The School of Pharmacy
The Husson University School of Pharmacy (HUSOP) will be a regional leader in integrative pharmacy education committed to improving the practice of pharmacy and rural health care delivery in the State of Maine.
Graduates of the Husson University School of Pharmacy will be capable of providing patient- and population-centered pharmaceutical care. The educational outcomes of the program encompass disease management, health promotion, systems management, communication, problem solving, and professionalism. The School of Pharmacy is committed to delivering these outcomes by learned and diverse faculties who excel in teaching and contribute to the profession and community through scholarly activities and service.
The Husson University School of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago IL, 60603; 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.
(Please visit the HUSOP website for the most up to date policies).
Completion of at least two years (60 credits) of college including the following prerequisites:
- General Biology with Labs; 2 semesters (8 credits)
- Anatomy and Physiology with Labs; 2 semesters (8 credits)
- General Chemistry with Labs; 2 semesters (8 credits)
- Organic Chemistry with Labs; 2 semesters (8 credits)
- Calculus: 1 semester (3 credits)
- Statistics and Probability: 1 semester (3 credits)
- English Composition/Writing: 2 semesters (6 credits)
- Economics (Macro or Micro): 1 semester (3 credits)
- Introduction to Psychology/Sociology: 1 semester (3 credits)
- Speech: 1 semester (3 credits)
- General Education Electives* (6 credits)
- *Choose one from two separate areas: Humanities, History, Philosophy/Ethics, Foreign Culture/Conversation, and Fine Arts.
- Submission of PCAT scores (School code = 159)
- Submission of all college transcripts
- Personal interview (if invited is at student's expense)
Applicants cannot use AP/CLEP credits in science (Chemistry, Biology) or math to meet the pre-pharmacy requirements. Students have the option of taking a more advanced course in the area for the same number of credits or more. For example, a student who has AP credit in Calculus 1 may take Calculus 1 or Calculus 2. The laboratory component must be taken with a laboratory-based course.
Credit Age Limit
College credits in the science and math prerequisites over five years old may not be considered in the application process. Students may be required to take refresher courses (e.g., Organic Chemistry with lab, Anatomy and Physiology with lab, Calculus, Statistics), especially if they have not had any recent coursework or work responsibilities in any one of these given areas.
Criminal Background Check
The nature of the post-graduate licensure as well as the potential placement in a variety of pharmacy practice setting requires all applicants answer questions related to past criminal complaints and convictions and once admitted submit to a criminal background check. An adverse criminal background check may affect admissions, progressions, and graduation.
Students may submit courses taken at foreign colleges/universities. The transcripts must be evaluated by a reputable service based in the United States. There is no guarantee that any or all courses will be accepted. Applicants who take course in Canada do not have to have their transcripts evaluated by such a service.
Husson students who are offered a guaranteed interview must earn a 3.5 math/science pre-pharmacy GPA or greater, score at least an 80th percentile on the PCAT, and successfully pass any other admissions requirements (e.g., interview).
Minimum Application Requirements
In order to apply, an applicant must have successfully completed the majority of the Biology/Anatomy & Physiology (three-quarters), Chemistry (three-quarters) and Math (half) coursework prior to the application deadline. Students must also forward their PCAT scores prior to the date. The minimum Math/Science pre-pharmacy GPA to apply is 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
Students are required to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test before the posted deadline. Students may take the test more than once before this time, with the highest score counting. Scores have a three year age limit, unless a new test version has been introduced. In the event a new version has been introduced in the past three years, applicants must take the most current version.
Applicants will be penalized for repeating pre-pharmacy science or math courses in which they earned a grade less than a C (2.0). These courses include Biology/Anatomy & Physiology, General/Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Calculus and Statistics. There is no penalty for withdrawing from a course. However a Withdrawal/Failing (WF) grade will be penalized as if it were a failing grade.
Applicants are required to submit official transcripts for all colleges attended prior to the application deadline. Husson students need not submit transcripts, unless they have taken a course elsewhere and have not submitted the transcript to Husson prior to making application to the School of Pharmacy.
The following coursework includes the minimum requirements to fulfill the course prerequisites for the Doctor of Pharmacy program in the Husson School of Pharmacy. Note: Chemistry, Biology and Math courses taken more than five (5) years ago are not routinely accepted for meeting pre-pharmacy requirements and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
|General Course Requirements|
|General Chemistry with labs||8|
|Organic Chemistry with labs||8|
|General Biology with labs||8|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs||8|
|Economics (Macro or Micro)||3|
|Introduction to Psychology/Sociology||3|
|General Education Electives||6|
|Husson Pre-Pharmacy Coursework|
|CM 221||Professional Communications||3|
|EH 123||Rhetoric and Composition I||3|
|EH 124||Rhetoric and Composition II||3|
|MS 132||Probability and Statistics||3|
|MS 181||Calculus with Applications||4|
|PY 111||General Psychology||3|
|SC 181||Chemistry I||3|
|SL 181||Chemistry Lab I||1|
|SC 182||Chemistry II||3|
|SL 182||Chemistry Lab II||1|
|SC 191||General Biology I||3|
|SL 191||General Biology Lab I||1|
|SC 192||General Biology II||3|
|SL 192||General Biology Lab II||1|
|SC 221||Anatomy and Physiology I||3|
|SL 221||Anat/Physiology Lab I||1|
|SC 222||Anatomy and Physiology II||3|
|SL 222||Anatomy/Physiology Lab II||1|
|SC 381||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|SL 381||Organic Chemistry I Lab||1|
|SC 382||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|SL 382||Organic Chemistry II Lab||1|
|SY 201||Principles of Sociology||3|
|Two General Education D Electives||6|
Three quarters of the Chemistry prerequisites need to be successfully completed prior to the application deadline.
Three quarters of the Biology/A&P prerequisites need to be successfully completed prior to the application deadline.
One of the two math prerequisites needs to be successfully completed prior to the application deadline.
Choose one from two separate areas: Humanities, History, Philosophy/Ethics, Foreign Culture/conversation, and Fine Arts.
Pre-pharmacy transfer guidelines from numerous undergraduate programs in the northeast and New Brunswick have been established and are posted on the website (http://www.husson.edu/?cat_id=1251).
A student who has attended, or is currently attending, another college/school of pharmacy and who wishes to pursue pharmacy education at Husson University must:
- be in good academic standing at the college of origin and able to continue,
- submit transcripts of all college courses, and
- have the dean of the previous college/school attended provide a letter of recommendation directly to the Dean of the Husson University School of Pharmacy, One College Circle, Bangor ME 04401-2999. Space must be available in the appropriate class at Husson in order for the transfer to proceed.
|Grade||Grade-Point Average||Range dependent on course|
Progressions - A student must have a Pharmacy Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above at the end of the first, second, and third professional years and meet all other progressions criteria related to experiential requirements, attainment of the necessary number of Professional Development Units (PDU), and be current in all required immunizations and certifications in order to proceed in the curriculum.
Pharmacy Cumulative GPA is computed based on all professional pharmacy courses.
Only the first four pharmacy electives will be used in computing the Pharmacy Cumulative GPA.
Any electives taken other than when scheduled in the professional pharmacy curriculum will not be used in computing the Pharmacy Cumulative GPA.
- A student who must retake one or more courses as detailed below will be placed on academic probation.
- Students who are on academic probation must meet with the Assistant Dean to develop a plan to retake course(s) and to discuss issues regarding the student’s performance, resources available, and consequences of earning further unsatisfactory grades.
- Students on academic probation are not permitted to serve in any student leadership position or on HUSOP committees. In addition, students on academic probation will not be granted permission to miss class time in order to attend outside school-sanctioned events (e.g. conferences, etc.).
- Students who have successfully remediated their course(s) will be removed from academic probation.
Course Repetition and Progressions
- A student must retake any course for which an "F" was earned. An elective course may not be retaken, unless permission is granted from the instructor.
- Students must successfully complete the required core courses and practice experience with a minimum annual GPA = 2.00 before progressing to the next academic year.
- A student will not be allowed to repeat a course for which a grade equal to or greater than a C (2.0) has been earned.
- Summer remediation may be offered for some didactic courses; however, students may not take more than two of these courses at a time.
A student shall be academically dismissed from the School of Pharmacy whenever one or more of the following conditions occurs:
- Failure of two or more classes in the professional program.
- Failure to graduate within six years of matriculation.
Student performance will be evaluated at the end of each semester.
Students who are dismissed from the School of Pharmacy for academic reasons may appeal in writing to a committee comprised of the Dean, Associate Dean, Assistant Dean and Chairs of the School of Pharmacy with the final decision relative to the appeal resting with the Dean of the School of Pharmacy.
Should a student decide to leave the program for personal or medical reasons, an appointment must be made with the School's Assistant Dean to address options and review university policy and requirements.
Upon completion of the specified requirements, the Doctor of Pharmacy degree will be awarded. Candidates for this degree must:
- Successfully complete all courses contained in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum;
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00; and
- Be recommended for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree by the faculty of the School of Pharmacy based upon academic performance, ethical and professional standards.
The School of Pharmacy has limited scholarship programs at this time. The school will determine the recipients of the awards utilizing the criteria specified by each donor.
Patient-Specific and Population-based Disease Management - The student will be able to provide patient-specific and population-based disease management in cooperation with patients, prescribers, and other members of an interprofessional health care team based upon sound therapeutic principles and evidence-based data, taking into account relevant legal, ethical, social, economic, cultural, political and professional issues, emerging technologies, and evolving pharmaceutical, biomedical, sociobehavioral, and clinical sciences that may impact therapeutic outcomes.
The student will be able to promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention in cooperation with patients, communities, at-risk populations, and other members of an interprofessional team of health care providers. Provide first aid and pharmacy services in disaster and poison control situations.
The student will be able to manage and use resources of the health care system, in cooperation with patients, prescribers, other health care providers, and administrative and supportive personnel, to promote health; to provide, assess, and coordinate safe, accurate, and time-sensitive medication distribution; and to improve therapeutic outcomes of medication use. This includes: managing human, physical, medical, informational, and technological resources; apply patient- and population-specific data, quality assurance strategies, and research processes to assure that medication use systems minimize drug errors, adverse reactions and optimize patient outcomes. This also includes designing medication use systems in accordance with legal, ethical, social, economic, and professional guidelines.
The student shall read, write, speak, listen and use data, media and computers to communicate effectively with various audiences for a variety of purposes.
The student shall find, understand and analyze information and shall make informed, rational, and ethical decisions.
The student shall articulate the influence of values on ideas and actions and shall demonstrate the ability and inclination to take responsibility for ethical conduct in personal and professional settings. The student shall demonstrate the ability and inclination to learn on one's own, to pursue new knowledge, to self-assess, to respond appropriately to assessment by others, and to modify one's ideas in light of new discoveries.