Doctor of Pharmacy

Admission Requirements 

The College of Pharmacy admits students for the Fall semester only. Deadline for application is January 5th 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: 

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. Prerequisite courses are subject to change.

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 starts at 2.7. The required grade point average does not include electives, but does 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 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 January of the year applying.  
7.  A College of Pharmacy supplemental application packages, including:

      • Supplemental application form (available for download from the College of Pharmacy Web site).
      • 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 lecture courses must have been completed within the last 7 years.  
9.  Participate in an invited interview. Selected applicants are 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.
      • A background check authorization form.

11.  All accepted students are expected to complete a background check as part of their offer of admission. Details on the background check requirements are disseminated once accepted.

If you are offered admission to the program, a deposit is required to hold your position in the class. The deposit is applied to your expenses following matriculation into the College of Pharmacy.

To receive additional information on admission requirements and procedures, students should contact:

Office of Student Services
College of Pharmacy
MSC09 5360
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001
(505) 272-3241

Doctor of Pharmacy Competencies

1 Provide Pharmaceutical (Patient Centered) Care
Design, document, implement, monitor, evaluate, and adjust an individualized evidence-based pharmaceutical care plan that ensures patient safety and optimal therapeutic outcomes.
1.1 Collect and organize patient information to identify, prioritize, and assess medication/disease related problems necessary to formulate evidence based, patient-specific medication treatment plans.
1.2 Communicate and collaborate with patient(s), healthcare providers, caregivers, and administrative and support personnel to ensure a multidisciplinary team approach to an individualized evidence-based pharmaceutical care plan.
1.3 Design, monitor and/or modify individualized dosage regimens and treatment approaches using pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, and/or pharmacogenomic data.
1.4 Select the appropriate dosage form, formulation, route/method, and schedule of drug administration.
1.5 Prepare/ compound, dispense, and/or administer safe and effective pharmaceutical products.
1.6 Perform activities for which the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy grants specific prescriptive authority certification.
2 Promote Public Health
Promote wellness, disease prevention, management of medical conditions, and reduction of health disparities through education, advocacy, and other activities at the population and individual patient levels.
2.1 Educate the public and other healthcare providers regarding health and wellness; prevention and treatment of diseases, medical conditions, adverse drug events; and optimal use of medications, medical devices, natural products and nutritional supplements.
2.2 Participate in health policy decision-making processes based on analysis of epidemiologic and pharmacoeconomic data, patient access to care, medication use criteria, and medication review and risk-reduction strategies.
2.3 Develop and provide collaborative services to prevent, detect, and manage disease and optimize patient outcomes through effective drug management.
3 Manage medication use systems
Participate in the management of systems that promote and control safe, accurate, efficient, timely and cost-effective distribution of medications and related devices.
3.1 Explain the key features of private and public payers of health care, differentiating between health insurance and managed health programs.
3.2 Communicate and collaborate with patients, prescribers, professional colleagues, and support / administrative personnel to prevent, identify, and resolve problems related to medication distribution and use.
3.3 Participate in the use and evaluation of systems to identify and prevent potential medication misuse, medication errors and adverse drug events.
3.4 Apply pharmacoeconomic principles and health-related quality-of-life concepts to improve patient care and allocation of health care resources.
3.5 Review, interpret and apply practice guidelines and medication use policy in accordance with appropriate organizational and legal requirements.
4 Manage pharmacy operation systems
Participate in the safe and effective management of operational systems to provide drug products to patients.
4.1 Provide safe, cost-effective, quality patient care using appropriate resource management practices.
4.2 Promote human resource practices that contribute to an efficient, cost effective, safe, and satisfactory workplace for professional and technical staff.
4.3 Utilize electronic resources to optimize accurate, appropriate, and timely delivery of medication and services.
5 Manage drug and health information, informatics, and other technologies
Use information and communication technology to improve patient care and manage the practice of pharmacy.
5.1 Use information technology systems to retrieve data and literature to assist in drug information provision, patient care, drug distribution, patient safety, and compensation.
5.2 Interpret, evaluate, and apply information from primary literature as well as secondary and tertiary resources to effectively manage patient care.
5.3 Provide appropriate health and drug-related information to patients, professional colleagues, other health professionals, and community members.
5.4 Use various electronic technologies to:

a. access and manage scientific/clinical information and data;
b. document and manage patient care;
c. maintain practice management records;
d. support professional communication;
e. support education of patients, families, and professional associates; and
f. support safe and effective drug distribution.

6 Communicate and Collaborate
Demonstrate effective communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills for effective information exchange and team work with patients, caregivers, prescribers and other healthcare providers.
6.1 Use oral, written, and multimedia skills to effectively communicate with patients, prescribers, other health professionals, caregivers, and members of the community.
6.2 Provide patient counseling about life-style and medication therapy management in a manner demonstrating sensitivity and responsiveness to culture, race/ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, disabilities, and other aspects of diversity and identity.
6.3 Document and present patient or drug information in an organized, logical manner appropriate for the clinical situation.
6.4 Assess and adapt communication to the ability of patients and care givers to obtain, process, understand, and use health or medication related information.
6.5 Cooperate, collaborate, and communicate with interprofessional teams to insure that healthcare is integrated, continuous, and reliable.
7 Practice professionalism
Demonstrate the attributes of a professional, including a commitment to, and accountability for, carrying out professional responsibilities, maintaining professional competence, and adhering to legal and ethical principles.
7.1 Perform all professional duties in accordance with legal, social, and economic guidelines.
7.2 Exhibit behavior supporting the ethical tenets of autonomy, beneficence and justice.
7.3 Demonstrate the traits of professionalism.
7.4 Develop, acquire and maintain personal and professional development through ongoing self-directed learning and reflection.

Doctor of Pharmacy 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 two- or four-year college. Equivalent courses taken at these schools transfer as part of the pre-pharmacy program. Verify equivalencies with The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy advisement office.

The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy awards the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree upon completion of all specified requirements.

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Satisfactory completion of all required and elective Pharmacy courses.
  2. Satisfactory completion of 230 credit 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” or “NCR” grade earned in a course by repeating the course with at least a “C-” or “CR” grade. No student may graduate with an “F” or “NCR” grade in the professional curriculum.
  5. Students who have more than two grades of less than “C-” or more than 6 credit hours of grades less than “C-” in required courses in the professional curriculum are not eligible to graduate from the program.

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 are accepted according to The University of New Mexico equivalency standards and transfer credit is given by the College of Pharmacy as equivalent to the corresponding University of New Mexico course work.

  Recommended First Pre-Professional Year Credit Hours 
  Fall Semester  
ENGL 110
(or ENGL 112;
or ENGL 113)
Accelerated Composition
(or Composition II;
or Enhanced Composition)
  Selective A or B 3
  General Elective 3
  General Elective 3
Total 12
  Spring Semester  
ENGL 120 Composition III 3
MATH 180 Calculus I (1) 3
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 123L General Chemistry I Lab 1
ECON 106 Microeconomics 3
  General Elective 3
Total 16
  Recommended Second Pre-Professional Year  
  Fall Semester  
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 124L General Chemistry II Lab 1
BIOL 201L Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
PHYC 151 General Physics I (2) 3
  General Elective 3
  Selective A or B 3
Total 17
  Spring Semester
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 3
Total 14
  Recommended Third Pre-Professional Year  
  Fall Semester  
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 (3) 3
  Selective A or B 3
  General Elective 3
Total 16
  Spring Semester  
Biochemistry Course (optional)
CHEM 421, CHEM 425, BIOC 423 or BIOC 445 accepted
MATH 145 Statistics (4) 3
BIOL 239L Microbiology for Health Sciences and Non-Majors (5) 4
  Selective A or B 3
  General Elective 3
Total 16
First Professional Year
Fall Semester  
PHRM 701 Pharmaceutics I 3
PHRM 703L Pharmaceutical Care Lab I 3
PHRM 705 Pathophysiology 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
Total 18
Spring Semester  
PHRM 702 Pharmaceutics II 3
PHRM 704L Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory II 3
PHRM 710 Mechanisms of Drug Action I 5
PHRM 715 Pathophysiology II 4
PHRM 717 Pharmacy Law 1
PHRM 719 Self-Care Therapeutics 2
Total 18
  Second Professional Year  
  Fall Semester  
PHRM 718L Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory III 2
PHRM 721 Self-Care Therapeutics II 1
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 4
Total 18
  Spring Semester  
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
Total 17
  Third Professional Year  
  Fall Semester  
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
Total 16
  Spring Semester  
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
Total 16
  Fourth Professional Year  
  Fall and Spring Semesters  
PHRM 770 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 36
  Total 36


(1) MATH 162 fulfills requirements for 180.
(2) PHYC 160 fulfills requirements for 151.
(3) PHYC 161 fulfills requirements for 152
(4) STAT 245 or PSY 200 fulfills requirements for STAT 145.
(5) BIOL 351 and 352L fulfills requirements for BIOL 239L.

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: Students with a previous Bachelor-level degree (or higher) are only required to have one communications selective course

  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 (CJ 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. Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 352)
  11. Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 253L)
  12. Histology (BIOL 416L)
  13. Molecular Cell Biology (BIOL 429)
  14. Biology of Toxins (BIOL 445/545)
  15. Immunology (BIOL 456/556)
  16. Microbial Physiology (BIOL 460)
  17. Immunogenetics (BIOL 466/566)
  18. Parasitology (BIOL 482L/582L)
  19. Biology of Infectious Organisms (BIOL 490)

6 credit hours of professional electives are required for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.

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 accepts 6 credit hours of M.B.A. core courses as professional electives and the Anderson Graduate School of Management accepts 6 credit hours (PHRM 707 and 760) of credit in the College of Pharmacy toward the 18 credit 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 Δ)

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

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

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

PHRM 512 / 774. Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry. (1)

PHRM 513 / 775. Radiation Biology and Radiation Safety. (3)

PHRM 516 / 776. Radiopharmacology. (3)

PHRM 521. Radiopharmaceutics. (2)

PHRM 536 / 736. Introduction to Pharmacogenomics. (2)

PHRM 545. Pharmacoeconomics . (3)

PHRM 546. Healthcare Systems Review . (3)

PHRM 547. Research Design and Analysis. (3)

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

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

PHRM 551. Fundamentals of Clinical Trials. (3)

PHRM 576. Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology. (1)

PHRM 580. General Toxicology. (2)

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

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

PHRM 593. Pharmaceutical Sciences and Toxicology Seminar. (1, no limit Δ)

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

PHRM 597. Research Problems in Pharmaceutical Sciences. (1-6, no limit Δ)

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

PHRM 599. Master's Thesis. (1-6, no limit Δ)

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

PHRM 701. Pharmaceutics 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)

PHRM 707. Pharmacy and Health Care Delivery. (3)

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. (2)

PHRM 720. Introduction to Nuclear Pharmacy. (2)

PHRM 721. Self-Care Therapeutics II. (1)

PHRM 726. Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics. (3)

PHRM 728. Pharmacoepidemiology and Biomedical Literature Evaluation . (3)

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 / 536. Introduction to Pharmacogenomics. (2)

PHRM 739. Pharmacotherapy I. (6)

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

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 Δ)

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 769. Pharmacy Practice Experience. (0-4, may be repeated four times Δ)

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

PHRM 771. Introductory Community Pharmacy Practice Experience. (4)

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

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

PHRM 774 / 512. Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry. (1)

PHRM 775 / 513. Radiation Biology and Radiation Safety. (3)

PHRM 776 / 516. Radiopharmacology. (3)

PHRM 781. Geriatric Medication Management - An Interprofessional Elective. (2)

PHRM 782. Clinical Toxicology. (2)

PHRM 784. Advanced Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy. (1)

PHRM 785. Advanced Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy. (1)

PHRM 786. Geriatric Interprofessional Elective. (2)

PHRM 790. Physical Assessment for the Pharmacist. (2)

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

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