Master of Science Degree/Residency Program
The NEOMED combined Master of Science (M.S.) degree/residency program in health-system pharmacy administration is designed for pharmacists who wish to build on their clinical competence to develop administrative, financial and leadership skills related to health-system administration. The program enables graduates to manage complex health-system pharmacy departments at the institutional and department levels.
This two-year program provides graduates with the professional practice excellence, leadership ability, and business acumen that the profession and health care systems require to meet the shortage of health-system pharmacy executives. The residency position is handled through the ASHP Resident Match Program.
Residents may also opt to complete the College of Pharmacy’s Teaching and Learning Curriculum program.
Graduates of the M.S. degree/residency program in health-system pharmacy administration will be able to:
- convey a shared, inspired vision for pharmacy services in health-systems to meet organizational and patient needs.
- demonstrate the ability to develop strategies, objectives and plans of action to support high-quality, contemporary, comprehensive pharmacy services.
- design, develop, implement and evaluate safe and effective medication use systems across the continuum of care, incorporating evidence-based management and best practices/innovation from other industries.
- manage the entire spectrum of the human resource function.
- utilize financial management skills to develop and monitor budgets, write program proposals and perform pharmacoeconomic analysis to optimize managerial decisions.
- provide innovative, quality services while maximizing the organization’s financial position across the continuum of care.
- utilize effective interdisciplinary communication (written and verbal) throughout the health care system.
- integrate regular self-assessment to optimize management styles and techniques for continuous improvement.
- Classes are offered in the early evenings to minimize disruption to the continuity of residents’ rotations.
- Coursework is provided through the NEOMED College of Pharmacy and the Cleveland State University (CSU) Monte Ahuja College of Business.
- The M.S. degree/residency program requires 40 semester hours with a concurrent two-year specialized residency in pharmacy administration at the Cleveland Clinic or Akron General Medical Center; both must be completed in two years.
APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
Prerequisites for acceptance in the M.S. degree/residency program are:
- a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree
- Acceptance into the Pharmacy Administration Residency through the ASHP Match Program at the Cleveland Clinic or Akron General Medical Center.
- status as a licensed pharmacist or eliigiblity for licensure
- achievement of an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 out of the 4.00 scale in a college of pharmacy
- Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) waived for candidates with a Pharm.D. or graduate level degree, and an overall GPA of 3.00 in a college of pharmacy
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
- Be accepted into the Pharmacy Administration Residency through the ASHP Match Program at the Cleveland Clinic or Akron General Medical Center
- Complete the NEOMED online application
- Submit three letters of recommendation
- Submit transcripts and test scores
- Submit current curriculum vitae
- Submit personal statement