DOCTOR OF PHARMACY ONLINE PATHWAY
Join the Next Generation of Pharmacists.
The Butler University Doctor of Pharmacy online pathway empowers purposeful practitioners who lead within their communities and their professions in the pharmaceutical, biomedical, and healthcare fields.
Our robust curriculum equips students with clinical skills and knowledge on the use of medications through an experiential, immersive, and collaborative learning environment, which prepares them to meet rapidly growing industry demands within and beyond the pharmacy. Through a hands-on, interdisciplinary, and student-centered approach, Butler’s PharmD develops community leaders who are dedicated to serving society and improving patient outcomes.
- Apply classroom concepts to real-world professional settings through Pharmacy Practice Experiences.
- Experience three immersions that will expand your network, develop your soft skills, and boost your professional growth through role-play and simulations.
- Gain a holistic education from experienced faculty, many of whom actively practice the subjects they teach.
The Butler Doctor of Pharmacy is offered in both a campus-based and online format. Explore our campus-based PharmD to see which format best aligns with your needs.
FALL 2023 CLASSES BEGIN:
- 139 Credits
- 35 Courses
- 7 Elective Hours
- 12 One-Month Experiential Rotations
- Online Format with In-Person Immersions
Doctor of Pharmacy (4 Years)
We built hands-on experience into our PharmD online pathway courses in the form of live debates, presentations, and breakout group discussions with fellow peers. Our small class sizes emphasize collaboration and allow for more personalized learning through asynchronous and synchronous formats.
Fall (Term 1)
- RX312 – Clinical Biochemistry (4)
- RX316 – Pathophysiology (3)
- BI323 – Immunology (2)
- RX361 – Approval to Administration: How Drugs Get to Patients (3)
Spring (Term 2)
- RX314 – Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology (3)
- RX324 – Pharmacist Assessment and Immunization (2)
- RX351 – Basic Pharmaceutics (4)*
- RX301 – IPE and Professional Development (1)
- RX415 – Self Care & Health Promotion 1 (3) – blood pressure assessments in spring P1 on-campus immersion
*RX351 requires a five-day, on-campus lab immersion after final exams and includes the blood pressure assessment for Self-Care & Health Promotion 1.
Summer (Term 3)
- RX318 – Introduction to Principles of Drug Action (PDA) (4)
- RX319 – Introduction to Healthcare Analytics (2)
- RX321 – Social Justice & Diversity (SJD) – Diversity and Inclusivity in Healthcare (3)
- IPPE 1 – Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (Community) | [160 hrs] (Experiential) (credit hours tied to IPE RX400s course)
All RX courses numbered 300 or higher require official acceptance into the pharmacy program and P1 standing (or higher).
Must earn a passing grade in RX312 to be eligible to take RX314, RX318, and RX324.
Must earn a passing grade in RX314 to be eligible to take RX411, RX412, and RX511.
Must earn a passing grade in RX316 to be eligible to take RX318 and RX324.
Must earn a passing grade in RX318 to be eligible to take RX411, RX412, and RX511.
Must earn a passing grade in RX324 to be eligible to take RX403 and RX413.
Must earn a passing grade in RX351 to be eligible to take RX421.
Fall (Term 4)
- RX427 – Pharmacy Applications of Biostatistics and Research Design (2)
- RX416 – Self Care & Health Promotion 2 (3) – labs online
- RX400s – IPE and Professional Development 2 (1)
- RX411 – PDA 1 (4)
- RX413 – Therapeutics 1 (4)
Spring (Term 5)
- RX401 – IPE and Professional Development 3 (1)
- RX412 – PDA 2 (4)
- RX414 – Therapeutics 2 (4)
- RX421 – Introduction to Dosage Forms (4)*
*RX421 requires a five-day, on-campus lab immersion after final exams.
*Course grade will not be assigned until successful completion of the on-campus lab portion.
Summer (Term 6)
- RX432 – Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Management (2)
- RX422 – Advanced Dosage Forms (4)*
- Professional Electives – 600 level (4-5)
- IPPE 2 – Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (Institutional) | [160 hrs] (Experiential) (1 credit hour tied to IPE RX501 course)
* RX422 requires a five-day, on-campus lab immersion after final exams.
* Course grade will not be assigned until successful completion of the on-campus lab portion.
RX416 will fulfill the core requirement for Speaking Across the Curriculum.
RX 403 and RX411 are co-requisites for RX413.
RX404 and RX412 are co-requisites for RX414.
Must earn a C or better in RX413 to be eligible to take RX414.
Must earn a C or better in RX414 to be eligible to take RX513 and RX522.
Must earn a passing grade in RX415 to advance to RX416.
Must earn a passing grade in RX421 to advance to RX422.
Fall (Term 7)
- RX501 – IPE and Professional Development 4 (1)
- RX513 – Therapeutics 3 (4)
- RX511 – PDA 3 (4)
- PX531 – Evidence Based Medicine (2)
- RX526 – Pharmacy, Policy, and the Law (3)
Spring (Term 8)
- RX502 – Introduction to Rotations (1)
- RX517 – Therapeutics & Case Studies 4 (4)
- RX523 – Clinical Pharmacokinetics (4)
- RX527 – Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics (2)
- Professional Electives (2-3) [Must have a minimum of 7 hours of professional electives by the end of the P3 year].
Official P3 standing and anticipated P4 standing in May are required for RX500.
Official P3 standing is required for RX526.
RX511 is a co-requisite for RX513.
RX517 is a co-requisite for RX523.
Must earn passing grades in RX511 and RX513 to be eligible to take RX523.
Must earn a passing grade in 513 to be eligible to take RX517.
RX517 will fulfill the university core requirement for a writing-intensive course.
During the fourth year of the professional phase, you will participate in 10 one-month clinical rotations, each consisting of 40 hours per week (160 hours) for four weeks. Clinical rotations can take place at a variety of sites, including community pharmacies, hospitals, and ambulatory clinic practices as well as other nontraditional pharmacy settings, such as clinical work and basic research in the laboratory. A placement coordinator will work directly with you to help you find a placement close to your residence.
Summer I (Term 9)
- RX 6_Rotation Blocks 1 & 2* (8)
Summer II (Term 9)
- RX 6_Rotation Blocks 3 & 4* (8)
Fall (Term 10)
- RX 6_Rotation Blocks 5–8* (16)
Spring (Term 11)
- RX 6_Rotation Blocks 9 & 10* (8)
*Specific rotations are scheduled through the Experiential Education Office. You must complete 10 rotations during the 10 rotation blocks for a total of 40 credit hours of rotations by the end of the spring semester.
Minimum number of credit hours required for graduation = 139.
Experiential rotations allow you to demonstrate acquired knowledge, skills, and attitudes in a professional setting. You will complete 12 one-month experiential rotations of 160 hours each. You will complete two Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) before commencing a series of 10 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in the following areas:
- 1 Community (IPPE)
- 1 Institutional (IPPE)
- 1 General Medicine
- 1 Acute Care (In-Patient)
- 1 Hospital/Health System
- 1 Ambulatory Care
- 2 Community Practice
- 2 Patient Care Electives (In-Patient or Out-Patient)
- 2 Elective Rotations (Patient Care or Non-Patient Care)
There are numerous options for rotation sites throughout Indiana, across the nation, and abroad. A placement coordinator will work with you to find placements in your area.
Our PharmD online pathway is taught by active practitioners who emphasize holistic education as a part of an interdisciplinary curriculum. Learn more about our faculty here.
Butler’s pharmacy program has a long history of full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and both the online and campus-based pathways are fully accredited.
*Tuition is subject to change each academic year.
FIRST-TIME PASSING RATE ON NAPLEX*
The NAPLEX, or North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy. It is just one component of the licensure process and is used by the boards of pharmacy as part of their assessment of a candidate’s competence to practice as a pharmacist. The first-time pass rate below reflects results for those candidates who graduated and took the exam in the same year reported.
|Graduating Class||Butler’s First-Time Pass Rate**||National Average First-Time Pass Rate**|
|Graduating Class||Butler’s First-Time Aggregate Pass Rate**||National First-Time Aggregate Pass Rate**|
Source: National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, 2021
*Pass rates are specific to the Butler PharmD on-ground pathway.
**Values rounded to the nearest whole number.
Earning an Online PharmD may position you for opportunities in the following career paths:
|Job Title||Projected Annual Openings (2020)||Projected Employment, 2030||National Median Income|
|Medical and Health Services Managers||51,800||569,400||$104,280|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020
Butler University’s Online PharmD program uses a cohort model with one start term per year in August.
Review the online PharmD admission requirements to determine if you are a qualified online PharmD candidate. You must have completed a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher recommended. You must also be able to demonstrate successful completion of the nine math and science prerequisite courses listed on our admissions page. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.
Yes, a bachelor’s from an accredited university is required.
A 3.0 GPA is recommended.
You must complete the following prerequisite courses before enrolling in Butler’s online PharmD program:
- General Chemistry 1 with lab
- General Chemistry 2 with lab
- Organic Chemistry 1 with lab
- Organic Chemistry 2 with lab
- Cell Biology
- Microbiology with lab
- Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
- Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
More information regarding our prerequisite requirements can be found on our admissions page.
No, but all prerequisite courses must be completed before you begin your first term.
No, the PCAT is optional.
No, but letters of recommendation from a professor or your employer are recommended.
Pharmacy practice experiences let you put classroom theories into practice. In the summers following your first and second years, you will complete two Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences in community and institutional settings. Then during your fourth year, you will complete 10 one-month Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Through these 160-hour rotations (40 hours per week), you’ll gain experience in areas such as general medicine, acute care, ambulatory care, community practice, and a hospital system before completing two patient care electives and two elective rotations.
No, a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
At this time, Butler’s Doctor of Pharmacy online pathway is not approved for VA benefits. Students cannot use the G.I. Bill for this program.
We know that students need real-world practice to become well-rounded professionals . That’s why we’ve built hands-on experiences into our online PharmD program. These learning opportunities include live debates, presentations, breakout group discussions, on-campus immersions, and in-person rotations.
On average, online PharmD students dedicate approximately 50 hours per week to class time and coursework. This is a full-time program that will be a mix of live class sessions held on Zoom, homework, readings, at-home labs, on-campus immersions, and in-person pharmacy practice experiences.
We offer three multi-day immersions on our campus in Indiana that typically take place in the spring and summer during your first two years in the program. Learn more about the full timing and breakdown of on-campus immersions and coursework across each semester.
Our PharmD online pathway is a four-year program. You will spend the first three years taking interactive, online courses and completing asynchronous coursework. During your fourth year, you will complete 12 month-long rotations. Explore the online PharmD curriculum.
Yes. Pharmacists are essential to the health of communities. With a doctor of pharmacy from Butler University, you will be prepared to follow a multitude of pharmacy career paths, including working in retail pharmacies, hospitals, pharmacy schools, public health agencies, and nursing homes. When deciding if the online PharmD program is right for you, consider the return on investment. The median annual salary for pharmacists is approximately $128,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021).
Pharmacists must have a doctor of pharmacy degree and a professional license to practice. You can become a pharmacist through online PharmD programs, such as Butler University’s PharmD online pathway. Review the admission requirements to pursue a pharmacy degree online at Butler and explore licensure information below.
The Doctor of Pharmacy leads to a professional license to practice. On this page you will find licensing information for all states and whether the Doctor of Pharmacy meets the educational requirements of the state where you are located. States may have additional requirements such as age, state-specific courses, internship hour requirements, or background information that must be met. Please contact the state where you are located to become fully informed of all requirements.
We strive to have licensure information up to date; however, state educational requirements are subject to change and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information. We recommend that you consult with the board of pharmacy or the appropriate regulatory agency in the state where you seek to obtain licensure prior to enrolling in the program. Listed below you will find the contact information for all Pharmacy Boards.
** Students will receive 1920 rotation hours upon completion of the program. These hours may be used to satisfy the required internship hours. Please contact the Board of Pharmacy where you are located for more information.
|State||Meets Requirements, Does Not Meet Requirements, Undetermined||Board Contact Information||Internship Hours Required|
|Alabama||Meets Requirements||Alabama Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Alaska||Meets Requirements||Alaska Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Arizona||Meets Requirements||Arizona Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Arkansas||Meets Requirements||Arkansas Board of Pharmacy||2000|
|California||Meets Requirements||California Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Colorado||Meets Requirements||Colorado Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Connecticut||Meets Requirements||Connecticut Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Delaware||Meets Requirements||Delaware Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|DC||Meets Requirements||DC Board of Pharmacy||Contact the board. Hours subject to circumstances.|
|Florida||Meets Requirements||Florida Board of Pharmacy||Contact the board. Hours subject to circumstances.|
|Georgia||Meets Requirements||Georgia Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Hawaii||Meets Requirements||Hawaii Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Idaho||Meets Requirements||Idaho Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Illinois||Meets Requirements||Illinois Board of Pharmacy||1200|
|Indiana||Meets Requirements||Indiana Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Iowa||Meets Requirements||Iowa Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Kansas||Meets Requirements||Kansas Board of Pharmacy||1740|
|Kentucky||Meets Requirements||Kentucky Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Louisiana||Meets Requirements||Louisiana Board of Pharmacy||1740|
|Maine||Meets Requirements||Maine Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Maryland||Meets Requirements||Maryland Board of Pharmacy||Different options are available; please contact the Board.|
|Massachusetts||Meets Requirements||Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Michigan||Meets Requirements||Michigan Board of Pharmacy||1600|
|Minnesota||Meets Requirements||Minnesota Board of Pharmacy||1600|
|Mississippi||Meets Requirements||Mississippi Board of Pharmacy||1600|
|Missouri||Meets Requirements||Missouri Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Montana||Meets Requirements||Montana Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Nebraska||Meets Requirements||Nebraska Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Nevada||Meets Requirements||Nevada Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|New Hampshire||Meets Requirements||New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|New Jersey||Meets Requirements||New Jersey Board of Pharmacy||Contact the Board. Hours vary depending on the circumstances.|
|New Mexico||Meets Requirements||New Mexico Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|New York||Meets Requirements||New York Board of Pharmacy||At least six months of full-time experience. Contact the Board for more details.|
|North Carolina||Meets Requirements||North Carolina Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|North Dakota||Meets Requirements||North Dakota Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Ohio||Meets Requirements||Ohio Board of Pharmacy||1740|
|Oklahoma||Meets Requirements||Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Oregon||Meets Requirements||Oregon Board of Pharmacy||1440|
|Pennsylvania||Meets Requirements||Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Rhode Island||Meets Requirements||Rhode Island Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|South Carolina||Meets Requirements||South Carolina Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|South Dakota||Meets Requirements||South Dakota Board of Pharmacy||Minimum 2000.|
Contact the Board if out of state/country.
|Tennessee||Meets Requirements||Tennessee Board of Pharmacy||1700|
|Texas||Meets Requirements||Texas Board of Pharmacy||1740|
|Utah||Meets Requirements||Utah Board of Pharmacy||1740|
|Vermont||Meets Requirements||Vermont Board of Pharmacy||1740|
|Virginia||Meets Requirements||Virginia Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Washington||Meets Requirements||Washington Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Wisconsin||Meets Requirements||Wisconsin Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|West Virginia||Meets Requirements||West Virginia Board of Pharmacy||1500|
|Wyoming||Meets Requirements||Wyoming Board of Pharmacy||1200|
|Puerto Rico||Undetermined. Please contact the Board.||Puerto Rico Board of Pharmacy||Contact the Board|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||Meets Requirements||U.S. Virgin Islands Board of Pharmacy||Contact the Board|