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Doctor of Pharmacy Online Pathway

Join the Next Generation of Pharmacists.

Program Overview

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.


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 5-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 5-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 5-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, students participate in 10 one-month clinical rotations, each consisting of 40 hours per week (160 hours) for 4 weeks. Clinical rotations can take place at a variety of sites, including community pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory clinic practices, and 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. Students must take 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

The purpose of the Advanced Practice Experiences (APPE) is to allow students to demonstrate acquired knowledge, skills, and attitudes in a professional setting. Students are required to complete and pass all the practice experiences in order to qualify for graduation.

  • 1 General Medicine

  • 1 Acute Care (inpatient)

  • 1 Hospital/Health System (inpatient)

  • 1 Ambulatory Care

  • 2 Community Practice

  • 2 Patient Care Elective Rotations (inpatient or outpatient)

  • 2 Elective Rotations (either patient care or non-patient care)


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 is currently accredited through June 2028. ACPE has acknowledged Butler’s request for our new online PharmD degree pathway. We anticipate a site visit during Spring 2022 and final approval in June 2022. While we expect a favorable outcome, should the online pathway not be approved, admitted students can join the campus-based pathway for Fall 2022.

Tuition Costs

Per Year
$46,100* (P1-P3) $49,900* (P4)
*Tuition is subject to change each academic year.
Application Fee
Enrollment Deposit

Career Outlook

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 Scientists




Medical and Health Services Managers




Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020

Important Dates

Fall 2022

February 1, 2022

Priority Submit Deadline

April 1, 2022

Early Submit Deadline

June 1, 2022

Final Submit Deadline

August 24, 2022

First Day of Classes

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