Doctor Of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

It's time for BIGGER goals.

With nearly 100 years of experience in educating pharmacists and ranked first among Catholic pharmacy schools by the U.S. News and World Report, the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy's Doctor of Pharmacy and Online Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) programs benefit graduates almost immediately, with average starting annual salaries of more than $112,000 in a variety of practice settings.

We want you to succeed, not just fill a seat.

Through the Direct Entry option at Duquesne's School of Pharmacy, first-year students automatically transition from the pre-professional phase (years one and two) to the professional phase (years three, four, five and six) of the six-year program if all criteria are met. Unlike other pharmacy schools, the guaranteed seat in the professional phase eliminates competition for spots among pre-professional students, allowing student pharmacists to focus on their own progression.

We believe in:

  • Educating and mentoring student pharmacists who will advance the profession of pharmacy and pharmaceutical research to improve the health outcomes of patients and their communities.
  • Developing professionals, through student-centered experiences, who are recognized leaders, innovators and advocates in all areas of pharmacy practice and research.
  • Advancing health equity and access to quality healthcare by offering free or low-cost health screenings, healthcare information and more in medically underserved communities in Pittsburgh and beyond. 

Dual Pharm.D./B.S. In Pharmacy Foundations Program

All students enrolled in the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program automatically earn a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Foundations (BSPF) in addition to a Pharm.D. simultaneously with no added cost, time or stress. Make the most of your time on campus by graduating with two degrees and the knowledge, skills and confidence to build a rewarding and exciting pharmacy career.

Pharm.D. graduates ineligible to receive the B.S. in Pharmacy Foundations include applicants already holding a bachelor's degree prior to starting the Pharm.D. program and student pharmacists opting to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree.

Doctor Of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) On-Campus Transfer

Current undergraduate students with four completed semesters and a minimum of 64 credits (including required prerequisites courses) are eligible to transfer directly into the professional phase of the on-campus program.

Transfer Information

Program Information

Optional Concentrations: Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, Community Practice, Entrepreneurial Pharmacy, Geriatric Pharmacy, Health Services & Outcomes Research

Program Type





6 Years Total: 2 Years (Pre-Professional Phase), 4 Years (Professional Phase)

Required Credit Hours


Why Choose Us?

Through the Direct Entry (0-6) option at the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, students meeting progression standards automatically transition from the pre-professional phase (years one and two) to the professional phase (years three, four, five and six) of the six-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program. Unlike most other pharmacy schools, the guaranteed seat in the professional phase offered through the Direct Entry option at the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy removes the professional phase application and admissions processes, thereby eliminating competition for seats in the professional program among pre-professional students.
A Student Success Coach assigned to ALL student pharmacists in the pre-professional phase of the Pharm.D. program (years one and two) knows the answer to questions related to AP and College in High School credits, class registration and pre-professional pharmacy curriculum. Additionally, the Student Success Coach co-leads four Pre-Professional Pharmacy Seminar classes designed to prepare student pharmacists in the pre-professional phase for the professional phase (years three, four, five and six) of Pharm.D. program and introduces different pharmacy career paths. All student pharmacists in the professional phase of the program are guided by a Student Success Coach and a faculty mentor from the School of Pharmacy.
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses, offered every semester starting in the professional phase, help student pharmacists develop and maintain professional skills and build confidence, credibility and expertise in areas including advocacy, career exploration, interview skills, licensure exam preparation, study strategies and more. Additionally, the School of Pharmacy offers six academic concentrations including acute care, ambulatory care, community practice, and geriatrics, allowing student pharmacists a more customizable pharmacy education. All of our student pharmacists earn immunization, tobacco treatment specialist, and pharmacist-patient care network certificates with the option to earn additional certificates in diabetes care, Medication Therapy Management (MTM), substance use disorders, point-of-care testing, and healthcare leadership.
Duquesne University student pharmacists graduate with 1,784 hours of Experiential Education experience and develop a wide range of skills in different practice settings. The Office of Experiential Education works directly with student pharmacists to schedule available rotations according to their career goals and interests, exposing student pharmacists to many potential career paths at a variety of unique and prestigious practice sites including the Allegheny General Hospital, UPMC, Cleveland Clinic, Eli Lilly & Co., Indian Health Services, Johns Hopkins Hospital, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the University of Perugia in Italy.
The School of Pharmacy boasts 18 pharmacy student organizations, with areas of focus like addiction and rehabilitation, pediatrics, psychiatry and mental health. We also have Duquesne University chapters of national pharmacy honors and leadership societies and four professional pharmacy Greek organizations.
Pharmacists-the most accessible healthcare professionals-engage in many unique professional roles including educator, medical counselor and health care advocate. The Duquesne University School of Pharmacy remains the only pharmacy school in the country to require participation in a professional development and advocacy course for graduation. Student pharmacists not only learn to advocate for the profession, but gain confidence in doing so. Started in 2012, the annual Professional Development and Advocacy Class Experience exposes student pharmacists to legislation affecting the pharmacy profession. The School of Pharmacy holds several other special events and programs throughout the year.
The Duquesne University School of Pharmacy features four Academic Research Centers. The Center for Pharmacy Care provides health and wellness services to faculty, students and Duquesne University employees. The Center for Pharmacy Practice, a simulated pharmacy experience, introduces student pharmacists to working in community pharmacy and clinical practice settings. The Center for Pharmaceutical Technology focuses on the advancement of pharmaceutical manufacturing and features state-of-the-art analytical and manufacturing equipment. Finally, the newest Academic Research Center, the Center for Integrative Health, trains the next generation of practitioners to address health care disparities and improve health equity in Pittsburgh and beyond.
Conduct research with the world-class faculty that are developing new drugs, seeking methods for curing diseases, improving the quality and safety of drugs, and enhancing patient care. Students can participate in active research projects with our faculty members for credit or as volunteers. Our students publish papers, posters and give presentations on the research that they have conducted at Duquesne.
Every year, School of Pharmacy student pharmacists led by faculty and staff participate in a global health rotation in Italy at the University of Perugia.

Additionall, the School of Pharmacy maintains international partnerships with seven pharmacy schools in five countries across three continents, including:

Xi'an Jiaotong University

University of Bologna
University of Perugia

Daiichi University
Kobe Gakuin University

Obafemi Awolowo University

Jagiellonian University

Become A Pharmacist

After graduating from high school, student pharmacists in the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy complete two years in the pre-professional phase of the Pharm.D. program, completing foundational courses to prepare for the professional phase of the program. Through the Early Assurance Program, all students in the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy automatically earn a seat in the professional phase of the program.

In the professional phase of the Pharm.D. program, student pharmacists complete courses in pharmacology, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacy administration and participate in a series of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations at different sites and with different areas of focus.

Earn your Pharm.D.! After graduating from the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, all graduates complete the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and other licensure required on a state-by-state basis. Most recently, the Class of 2021 achieved a 95.9% first-time pass rate, exceeding the national average of 83.7%.

Many graduates opt to complete optional residency programs. A residency program focuses on a specific area of pharmacy; for example, the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy offers PGY1 residency programs focused in ambulatory care, community practice, specialty pharmacy and long-term care and a PGY2 residency program focused in internal medicine.

Further specialization options for licensed pharmacists include earning board certification in a specialty area of practice. Some examples include:

  • Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP)
  • Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacy (BCCCP)
  • Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist (BCPPS)
  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS)
  • Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP)

By The Numbers

#1Among Catholic Schools Of Pharmacy

2021 U.S. News & World Report

#2Among Catholic Schools Of Pharmacy

2021 NIH Funding

95.9%2021 NAPLEX Pass Rate

Compared To 83.7% National Average

7,400+Living School Of Pharmacy Alumni

Across The United States

0-6Direct Entry Program

Guarantee Your Spot In The Professional Phase

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I chose the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy because of the diversity, opportunity for involvement and hospitality of the school. Best decision ever!

Bridget Trabbold Pharm.D. Candidate, 2024

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