Doctor of Pharmacy

Pocatello, Meridian and Anchorage

ISU’s College of Pharmacy is the oldest of the colleges on the Pocatello campus and offers the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Better known as the PharmD, the Doctor of Pharmacy degree is a four-year professional doctorate, preceded by at least three years of pre-pharmacy academic studies. 

The Doctor of Pharmacy degree can be completed in Pocatello or Meridian, Idaho or in Anchorage, Alaska. Students may complete their fourth year at our clinical sites in Idaho (Boise, Pocatello, Coeur d’Alene), at our site in Reno, Nevada, or in Anchorage, Alaska and surrounding Alaskan communities.

General Information

The College of Pharmacy offers a professional doctorate that focuses on improving clinical outcomes and improving the quality of patient life. The Mission, Goals and Objectives of the ISU College of Pharmacy and our Curricular Philosophy underscore the overarching educational principles of our program.

Specifically, we educate pharmacists to:

  • Provide quality pharmaceutical care;
  • Be a valuable member of an interprofessional health-care team;
  • Identify and manage complex pharmacotherapy regimens
  • Cultivate ethical and evidence-based decision making
  • Promote public health; and
  • Meet the health-care challenges of the future.

Pharmacists are called upon continuously to develop knowledge and skills to assume new roles that focus on medication management, and to optimize patient outcomes. Graduates of the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy possess the knowledge and skills to succeed throughout their careers and hold true the values of professionalism, ethics, critical thinking, and life-long learning.

ISU's PharmD graduates are sought after for various career opportunities. New graduates have reported employment in community pharmacy practice, clinics and hospital practice, long-term care and home health care. Average full-time salaries associated with these positions for new graduates range from $100,000 to $140,000 annually.


If you wish to be one of our students, you must complete all pre-pharmacy requirements, except for biochemistry, by the end of the spring term of the year you apply. Biochemistry may be completed the summer prior to your admission. Your pre-pharmacy requirements may be completed at any accredited two-or four-year college. These courses provide the foundation necessary for successful completion of the PharmD program. In addition to ISU’s general education requirements and elective credits, you will need to complete the following pre-pharmacy requirements:

  • General Biology;
  • General Chemistry;
  • Statistics or Intro to Statistics;
  • Brief Calculus or Calculus I;
  • General Physics I;
  • Organic Chemistry;
  • Biochemistry;
  • General Microbiology;
  • Economics; and
  • Anatomy and Physiology.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 72 college/university semester credits before beginning the PharmD program at ISU.

For more detailed pre-pharmacy requirements, look here. Actual pharmacy experience is strongly recommended prior to applying for admissions to the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Application Process

Non-ISU students are not required to concurrently apply to both the College of Pharmacy and the University; however, if you are accepted into the program, we will ask you to also apply to Idaho State University's undergraduate program. Once the entering class is finalized, students are transferred to the professional program and permitted to register for classes. The application must be submitted online to the College of Pharmacy no later than February 1. Hard copies of the following are also due February 1:

  • Official college transcripts
  • A $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • Three completed recommendation forms  (one from a pharmacist)

For more information, please visit our PharmD admissions web page.


Cost per semester for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

  Idaho Resident Nonresidents Alaska
ISU Tuition & Fees $3,478 $10,512 $0
Pharm.D. Fees $5,165 $7,470 $16,100
Malpractice Insurance $5 $5 $5
TOTAL $8,648 $17,987 $16,105

Where fees are used

Wages and benefits 69.86%
Material, supplies, communication, other 13.65%
Pharmacy Practice Experience support 7.86%
Capital Expenditure 8.63%

Program Statistics and Facts Sheet

The PharmD Curriculum

The PharmD curriculum* is provided in an environment characterized by sensitivity to the importance of diversity through the utilization of traditional and innovative delivery methods, and tailored to meet the needs of the citizens of Idaho, Alaska and beyond. The College of Pharmacy has an innovative and forward-thinking faculty throughout the state who have designed a progressive curriculum to enable you to join the profession of pharmacy as a highly competent pharmacy practitioner. The mission of the College's Doctor of Pharmacy program is to develop caring and highly capable pharmacists who positively impact the health care needs of people in our communities, the state and nation.  We are committed to the advancement of the pharmacy profession and the biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences through research, service and patient-centered care.
*a complete description of the PharmD curriculum may be found here

PharmD First Year

The first year in the PharmD program will provide a firm foundation in the basic sciences.  Curriculum topics include:

  • Physiology
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacology

In other courses, students will learn about literature evaluation, research design, career opportunities, and current issues in healthcare.

PharmD Second and Third Years

The second- and third-year courses are presented in a modular format, in which the pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutics and pharmacotherapy of specific organ systems or diseases are integrated into one intensive course focusing on disease-state management. These courses will prepare you for the practice of pharmacy. The focus of these courses is:

  • Renal/Pulmonary
  • Cardiovascular
  • Pain Management  
  • Pediatric/Geriatric Pharmacotherapy             
  • Endocrine
  • Hepatic/Nutrition/Gastrointestinal                     
  • Central Nervous System
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Hematology/Oncology

PharmD Fourth Year

The final 42 weeks are devoted to full-time Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) at various clerkship sites, which are established in the following locations:

Pocatello   Boise
Reno, Nev.  Twin Falls
Coeur d’ Alene Anchorage, AK

These sites offer the most innovative and highest quality pharmaceutical care being practiced today. Rotations begin in late May and continue throughout the ensuing 12 months after successful completion of the third-year.


  • PharmD/MBA
  • PharmD/MS
  • PharmD/PhD

A joint-degree program permits you to study concurrently for a PharmD and a graduate degree. Professional pharmacy students may apply for early admission to a graduate program following completion of the PharmD first year.

Student Organizations

Membership in student organizations provides the opportunity to network with future colleagues, strengthen interpersonal communication and leadership skills, participate in service projects, and develop friendships. Participation in student organizations not only benefits you, but also benefits the pharmacy profession and your community. The Professional Pharmacy Student Alliance advocates the enhancement of all pharmacy student organizations. This Alliance sponsors annual fund-raisers and health clinics, and serves as a liaison group for all pharmacy student organizations.

Books, Computers and Supplies

Books and supplies may cost $500 to $1000 per year. In addition, each student is required to have a laptop computer and calculator available for daily use in the program.


Over $200,000 in scholarships are awarded to PharmD students annually through contributed and endowed funds. This is in addition to scholarships awarded through the ISU Office of Financial Aid.

Information about Pharmacy

For more information about the profession of pharmacy visit these websites:

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

American Pharmacists Association

American College of Clinical Pharmacy

American Society of Health System Pharmacists