College of Pharmacy
Setting the Standard for Interdisciplinary Education for Health Professionals
INTERPROFESSIONAL HEALTH CARE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH — pharmacy and medicine students learning together...graduating pharmacy students who PROACTIVELY integrate into the health care team to collaboratively advance and deliver optimal patient care
The mission of the College of Pharmacy is to prepare highly skilled pharmacists who play an indispensable role in a team-oriented approach to patient care and medication management services. The College’s unique curriculum intermeshes with that of the College of Medicine to set new standards for interprofessional education, collaboration, community involvement, diversity and lifelong learning.
The College's truly integrated, interprofessional curriculum is one of its most distinctive assets. It trains students to be superb scientists, skilled practitioners and compassionate communicators. The curriculum is designed to foster the development of the characteristics that people want to see in their health care professionals: competence, communication, caring, character, community and curiosity. Through side-by-side learning in classrooms, clinical settings, simulation and laboratory settings throughout all four years of study teamwork is fostered that is essential for optimal patient care.
Our integrated program is committed to setting new standards for interprofessional education and collaboration. It is my pleasure to welcome you to our website. Thank you for your interest in the College of Pharmacy.
"The 'Ah-ha!' moment ignites me — that instant when the class finally understands the complexity of a drug's mechanism."Mate M. Soric, Pharm.D., BCPS, Department of Pharmacy Practice
If your professional calling is to provide excellent patient care as part of a health care team, you’ve come to the right place. Promoting good teamwork among health care providers has become a national priority. The College of Pharmacy has answered this call by developing an innovative educational experience for our pharmacy students. Our groundbreaking curriculum allows pharmacy and medicine students from the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) to learn side-by-side and to foster the close working relationships needed in clinical and community settings.
Studies have shown that well-functioning teams improve patient outcomes and reduce medical errors—and skilled pharmacists are an integral part of health care teams. Since practitioners are expected to work together in clinical settings, fostering good teamwork and communication skills from the very moment professionals begin training is vitally important.
The Six Cs
The importance of communication is one of "Six Cs" stressed throughout the NEOMED curriculum. In addition to communication, the Six Cs include: competence, caring, character, community, and curiosity. Ohio citizens have told us they want health care professionals who are skilled and competent at what they do and who show empathy and compassion to them and their loved ones. They want health care providers who speak to them and who have the communication skills needed to be effective practitioners. They also demand that their care providers be professional and have the personal character needed to make sound, ethical decisions. And, they want them to be engaged in the communities in which they live and work.
In addition to our unique curriculum and emphasis on the Six Cs, NEOMED’s extensive educational network sets it apart from other colleges of pharmacy. NEOMED has partnered with The University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Kent State University and Youngstown State University. Preferential admissions agreements allow students to complete their pre-pharmacy studies at one of these universities and then apply to the four-year pharmacy program. Qualified students from other colleges and universities also will be accepted. The College of Pharmacy four-year professional program culminates with the awarding of the doctor of pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.)
Our clinical educational partners include hospitals throughout northeast Ohio, community pharmacy and other clinical practice settings, as well as two boards of health. Additionally, we work closely with community clinics throughout the region. These partnerships allow pharmacy students to experience health care in a variety of settings—from major teaching hospitals to community-based centers. Additionally, our basic science campus in Rootstown, Ohio, offers state-of-the-art lecture halls and laboratories where our students work closely with faculty and fellow students.
Applicants for admission to the doctor of pharmacy program at NEOMED must complete at least two years of pre-professional coursework, earning a minimum of 72 semester hours in various disciplines. Please visit Pharmacy Information for additional admissions requirements.