The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at Wayne State University is administered by two departments in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences:
The Doctor of Pharmacy degree is the entry-level degree for the practice of pharmacy in the United States. The program at Wayne State University is a four year curriculum. Approximately 90 students are enrolled in each year of the program. The pharmacy program at WSU is fully accredited by the American Council on Pharmacy Education(ACPE). The next on-site evaluation of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program is scheduled for 2016. Please note the following documents related to accreditation:
Accreditation Standards and Guidelines (link https://www.acpe-accredit.org/standards/default.asp)
Student Complaint Policy and Procedures (link http://www.cphs.wayne.edu/pharmd/student_complaint_policy.pdf)
A new strategic plan for the PharmD program at Wayne State University was approved by the faculty on June 25, 2008. To view the strategic plan, click here.
The WSU Doctor of Pharmacy program will educate students to become valued providers of health care. Our graduates will use evidenced based practice to ensure optimal health of the patient and of the public and will provide leadership in advancing pharmacy practice and health policy.
The practice of pharmacy has experienced profound change during the past three decades as its traditional role in drug distribution has increasingly expanded to incorporate the concept of pharmaceutical care. This philosophy of pharmaceutical care charges pharmacists with the responsibility for providing drug therapy that achieves defined outcomes and improves a patient’s quality of life. Pharmacists are expected to interact with patients and other health care providers to assure that the drug therapy prescribed is appropriate and is being taken in a way that assures achieving the desired outcomes.
The ability of pharmacists to play an active role in drug therapy is being recognized at the state and national levels. At the state level pharmacists have been recognized as having the ability to initiate or modify drug therapy, either through collaboration with a physician or by independent authority. In Michigan pharmacists are allowed to prescribe under delegated authority of a licensed practitioner. Examples of services provided by pharmacists include: disease state screening (examples are: blood pressure monitoring for hypertension, glucose monitoring for diabetes, cholesterol monitoring, bone densitometry for osteoporosis), monitoring and adjusting anticoagulation therapy, monitoring and adjusting antibiotic therapy.
A major impetus for these changes is a result of the realization of the added value of pharmacists input into therapeutic decision making in manner that can result in cost reduction through prevention of problems arising from adverse drug experiences, drug-drug and drug-food interactions, errors in prescribing or administering medications, and patient noncompliance.
The mission of the Doctor of Pharmacy program is to educate future pharmacists to be highly competent health care practitioners who effectively and safely provide patient-centered care with other health care team members in diverse settings, to be leaders within the profession and to be lifelong learners.
Affiliated Institutions and Pharmacies
Wayne State University is ideally situated for the study of medical and health-related fields. The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is located on the medical campus of Wayne State University immediately adjacent to the Detroit Medical Center. The pharmacy program is also affiliated with several other major hospitals in the area, providing our students with a wealth of educational opportunities related to health-system pharmacy.
- Henry Ford Hospital
- St. John Hospital and Medical Center
- William Beaumont Hospital
- Oakwood Healthcare System
The pharmacy program also provides opportunities for students to gain experience in community pharmacy practice through affiliations with most major pharmacy chains including CVS, Kmart, Kroger, Meijer, Rite-Aid, Target, and Walgreens as well as with independent community pharmacies in the area.