Responding to the rising need for pharmacists nationally, and particularly in the South, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Georgia Campus now offers a four-year entry-level professional Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program.
Supported by a 110-year tradition of training osteopathic physicians and other health practitioners, GA–PCOM provides a unique inter-professional learning environment where subject-expert and accomplished educators, practitioners and pharmaceutical scientists teach and conduct research in modern and advanced facilities.
The PharmD program provides a comprehensive curriculum designed to develop a generalist pharmacist capable of practicing in many different healthcare environments. During the program’s first three years, students split time between the classroom and introductory experiential learning. In the fourth year, it is all hands-on, as students take part in eight five-week clinical rotations, gaining exposure to multiple pharmacy specialty areas and practices.
As part of this professionally-oriented education, students work in state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching laboratories, including a sterile products lab, compounding lab and simulated pharmacy practice lab. Other advanced resources include a Pyxis automated dispensing machine and laminar flow hoods to prepare sterile products using aseptic techniques such as intravenous solutions. Clinical learning and assessment laboratories utilizing simulated patients, and a cadaver anatomy lab, are other resources offered by the program.
This is a real-world, hands-on, cutting-edge pharmacy education – one that prepares pharmacists to hit the ground running, starting day one.