Duquesne University

Mylan School of Pharmacy

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)- Weekend Pathway


600 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15282

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Pharmacy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Are you interested in pharmacy but need a program that can work around your busy schedule? Duquesne might be the right t for you. Our post-baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy program—the first in the nation— combines on-campus weekend courses with online technologies for students who demand flexible schedules.

Since 1925, the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy has excelled in developing student pharmacists into leaders. College graduates seeking a challenging health sciences career can integrate pharmacy studies with family and work schedules in Duquesne’s Pharm. D. weekend program.

Students with a strong background in life science can earn their Pharm.D. in four years. Coursework is offered on Saturdays and Sundays, and the fourth year of the program involves rotations in a variety of practice settings that often lead to job offers before graduation.

Weekend program participants may choose specialized curricular options, including: geriatric pharmacotherapy, pharmacy management, pharmaceutical research, academic, pediatric pharmaco- therapy, acute care and entrepreneurial pharmacy.

The future looks bright for our Pharm.D. graduates. Demand for competent pharmacists is booming nationwide. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for pharmacists are projected to increase by 25 percent between 2010 and 2020, with annual median salaries of $111,570.

Duquesne’s rigorous curriculum and first-class laboratory facilities offer weekend students a strong foundation for future success. Our faculty of well- known researchers and extraordinary teachers provide exceptional professional preparation. With that in-depth preparation, our graduates achieve impressive results. Graduates’ pass rate for the pharmacy licensure exam (NAPLEX) rank consistently higher than the national average, with job placement rates of 99 percent.

On campus and throughout the region, students team with faculty and professionals. Classes and laboratory work take place on the Duquesne campus in downtown Pittsburgh. A maximum class size of 40 students ensures that students receive individual attention from teachers and advisors. Experiential education experiences take place in a variety of settings throughout the region; Pittsburgh’s reputation as a world leader in health care provides exciting opportunities for developing skills through on-site training.

Fourth-year experiential rotations are the capstones to the Pharm.D. program. Requiring full-time participation, they offer high-level professional preparation.

Our faculty secures research funding at a high level, standing third in the nation among private

pharmacy schools for grants from the National Institutes of Health. Equally important, our professors are dedicated mentors who make an indelible impact on their students. They help Duquesne student pharmacists develop their careers and become leaders in the profession. Our faculty bring their scholarship directly into the classroom, enhancing how students learn about pharmacy. Their professional contacts enhance students’ real-world opportunities through the school’s experiential education program.

To be considered for this program, the applicant must have earned a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited 4-year college/university in the United States or its equivalent and completed the following course requirements:

Prerequisites must come from 4-year college/universities in the United States:
General Biology I & Lab, 4 cr.
General Biology II & Lab, 4 cr.
General Chemistry I & Lab, 4 cr.
General Chemistry II & Lab, 4 cr.
Organic Chemistry I & Lab, 4 cr.
Organic Chemistry II & Lab, 4 cr.
Calculus I , 4 cr.
Statistics, 3 cr.

A competitive cumulative and science/math grade point average and no grade lower than "C" in any of the pre-requisite courses is required.

Completion of the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

International Student Requirements:

We do not accept International Degrees. All pre-requisite classes need to be completed at an accredited United States based institution.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 142

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $1,542

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Duquesne University's Office of Financial Aid provides information regarding loan opportunities. Special military/veteran tuition rates are available for some programs.

Locale: Large City

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