At the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, we’ve been helping pharmacists like you advance their careers for more than 20 years. The North American-Trained PharmD (NTPD) program is a post-baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy degree completed in as little as 2 years. Best of all? It’s flexible, engaging and online. That means you can work towards your Doctor of Pharmacy degree while you work your current pharmacy job.
The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
“One thing this program taught me was how to approach different patient scenarios, how to check and follow guidelines and provide evidence-based recommendations, and how to communicate with my patients. It taught me how to be a better provider.”
“I’d been out in the working world for several years and then I thought to myself, ‘I need to get a PharmD because I need to be relevant and I’m a working person, I have a family, so I needed something flexible.'”
“Most of my career has been in community pharmacy so this program has exposed me to more practice settings, use of technology, and kept my knowledge current.”
The NTPD Program requires the completion of 35 semester credit hours of didactic coursework and 30 credit hours of experiential training in advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs), or rotations, for a total of 65 semester credit hours. Learn more about the didactic curriculum and experiential training in the tabs.
All students have six years to complete the program requirements. To offer maximum flexibility, the 65 semester credit hours can be completed in a part-time or full-time format. The NTPD Program encourages students to complete, at a minimum, four to six credit hours per semester for a part-time format.
Upon admission into the NTPD Program, all students will schedule an advising call. During the advising call, every student will receive an individualized plan defining how and when the student will complete the didactic and experiential requirements. Any student can request an advising call at any time during the semester.
The didactic curriculum for the NTPD Program is composed of 35 credit hours. Students fulfill the credit hours through five foundation courses and pharmacotherapy courses. Each didactic course is delivered in a format which will require about one to two hours of “class time” per credit hour each week, plus one to two hours to complete assignments. Additional study time is student specific.
Foundation Courses: foundation courses support the pharmacotherapy courses and develop skills that are important to the effective functioning of clinical pharmacy practitioners:
Pharmacotherapy Courses: Pharmacotherapy courses form the core of the didactic curriculum and each course addresses the pathophysiology, advanced pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics and professional skills development for two to three body systems.
Elective Course (complete one):
The NTPD Program experiential training curriculum includes 30 weeks or 1200 hours of advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) in the following practice areas:
The required APPE rotation practice areas are drug information (for students admitted prior to the 2014 fall semester), ambulatory care and health-system pharmacy/inpatient. In addition, there are three elective APPE rotations. Elective APPEs may be selected from a variety of medicine subspecialties, such as neurology, oncology, nutrition, infectious disease, critical care, psychiatry and pediatrics. Students can choose from other elective rotation choices including: pharmaceutical care projects, community pharmacy, education, administration, industry, managed care and clinical research.
The APPEs can be accomplished by performing live rotations on a full- or part-time basis and in cooperation with the rotation preceptor.
In addition, the APPEs may also be completed through a combination of live rotations and challenging some APPEs for academic credit through a credit-by-challenge submission, within the APPE guidelines of the program. All students must perform two live APPE rotations.
Students have increased flexibility in how they complete the APPE rotations. Students should read through the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience policy to learn more about this upcoming change. Students can locate more information about rotations and credit-by-challenges within the Current Students section.
The North American-Trained PharmD (NTPD) Program is open to pharmacists who are licensed in the United States or Canada and are in good standing with the licensing agency, provided the following requirements are met:
In addition to the categories listed above, there is no minimum grade point average (GPA) to apply to the NTPD Program. University policies require background checks for all students upon admission. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to consider exceptions to admissions policies on a case-by-case basis.
Students may begin the NTPD Program in the fall or spring semester. Applications are accepted at any time for the NTPD Program, provided the applications are received prior to each semester's deadline. The deadline for the fall semester is April 15, and the deadline for the spring semester is October 15.
Prospective students interested in beginning classes in August 2022 should complete the online application by June 30, 2022. Contact the Distance Degrees and Programs Office at 303-724-8980 or Pharmacy.Online@cuanschutz.edu with any questions or to discuss the application process.
If the deadline falls on a weekend or United States holiday, then the deadline will be the next business day. Please contact the DDP Office if there are concerns about meeting the application deadline. Otherwise, applications received after the semester's deadline will be considered for the next admissions cycle. Acceptance into the NTPD Program will be honored for one year from the start of the semester for which admission was requested. Students who fail to enroll in any course within that year may be required to reapply. Admission extensions to the NTPD Program will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
As a student of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, all NTPD students are subject to all school and program policies as our entry-level PharmD students, including the ethics and conduct code and academic advancement policies. A full list of these policies is located on the Policies and Procedures webpage.
To apply to the NTPD Program, applicants must complete ALL of the application materials listed below. All application materials are reviewed by the School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee.
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.