Wayne State University

Aim Higher

PharmD Program



Program Overview

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:

Oversight of the Program occurs through the Associate Dean of Pharmacy who serves as the Doctor of Pharmacy Program Director.  He is assisted by the Pharmacy Executive Council (PEC) which consists of the Department Chairs of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Dean of the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The standing committees of the program are the following: Admissions, Assessment, Awards and Honors,  Curriculum, Committee for Academic and Professional Progress (CAPP), Summative Evaluation.  The Pharmacotherapeutic Problem Solving (PPS) Oversight Committee and Experiential Committee are sub-committees of the Curriculum Committee.

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 100 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 Fall Semester 2015. 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 


To cultivate intellectual innovation and leadership and advance the practice and science of pharmacy, to transform health care and enhance the lives of people and communities.


  • Our PharmD graduates are differentiated* and sought after because of their clinical skills and ability to provide interprofessional, evidenced-based care that ensures optimal health of the patient and of the public.*Qualitative differentiation: practice-ready, eager, willing to work, willing to do whatever it takes, prepared to work with diverse populations.
  • Our research is internationally recognized for scientific and leadership contributions, and our trainees are highly sought after.
  • Our education and research are recognized for the impact on metro Detroit's health care environment and diverse population.
  • Our alumni and students are actively engaged with the College and satisfied with that relationship.
  • Our recruits are the highest quality students annually to fill our programs and ensure we're meeting the growing health care needs.
  • Our graduates are involved in innovative practices and research that advance science, improve patient care and expand the scope of practice.
  • Our environment supports excellence in research.


The mission of the Wayne State University Pharmacy Program is to advance pharmacy education, practice, research, and public service, to improve health outcomes.

We will accomplish this by:

  • Developing our graduates and pharmacy practitioners to practice at the top of their degree and lead the profession.
  • Strengthening our research programs, and promoting the dissemination and application of scholarship.
  • Strengthening and establishing key partnerships, collaborations, and strategic alliances.
  • Attracting and retaining outstanding faculty, staff, and students.

Supporting an infrastructure that optimizes operational efficiency.

  • Creating a culture that promotes faculty and staff success, and fosters ongoing career development.
  • Increasing the effectiveness of the Program by advancing internal and external awareness of the Program's strengths and unique attributes.

STRATEGIC PLAN: Transforming lives, communities, and the practice and science of pharmacy.

Click here to download the Strategic Plan.

A new strategic plan for the PharmD program at Wayne State University was approved by the faculty on September 25, 2013.

Click here for the Strategic Plan Timeline.

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.  

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.