Doctor of Pharmacy

Admission Requirements 

The College of Pharmacy admits students for the Fall semester only. Deadline for application is January 1st of each year.

At The University of New Mexico, all freshman students are admitted to University College. A detailed statement of admission requirements to University College is in the Admission section of this catalog.

To be considered for admission to the College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. Program, an applicant must have:

1) Successfully completed all pre-pharmacy courses* with grades of C or higher consisting of 91 credit hours, including:
* Prerequisite courses are subject to change.

Credit hours
Molecular and Cell Biology 4
Genetics 4
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
Microbiology with Lab 4
General Chemistry I and Lab 4
General Chemistry II and Lab 4
Organic Chemistry I and Lab 4
Organic Chemistry II and Lab 4
Microeconomics 3
English Composition I 3
English Composition II 3
Statistics 3
Calculus I 3
General Physics I 3
General Physics II 3
Communications Selective 6
Critical Thinking Selective 6
General Electives* 24
Total 91

*Only 21 credit hours of nonprofessional electives are required if an appropriate Biochemistry course is taken.

2) A minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on all completed, required pre-pharmacy courses listed in the previous section taken at all colleges and universities. A competitive GPA for admission for the Pharm.D. program is 2.7 for instate students and 3.5 for out of state students. The required grade point average will not include electives but will include each grade received on any required pre-pharmacy course (including selectives).
3) At least a 2.0 GPA on all course work attempted at The University of New Mexico.
4) All science pre-pharmacy courses (biology, chemistry, physics) must be completed by the end of the Spring semester prior to matriculation into pharmacy school.
5) A completed and submitted PharmCAS application (go to for details) including:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from all U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities attended (including courses in progress)
  • Foreign transcript evaluation (if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or health professionals
  • Application fee
6) Completed the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) by the fall semester.
7) A completed and submitted College of Pharmacy supplemental application, including:
  • Supplemental application form (available for download from
  • A recent passport size photograph
  • A $50.00 non-refundable application fee (check or money order) payable to The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy
8) All biology and chemistry prerequisites must have been completed within the last 7 years.
9) Participated in an invited interview. Selected applicants will be offered interviews to take place at the College of Pharmacy. You must participate in the invited interview to be considered for admittance to the College of Pharmacy.
10) All accepted students must submit to the College of Pharmacy: 
  • An undergraduate application for admission to The University of New Mexico.
  • Official transcripts from all other colleges and universities attended.
  • A $20.00 non-refundable application fee payable to The University of New Mexico.
  • Experiential Education Requirement Form.

If you are offered admission to the program, a $400 deposit will be required to hold your position in the class. The $400 will be applied to your first semester tuition  and fees following matriculation into the College of Pharmacy.

To receive an application packet or for additional information on admission requirements and procedures, students should contact:

Admissions Advisor
College of Pharmacy
MSC09 5360
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001
(505) 272-3241

Graduation Requirements

The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy awards the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees upon completion of all specified requirements.

For an outline of graduate degree requirements, refer to the graduate program guide.

Pharm.D. Graduation Requirements:

  1. Satisfactory completion of all required and elective Pharmacy courses.
  2. Satisfactory completion of 200 semester hours of course work.
  3. Maintain a 2.0 GPA on all University of New Mexico course work and a 2.0 GPA on all courses in the professional curriculum.
  4. Removal of any “F,” “WF” or “NCR” grade earned in a course by repeating the course with at least a “C-” or “CR” grade. No student will graduate with an “F,” “WF” or “NCR” grade in the professional curriculum.
  5. Students who have more than two grades of less than “C-” or more than 6 hours of grades less than “C-” in required courses in the professional curriculum are not eligible to graduate from the program.

Doctor of Pharmacy Competencies

  1. Integrate and utilize knowledge of biochemistry, physiology, pathophysiology, and anatomy in order to design a pharmaceutical care plan. Acquire, comprehend, synthesize, apply, and evaluate information about the chemical structure and pharmacology of therapeutic agents in order to design, implement, monitor, evaluate, and adjust pharmaceutical care plans that are patient specific and evidence based.
  2. Taking into consideration differences in patients’ biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiologic states and, based on the differences in chemical and pharmacological properties between drugs, recommend changes in pharmacotherapeutic regimens that will minimize drug interactions, reduce adverse drug events, increase adherence, and improve therapeutic outcomes.
  3. Formulate a patient-centered pharmaceutical care plan (new or revised) in collaboration with healthcare professionals and patients or their caregivers.
  4. Design or modify dosage regimens using patient-specific or population pharmacokinetic data, plasma concentration-time profiles of drugs, and factors that alter them.
  5. Explain how pharmacogenomics can be utilized to individualize dosage regimens and to anticipate adverse drug events.
  6. Identify and explain the physical, chemical, and formulation properties of a drug that influence its ADME, stability, and dosage form design.
  7. Identify and explain dosage form features that influence therapeutic outcomes.
  8. Make appropriate selection decisions for multisource drug products.
  9. Compound and dispense safe and effective extemporaneous pharmaceutical products prescribed or recommended as part of a patient’s care plan.
  10. Prepare and dispense safe and effective sterile dosage forms and enteral nutrition products prescribed or recommended as part of a patient’s care plan.
  11. Apply social/behavioral principles and theories in the design, delivery, and evaluation of pharmaceutical care.
  12. Apply relevant legal, ethical, social, economic, and professional principles to assure efficient, cost-effective utilization of human, physical, medical, informational, and technological resources in the provision of patient care.
  13. State the trade and generic names, mechanisms of action, warnings, adverse effects, contraindications, drug interactions, dosage forms, and dosing regimens of the top 200 drug products and representatives from other major therapeutic drug classes.
  14. Conduct complete patient physical assessment and review of systems to qualify students to purse Pharmacist Clinician certification.
  15. Qualify for any prescriptive authority certification currently granted by the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy.
  16. Develop population-specific, evidence-based, and effective disease prevention and management programs.
  17. Develop and implement population-specific and evidence-based disease management programs and protocols based upon analysis of epidemiologic and pharmacoeconomic data, medication use criteria, medication use review, and risk reduction strategies.
  18. Apply patient- and population-specific data, quality assurance strategies, and research processes to: assure that medication use systems minimize drug misadventuring, optimize patient outcomes, develop drug use and public health policy, design pharmacy benefits, and resolve public health problems.
  19. Use appropriate scientific terminology to convey anatomical, pathophysiologic, physiologic, chemical, pharmacological, and therapeutic concepts.
  20. Communicate and collaborate with patients, caregivers, prescribers, population members, other healthcare providers, and administrative and support personnel to engender a team approach to patient care and to assure efficient, cost-effective utilization of human, physical, medical, informational, and technological resources in the provision of pharmaceutical care as well as to identify and resolve medication use problems.
  21. Develop strategic efforts to communicate and collaborate with policy makers, members of the community, and other healthcare providers and administrative and supportive personnel to identify, promote, and resolve public health problems as well as to develop public healthcare policy.
  22. Evaluate the biomedical literature with regard to the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs.
  23. Demonstrate appropriate utilization of management principles and use of healthcare resources in the American healthcare system.
  24. Manage pharmacy operations and personnel.
  25. Optimize physical and technological resources required to fulfill the practice mission.
  26. Manage medication distribution, control, and use systems.
  27. Retrieve, analyze, and interpret the professional and lay literature to provide drug information to patients, their families, as well as other healthcare providers and the public.
  28. Carry out professional duties in accordance with legal, ethical, social, and economic guidelines.
  29. Maintain professional competence by identifying and analyzing emerging issues, products, services that might:
    • •affect the efficacy or quality of disease prevention services.
    • •impact the management of human, physical, medical, informational, and technological resources in the provision of pharmaceutical care.
    • •impact patient-specific and population-based therapeutic outcomes.
  30. Maintain professional competence in providing pharmaceutical care by becoming an independent, lifelong learner.

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Curriculum

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Program is a four-year professional curriculum. Pre-pharmacy courses may be completed at The University of New Mexico or at any 2 or 4 year college. Equivalent courses taken at these schools will transfer as part of the pre-pharmacy program. Verify equivalencies with The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy advisement office.

NOTE: Students must be admitted to the pharmacy program to enroll in pharmacy courses.

The courses listed below are The University of New Mexico course numbers. Any course taken at other colleges and universities will be accepted according to The University of New Mexico equivalency standards and transfer credit will be given by the College of Pharmacy as equivalent to the corresponding University of New Mexico course work.

  Recommended First Pre-Professional Year  
  Fall Semester Credits
ENGL 101 Composition I 3
  Selective A or B 3
  General Elective 3
  General Elective 1

  Spring Semester Credits
ENGL 102 Composition II 3
MATH 180 Calculus I1 3
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 123L General Chemistry I Lab 1
ECON 106 Microeconomics 3
  General Elective 3

  Recommended Second Pre-Professional Year  
  Fall Semester Credits
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 124L General Chemistry II Lab 1
BIOL 201L Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
PHYC 151 General Physics I3 3
  General Elective 3
  Selective A or B 3

CHEM 301 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 303L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
BIOL 202L Genetics 4
BIOL 237 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
General Elective

  Recommended Third Pre-Professional Year  
  Fall Semester Credits
CHEM 302 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 304L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
BIOL 238 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
PHYS 152 General Physics II 4 3
  Selective A or B 3
  General Elective 3

  Spring Semester Credits
BIOC 423 Introductory Biochemistry (optional)
MATH 145 Statistics5 3
BIOL 239L Microbiology for Health Sciences and Non-Majors 4
  Selective A or B 3
  General Elective 3

First Professional Year
Fall Semester Credits
PHRM 701 Pharmaceutics I 3
PHRM 703L Pharmaceutical Care Lab I 3
PHRM 705 Pathophysiology I 4
PHRM 706 Foundations of Drug Action 3
PHRM 707 Pharmacy and Health Care Delivery 3
PHRM 709 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice 1
PHRM 713 Pharmaceutical Calculations 1
Spring Semester Credits
PHRM 702 Pharmaceutics II 3
PHRM 704L Pharmaceutical Care Lab II 3
PHRM 710 Mechanisms of Drug Action 5
PHRM 715 Pathophysiology II 4
PHRM 717 Pharmacy Law 1
PHRM 771
Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 2
  Second Professional Year  
  Fall Semester Credits
PHRM 718L Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory III 2
PHRM 719 Self-Care Therapeutics 3
PHRM 726 Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics 3
PHRM 728 Pharmacy Informatics and Research 3
PHRM 731 Mechanisms of Drug Action II 5
PHRM 771 Introductory Community Pharmacy Practice Experience 2

  Spring Semester Credits
PHRM 732 Mechanisms of Drug Action III 5
PHRM 733L Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory IV 2
PHRM 739 Pharmacotherapy I 6
PHRM 7XX Professional Elective+ 2
PHRM 772 Introductory Institutional Pharmacy Practice Experience 2

  Third Professional Year  
  Fall Semester Credits
PHRM 751 Pharmacotherapy II 6
PHRM 756 Safe Medication Practices 2
PHRM 759 Advanced Law and Ethics 2
PHRM 762L Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory V 2
PHRM 772 Introductory Institutional Pharmacy Practice Experience 2
PHRM 7XX Professional Elective+ 2

  Spring Semester Credits
PHRM 752 Pharmacotherapy III 6
PHRM 760 Pharmacy Healthcare Management and Economics 3
PHRM 764 Emerging Technologies in Pharmaceutical Care 1
PHRM 765L Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory VI 2
PHRM 766 Public Health in Pharmacy 2
PHRM 7XX Professional Elective+ 2

  Fourth Professional Year  
  Fall and Spring Semesters Credits
PHRM 770 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience5 36
  Total 36


*General elective courses to be taken from the following categories:

  1. Communication: advanced English writing, technical or professional writing, linguistics or journalism
  2. Humanities: literature (including American, English, foreign and comparative literature), history or philosophy.
  3. Social/behavioral sciences: anthropology, psychology, economics, geography, political science or sociology
  4. Foreign languages
  5. Fine arts: the history, appreciation, and criticism of art, music, theater or dance
  6. Health promotion: first aid, nutrition, and health
  7. Physical education courses and courses numbered 001 through 100 are not acceptable.

†Selective A from a list of courses that emphasize the development of communication skills:

  1. Public speaking (CJ 130)
  2. Interpersonal communication (CJ 221)
  3. Small group communication (CJ 225)
  4. Business and professional speaking (CJ 332)
  5. Professional communication (CJ 333)
  6. Health Communications (C&J 450)

%Selective B from a list of courses that emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving:

  1. Physical chemistry (CHEM 311 or 315)
  2. Expository writing (ENGL 220)
  3. A survey of mathematics (MATH 129)
  4. Calculus II (MATH 181)
  5. Trigonometry (MATH 123)
  6. Introduction to philosophical problems (PHIL 101)
  7. Current moral problems (PHIL 102)
  8. Reasoning and critical thinking (PHIL 156)
  9. Professional ethics (PHIL 245)
  10. Symbolic logic (PHIL 356)
  11. Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 253L)

+ 6 credits of professional electives are required for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.

  1. MATH 162 will fulfill requirements for 180.
  2. PHYC 160 will fulfill requirements for 151.
  3. STAT 245 or PSY 200 will fulfill requirements for STAT 145.
  4. BIOL 351 and 352L will fulfill requirements for BIOL 239L.
  5. Advanced Professional Practice Experiences: nine total as follows:

Advanced Professional Practice Experiences: nine total as follows:
Six clinical rotations and three elective rotations. Each clerkship will be four weeks in duration and worth 4 credits each. At least one clerkship outside the city of Albuquerque will be required of all students to complete clerkship requirements.

Dual Degree


The College of Pharmacy and the Anderson School of Management offer a dual degree program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration. The dual degree program is designed to prepare students for leadership positions that demand knowledge of both health sciences and management concepts. The goal is to provide graduates with skills, knowledge, and experience needed for management positions in the pharmaceutical industry, with health care organizations, or retail/independent pharmacies. Under this program, the College of Pharmacy will accept 6 hours of M.B.A. core courses as professional electives and the Anderson Graduate School of Management will accept 6 hours (PHRM 707 and 760) of credit in the College of Pharmacy toward the 18 hours of elective credit in the M.B.A. program. Students pursuing this program must satisfy the admission and other academic requirements of both schools. Those planning to enter the dual program should consult with the admission officers of both schools as early as possible. Students that do not have a Bachelor's degree must meet the admission requirements of Anderson's "Three-Two" program.


PHRM 496. Topics in Pharmacy. (1 to a maximum of 3 ∆)

PHRM 497. Problems in Pharmacy. (1-5, no limit ∆)

PHRM 498. Problems in Pharmacy. (1-5, no limit ∆)

PHRM 511 / 773. Nuclear Pharmacy Instrumentation. (3)

PHRM 512 / 774. Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry. (1)

PHRM 514. Basics of Nuclear Pharmacy Practice. (2)

PHRM 516 / 776. Radiopharmacology. (3)

PHRM 518. In-Vitro Radiotracer Procedures. (2)

PHRM 519L. Instrumentation and In Vitro Lab. (2)

PHRM 521. Radiopharmaceutics. (2)

PHRM 523. Clinical Nuclear Medicine. (1)

PHRM 545-546. Pharmacy and Its Environment. (3, 3)

PHRM 547. Pharmacy Practice Research. (3)

PHRM 548. Ethics Clinical Trials/Informed Consent. (2)

PHRM 549. Regulatory Issues in Clinical Trials. (2)

PHRM 550. Pharmacoeconomics and Patient Outcomes Research in Medicine. (3)

PHRM 576. Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology. (1 [3])

PHRM 580. General Toxicology. (2 [3])

PHRM 591. Seminar in Administrative Pharmacy. (1, no limit ∆)

PHRM 592. Seminar in Radiopharmacy. (1, no limit ∆)

PHRM 593. Seminars in Toxicology. (1, no limit ∆)

PHRM 594. Topics in Environmental Disease. (1-3 to a maximum of 4 ∆)

PHRM 597. Research Problems in Pharmaceutical Sciences. (1-6, no limit [1-5 to a maximum of 12] ∆)

PHRM 598. Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences. (1-3 to a maximum of 4 ∆)

PHRM 599. Master’s Thesis. (1-6, no limit ∆)

PHRM 699. Dissertation. (1-9, no limit ∆)

PHRM 701. Pharmaceutics I. (Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms I) . (3)

PHRM 702. Pharmaceutics II. (3)

PHRM 703L. Pharmaceutical Care Lab I. (3)

PHRM 704L. Pharmaceutical Care Lab II. (3)

PHRM 705. Pathophysiology. (4)

PHRM 706. Foundations of Drug Action. (3 [4])

PHRM 707. Pharmacy and Health Care Delivery. (3 [2])

PHRM 709. Introduction to Pharmacy Practice. (1)

PHRM 710. Mechanisms of Drug Action I. (5)

PHRM 713. Pharmaceutical Calculations. (1)

PHRM 715. Pathophysiology II. (4)

PHRM 717. Introductory Pharmacy Law. (1)

PHRM 718L. Pharmaceutical Care Lab III. (2)

PHRM 719. Self-Care Therapeutics. (3)

PHRM 720. Introduction to Nuclear Pharmacy. (2)

PHRM 726. Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics. (3)

PHRM 728. Pharmacy Informatics and Research. (3)

PHRM 729. Sterile Products. (2)

PHRM 731. Mechanisms of Drug Action II. (5)

PHRM 732. Mechanisms of Drug Action III. (5)

PHRM 733L. Pharmaceutical Care Lab IV. (2)

PHRM 734. Comprehensive Diabetes Elective. (2)

PHRM 735. Substance Abuse Elective. (2)

PHRM 736. Introduction to Pharmacogenomics. (2)

PHRM 739. Pharmacotherapy I. (6)

PHRM 740. Self-Selected Supplementary Pharmacy Education. (1-2 to a maximum of 2 ∆)

PHRM 748. Research Project (Initial). (1)

PHRM 751. Pharmacotherapy II. (6)

PHRM 752. Pharmacotherapy III. (6)

PHRM 755. Seminar in Pharmacy. (1 to a maximum of 2 ∆)

PHRM 756. Safe Medication Practices. (2)

PHRM 758. Research Project. (1)

PHRM 759. Advanced Law and Ethics. (2)

PHRM 760. Pharmacy Healthcare Management and Economics. (3)

PHRM 761. Introduction to Managed Care Pharmacy Practice. (2)

PHRM 762L. Pharmaceutical Care Lab V. (2)

PHRM 764. Emerging Technologies in Pharmaceutical Care. (1)

PHRM 765L. Pharmaceutical Care Lab VI. (2)

PHRM 766. Public Health in Pharmacy. (2)

PHRM 770. Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience. (2-4 to a maximum of 36 ∆)

PHRM 771. Introductory Community Pharmacy Practice Experience. (2 to a maximum of 4 ∆)

PHRM 772. Introductory Institutional Pharmacy Practice Experience. (2 to a maximum of 4 ∆)

PHRM 773 / 511. Nuclear Pharmacy Instrumentation. (3)

PHRM 774 / 512. Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry. (1)

PHRM 775. Radiopharmacy Health and Radiation Biology. (3)

PHRM 776 / 516. Radiopharmacology. (3)

PHRM 782. Clinical Toxicology. (2)

PHRM 783. Clinical Pharmacy Assessment. (1)

PHRM 784. Advanced Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy. (1)

PHRM 785. Advanced Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy. (1)

PHRM 786. Geriatric Interprofessional Elective. (2)

PHRM 798. Problems in Pharmacy. (1-5 to a maximum of 10 ∆)

PHRM 799. Nontraditional Pharm. (2 to a maximum of 12 ∆)

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