The future of pharmacists' success lies in their abilities to manage their patients' drug therapies. They must have the knowledge and skills to do so. Colleges and schools of pharmacy have developed programs to assist practitioners to acquire these skills. These educational offerings are similar to those offered to full-time student pharmacists: they are rigorous, educationally sound, based on achieving predefined practice competencies, and associated with assessments of learning. Because these programs are offered to practitioner students outside the traditional pharmaceutical education locale, they are called nontraditional educational programs. Generally, these programs provide education through distance learning techniques such as videotaped lectures, interactive computer or satellite television. AACP and pharmacy school faculty are exploring ways to make nontraditional education even more nontraditional. For example, educational experiences in which practitioners learn in their own practices, from their own patients are being used by several schools. Other schools are trying computerized, educational linkages between practitioner students and pharmacy school faculty.
The following tables provide information on colleges and schools of pharmacy currently offering nontraditional Pharm.D. programs.
PSAR Table 7 - Experiential Features of Nontraditional Pharm.D. Programs Anticipated for 2013-14
PSAR Table 6 - Didactic Features of Nontraditional Pharm.D. Programs Anticipated for 2013-14
PSAR Table 5 - Characteristics of Nontraditional Pharm.D. Programs
PSAR Table 2 - Post-B.S. Pharm.D. Programs Anticipated for 2013-14