Planning Your Studies: Early Start

As an Early Start student, you will begin earning your Pharm.D. in May and take introductory courses over the summer. This will result in you taking fewer hours of didactic coursework during each summer term. You will progress through the rest of the curriculum alongside students who choose Standard Start, and graduate at the same time as they do.

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Year One

P1 Summer

Approximately 30 hours per week.

  • 24 hours of coursework, studying, and live sessions
  • 6 hours for exams and professional time blocks

P1 Fall

Approximately 48 hours per week.

  • 42 hours of coursework, studying, and live classes
  • 6 hours for exams and professional time blocks

P1 Spring

Approximately 42 hours per week.

  • 36 hours of coursework, studying, and live classes
  • 6 hours for exams and professional time blocks

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Year Two

P2 Summer

Weeks 1–8

  • 21 hours of coursework, studying, and live classes
  • 6 hours for exams and professional time blocks

IPPE I: 40 hours per week for 3 weeks beginning in week 9

P2 Fall

Approximately 48 hours per week.

  • 42 hours of coursework, studying, and live classes
  • 6 hours for exams and professional time blocks

P2 Spring

Approximately 48 hours per week.

  • 42 hours of coursework, studying, and live classes
  • 6 hours for exams and professional time blocks

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Year Three

P3 Summer

Weeks 1–8

  • 18 hours of coursework, studying, and live classes
  • 6 hours for exams and professional time blocks

IPPE II: 40 hours per week for 4 weeks beginning in week 9

P3 Fall

5557 hours per week.

  • 48 hours of coursework, studying, and live classes
  • 6 hours for exams and professional time blocks

IPPE III: 10 hours total across the fall term

P3 Spring

5456 hours per week.

  • 48 hours of coursework, studying, and live classes
  • 6 hours for exams and professional time blocks

IPPE IV: 30 hours total across the spring term

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Year Four

Your last three semesters in the program will consist exclusively of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) rotations. Each rotation will require at least 40 hours of weekly, in-person work, with the possibility of an additional time commitment depending on your APPE topic and your preceptor’s requirements.

P4 Summer

APPE I: 40–63 hours per week for 6 weeks total.

APPE II: 40–63 hours per week for 6 weeks total.

P4 Fall

APPE III: 40–63 hours per week for 6 weeks total.

APPE IV: 40–63 hours per week for 6 weeks total.

APPE V: 40–63 hours per week for 6 weeks total.

P4 Spring

APPE VI: 40–63 hours per week for 6 weeks total.

APPE VII: 40–63 hours per week for 6 weeks total.

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For more information about what a typical semester may look like, you can review a sample course schedule.

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