Many pharmacy schools offer dual degree programs for those that are interested in further studies and training in non-traditional pharmacist roles. Due to the evolving roles for the pharmacist in today’s workforce, more pharmacy schools are looking into adding joint partnerships with other graduate schools within their own school system to offer unique opportunities to develop the PharmD student’s training that may not be offered at other pharmacy schools. The dual degree programs may also streamline the amount of time and possibly tuition expenses that are required to obtain two degrees had the potential candidate applied to each degree program separately. Please check the pharmacy schools to see if they are currently or will offer a dual degree program. Some of the these programs are:
PharmD JD: These schools offer education in obtaining the PharmD and JD (Juris Doctor). This is obviously an intense program which may require the candidate to perform well in both the PCAT (pharmacy college admission test) and the LSAT (law school admission test) in addition to having a BS (bachelors degree) in order to apply for admission. Successful graduates of the program will be better equipped to hold positions in health care law consulting, government and regulatory agencies, industry consulting, patent law, and many other areas.
PharmD MBA: Many pharmacy schools are entering partnerships with graduate business schools to offer the MBA (Masters in Business Administration) in order to train future pharmacy, hospital, healthcare, and entrepreneurial leaders. Some programs allow students to substitute the GMAT (graduate management admission test) for PCAT scores eliminating the need to take both tests (check with your school).
PharmD PhD: Students who are interested in further education in advanced pharmaceutical sciences not offered from a basic PharmD program could look into obtaining a PhD in dual PharmD and PhD programs. There are many PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) options depending on the school such as pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, drug discovery and research, etc. Graduates of this program could enter academic roles, university and industry research positions, and consulting careers.
Other programs offer MPH (Masters in Public Health), MS (Masters in Science), MSHI (Masters in Healthcare Informatics), and MHA (Masters in Healthcare Administration). Please check with the schools that you are interested in applying to in order to see which programs are currently offered.