a distance-learning program?
- How long will it take to earn my Pharm.D.?
- What if I can’t keep up?
- I’ve previously taken graduate courses. Can those courses be transferred?
- I have a busy work and family life and cannot attend classes each week. Is this program for me?
- Why should I earn my Pharm.D.?
- What are the computer requirements for participation in the Pharm.D. program?
- Distance-learning degrees vs. campus-based degrees: will my diploma say “distance-learning?”
- How can I be sure this distance-learning Pharm.D. program is right for me?
- Do students earn continuing education units (CEUs)?
- I am not computer savvy; can I do this?
- Will I earn the same degree that on-campus students earn?
- How much does the program cost?
- Will I have to miss work to participate in a clinical clerkship?
- What is the purpose of a Clinical Practice Assessment (CPA)?
- Can a Physician or BS Pharmacist be a preceptor?
I have read the website. What if I have more questions?An Enrollment Advisor is available to answer your questions. To have your Enrollment Advisor contact you, click on Request Information above and complete the Contact Information form, or call 1-800-431-6687.
Why is ACPE accreditation important?Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) provides assurance that our distance-learning program is comparable to campus-based pharmacy programs. It is the best indicator of quality and academic integrity in an education program, and it signifies that the University of Florida and the College of Pharmacy maintain the high standards required for ACPE accreditation.
What should I look for in a distance-learning program?We recommend you search for a program with a successful history of delivering high quality distance-learning instruction, professional accreditation (ACPE), low student attrition, dedicated full-time faculty and high student satisfaction. Unlike correspondence courses, UF's distance-learning programs are not self-paced or independent study. The WPPD program combines traditional education (instructor-led, structured curriculum) with the convenience and interactivity of online technologies.
How long will it take to earn my Pharm.D.?The Working Professional Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum is nine semesters (54 credits), paced for completion in three years. Students have up to seven years to complete the program without losing any earned credits. The unique blended-learning model offered by the University of Florida Working Professional Doctor of Pharmacy program allows you to complete all required courses as well as the clinical requirements in three years if you choose to follow the recommended plan. If you attend all terms consecutively and successfully complete all courses, Clinical Practice Assessments (CPAs) as required during each year in the program, and the required Patient Care Writing Paper, you will meet all requirements of the program in nine semesters.
What if I can’t keep up?One of the benefits of studying in a small learning community is the special support you will receive from your peers and faculty. Students typically find that this support greatly helps them to stay on track. Your instructor recognizes your challenges and wants to help you succeed. Also, see "How long will it take to earn my Pharm.D.?"
I’ve previously taken graduate courses. Can those courses be transferred?Due to the unique blended-model of the curriculum, the University of Florida does not accept any transfer credits.
I have a busy work and family life and cannot attend classes each week. Is this program for me?Yes, our program is one of the most flexible and convenient Pharm.D. programs available. The convenient and flexible Working Professional Doctor of Pharmacy degree program is designed to bring the courses to you. You can complete most of your studies at your convenience in the comfort of your own home or workplace, and do not have to put your career on hold or relocate your family to attend classes. All program content is either accessed online or sent directly to your home. During your first semester, you will participate in several conference calls with your facilitator and classmates and attend one regional site meeting. Beginning with the second semester, you will participate in regional or remote site meetings. See Distance-Learning Models for more information.
Why should I earn my Pharm.D.?Graduates of the WPPD program are able to thrive in continuously evolving pharmaceutical environments. The University of Florida's Doctors of Pharmacy are:
- Knowledgeable consultants regarding disease state management, clinical interventions and medication therapy
- Innovative leaders in pharmacy who can influence costs and protocols of treatment guidelines and participate in patient care management
- Well-versed professionals in the latest developments of the pharmaceutical industry
- Attractive candidates for career opportunities and advancements