The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program is a four-year program designed to prepare generalist practitioners who will render pharmaceutical care.



  • To foster the integral formation of students by developing their general and professional abilities along the curriculum.
  • To foster the integration of knowledge based on professional practice experience in a systematic ability-based curriculum which incorporates the following areas: biomedical sciences; pharmaceutical sciences; behavioral, social, and administrative pharmacy sciences; pharmacy practice; and general education.
  • To prepare competent pharmacists to enter the practice of the profession in different scenarios.


Program goals are in accordance with the scope of contemporary practice responsibilities and the emerging roles of pharmacists. The program requires the approval of 144 credits, exposing the student to 1,930 hours of practical experiences. The curriculum follows a liberal, systematic, and humanistic model, which promotes human development through the development of general/professional abilities. The program offers a core of comprehensive abilities systematically developed as skills, attitudes, values, and conceptual knowledge, all of which are necessary in order to provide pharmaceutical care. The abilities, developed as a set of expectations at three levels of progress through the curriculum, are contextualized in the disciplines and practice that comprise the pharmacy profession. These are: Pharmaceutical Care, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Communication, Ethics, Social Interaction and Relations, Social Consciousness and Responsibilities, Intervention in Public Policy, Administration, and Self-Learning and Professional Development.



The Doctor of Pharmacy program of the University of Puerto Rico is currently accredited by the:

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60603-3499
Phone: (312) 664-3575
Fax: (866)-228-2631

Next accreditation visit is expected during Spring 2025.

Graduation Requirements

Students will receive a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree upon completion of the following requirements:

  • The required and elective courses must be approved with a grade of C or above, i.e., a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (on a scale of 4.00).
  • Present a portfolio that shows the student’s development of the ten (10) general and professional abilities of the program.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  • Complete at least the last two (2) years of studies at the School of Pharmacy of the University of Puerto Rico.
  • Complete the academic program within a maximum of six (6) years from the time of admission.
  • Comply with all applicable regulations established by the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus.


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Experiential Education in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program