Pharmacists are now expected to take a more active role than ever in providing patient care by educating patients and collaborating with their medical teams. Online PHD programs in pharmacy, or Pharm.D. programs, help prepare pharmacists for these duties through online learning and, in some cases, occasional face-to-face sessions. Pharm.D. programs for distance learners are generally designed for people who are already working pharmacists.
The following schools award accredited doctorates in pharmacy online.
- The University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy — a top 10 school according to US News & World Report — offers its Doctor of Pharmacy program online to working pharmacists. Students receive excellent support and tend to complete the program within three years.
- The University of Colorado offers an online Doctor of Pharmacy, Nontraditional PharmD program to working pharmacists who are licensed in the United States or Canada. Training requirements are met through clerkships and, when applicable, previous professional work. The program can be completed part-time.
- Shenandoah University’s online Pharm.D. program provides highly personalized attention by assigning each student a full-time pharmacy faculty member with access to a computer support technician. Students interact with professors and other learners through synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous computer conferencing.