Clinical pharmacy practice is growing rapidly as traditional roles of the pharmacist have evolved. Today’s pharmacists are trained not only in dispensing medications, but also in identifying, treating, and in some instances, prescribing medications. Pharmacists are frontline healthcare team members providing their vast expertise of drug information and interactions alongside physicians, nurses, mental health practitioners and ultimately patients.
As pharmacy practice has changed, many pharmacists are underprepared to provide clinical recommendations. The Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Pharmacy degree addresses these education gaps and prepares pharmacists to confidently provide clinical pharmacy services.
The Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy degree provides you with the latest training in clinical pharmacy practice. Coursework in pharmacotherapy, clinical reasoning and decision making, and evidence-based medicine prepares you for a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, ambulatory clinics and even expansion of community-based clinical pharmacy services. The thesis or capstone project component allow you to explore a subject of your choice more deeply, further allowing you to meet your professional needs.
Pharmacists seeking advanced clinical pharmacy education, but unable to meet the experiential rotation requirements of a PharmD program, will benefit from this degree program.
Outside of the United States, the online program increases access to advanced clinical pharmacy education allowing pharmacists to continue working, advancing their career, education and clinical pharmacy practice worldwide.
Our program is an excellent post-graduate option if you are a pharmacist with a BS or MS in Pharmacy, or a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, and are:
The Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy program requires the completion of 33 semester credit hours of online coursework. The program is designed to provide students with the fundamentals to succeed in any clinical pharmacy setting and includes coursework in pharmacy practice, applied clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacotherapy and healthcare systems. In addition to the didactic coursework, there are two practice-based, longitudinal portfolios on drug information and professional skills and a capstone thesis project.
11.5 Credit Hours
Complete courses focused on foundational, pharmacy practice and appllied clinical pharmacy core.
Online Courses - These courses serve as the foundation for clinical and applied practice courses. Courses in this category are prerequisites for other courses.
Foundational Core - These courses serve as the foundation for clinical and applied practice courses. Courses in this category are prerequisites for other courses.
Applied Clinical Pharmacy Practice Core - These courses build on the above categories and Pharmacotherapy courses, providing students the knowledge and skills to provide patient-centered pharmacy care. Examples include Evidence-based Medicine and Literature Evaluation, and Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making.
15 credit hours
Select courses based upon pharmacy practice and professional goals.
Pharmacotherapy - Complete 8 credit hours of the 15 credit hours offered in several therapeutic areas. Courses include significant skills-based activities, thereby preparing students to succeed in advanced application of skills in the clinical capstone course and future patient-centered pharmacy care practice.
Healthcare Systems - Complete 2 credit hours of the 5 credit hours offered. Courses in this area provide students an understanding of U.S. based healthcare systems issues (i.g., Healthcare Informatics).
Electives - 5 credit hours - Electives allow students to design a program to meet their professional needs.
Professional and academic coursework showcasing theoretical and applied clinical pharmacy practice knowledge.
Clinical Capstone Course
This course integrates essential core pharmacy practice topics, requiring students to apply prior learning, in an integrated manner. The application of learning to complex patient scenarios prepares students for patient-centered pharmacy care practice.
Capstone Thesis Project
Theory becomes practice. The Capstone Thesis Project is the pinnacle of the program and demonstrates systems-level thinking. The multi-faceted project will be completed across the MS in Clinical Pharmacy program.
Practice-Based Longitudinal Portfolio
Perform patient-related activities in two separate longitudinal portfolios, one on drug information and another on Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs). The EPAs may require permission from the student’s worksite or self-chosen site. Students complete activities throughout their enrollment in the program.
The Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy program is open to pharmacists who meet one of the following requirements:
NOTE: Students interested in beginning classes in fall 2021 should contact the DDP Office to discuss an extended deadline and steps to apply. Pharmacy.Online@cuanschtz.edu or 303-724-8980.
New tuition rates are established each spring and normally go into effect fall semester. An outline of the current tuition and fees (US dollars) is located below in the tuition tab.
Once students have registered for classes, a bill for tuition and fees will be generated through the Bursar’s Office; students will not receive a paper bill. All tuition and fees are due within 30 days of the first day of class.
Students will not be able to register for subsequent semesters unless the bill from previous semesters has been paid in full. Once the payment is received and processed, an official statement of payment will be available online for use with taxes or for employee reimbursement programs.
Refunds - Students who drop a class within the guidelines specified below will receive an adjusted tuition bill. The drop/add date is located on the DDP academic calendar. Any refunds due will be processed automatically by the Bursar's Office.
|Drop Date||Remaining Course Load||Tuition Due||Tuition Refund|
|Before Drop Date||Zero or any course load||0%||100%|
|After Drop Date||Zero or any course load||100%||0%|
Scholarships sometime become available for students. An email will be sent to each student's UCDenver email account to inform students of any scholarship opportunities. In addition, scholarship information may be included in the News section of the School of Pharmacy website.
Financial aid information is available from the Anschutz Medical Campus Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.
pharmacy practice experience to solidify the student’s skills in providing patient-centered care. The M.S. degree does not include rotations but requires students to draw upon current professional experiences by submitting portfolio-based assessments and the completion of a thesis.