Dual-Degrees

Expand your expertise with a second degree while pursuing your PharmD from the University of Arizona.

In partnership with the UA James E. Rogers College of Law, UA Eller College of Management, UA Mel & UA Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and UA Graduate College, we offer the following dual-degrees to currently enrolled or prospective PharmD students.

Graduate programs in pharmacy are divided into four tracks where you can expand your expertise in research and basic science in drug discovery and development (PhD), pharmacology and toxicology (PhD), pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics (PhD) and health and pharmaceutical outcomes (MS and PhD). Graduates of these programs are prepared for positions in academia, government and the pharmaceutical industry, where they are equipped to translate the results of basic and clinical research into practice, teaching or policy.

This dual-degree program can be completed in as little as seven years.

Are you interested in conducting basic science (wet bench) research as part of your education? Complete the Laboratory-based basic science research interest form

Contact

HEIDI MANSOUR, PhD, RPh
Director, PharmD-PhD Dual-Degree Program
Associate Professor with Tenure, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Track Director, Pharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
Associate Professor, College of Medicine 
mansour@pharmacy.arizona.edu
520-626-2768
Skaggs Building 412
 

Pharmacists’ services are growing to include more patient-oriented, health care administration and public health functions; accordingly, pharmacists trained in public health activities, particularly involving health education, disease prevention and health promotion, public health advocacy, and improving health quality, will be at the forefront of improving health outcomes and reducing disparities across populations and communities. Pursue this path to gain new knowledge that can be applied in population and community health.

This dual-degree program can be completed in as little as five years. 

Contact

Elizabeth Hall-Lipsy, JD, MPH
Program Manager, Health Disparities and Outreach
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
ehall@pharmacy.arizona.edu
520-626-3180
Drachman Hall B207N

The PharmD/MLS dual-degree will provide training in growing areas of health care regulation like compliance, negotiations, working with administrative agencies and corporations. This program is ideal for professionals who regularly encounter legal issues.

This dual-degree program can be completed in as little as five years. 

Contact

Tara Sklar
Professor of Health Law
Director of Graduate Health Sciences Programs
trsklar@email.arizona.edu

Hone your analytical skills, develop better critical thinking, and acquire the professional skills needed to work in a diverse range of health care and legal areas. Graduates of the program serve as health law and regulatory policy consultants for government agencies, pharmaceutical companies and trade associations.

This dual-degree program can be completed in as little as seven years. 

Contact

Michael Brooks
Registrar, James E. Rogers College of Law
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, James E. Rogers College of Law
brooks@email.arizona.edu

Several professional organizations, including the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, have advocated for the creation of dual PharmD/MBA degrees for filling leadership positions in pharmacy as the professional field evolves in the health care arena. With this degree, you will possess qualifications that make you an attractive candidate for leadership roles in community pharmacy practice, the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and health care institutions such as hospitals and managed care organizations.

This dual-degree program can be completed in as little as five years. 

Contact

Elizabeth Hall-Lipsy, JD, MPH
Program Manager, Health Disparities and Outreach
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
ehall@pharmacy.arizona.edu
520-626-3180
Drachman Hall B207N

A new kind of provider

Across the country, a perfect storm is brewing, the population is aging, requiring more care; greater numbers of primary care providers are retiring from practice, and fewer medical graduates are entering primary care practice. The answer to this challenge lies in novel approaches that complement our current education and training programs. One such innovation is our first-of-its-kind dual degree program, the Dual PharmD/MSN with an FNP Certificate. By supplementing pharmacy education and nurse practitioner education through the PharmD/Family Nurse Practitioner program, we have enabled our dual-degree graduates to diagnose, prescribe and treat patients who cannot access care from a primary provider.

Course of study Requirements:

Application and Course of Study Timeline:

Application
Students will apply for each program separately, per each programs’ application deadlines shown below:

Students will first apply for the Masters Entry into Nursing (MEPN) program, or apply for both the MEPN and the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programs at the same time, in the Spring (if a student is accepted to the PharmD they will defer acceptance for a year in order to complete their MEPN course work).

Course of Study
Students will begin the program by completing 56 units of MEPN credit (approximately 3 semesters). As they move into year two, they will graduate with their MEPN, take the NCLEX exam and receive their RN license, a requirement to begin the FNP. After completing the MPEN, students will move into the PharmD portion of the program. As they begin their PharmD course work, the student will apply for the FNP program for a start date of the subsequent fall. During the remaining three years, students will be enrolled in both the PharmD and FNP certificate programs as a dual degree student and complete course work for both.

The program can be completed in as little as 5 years.

Admissions Requirements:

Students must meet the admissions requirements of all programs in order to be eligible for acceptance.

MEPN Requirements

  • Prerequisite GPA:
    • A combined minimum GPA of 3.0 is required
    • A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all prerequisites
    • Last 60 credits GPA
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for all graded postsecondary coursework
  • Must have already obtained a non-nursing Bachelor-level (or higher) degree
  • HESI

PharmD Requirements

  • Prerequisite GPA
    • Science GPA: Minimum of 2.5 or higher 
    • Cumulative prerequisite GPA: Minimum 2.5 or higher
    • Minimum grade of ‘C’ in prerequisite courses, grades ‘B’ or higher strongly preferred
  • No Bachelor degree is required for PharmD (but students in this dual degree program will be required to have a Bachelors)
  • PCAT (test will be waived for students in the dual degree program who have completed their MEPN, or will complete before starting the PharmD program)

FNP Certificate Requirements

  • Masters in Nursing from MEPN program with RN Licensure
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Unrestricted RN licensure within the U.S.

 

Contact

Elizabeth Hall-Lipsy, JD, MPH
PharmD Forward Director
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
ehall@pharmacy.arizona.edu
520-626-3180
Drachman Hall B207N

Terry A Badger , PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAPOS, FAAN
Chair, Division of Community and Systems Health Science-College of Nursing Endowed Chair,
Eleanor Bauwens - Nursing Professor, Nursing Professor, Psychiatry
tbadger@email.arizona.edu
520-626-6058
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