PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION: Design and implementation of a novel doctor of pharmacy curriculum


  • Sharon Youmans University of California San Francisco, California, United States
  • Marcus Ferrone University of California San Francisco, California, United States



Competency-based, Curriculum, Integrated courses, Pass/No Pass grading, Pharmacy


Introduction: The University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy has a rich tradition of transforming curricula to graduate pharmacists who are equipped to serve the current and future healthcare needs of the public.

Description of programme: This paper describes the process of the design, build, and implementation of a three-year, year-round, competency-based, integrated, Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum with a pass/no pass grading policy.

Evaluation: A variety of data streams are in place to collect data on courses, teaching, and student performance as part of continuous quality improvement activities.

Future Plans: In addition to traditional evaluation metrics of the curriculum the school will implement a career outcomes project to track students’ career and employment placements. The results of the evaluation and assessment activities will be shared in future manuscripts.

Author Biographies

Sharon Youmans, University of California San Francisco, California, United States

Department of Clinical Pharmacy

Marcus Ferrone, University of California San Francisco, California, United States

Department of Clinical Pharmacy


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How to Cite

Youmans, S., & Ferrone, M. (2021). PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION: Design and implementation of a novel doctor of pharmacy curriculum . Pharmacy Education, 21, p. 538–545.



Programme Description