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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.

Courses

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

Experiential rotations allow students to demonstrate acquired knowledge, skills, and attitudes in a professional setting. Students are required to 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.

Faculty

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.

Accreditation

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 Costs

Per Year
$46,100* (P1-P3) $49,900* (P4)
*Tuition is subject to change each academic year.
Application Fee
$175
Enrollment Deposit
$500

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**

2021

97%

84%

Graduating Class

Butler’s First-Time Aggregate Pass Rate**

National First-Time Aggregate Pass Rate**

2019–2021

96%

82%

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.

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

Pharmacists

11,300

315,300

$128,710

Medical Scientists

12,600

156,600

$91,510

Medical and Health Services Managers

51,800

569,400

$104,280

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020

Important Dates

Fall 2023

November 1, 2022

Priority Submit Deadline

January 7, 2023

Early Submit Deadline

April 3, 2023

Final Submit Deadline

August 23, 2023

First Day of Classes

FAQ

Butler University’s Online PharmD program uses a cohort model with one start term per year in August.

As you prepare to complete your PharmCAS application for BU, remember that prospective students are required to have completed a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher recommended. Students must also be able to demonstrate successful completion of 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.

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.

We have a total of 12 pharmacy practice experiences. Each one is 40 hours a week and lasts for about four weeks. 

No, a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

At this time, Butler's Doctor of Pharmacy Program - Online Pathway is not approved for VA benefits so students cannot use the G.I. Bill for this program.

We know that students need real-world practice to thrive as professionals upon graduating and moving into the workforce. That’s why we’ve built hands-on experiences into our online programs in the form of live debates, presentations, and breakout group discussions with fellow graduate students. The online learning experience combines innovative technology, a carefully considered curriculum, and active partnerships that fully prepare students to be the world-changing professionals they set out to be.

On average, PharmD students dedicate approximately 50 hours per week. This is a full-time program that will be a mix of live class sessions held on Zoom, homework, readings, at-home labs, immersions, and pharmacy practice experiences.

We have three multi-day immersions on our campus in Indiana that typically take place in the spring and summer during a student’s first two years in the program. Learn more about the full timing and breakdown of on-campus immersions and coursework across each semester.

Licensure

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 Phamacy

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

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