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Your Flexible Pathway to a Rewarding Career in Pharmacy

One of the few programs of its kind, the University of Findlay’s Distance Doctor of Pharmacy (Distance PharmD) program is a rare opportunity to achieve your PharmD online from a reputable and accredited university. This pioneering program is divided into four academic years with increasing responsibility and independence and includes didactic coursework, on-campus immersions, and experiential learning.

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 4-Year Distance Format 

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About the Distance PharmD Program

The University of Findlay’s innovatively designed and delivered Distance PharmD program blends the convenience of online didactic coursework (synchronous and asynchronous) with valuable on-campus immersions and experiential learning in your community. 

Our program fully prepares you for licensure as an accomplished pharmacist who can improve the quality of life for patients in your community. Some of our PharmD graduates pursue roles in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, or private and public sectors where they impact the development of new medications and drug therapies.

  • Complete in 4 years — innovatively designed for distance learners 
  • (3) one-week campus immersions — build practical skills for 1 week every May
  • On-campus orientation (3 day event) and Graduation (3 day event)
  • 1 on-campus final week with capstones and NAPLEX prep
  • 100% online didactic coursework — synchronous and asynchronous
  • Experiential learning — gain valuable experience beyond the virtual classroom
  • Dual degree options — MBA or MS Health Informatics

Do I Qualify for the Distance PharmD Program?

Before you complete the form to get more information, please take a moment to review these two questions to make sure you qualify for admission.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to apply to the Distance PharmD program.

A minimum of 60 college credits is required to apply to the Distance PharmD program.

If you meet both requirements, we encourage you to complete the form! You will receive a link to the brochure, and an Enrollment Advisor will contact you regarding your application.

Distance PharmD Curriculum Sample

This course introduces the basic principles of physical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. The course integrates the principles of physical pharmacy with dosage forms (pharmaceutics) and the use of dosage forms in pharmacy practice. The course correlates physical pharmacy, pharmaceutical, and biopharmaceutical principles with product design and preparation. (4 credits)

This laboratory course will reinforce the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process approach by preparing students to apply clinical assessment and therapeutic management skills in the treatment of one or more disease states, including the demonstration of medication administration and therapeutic monitoring techniques, assessment and management of comorbid conditions, effective sourcing, application and communication of drug information, and the development of the soft skills necessary for effective patient counseling and education. The course may also include case-based sessions and the introduction of new material as appropriate to the learning session. (1 credit)

This course requires the student to demonstrate mastery of essential knowledge and skills necessary for the completion of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Rotations (APPEs) in the fourth professional year. Activities for this course will include, but are not limited to, topic discussions, patient case simulations, communication simulations with patients and other healthcare personnel, topic/case presentations, drug information questions, and journal clubs. Successful completion of the course requires the student to achieve competency on a variety of written knowledge assessments as well as verbal and written objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). (5 credits)

Rotations for the pharmacy practice experience include a required two-month rotation each for advanced institutional/general medicine and ambulatory/advanced community pharmacy, one required two-month special populations rotation (e.g., geriatrics, pediatrics, critical care) and three months of rotations chosen from a list of electives. Some possibilities for one-month elective rotations include nuclear pharmacy, toxicology, neonatology, cardiology, drug information, compounding, and infectious disease. Each course may be completed only once for credit. (4 credits)


We’re here for you and ready to help you with enrollment and answer your questions about the program, including tuition, admission requirements, curriculum details, and more.

Sarah Zimmerli pharmacy student candidate university of findlay

I would advise all pharmacy students to get involved in pharmacy organizations. There are many ways you can grow as a student pharmacist, such as through making connections, growing in leadership, and showing your dedication to the profession of pharmacy. I was able to meet many upperclassmen in pharmacy who serve as role models for me, and I learned a lot from working alongside them in my organizations.

Sarah Zimmerli, Pharmacy Student Candidate Class of '26

Katie Harris, Pharm​acy Student Candidate Class of '24 University of Findlay

I never expected to be close to the other students in my pharmacy class as well as the professors. During the school year, however, I consider my pharmacy class to be a second family. The professors truly care about the students and want us to be successful.

Katie Harris, Class of '24 University of Findlay

Kyle Dresbach

My education at Findlay paved the way for me to enjoy an amazing experience in the Air Force, serve our veterans in the VA hospital settings, and on to my current position, helping millions of patients to be able to afford their medications.

Kyle Dresbach, PharmD ‘14

Experiential Learning


What is experiential learning?

Experiential learning is the practice component of the University of Findlay’s Distance PharmD program, where you participate in interactive learning experiences under the supervision of a PharmD preceptor in your community to develop and refine practical pharmacy competencies.


What are Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)?

During the program's first three years, you will complete 300 hours (100 each year) of supervised and structured training in a clinical setting 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.


What are Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)?

In the program's final year, you will complete at least 1,440 advanced, experiential-based learning hours. An assigned preceptor directs these experiences at a designated site near you. A minimum of 160 hours must be completed in each of the ACPE-required APPE areas, 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 that you can focus on your education and the competencies you need to become an accomplished pharmacist.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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).

This innovatively designed program can be completed in 4 years (9 semesters) and includes online coursework (synchronous and asynchronous), (3) one-week campus immersions, and experiential learning in clinical settings.

The Distance PharmD total program investment is approximately $165,000 (includes textbooks). Financial aid may be available to our distance students.

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

Your Future in Pharmacy

A dedicated Enrollment Advisor can answer your questions and guide you through the application process. Click the button below to fill out a form and start the conversation.

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