Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
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Campbell University began addressing health care issues in 1985 with the establishment of the nationally acclaimed School of Pharmacy, which was the first new pharmacy program founded in the United States in more than 35 years. For over 125 years, Campbell has been committed to its mission of preparing men and women for purposeful lives and meaningful service. With nationally recognized academic programs and small classes taught by professors, Campbell offers the preparation you need with the small community you want. In today’s world, where scientific and technological advances seem to occur at a constantly accelerating pace, it is crucial for our school to place itself on the cutting edge of medical education innovation and to prepare our students for a medical landscape brimming with challenge and change. In 2009, the college’s name was formally changed to the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences to provide additional health science programs such as: the Doctor of Pharmacy, the Physician Assistant Program, the Doctor of Physical Therapy, and the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine; graduate programs, which include MS in Clinical Research, MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and MS in Public Health; undergraduate programs include BS in Clinical Research and BS Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as outstanding Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Med programs. To learn more about the admissions requirements for each program, please click on the programs above.
CPHS offers three Masters Degrees: MS in Clinical Research, MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and MS in Public Health
The MS in Clinical Research degree is designed to expand students’ understanding of clinical research, drug development and epidemiology. The program focuses on contemporary clinical research geared toward the development of new and improved therapies and diagnostics.
To meet the growing demand for working adults interested in our program, the Department of Clinical Research is currently developing a flexible online program. Expected Fall 2014, the MSCR degree will transition to a fully online program.
According to Clinical Today, the clinical research field is expanding more quickly than ever, and students with a background in clinical research are in high demand. The MS in Clinical Research program equips students with skills in critical thinking so that they will be prepared for careers in education, industry, medical, and research settings. CPHS offers an option to pursue dual degrees in both PharmD and MS in Clinical Research. The expected job outlook is strong for MS in Clinical Research candidates, as an anticipated 20,100 jobs in the field will open between 2008 and 2018.
The curriculum provides students with an in-depth understanding of producing and interpreting medical evidence in a variety of practice settings. Students can enroll full-time to complete the program in two years with a variety of courses, or choose a part-time option.
Graduates are prepared for leadership positions in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, government agencies, medical institutions, academic institutions and hospitals. Within these fields, graduates are qualified to work as clinical research associates, project managers, data managers, clinical monitors, biostatisticians and many other positions.
Faculty members in the Department of Clinical Research are recognized experts, published scientists, committed mentors and proven professionals. They bring a combination of scholarly theory and real-world experience to the classroom, providing students with innovative ideas and preparing them for the career they always wanted.
MSCR Admissions Requirements
The admissions requirements and standards are designed to ensure scholastic and professional success in the College’s MCSR degree program. Applications for admission to the MSCR degree program are evaluated by the Department of Clinical Research’s admissions committee. Acceptance into the graduate program is based on the overall record and ability of the applicant. Applicants failing to meet the required minimum grade point average (GPA) or the required minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score may be considered for admission provided their record is indicative of exceptional ability.
Applicants are considered for entrance during the fall, spring and summer semesters. While the Department operates on rolling admission, individuals are encouraged to submit their applications by the following deadlines:
- Fall Admission: August 1
- Spring Admission: December 15
- Summer Admission: May 1
To start your application today, click here.
PharmD./MS in Clinical Research Dual Degree
A History of Clinical Research
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The PharmD/MS in Clinical Research dual degree expands students’ understanding of new and improved drug therapies and diagnostics. Courses provide students with an in-depth understanding of producing and interpreting medical evidence in a variety of pharmacy practice settings including community, hospital, long-term care, government agencies, academics and much more.
The MS in Clinical Research curriculum alone is two years and the PharmD curriculum alone is four years. The dual degree program allows several courses to satisfy requirements in both programs so that the PharmD/MSCR can be completed in five years, while others may finish the MS degree one year after receiving their PharmD. Please note that each student’s curriculum may be different based on previous educational experience.
The dual degree program is open to accepted and enrolled pharmacy students. Interested pharmacy students must complete the pharmacy supplemental application and check the box for the dual PharmD/MSCR program. For students who decide to pursue the dual degree after submitting the Doctor of Pharmacy supplemental application, please contact Lindsey Haire at email@example.com?Subject=Dual PharmD/MSCR Interest” with the subject line, “Dual PharmD/MSCR Interest” as the subject line.
GRE scores will be waived for students who have a letter of acceptance from the PharmD program. Official college transcripts, PCAT scores, and letters of recommendation will transfer from a previous submitted/accepted (choose one) PharmD application.
Introduction to How Drugs are Developed
MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences & Dual PharmD/MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences
The MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree focuses on drug discovery, research, development and manufacturing. The program offers five unique tracks to provide students with specialized training to help them meet their career interests and goals.
Students conduct research and complete lab-based courses in on-campus facilities that have the same innovative technology and equipment used in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. The hands-on, practical training prepares them for high-ranking positions in the pharmaceutical industry or the opportunity to continue their education in a PhD program.
There is currently a critical need for trained pharmaceutical scientists in the United States. Graduate students in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program are able to engage in innovative and challenging research with state-of-the-art instrumentation in our Pharmaceutical Education & Research Center (PERC).
Career opportunities for an individual with a MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences include: material science and formulation development, chemistry manufacturing controls, facility engineering, validation, and qualification. CPHS offers an option to pursue joint degrees in both PharmD and MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The projected job outlook for MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences candidates is strong, with an anticipated 30,000 job openings between 2008 and 2018.
The MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree offers training in five areas of study
MSPS Bioprocessing & Biotechnology Track
Leading to novel biomaterials applications
The track in Bioprocessing & Biotechnology investigates pharmaceutical agents that are produced by living cells. The particular focus is on cells that are genetically engineered to produce foreign proteins. Areas of study include the growth of engineered cells, isolation of pharmaceutical proteins produced by the cells, and analytical techniques used to assess the identity, quality and potency of the proteins. Career pathways for graduates include bioprocess operation and development in this area of study.
- Track head: Dr. Bloom, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- This is an “applied science” where the scientist is always trying to produce a new product
- Using cells to make protein therapeutics involves a three step process:
- Genetically-modified cells are grown
- A product is harvested from the cells
- Analytical testing is completed to verify the product is pure
- Recommended degrees before entering the program: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Biological Engineering, Biology or Pharmaceutical Sciences
MSPS Industrial Pharmacy Track
Leading to careers in dosage form design
The track in Industrial Pharmacy prepares students for a career in research and development, production, and/or quality control within the pharmaceutical industry. Students engage in research under the guidance of a faculty member and complete courses focusing on formulation development and drug delivery systems.
- Track head: Dr. Al-Achi, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Recommended degree before entering the program: Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences
MSPS Pharmaceutical Analysis Track
Leading to quality control and process validation careers
Accurate analysis is imperative in the things we encounter daily—air we inhale, food we eat, clothes we wear, objects we use. This analysis is increasingly challenging and costly, especially the analysis of health-related products such as pharmaceuticals. The track in Pharmaceutical Analysis trains students to understand and perform appropriate analytical procedures ranging from sample preparation and analysis, to data interpretation with statistical significance and quality control.
- Track Head: Dr. Shin, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- The goal of this track is to make sure the product is safe and “green” or environmentally friendly
- The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most tightly regulated industries, so students who complete this track are also prepared to enter any field of product analysis which may be less regulated, such as food or cosmetics.
- This track involves the separation of drugs to find the active and excipient ingredients in order to study them. Students also learn how drugs move through the body, allowing analysis of drugs after they have been taken.
- Students receive a lot of hands on training. They are involved in drug development through every stage and even after its development.
- Recommended degrees before entering the program: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Chemistry or Pharmaceutical Sciences
MSPS Pharmacology Track
Leading to positions in drug discovery
The track in Pharmacology focuses on the interaction of drugs within biological systems. Students explore how drugs work and/or find new biological targets in order to discover and develop drugs to treat human patients. Students who complete this track are prepared for careers in drug discovery and development.
- Track Head: Dr. Breivogel, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- This track is based on and requires extensive background in cell biology, exploring how drugs interact with the body.
- Includes biochemical, cell, isolated organ and “whole” animal work (mice and rats).
- Recommended degrees before entering the program: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Biology or Pharmaceutical Sciences
MSPS Multidisciplinary Track
Leading to positions in a variety of areas
The Multidisciplinary track allows students to study multiple tracks in the MSPS curriculum. Students completing the Multidisciplinary track concentrate on one track, and have the opportunity to broaden their education by taking advanced laboratory-based courses from an additional track. Students who complete this track are prepared for careers in diverse areas of the pharmaceutical industry.
- Track Head: Dr. Holmes, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Recommended degrees before entering the program: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry or Pharmaceutical Sciences
What is Biomanufacturing?
By completing the PharmD/MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences dual degree, pharmacy students receive a unique perspective on drug discovery, research, development and manufacturing. Graduates are prepared for a variety of career options in the pharmaceutical industry or the opportunity to continue their education in a PhD program.
- Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
- GRE: verbal ≥ 20th percentile, quantitative ≥ 60th percentile, analytical writing ≥ 3.0
- TOEFL: ≥ 80 (internet) or IELTS ≥ 6.5, if applicable
See individual tracks for additional prerequisites
- General Chemistry I & II
Master of Science in Public Health & Dual Degrees
The MS in Public Health (MSPH) degree provides students with a solid foundation in health care research and outcomes evaluation. The program focuses on the promotion of health and prevention of disease, rural health care research, community outreach and service learning opportunities.
The two year, full-time MSPH curriculum centers on the elimination of local health care disparities, and development of local community health intervention and educational programs.
Students spend the first year in the classroom while simultaneously developing individual research projects with a faculty advisor. The second year is dedicated to research projects and elective courses. Although not required, students are encouraged to seek internships and other research opportunities during their course of study to gain hands-on experience within the public health field.
Located in central North Carolina, Campbell is an ideal setting for the program’s focus on rural health disparities and community outreach. Students and faculty work closely with Harnett County’s health department and health systems to assess and evaluate local health disparities.
The Public Health program also partners with Campbell University’s Physician Assistant, Pharmacy and Osteopathic Medicine programs to conduct collaborative research and implement community programs.
Admission into the Public Health program is granted on a rolling basis; however, students may only begin the program in the fall semester. An interview with department faculty or staff will be granted to applicants deemed eligible for admission upon review of the completed application.
Applicants from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Students in the charter class bring experience from a wide variety of professions including medicine, military, athletic training, psychology, health care communications and more.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Minimum GPA of approximately 3.0
- Recommended GRE: verbal > 50th percentile, quantitative > 50th percentile, analytical writing > 3.0
- TOEFL: > 79 (if applicable)
- One semester of statistics
- All applicants are strongly recommended to have previous work or volunteer experience relevant to the field of public health.
Domestic applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible for Fall 2014. International applicants must submit all application documents by April 1.
MS in Public Health Dual Degrees
Three dual degrees are offered with the MS in Public Health program: Pharmacy, Physician Assistant Practice and Law. Earning one of these three degrees with the Public Health program will help broaden students’ perspective to view health care services in terms of community or population needs, and teach them how to contribute as community health leaders, educators and policy makers.
This educational background gives students the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills, better comprehend health care needs, and enhance their careers by learning to perceive issues from a broader perspective than their colleagues.
View more details about each dual degree option:
More about the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Campbell University is a service-oriented, inter-professional teaching institution focused on student-centered education and patient-centered care. CPHS has a proven track record of board passage rates of 100% this past year and exceeding 98% average over the last 25 years for the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Campbell has state-of-the-art simulation training equipment and facilities. Our central location in North Carolina provides access to the region’s finest hospitals, clinics and health care organizations, many of which of these organizations are partners with the University offering our students clinical rotation, field experience, professional training and employment upon graduation. Our clinical affiliations include: Duke University Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health, GlaxoSmithKline, Novant Health, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, VA Medical Centers and many more. The Research Triangle Park (RTP), one of the oldest and largest science parks in the nation, is located in our backyard and features many companies including GlaxoSmithKline, PAREXEL, PPD and Quintiles. Many companies in the RTP and the surrounding region serve as training grounds for our students.
Campbell University’s main campus occupies over 1300 acres in the Harnett County community of Buies Creek, North Carolina.
Campbell offers the convenience of a small, close-knit campus with the student life amenities of larger institutions. With tree-lined sidewalks criss-crossing the scenic campus, students are able to easily walk to their next class, grab a meal, or bike to the afternoon soccer or football game. Students can also take advantage of our state-of-the-art library, cross-country trails, an indoor pool, athletic and intramural fields, workout areas, multiple eating establishments and a student life center.
Located just 30 miles from the thriving capital city of Raleigh and 30 miles from Fayetteville, Campbell is just a short drive away from hundreds of additional entertainment, shopping, and dining options. And the nearby towns of Lillington, Erwin, and Dunn are all just minutes from Buies Creek. The campus map will demonstrate the layout of our campus.
We care for our students: Student Support Services
Having the best and most successful academic experience starts with the resources of Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences’ (CPHS) Academic Support Services. We’re here to nurture, enhance, and promote your growth and development in the classroom and in other academic settings. Academic Support at CPHS includes the Office of the Dean, the Office of Admissions & Student Affairs, as well as faculty and staff with an open door policy. All are dedicated to helping you reach academic excellence.
Academic Support Services develops and supports programs and services designed to provide the tools and resources needed to assist you academically. We offer a Peer Tutoring Program, stress and time management workshops, CV and resume seminars, study skills and learning style workshops, information dissemination, support for test anxiety, and supplemental instruction. Our doors are always open and our staff is always available to offer the support, advice, encouragement, and resources you need to handle your concerns and meet your challenges.
Dual Degree Programs
Campbell University offers a unique variety of dual degree programs to help you differentiate yourself from graduates across the nation. Our dual degree programs are still expanding, but currently include: PharmD/MBA (Master of Business Administration), PharmD/MSPS (Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences) PharmD/MSCR (Masters of Science in Clinical Research), PharmD/MSPH (Master of Science in Public Health), PA/MSPH (Physician Assistant/Master of Science in Public Health) and a JD/MSPH (Law/Masters of Science in Public Health)
Prepare for the Professional Application Process with our Summer Capstone
Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS) is dedicated to enhancing diversity in the fields of pharmacy and other healthcare professions. To address the needs of citizens in different geographical locations and ethnic groups, the College developed the Healthcare Professionals Readiness & Enrichment Program (H-PREP).
The leading initiative of H-PREP is the Summer Capstone program, a four-day training program at CPHS offered May 18-23, 2014.
H-PREP is an intense, development program offered at Campbell University’s main campus in Buies Creek, North Carolina on May 18 – 22, 2014. The program exposes students to a formative experience that combines academic instruction with professional development in an inter-disciplinary environment. This year, the theme focuses on issues unique to community and rural practice across the health professions. Preference for admission to the program will be given to individuals who are interested in practicing in rural and underserved areas.
Throughout the H-PREP program, students are taught principles that are foundational to professional health science programs in Pharmacy, Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Clinical Research, and Public Health. Through inter-professional opportunities, students will be able to:
- participate in interactive and inter-disciplinary classes, seminars, and case studies;
- build relationships with leaders in the healthcare profession;
- discover how to become more competitive applicants for health profession admissions;
- explore a variety of health profession career opportunities; and
- learn how to improve or strengthen professional admission test scores through a Kaplan PCAT, MCAT, and GRE review session.
Postgraduate Residencies & Fellowships at Campbell
Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS) offers a variety of pharmacy residency programs and research fellowship opportunities. Residents at CPHS are afforded the opportunity to enhance their clinical, research, teaching and critical thinking skills to meet the demands and changes occurring in the profession of pharmacy.
Don’t take our word for it, check out one of our many student success stories!
Marie Davies says, “I decided to come to Campbell for the opportunities. Coming from a large university, UC Davis, to a small family feel had its benefits. It was so easy to get involved and participate as a pharmacy advocate, be a leader at the school and national level, and gain experience working right alongside faculty members. Mainly I came for the joint degree. Doing the MSCR joint PharmD program allowed me to keep my options open. Research triangle park is really close by, in Raleigh, and this offered many opportunities for internship and research.
“I graduated from UC Davis with a BS. Not knowing what direction I wanted to take with pharmacy, I did a 5-year program receiving my MSCR and PharmD. This assured me I wanted a career in academia that encompassed research. I am now doing a post-graduate residency at the VA where I teach at UNC, precept students on rotation, get to participate in research, and get to have a broad array of outpatient and inpatient practice settings.”
Brooke Rawls says, “Choosing Campbell for my graduate studies was a no brain-er for me. I did undergraduate work at a large institution which I loved, but I wanted a more focused environment for my graduate work. Campbell provided me with perfect balance of professional guidance, community outreach, social networking and academic family support.”
Her Story: I left NC State university after my Junior year in Zoology,Pre-Med Curriculum. I joined the Pharmacy Class of 2002 at Campbell. It was in the next 4 years that I not only found my love for medicine in pharmacy but also my husband. Those 4 years mark some of my fondest memories of learning experiences and friendships. Upon the completion of my third year I discovered my interest in Primary Care Medicine. I applied for a Campbell Residency in Primary Care. I was accepted in that position and completed a one year residency program with Dr. Steve Fuller. It was my residency experience that propelled me into my next journey, as a clinical pharmacist and innovator. One of my trusted professors in pharmacy School, Dr. Penny Shelton, introduced me to a gentleman that was looking for a chief pharmacist to help him get his pharmacy start up business off the ground, with a new approach to healthcare. I accepted the position as Director of Clinical Services at Physicians Pharmacy Alliance in 2003 post residency, and have since been elevated to Senior Vice President of Product Development and Clinical Initiatives. This job has been both fulfilling professionally and rewarding personally in my 9 year tenure. It is obvious that I wouldn’t be where I am today without both the guidance and support of Campbell University’s academic excellence and staff.
Janna Beavers says, “I chose CPHS because of the family feeling I had from the first moment I stepped on campus. I immediately felt as if I had a place at Campbell and that stayed true throughout pharmacy school. Campbell enabled me to take on leadership opportunities, plan events, and develop myself as a pharmacist and individual.
“I started the joint PharmD/MSCR program in May 2008 and completed all of the MSCR coursework in the following year. I started my P1 year in August 2009. For the next few years, I was deeply involved in various student organizations on campus. I was the founding president of SCCP (Student College of Clinical Pharmacy) and the secretary of my class. I was also involved in other organizations such as Rho Chi, Kappa Psi, SSHP, and Phi Lambda Sigma. During my P3 year, I received the United States Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award. I completed three different research projects, one of which was my final MSCR project. I presented all three of these projects at national meetings such as AACP, ACCP, and ASHP. During my P4 year, I completed a project at WakeMed on monitoring anti-Xa levels to present at the ACCP and ASHP meetings. I received the ACCP Cardiology PRN Travel Award to aid in costs to attend the ACCP meeting. I was recognized as the student recipient at the Cardiology meeting at the meeting in Florida. I am currently applying for residencies and hope to have a career in clinical pharmacy specializing in cardiology.”
According to Janna, prospective students should choose Campbell University CPHS for the family atmosphere, leadership opportunities and thorough involvement with student organizations and because the faculty know students personally and help them achieve their goals!
“When I originally interviewed for pharmacy school, I did not know a single person in North Carolina. I was intrigued by the joint Pharm.D./MSCR program but honestly never envisioned moving across the country from Pella, Iowa to go to school in North Carolina. However, when I arrived and began to speak with the people in the pharmacy school, I realized God had other plans for me. Yes, the joint-degree was appealing but the people made all the difference. Additionally, for me, the fact that faith in the Lord still proved to be the foundation at Campbell gave me the security to venture out on my own from Iowa. The blessings I have received since doing so are too many to count. My road to Campbell has introduced me to my professional calling in life – to care and serve others as a faculty member and ambulatory care clinical pharmacist. Through the education, support, and training I have received at Campbell, I have gone and grown further in my academic career than I ever thought possible. I have learned from and now work with some of the most talented, inspiring, and compassionate leaders and teachers in pharmacy. This journey has also introduced me to some of my closest friends and even brought my entire family down to live in North Carolina! These past seven years with my Pharmacy Family at Campbell have challenged and inspired my walk with the Lord and helped me grow both personally and professionally.
“During my time at Campbell I have completed my Pharm.D./MSCR and PGY-1 training with an emphasis in ambulatory care. Upon graduation, I had the honor of receiving the Facts and Comparisons 2011 Award of Excellence in Clinical Communications award. Currently, I am the first PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Resident for Campbell University. My primary clinic sites are Cary Healthcare Associates with Dr. Steve Fuller and Glenaire Retirement Community with Dr. Amber McLendon, both in Cary, North Carolina. I also precept fourth year pharmacy students, teach small and large group lectures for the pharmacy school in Buies Creek, and am a part of several service and leadership committees serving the school and students. I have enjoyed being very active in my church and home group in Raleigh and love exploring the beautiful state of North Carolina. I especially enjoy trying the great local restaurants and doing service work around the Raleigh area.
“The Pharmacy Family at Campbell feels like home because you are cared for as an individual. You are supported and given many opportunities to grow and succeed in some of the best learning environments in the country. Additionally, the College has faculty and staff who are dedicated, kind, and committed to their own personal growth. During fourth year rotations, I was reminded I was in the right place when I realized that even though the rotation was difficult, I was learning a lot and having so much fun at the same time. During the beginning of December I interviewed for multiple faculty positions with other schools of pharmacy around the country. What I realized when it was all said and done, was there is truly no place like “home.” I am very grateful to my Pharmacy Family at Campbell for making such a great impact on my life because now I know where I will always be able to call my home.”
Also, learn from Campbell students by visiting the Student Pharmacists blog – Eat, Sleep, Pharmacology.
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