The VCU School of Pharmacy offers a Pharm.D./Ph.D. dual degree program for outstanding Pharm.D. students to obtain both a Pharm.D. and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The dual degree program provides curricular efficiencies in both the Pharm.D. and Ph.D. programs, opportunities for summer research and elective advanced pharmacy practice experiences, which allow dual degree students to graduate with their Pharm.D. after four years and with efficiencies to complete the Ph.D. degree after approximately two to three additional years.
Credit efficiencies. In the P-3 and P-4 years (corresponding to the G-1 and G-2 years), the student will be enrolled full-time in the Pharm.D./Ph.D. dual degree program. The students will take core or elective graduate courses as Pharm.D. electives, which are also applied toward six credits of their didactic Ph.D. credits. Additionally, students may take up to two elective advanced pharmacy practice experiences, which are also applied toward 10 credits of their Ph.D. research. In order to be eligible for the Pharm.D. degree, students must earn a minimum number of 155 credits, which includes a maximum of 16 credits that may also be applied toward the Ph.D. degree (six didactic credits and 10 APPE/directed research credits). In order to be eligible for the Ph.D., dual degree students must earn a minimum of 30 didactic credits and 30 directed research credits.