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Is the Distance PharmD program at the University of Findlay accredited?

The University of Findlay’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)*. The University of Findlay is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

*Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, Phone: 312-664-3575; Fax 312-664-4652

Experiential Learning Services

What are Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)?

In the program's final year, you will complete at least 1,440 hours of advanced, experiential-based learning. An assigned preceptor directs these experiences at a designated site near you. A minimum of 160 hours is required in each APPE area, including community practice, ambulatory patient care, hospital/health system pharmacy, and inpatient general medicine. The remaining hours include specialty and elective areas.

Where will my experiential learning rotations take place?

Findlay’s placement team helps you find experiential learning sites and preceptors within driving distance of your residence. The practical experience you’ll gain during your IPPE and APPE hours complements classroom learning and prepares you to develop and refine practical pharmacy competencies.

How do I benefit from Findlay’s experiential learning support services?

Finding preceptors and sites near you for your experiential learning rotations can be time-consuming. We manage the logistics of this process so you can focus on your education and the competencies you need to become an accomplished pharmacist.

What is experiential learning?

Experiential learning is the practice component of the University of Findlay’s Distance PharmD program. You will participate in interactive learning experiences in your community under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

What are Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)?

During the program's first 3 years, you will complete 300 hours (100 each year) of supervised and structured training on-site with a licensed pharmacist. These guided experiences follow standard U.S. practice models and help you gain confidence while building practical pharmaceutical and patient-focused communication skills.


How much does Findlay’s Distance PharmD program cost?

The Distance PharmD total program investment is approximately $170,000 (includes textbooks). Financial aid may be available to our distance students.

Program Details

How long will it take for me to complete Findlay’s Distance PharmD program?

This innovatively designed program can be completed in 4 years (9 semesters) without any summer courses and includes online coursework (synchronous and asynchronous), (3) one-week campus immersions, an IPPE Internship taking place in July of the P4 year, and experiential learning in clinical settings.

How many start dates does Findlay’s Distance PharmD program have per year?

Findlay intakes its Distance PharmD students one time per year in the fall.

How many credit hours are required for Findlay’s Distance Pharm D program?

This online degree requires 142 credit hours of online coursework (synchronous and asynchronous). Additionally, 300 IPPE hours and at least 1,440 APPE hours of experiential learning are required to graduate.

Is Findlay’s Distance PharmD program 100% online?

The didactic coursework is delivered 100% online, both synchronously and asynchronously. You will also practice vital skills during 3 on-campus immersions for 1 week each May and log a minimum of 1,440 hours of experiential learning in real-world pharmaceutical settings.

Is Findlay’s Distance PharmD faculty experienced?

Yes. Our faculty members are experienced pharmacists and pharmaceutical sciences professionals who use an interactive teaching style and a system-based curriculum to support your personal and professional development.

Are experiential learning services provided?

Yes. A dedicated Findlay Placement Coordinator works with you to secure sites and preceptors near you for your IPPE and APPE hours. Learn more.

Can I apply to the Distance PharmD if I live outside of Ohio?

Students from all states except Colorado, New York, and Puerto Rico are welcome to apply to Findlay’s Distance PharmD program. Please see our State Authorization page for more detailed information.

Program Eligibility & Requirements

How long will it take to complete the prerequisites and required Gen Ed (CORE) courses for the PharmD program?

Your Enrollment Advisor will help you determine the time you should allocate toward completion of these required courses. This could be 14-16 weeks for every 3-12 credits, although faster alternatives may be available.

How long do WES evaluations take for non-US transcripts?

We recommend allocating 2-3 weeks for completion of the course-by-course WES evaluation if your coursework is from outside of the U.S.

What are the admission requirements to apply for Findlay’s Distance PharmD program?
  • Bachelor’s degree or at least 60 total credits (including prereqs)
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA 
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Interview 
  • No PCAT required 
What are the prerequisites for Findlay’s Distance PharmD program?

Students must have completed these courses:

  • General Chemistry with labs (8) 
  • Organic Chemistry with labs (8) 
  • Anatomy & Physiology with labs (8) 
  • English Composition (6) 
  • Biology with labs (4) 
  • Calculus (4) 
  • Physics (4) 
  • Statistics (3) 
  • Communication (3) 
  • General education courses (18 hours)* 
    *Only for applicants without a bachelor’s degree
Where can I find more information about applying to the University of Findlay?

You can find more information on our application page.

What do I need to qualify for the PharmD program and how long will it take?

Our information Session webinar and follow-up conversation with an enrollment advisor will help you determine if you qualify to apply, any required courses you may need to complete, and when you can expect to begin Findlay’s Distance PharmD program.

You can apply to the program before completing all prerequisites and Gen Ed (Core) courses, but you must complete your required courses to begin the program.

How do I know if I am required to take Gen Ed (Core) courses?

If you do not have a bachelor’s degree but have 60 college credits and a minimum 2.75 GPA*, Gen Ed (Core) courses must be completed before beginning the program.

I you have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum 2.75* GPA, Gen Ed (Core) courses are not required.

*A 3.0 GPA is preferred, but a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA is required.

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