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

Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Science in Nursing via the Entry into the Profession of Nursing (MEPN) Program with Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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/MS in Nursing-MEPN with FNP Certificate. By offering students pharmacy education and nurse practitioner education, we anticipate these graduates will provide much-needed critical primary care, particularly in rural and medically underserved areas.

Course of study requirements:

Application and Course of Study Timeline:

Application
Students will apply to each program separately, per each program’s application deadline:

Interested students should apply for the MEPN and the PharmD programs in the same application cycle. Should a student be accepted to both programs as part of the dual degree, the start date for the PharmD program will be delayed for 1 year as students work toward the MS in Nursing in year 1. 

Course of Study 
Students will begin the dual degree program by completing 56 units of MS-MEPN credit (4 semesters). Before beginning the PharmD curriculum in the second program year, they will graduate with their MS in Nursing degree, take the NCLEX exam, receive their RN license, and work as a registered nurse; all these requirements must be met to begin the FNP. As they begin their PharmD course work in year 2, students will work as a registered nurse and apply to the FNP program, which they will start in fall of year 3. During the final three years of this program, students will be enrolled in both the PharmD degree program and the FNP certificate program, completing coursework and required practice for both.

The entire course of study can be completed in five and a half (5.5) years.

Admission Requirements:

Students must meet the admission requirements of all programs.

MS in Nursing-MEPN Admission Requirements

  • Prerequisite GPA:
    • A combined minimum GPA of 3.0
    • A grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses
    • Last 60 credits GPA of 3.0
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for all graded postsecondary coursework
  • Must have obtained a non-nursing Bachelor-level (or higher) degree
  • Valid HESI A2 Exam (Reading, Vocabulary, Math, and Biology)
  • Score is calculated as the average amongst the 4 required sections, with a minimum score of 75% required (though higher is recommended)

PharmD Admission Requirements

  • Prerequisite GPA
    • Cumulative prerequisite GPA: Minimum 2.5 or higher
    • Science GPA: Minimum of 2.5 or higher preferred
    • Minimum grade of C in prerequisite courses, grades of B or higher strongly preferred
  • PCAT (waived for 21-22 admission cycle)
  • Two recommendations electronically submitted via PharmCAS
  • Current Resume 

Note: while a bachelor's degree is not required for admission to the PharmD program, students in this dual degree program will be required to have a bachelor's degree in order to meet MEPN admission requirements.

FNP Certificate Admission Requirements

  • Nursing degree (MS or higher)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Unrestricted RN licensure within the U.S.
  • Evidence of working in clinical practice

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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