University of South Florida College of Pharmacy

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Overview
The University of South Florida (USF) is one of the nation’s top public research universities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has identified USF as one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged. The campus is located in Tampa, Florida.

USF has created USF Health as an enterprise dedicated to making life better by improving health in the wider environment, in communities, and for individuals. USF Health includes the colleges of medicine, nursing, public health and pharmacy; the schools of biomedical sciences as well as physical therapy & rehabilitation sciences; and the USF Physicians Group.

In 2009, the Florida Board of Governors approved a proposal to establish a PharmD Program at USF. Pharmacy as a discipline and as a profession co-exists extremely well with all other health professions disciplines providing excellent opportunity for interprofessional education; the College of Pharmacy (COP) will enhance the educational, research, clinical, and technological endeavors for the Colleges within USF Health. The COP is the only state-funded program located in a metropolitan area within the State of Florida.

The mission of the COP is to develop outstanding pharmacist clinicians that provide educational, preventive, and therapeutic pharmaceutical care services to patients and communities with foundational principles based upon innovation, leadership, interprofessional collaboration, application of clinical evidence, and life-long learning values. In support of this mission we provide a uniquely interprofessional academic and clinical learning environment utilizing the latest technology and teaching methodologies. The curriculum places emphasis upon geriatric care, individualized medicine, informatics, and leadership. The COP is excited to move the pharmacy profession towards the year 2015 and beyond.

The PharmD program is housed within the College of Pharmacy at USF Health on the Tampa Campus.

Curriculum

The USF COP curriculum is very similar to that offered by other schools and colleges across the state of Florida and country. This is purposeful as there are standards that must be upheld by all pharmacy programs must to remain in accordance with national accreditation, financial aid and state regulatory requirements.

The USF COP Mission, Vision and Goals serve to guide curricular content as well as other COP endeavors. The integration of technology, student engagement in the educational process, and interprofessional activities serve as the foundation for each course. The faculty will utilize a variety of instructional methods to foster student attainment course objectives.

All students will be enrolled on a full-time basis. Several courses may be taught predominantly on-line, however the majority of courses will include classroom contact. Lectures will be limited so that peer and faculty interactions can be maximized. For many courses students may be required to listen to lectures on-line, or complete activities and/or assignments in preparation for class. The emphasis of the USF COP is the comprehension and assimilation of knowledge, with subsequent demonstration of competency (skills and abilities).

The USF COP curriculum includes both core and elective coursework. The didactic and experiential elective opportunities allow students to pursue areas of interest and/or focus their attentions in order to position themselves for post-graduate education, training, or employment.

Faculty within the Department of Pharmacy Practice will support the majority of the experiential training. Faculty practice locales will include USF-affiliated facilities as well as other local medical and pharmacy institutions. Along with the USF COP faculty, local pharmacists will serve as preceptors, and will be integrally involved with the development and implementation of the experiential curriculum. Requests to pursue novel training experiences, e.g. a professional organization internship, will be handled on an individual basis.

The faculty and staff of the USF COP will continually strive to attain the mission, vision and goals of the program, and to support the global mission of USF Health. We look forward to assisting students with the realization of their academic career goals.

CAMLS

USF Health’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) will be a world-class, state-of-the-art, approximately 90,000 square foot, three story medical conference facility. Pharmacy will be at the core of its function, in which future pharmacy clinicians will interact with other future healthcare professionals of all types. There will be a fully operation al high-tech pharmacy housed in the center of the simulation center. This highly unique facility will allow for comprehensive training of our pharmacy students. Learn more.

Research & Labs

13 labs; Major research themes are:

  • drug discovery (e.g. new anticancer, antiviral and anti-HIV drugs)
  • CNS diseases (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson disease)
  • ion channels
  • pharmacogenetics
  • nanoformulation and new drug delivery systems pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics
  • computer-aided drug design
  • natural products

Tuition
Tuition is $16,610 for the year for ALL COP students. The Calendar is 9 months/ 33 weeks. In State student fees for the year are approximately $3,276.12. Out of State student Tuition and Fee amounts for the year are as follows: Tuition : $16,610; Fees: $21,021.12. Room and Board costs will vary based upon Shared and with Parents/Relative budgets. Students wishing to be considered for a “Living Alone” budget will need to be approved for a Budget Adjustment. Tuition and Fee amount for Out of State Students has a $17,745 increase.

School History

The University of South Florida (USF) now ranks 50th in the nation for research expenditures among all U.S. universities, public or private is one of the nation’s top public research universities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has identified USF as one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged. The campus is located in Tampa, Florida. USF has created USF Health as an enterprise dedicated to making life better by improving health in the wider environment, in communities, and for individuals. USF Health includes the colleges of medicine, nursing, public health and pharmacy; the schools of biomedical sciences as well as physical therapy & rehabilitation sciences; and the USF Physicians Group. In 2009, the Florida Board of Governors approved a proposal to establish a PharmD Program at USF. Pharmacy as a discipline and as a profession co-exists extremely well with all other health professions disciplines providing excellent opportunity for interprofessional education; the College of Pharmacy (COP) will enhance the educational, research, clinical, and technological endeavors for the Colleges within USF Health. The COP is the only state-funded program located in a metropolitan area within the State of Florida. The mission of the COP is to develop outstanding pharmacist clinicians that provide educational, preventive, and therapeutic pharmaceutical care services to patients and communities with foundational principles based upon innovation, leadership, interprofessional collaboration, application of clinical evidence, and life-long learning values. In support of this mission we provide a uniquely interprofessional academic and clinical learning environment utilizing the latest technology and teaching methodologies. The curriculum places emphasis upon geriatric care, individualized medicine, informatics, and leadership. The COP is excited to move the pharmacy profession towards the year 2015 and beyond.

Please visit our website (www.pharmacy.health.usf.edu) to review our admissions criteria and application process.

Other Informaiton
In 2009, the Florida Board of Governors approved a proposal to establish a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (PharmD) Program at University of South Florida (USF). Founding Dean is Dr. Kevin Sneed.

Enrolled Students: Inaugural class of 53 students fall of 201; Second class of 67 fall of 2012

Current Accreditation Status: The University of South Florida’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 2135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org. With respect to clarification of the meaning of Candidate accreditation status, graduates of a program so designed would, in the opinion of ACPE, have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program. The Candidate accreditation status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans within a defined time period. It should be underscored, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules. Should Candidate accreditation status be awarded to a program, ACPE would, however, make its position known and make recommendations consistent with that position.

The PharmD program is housed within the College of Pharmacy at USF Health on the Tampa Campus. USF Health is a health sciences complex located on the USF Tampa Campus, which houses the Morsani College of Medicine, School of Physical Therapy, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Nursing, College of Public Health. The interprofessional education culture, research prowess, and existing clinical resources currently in place at USF Health provide a launching pad for our program.

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