The International-Trained PharmD Program is an advanced standing entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program for pharmacists who graduated with a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in pharmacy from any locally-approved or accredited college or university program outside the United States. By earning a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from the University of Colorado’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences’ International-Trained PharmD (ITPD) Program, you’ll be able to make a lasting impact your patients, community and career.
The ITPD program meets the same abilities-based outcomes as the school’s on-campus entry-level program, with advanced standing achieved through coursework earned in the applicant’s baccalaureate Pharmacy degree, prior professional experience, and demonstration of competency in biomedical sciences and pharmaceutical sciences via pre-admission examination. These exams assure that knowledge obtained from coursework provided in the applicant’s baccalaureate pharmacy program may be accepted as credit for previous degree work. Alternatively, applicants may demonstrate this competency through successful passing of the US Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Exam (FPGEE).
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The International-Trained PharmD (ITPD) Program is open to pharmacists who possess a bachelor degree (or equivalent) in pharmacy from any locally-approved or accredited college or university program outside of the United States. Applicants must be licensed pharmacists and be in good standing with the licensing agency in their country. Successful applicants must also demonstrate a desire and commitment to expand patient-centered pharmacy care in their home country. (PLEASE NOTE: Successful completion of the ITPD program’s pathway to the PharmD degree does not ensure eligibility for licensure in the U.S., as each state sets its own requirements for licensure.)
To learn more about the ITPD admission requirements, visit the the International- Trained PharmD Program Admission page.
The ITPD Program requires the completion of 54 credit hours of didactic coursework, which includes introductory/advanced introductory pharmacy practice experiences and 36 credit hours experiential training in advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs), or rotations, totaling 90 credit hours.
The ITPD Program is primarily a distance-based program, yet the ITPD Program does require students to come to Colorado during the curriculum. During these visits, students complete program requirements through live sessions, which occur at the beginning and toward the end of the curriculum.
The first live session includes four weeks of on-campus training, which provides in-person interaction, individualized education and support, and introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs).
The second live session includes an additional four weeks of on-campus training, with the completion of the advanced IPPE and assessments to prepare students for the advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) rotations. APPE rotations are completed in the US over 30-36 weeks.
|Live Session #1 Required On Campus Courses|
|PRDI 7000||US Pharmacy Prac Fund||2|
|PRDI 7100||Pt Centered Clin Comm||2.5|
|PRDI 7150||Med Term & Lab Interp||0.5|
|PRDI 7300||Intro Phcy Pract Exp I||2.5|
|Online didactic course requirements.|
|PRDI 7470||US Phcy Leadership Mgmt||2|
|PRDI 7480||US Phcy Law & Reg Stds||1.5|
|PRDI 7770||US Pt Centered Self-Care||2.5|
|PRDI 7911||Professional Skills Portfolio I||1|
|PRDI 7912||Professional Skills Portfolio II||0.5|
|PRDO 7419||Applied Drug Info (DI) Portfolio||0.5|
|PRDO 7440||Evid-based Med & Lit Ev||3|
|PRDO 7490||Healthcare Informatics||1|
|PRDO 7492||Healthcare Informatics II||1|
|PRDO 7561||Instructional Methods||1.5|
|PRDO 7601||Public Health||1|
|PRDO 7602||Health Economics||1|
|PRDO 7621||Interprofessional Collaborative Practice||0.5|
|PRDO 7622||Interprof Healthcare Ethics & Health Equity||0.5|
|PRDO 7700||Clin Skills Foundations||2|
|PRDO 7730||Pharmacotherapy-Inf Dis||2|
|PRDO 7742||Pharmacotx -Bone Conn Tis||0.5|
|PRDO 7800||Clinical Problem Solving Skills||2|
|PRDO 7851||Clinical Capstone||3.5|
|Students are required to enroll in one elective from the list below|
|PRDO 7495||Innovation Entrepreneurship||1|
|PRDO 7323||ADSM II-III Critical Care||1|
|PRDO 7745||Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy||1|
|PRDO 7775||Integrative Health & Medicine||1|
|PRDO 7818||Pharmaceutical Industry Fundamentals||1|
|Live Session #2 Required On Campus Courses|
|PRDI 7900||Prof Skills Dev||1|
|PRDI 7920||Adv Intro Phcy Prac Exp||3|
|ITPD students are required to complete a total of 6 experiential rotations.|
|PRDO 8401||APPE - Ambulatory Care||6|
|PRDO 8501||APPE Hospital/Health System||6|
|PRDO 8502||APPE Hospital/Health System Challenge||6|
|PRDO 8601||Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience-Community||6|
|PRDO 8701||APPE Elective Rotation (2 Electives Required)||6|