to the Office of Graduate Studies
On behalf of the College of Pharmacy Office of Graduate Programs, I would like to welcome you to explore the opportunities available in graduate studies at the College.
The USF College of Pharmacy (COP) was established in 2010 to offer the Pharm D program. COP founded its Office of Graduate Programs in 2013 with the mission to create graduate level education programs in pharmacy producing global pharmacy leaders, one scholar at a time. The vision for graduate education at COP included developing cutting-edge research training and education including both didactic (on-line and in-class) in several areas of Pharmacy, creating a diverse learning environment for students and faculty and creating advanced learning opportunities using the emerging technologies.
Consistent with USF's mission, the strategic goals of OGP include i) to enhance domestic and international recruitment, enrollment, and retention of graduate students that reflects diversity, ii) to strive to enhance the academic experience of and the quality of life for graduate students, iii) to pursue research funding and conduct and publish research that leads to opportunities for graduate student success, iv) to partner with the other USF Colleges and SUS institutions to develop creative initiatives that promote graduate student research, and v) to serve as a leader in promoting interdisciplinary graduate programs. OGP plans to develop initiatives for Graduate Certificate, Master's of Pharmacy and PhD programs in addition to dual degree programs at the COP.
The First Certificate program is planned to be offered in 2014. The first degree program planned to be launched is a Master's degree in Pharmacy focusing on nanomedicine, which is expected to commence in 2015.
Any prospective students may inquire by writing or emailing to the Staff in Graduate Program: COPGradProgram@health.usf.edu.
Shyam S. Mohapatra, PhD, MBA
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
Pharmacy Update and Practice Management (PUPM)
The Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Update and Practice Management (PUPM) is a one- to two-year online postgraduate course designed for PharmD students, pharmacy interns or registered pharmacists. This course provides a clear extension and continuation of the cross-disciplinary, integrated approach to learning and teaching undertaken in the PharmD and Master of Pharmacy programs offered at the College of Pharmacy. It is to develop exceptional clinical skills relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice. This program provides pharmacy students, interns or established pharmacists with an opportunity to build upon their existing study to fast-track the completion of a Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Update and Management. To graduate with this certificate students will also need to complete two extra elective units of study within five years of their first enrollment. For registered pharmacists, who wish to update their pharmacy practice knowledge, the track consists of two compulsory units of study plus two elective subjects.
The proposed coursework that comprises this graduate certificate is designed to augment the students’ foundation of knowledge in the field of translational and clinical pharmacy management. Students who successfully complete the certificate will have achieved the following competencies:
- Understanding the advances in nanomedicine and drug delivery as they apply to diagnosis of disease and development of pharmaceutics.
- Recognizing the prevalence of genetic variations for human diseases.
- Identifying optimal pharmacogenetic and pharmacogenomics approaches in clinical pharmacy.
- Becoming acquainted with the current status of pharmacogenomics at global level and its future prospects.
- Developing the knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities needed to provide and evaluate comprehensive pharmacy benefits and services for patients in organized healthcare and ambulatory settings.
- Understanding medication systems management, manpower and fiscal resources stewardship, and technology assessment.
- Understanding drug resource management including appropriate, safe, efficient and economical medication use systems, drug information and therapy management.
- Understand pharmacy data management, performance improvement, and effective inter-professional communications and leadership.
- Understanding health information systems built around and upon the manager's role in the application in clinical settings of automated solutions to problems and concerns in today's health care service industry.
- Understanding problems and issues deriving from movements and trends in the management of human resources caused by changing laws, union activities, and the demands of our culture.
The content of the various courses that comprise the Graduate Certificate in Future Pharmacy and Management have been created to address the needs of students facing the changes in pharmacy care delivery that are occurring based upon the increasing incidence of obesity and the aging of the general patient population. This graduate certificate program will be designed to attract the following prospective participants:
- Students currently enrolled in a Pharm-D.
- Registered Pharmacists and other Post-baccalaureate healthcare professionals seeking enhanced training in pharmaceutical sciences and those planning to enter MS or PhD programs.
- Pharmacy Interns.
The 100% online delivery method for all of the courses for this certificate will enable distance learning students or those currently engaged in full-time employment or other courses here at USF or at other colleges/universities convenient access to the programs courses and the entire program.
Course duration and mode of study
The Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Update and Practice Management is designed to introduce and familiarize the participant with the major topics that are part of an advanced pharmaceutical sciences/pharmacy practice and management curriculum. This will be accomplished by completing four advanced lecture and discussion courses that are necessary to introduce the recent updates in translational pharmacy such as nano-enabled drug delivery and pharmacogenomics and to provide a solid foundation for the development of more advanced and specialized pharmacy skills that are critical in a healthcare career. The four component courses hosted by the College of Pharmacy on the Tampa campus, will be delivered exclusively in distance education formats and will make extensive use of the Canvas course management environment.
The Graduate Certificate will be offered as a one year, full-time or a two year, part-time program. Students will be required to accumulate 12 credit hours to complete this certificate. The certificate comprises three required courses together with the selection of one of two possible electives. The courses focus on developing expertise in all the major updates in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy practice and pharmacy management.
The certificate courses are:
Requirements-12 Credit Hours
PHA 6119 - Micro-Nano Drug Delivery systems (3 credit hours)
PHA 6449 - Pharmacogenomics--Current and Future Prospects (3 credit hours)
PHA 6222 - Pharmacy Practice Management (3 credit hours)
GMS 6183 - Clinical Research Methods (3 credit hours)
The Graduate Certificate in Pre-Professional Pharmacy (PPP) is a one- to two-year online postgraduate program designed for post-bachelor pre-professional students, master's level science majors, and other advanced students who have an interest in attaining biomedical science foundations to gain additional perspective into the growing clinical nature of the pharmacy profession. Participants will extend their knowledge in the areas of biochemistry and intermediary metabolism, the physiology of the human body, microbiological and immunological activity, and the principals involved in drug action. Students that complete this graduate certificate shall be well prepared for the basic science coursework that they will encounter during their first year in a doctor of pharmacy curriculum.
Students who successfully complete this certificate will have achieved the following competencies:
- Understanding of science based studies that are required in Pharmacy.
- Gain a clinical, technical and ethical understanding of Pharmacist responsibilities within the 21st century.
- This certificate program will provide Pre-Professional Pharmacy students interaction with local pharmacists and COP doctoral Pharmacy students.
- Pre-Professional Pharmacy students will gain an understanding, insight and an awareness of how they may better serve their community.
- This Graduate Certificate will provide students with preparation to take or retake the PCAT. One of the required courses will provide an overview of each topic area and a set of practice questions (It will not, however, teach the subject material that is tested in the PCAT and is not intended to replace personal preparation by the student - It is intended to familiarize students with the test format, allowing students to identify their strengths and weaknesses to direct their preparation efforts).
- Beyond the basics, PPP students will receive an introduction to many of the important groups of drugs used in medicine. For each drug or drug class, the mechanism through which it exerts a therapeutic effect will be explained at a basic molecular and biochemical level.
The content of the various courses that comprise the Graduate Certificate in Pre-Professional Pharmacy have been created to address the needs of student interested in in Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Degree program after completion. This graduate certificate program is designed to attract the following prospective participants:
- Post-baccalaureates who are currently interested in a PharmD degree program.
- Registered Pharmacy Technicians and other Post-baccalaureate healthcare professionals seeking enhanced training in pharmaceutical sciences and those planning to apply, reapply or enter a PharmD degree program.
The online delivery mode of the courses for this certificate will enable distance learning students or those currently engaged in full-time employment or other courses here at USF or at other colleges/universities convenient access to the programs courses and the entire program.
Course duration and mode of study
The Graduate Certificate in Pre-Professional Pharmacy is designed to introduce and familiarize the participant with the major topics that are part of advanced pharmaceutical sciences/PharmD curriculum. This will be accomplished by completing at least three and up to five basic medical courses and the possibility of adding one or two advanced lecture and discussion courses that are designed to familiarize students with the recent updates in operating a pharmacy such as Pharmacy Leadership Management, Pharmacy Practice Management and Invention, Innovations & Entrepreneurship to choose an electives. These elective courses will provide a solid foundation for the development of more advanced and specialized pharmacy skills that are critical in a pharmaceutical healthcare career. All of our courses will be delivered as distance learning and will make extensive use of the Canvas course management environment.
The graduate certificate will be offered as a one year full-time or a two year part-time program. Students will be required to accumulate 15 credit hours total.
The certificate is personalized to the student as they are comprised of at least three required courses and two elective courses for completion OR four required courses and one elective course OR all five of the required courses for completion from the following course selections:
12-15 credit hours. At least THREE core classes (9 credits) from the following (or all five courses totaling 15 credits):
GMS 6141 - Basic Medical Immunology and Microbiology (3)
GMS 6201 - Basic Medical Biochemistry (3)
GMS 6440 - Basic Medical Physiology (3)
GMS 6542 - Basic Medical Pharmacology (3)
GMS 6605 - Basic Medical Anatomy (3)
If only three or four of the requirements are taken, you then must take ONE OR TWO (3-6 credits) respectively from the following list only to complete 15 credit hours total:
PHA 6146 - Introduction to Nanotechnology (3)
PHA 6119 – Micro-/ Nanoscale Drug Delivery Systems (3)
PHA 6449 - Pharmacogenomics-Current and Future Prospects (3)
PHA 6788 - Introduction to Personalized Medicine (3)
GMS 6183 - Clinical Research Methods (3)
- A baccalaureate degree in the sciences or its equivalent from an accredited college.
- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- An advanced degree, current enrollment in a biomedical sciences degree program for MD, DO, PhD, PharmD (or equivalent) or extensive clinical experience.
- GRE and PCAT scores can also be used to demonstrate qualitative and quantitative skills. GRE is NOT required for admission to Graduate Certificate Program
Course location/delivery: This program is offered 100% online.
Credit towards graduate degree: Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied towards a graduate degree with program approval.
Transfer credit: None.
Standardized tests: GRE testing is not required for admission to the certificate program.
Application process: Please visit http://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/graduate-certificates/application-process.aspx to fill out an application. In addition to the application forms please submit:
- Official transcripts
- A 250-word statement of interest describing your objectives in pursuing this course of study
- A phone interview (optional).
Registration process: First, consult with the certificate program advisor and obtain an electronic course permit if necessary. Then go to http://usfonline.admin.usf.edu, the link to OASIS, USF's online registration system. Follow instructions given online.
Tuition and fees: Tuition is currently set at a fixed rate of per credit hour for both in-state and out-of-state students.
Financial aid: Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 813-974-4700 for exceptions and the names of private lenders.
Time limit: Courses must be completed within three years.
Future Graduate Certificate Programs (Pending Approval)
The School of Graduate studies at the College of Pharmacy is in the process of creating additional Graduate Certificate Programs to enrich PharmD education. Our focus derives from each of the four pillars (educational thrust areas) at the College of Pharmacy. These Graduate certificates include
- Pharmacy Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Management (should be available fall, 2015)
- Personalized Pharmacy (should be available spring, 2016)
- Geriatric Pharmacy Practice (should be available spring, 2016)
Shyam S. Mohapatra, PhD MBA
MS in Biomedical Engineering - Approved and Available now!
Concentration in Pharmacy (Jointly with College of Pharmacy)
Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (M.S.B.E.) Degree
Biomedical Engineering is a highly interdisciplinary program that combines engineering and the medical sciences. The student works with an advisor to develop a customized and unique graduate program that draws on courses from engineering, medicine, public health, and the life sciences. Current active areas of research include: biomechanics, biomaterials, medical imaging, neuroengineering, tissue engineering, sensors, cellular-level drug delivery, and rehabilitation engineering. In addition to USF Health, participating institutions include the James Haley Veterans Administration Hospital, Florida Orthopedics Institute, and Tampa General Hospital. For more information, please contact the BME Program Advisor. This degree offers students a great opportunity to stand out from their peers with this tailored degree.
Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.
Program Admission Requirements
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher;
- GRE with preferred minimum scores of Quantitative >75% and Analytical Writing 4 or >;
- An undergraduate Bachelor's degree in Engineering, or in Science with pre-requisites listed below;
- Two (2) letters of recommendation
- A statement of purpose
- Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must demonstrate proficiency in English. See the Admissions Policy section of the Graduate Catalog for approved ways of demonstrating proficiency
Notes: Exceptionally qualified students with bachelor’s degrees in the Life and Physical Sciences may be admitted into the BME M.S. Program. Such students will typically have to complete a series of pre-requisite engineering and calculus courses before formal admission into the program. Pre-requisite courses will not count towards the degree requirements
DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Total Minimum Program Hours: 30 credit hours
Both the thesis and non-thesis options are available at the M.S. level.
Core Requirements – 15 hours there are five (5) required courses:
Basic Medical Physiology or BME 6931 (3) Engineering Physiology (3)
Basic Medical Anatomy (3)
Biostatistics II (3)
Biomedical Engineering I (3)
Biomedical Engineering II (3)
Students may either opt for the Concentration in Pharmacy or follow the general track completing 15 hours of electives as noted:
Concentration in Pharmacy – 15 hours currently there are five (5) required courses:
PHA 6146- Introduction to Nanotechnology (Online) (3)
PHA 6119- Micro-Nano Drug Delivery systems (Online) (3)
PHA 6336- Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (online) (3)
Nanomaterials, BioMEMs & Nanodevices (Online) (3)
Introduction to personalized medicine (Online) (3)
Thesis Option – 6 hours
Thesis option students can count 6 hours of thesis research towards the elective requirements.