Pharm.D. Curriculum & Sample Block Schedules

Pharmacy in Downers Grove

During the first professional years in the program, students complete required courses, elective courses, and introductory pharmacy practice experiences. The final professional year transitions into experiential learning at diverse clinical rotation sites.


The complete sequence of all required courses:

3.5- Year Pharm.D. Curriculum (began Fall 2016)

The sequence for the three-year option that begins in Fall 2019 is not yet available.

Comparison of Three- vs. Three-and-a-Half-Year Curricula

Sample Block Schedules

Each class of pharmacy students follows the same schedule of courses each quarter, also known as a "block schedule." With this system, the University will enroll students in their required courses on the days and times they are offered. There is no option to create a custom schedule of required courses.

In the second and third professional years in the program, students may sign up for elective courses of their choice (subject to availability) in addition to their required courses.

To better understand how block schedules work, please click on the links below to see previous quarters' schedules for the current three-and-a-half-year curriculum. In the coming year, additional links will be added for the second and third professional years. (The block schedules for the three-year curriculum are not yet available.)

Please note: Quarterly block schedules are subject to change each year for each class. The following are posted for informational purposes only.

3.5-Year Curriculum  (Began in Fall 2016)

First Professional Year:
Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter

Second Professional Year:
Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter

Course Descriptions

Courses for the three-year curriculum and three-and-a-half-year curriculum are identical.

Required Courses
Elective Courses - Must complete at least eight hours of elective coursework.