The pharmacy field is evolving rapidly. A deeper understanding of life’s chemical, physical, and biological bases—together with advances in information technology—has launched a new era of personalized medicine.

Breakthroughs in biopharmaceuticals and gene and stem cell therapies—along with the convergence of therapeutics, diagnostics, and devices—are altering medical care. Meanwhile, new emphasis is being placed on achieving better overall patient outcomes while simultaneously improving the cost-effectiveness of our entire healthcare delivery system.

These advances and challenges mean the pharmacist’s role is more vital than ever. Pharmacists are instrumental in every stage of patient care—from coordinating clinical trials that lead to innovations in treatment to managing chronic disease through direct care.

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, prepares students for the increasingly diverse roles pharmacists play in providing healthcare. Whether at the corner pharmacy or in the pharmaceutical industry, KGI educates PharmDs for the future.

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Program Quick Facts

Program length
It takes eight semesters (four years) to complete the PharmD program.
Full or part-time program
The PharmD program is a full-time program with classes during the day.
Online or in-person classes
All classes are done in-person along with experiential education essential for learning.
Experiential education
Students complete 10 different rotations prior to graduation: three IPPE rotations and seven APPE rotations.
Along with a PharmD degree, KGI students specialize in one of three areas.
Accelerated program
KGI offers a six-year accelerated PharmD for those coming directly from community college.

PharmD Program Details

  • KGI has built upon its leadership by leveraging close biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry ties with strengths in computational sciences and entrepreneurship to create a Doctor of Pharmacy program unlike any other. Required and optional industry experiential education provides students with a breadth of hands-on training designed to enhance their skills and knowledge, while increasing their competitiveness in the job market.

  • The PharmD curriculum ensures a clear and defined focus on the diverse set of skills needed for the evolving range of opportunities in pharmacy. Students take courses that provide them with foundational content, exposure to emerging topics, as well as elective courses and rotations within the certificate program. Generally, the overall curriculum is arranged into four categories: basic sciences, clinical skills, professional development, and experiential education.

    KGI’s integrated curriculum combines the foundational science content with the clinical and therapeutic content for each disease state and organ system. For example, when the students are studying Cardiology, in the morning they learn about the pathophysiology of a particular disease and then they study the drugs to treat that disease and the chemistry and mechanism of the drugs. That same day, clinical faculty talk to the students about how to use the drugs safely and effectively in various patient populations. In this way, the basic science topics serve as the foundation upon which the clinical topics are built.

  • “Pharmacy” is a loaded term. There’s more than one type of pharmacist. Within the profession, you’ll find positions such as:

    • Ambulatory care pharmacy
    • Clinical pharmacy
    • Compounding pharmacy
    • Home care (infusion) pharmacy
    • Hospital pharmacy
    • Regulatory pharmacy

    For KGI PharmD graduates, career opportunities extend beyond retail pharmacy. While the majority of the Class of 2019 entered the pharmacy profession, another substantial group—18 percent—entered fellowships or jobs within the pharmaceutical industry.

    How does KGI’s PharmD program introduce students to industry? A wide range of networking and coursework opportunities, including:

  • Along with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, KGI graduates receive a certificate in one of three main areas:

    • Healthcare Management/Pharmacy Informatics (HCM/PI)
    • Medical and Clinical Affairs (MCA)
    • Medication Therapy Outcomes (MTO)
  • The pathway is an accelerated six-year comprehensive PharmD degree, with the first two years at community college (providing students take all required coursework on time) and the remaining four as a student in KGI’s School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

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Program Faculty

Derick Han, PhD

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Pharmacology
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Jeniffer Hernandez, PhD

Associate Professor of Immunology, School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
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John Krstenansky, PhD, MBA, FRSC

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
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Quintin Broussard, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, BCNSP

Associate Professor, Clinical Sciences
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Kanika Bhandari, PharmD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences
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Stephanie Kourtakis, PharmD, BCACP

Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences
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Daniel Kudo, PharmD, FCSHP, APh

Professor of Practice
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Mostafa Elgebaly, PhD, RPh

Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Pathophysiology
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Talia Puzantian, PharmD, BCPP

Professor of Clinical Sciences
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Nazia Rashid, PharmD, MS

Director of Industry Relations, Office of Experiential Education and Associate Professor, Administrative Sciences
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Gregory Reardon, RPh, MS, PhD

Program Director, Doctor of Pharmacy Program, and Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences
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Armen Simonian, PharmD

Associate Professor of Clinical and Administrative Sciences
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"We prepare our students to be at the forefront of industry, technology, and patient care. With experiential education and unique collaboration with other KGI degree programs, our graduates enter impactful careers."
Martin Zdanowicz
Professor of Pharmaceutical and Applied Life Sciences

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