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Why study Pharmacy at Belmont?
Belmont's PharmD program will prepare you for a successful career as a pharmacist.
With specialized concentrations in advanced pharmacotherapy, health informatics, management and public health & mission, you can craft your own journey and prepare for the career you seek.
What You'll Learn
You'll learn from expert faculty who are committed to impacting the health care system and those they serve in meaningful ways.
Belmont's concentrations allow you to determine which aspect of pharmacy you want to practice, and focus your educational journey to match.
- Advanced Pharmacotherapy: Explore a variety of ambulatory care sites like Vanderbilt Medical Center, Saint Thomas West Hospital, and Rolling Hills Hospital, to community & independent pharmacies and clinics. Belmont’s relationship with countless partners across Nashville--the nation's health care capital--provides our students with meaningful connection to practice sites and job placement after graduation.
- Health Informatics: Students have worked with locally headquartered Amazon to create artificial intelligence software for Amazon Alexa.
- Public Health & Missions: Students have the opportunity to explore work with patients across many populations and backgrounds at Siloam Family Health Center, a comprehensive community health clinic and The Next Door, an addiction treatment center—supporting Belmont's aim to be radical champions for all.
- Management: P4 students can serve as the staff pharmacist on rotation at Belmont’s own on-campus pharmacy. We are just one of several PharmD programs in the U.S. to offer an embedded pharmacy within our program.
Belmont's pharmacy graduates find great success in all aspects of pharmacy practice. And as healthcare becomes more and more reliant on interdisciplinary, team-based approaches, pharmacists are continually called on to provide more wellness and preventative care, chronic care maintenance, community health education and public health advocacy.
Graduates have gone on to successfully find career opportunities from local independent outlets, to retail chains, hospitals, long-term care facilitates, medical clinics, public health agencies and more.
"During my time at Belmont’s School of Pharmacy, one of my professors, Dr. Thompson-Odom, had a positive impact on my life. She believed in my abilities to pull through rough times, even when I didn’t. Her support helped me develop a sense of security in my abilities when I faced what seem like unsurmountable challenges."
- Katie Vandenberg, Pharm.D., Class of 2016
“Belmont allowed me to be true to myself and helped me grow deeper in who I am in Christ. It’s important to me to show others that if you lean into God, He will make a way when it seems like there is no way-- I am a walking example of that. I always thought I wouldn’t be qualified to be in a role like the one I am today, but now I know that God qualifies me. I love how God has pre-written each of our stories so uniquely and unfolds His plans for us in such a beautiful way.”
- Shaneika Guice, Pharm.D., Class of 2014
Beyond the required courses, which can be seen in the University Catalog, you'll take 30 credit hours of electives to build upon the foundation of pharmacy coursework with at least 18 credit hours in your selected concentration.
View PharmD Curriculum and Course Descriptions in the Belmont University Catalog.
All student pharmacists at Belmont acquire skills and competencies in direct patient care, age-related variances in therapy and all levels of treatment from intensive care to self-care. To complement these important competencies, students who elect the Advanced Pharmacotherapy concentration will choose from a wide variety of specialty electives and experiences focusing on specific disease processes or patient populations such as hospice, oncology, geriatrics, pediatrics, pharmacy compounding and pharmaceutical research.
Student pharmacists at Belmont who choose the Healthcare Informatics concentration will have the opportunity to experience multiple sites that utilize electronic health records, dashboard data for production efficiency, drug interaction data, clinical decision support information, robotic processing methods, supply chain information, as well as the sites that propose and design such systems. These experiential opportunities are enhanced through a number of electives focusing on Healthcare Information and Management systems.
All student pharmacists at Belmont learn foundational principles in management, but within the concentration, students have the opportunity to take a deeper dive into management principles through their elective choices. These students will work side by side with pharmacists who are focused on advanced personnel management, hospital pharmacy administration, contract and financial management, LEAN processes, health economics, quality improvement methods, and negotiation skills.
Above all else, the profession of pharmacy is about serving others. At Belmont, students who choose the public health/missions concentration have the opportunity to take electives and work collaboratively with other healthcare providers to serve a wide array of patients. Student pharmacists may have the opportunity to serve refugees, indigent and marginalized patients. There are also travel opportunities to serve patients in developing countries.
Learn and serve outside the classroom
As a Belmont PharmD student, your opportunities are endless.
You can work in Belmont's on-campus pharmacy, research in the lab, pursue internships and volunteer in the Nashville community. Because of Belmont's unique mission-minded, Christ-centered community, students are empowered to make the world around them a better place.
Dozens of students in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences live this out each year through mission trips across the country and throughout the world.
At Belmont, learning doesn't stop in the classroom. Student organizations create more opportunities to engage and build meaningful experiences. There are many existing organizations Pharmacy students can join, or if you don't see what you're looking for, the process to start a new one is simple and streamlined.
The College of Pharmacy annually admits an ideal class of 70 to 75 students to the professional entry-level Doctorate (PharmD), to begin the program each Fall.
The College of Pharmacy receives applications for admission and most applicant credentials exclusively through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), provided by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).