Doctor of Pharmacy Degree

Graduate Programs at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy

As one of the top pharmacy programs in the Southeast, we are committed to developing pharmacists who not only know how to execute in their field but see a deeper level of caring as essential to their work and the communities they serve. With Lipscomb’s full-time, four-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree, you’ll have the skillset to stand out. You see, with a 75-student cohort, dedicated faculty and curriculum that adheres to the highest professional standards, we’ll give you an educational foundation for a career in one of the fastest-growing industries in the country. Or save some time, money and effort by enrolling in one of our three dual degree offerings including our Pharm.D./MHCI, Pharm.D./M.M. or Pharm.D./Ph.D. Partnership with the Pharmacology Graduate Program at Vanderbilt University. Learn more by clicking one of the tabs below!

Pharm.D. & Master of Health Care Informatics

Looking to strengthen your pharmacy education? Enroll in Lipscomb’s Doctor Pharmacy and master of health care Informatics dual degree program and engage in advanced training and education in health sciences, information technology and business. Here you will enroll in a comprehensive program, which enhances pharmacy education with the development of competencies and skills in the utilization and integration of data, information, knowledge, technology and automation to enhance health care delivery outcomes.

What makes this program unique?

  • Lipscomb College of Pharmacy is only the second in the nation to offer this dual degree program.
  • The Dual Pharm.D./Master of Health Care Informatics degree can now be accomplished in half the time and at half the cost of seeking two separate degrees.
  • The program focuses on advanced training and education in health sciences, information technology and business.
  • You will be prepared for jobs in: Hospitals, health care consulting, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, corporate hospital and health system companies, insurance companies, governmental agencies, health-related software companies, business, industry, academia and more.
  • Students will receive two diplomas at graduation (one for each degree).

The benefits of obtaining a MHCI degree as a pharmacist.

  • You will understand the relationship between data, information technology and the health care system, which will put you in great demand.
  • An MHCI degree distinguishes you and will enhance your chances to secure employment, residencies and fellowships.
  • Salaries for graduates from this dual degree program exceed those in the top of the market for health care professionals.
  • Health care informatics is foundational to any career in pharmacy.

Earn an extra degree in the time it takes to earn one.

  • 33 total hours for MHCI degree
  • 27 hours of Health Care Informatics Courses; seven hours are built in the pharmacy curriculum
  • Students can apply for additional financial aid

Questions? Contact Dr. Beth Breeden at beth.breeden@lipscomb.edu or 615-966-7112

Pharm.D. & Master of Management in Health Care

Gain the skills necessary to advance into leadership and management positions in a variety of health systems with Lipscomb's dual Doctor Pharmacy and Master of Management in Health Care (Pharm.D./M.M.H.C.) program. The clinical expertise of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree combined with the business knowledge of a Master of Management in Health Care degree will set you apart as a leader, even before you graduate.

What makes this program unique?

  • The Master of Management in Health Care is a 30-hour program offered in conjunction with the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
  • 15 hours of the Master of Management in Health Care degree are built in to the classes available in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum.
  • The dual Pharm.D./Master of Management in Health Care degree can be accomplished in half the time at half the cost of seeking two separate degrees.
  • The Master of Management in Health Care program includes a 25-hour per week Directed Work Study at a local health care company. 
  • Students earn $15 an hour during the summer Directed Work Study experience.
  • An optional global management experience can be provided through an APPE rotation during your fourth year in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum.

The benefits of obtaining a Master of Management in Health Care degree as a pharmacist.

  • Focused training on health care leadership and management.
  • The M.M.H.C. degree sets you apart, enhancing your marketability for employment, fellowships, residencies and management positions.
  • Promotes future career success and job satisfaction through additional training in professional development, problem solving and communications.
  • Global health care management experience is gained.
  • Develop skills for leading and managing others in complex systems.
  • Broadens professional opportunities and creates quicker advancements.

An extra degree in the time it takes to earn one.

The Dual Pharm.D./M.M.H.C. degree will be awarded to a student who completes the 155 hours of the Doctor of Pharmacy program along with the additional 15 hours of graduate credit in Master of Management in Health Care courses.

  • Master of Management in Health Care courses will be completed in the summers following your P1 and P2 years.
  • Students will receive two diplomas at graduation (one for each degree).
  • Students can apply for additional financial aid.

Questions? Contact Brent Thompson at brent.thompson@lipscomb.edu or 615-966-7138

Vanderbilt Degree Partnership Program

Learn to facilitate and enhance graduate educational experiences in the pharmaceutical and pharmacological sciences with Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University Degree Partnership Program. Fill the current marketplace need and earn a Pharm.D. and/or Ph.D. degree, and It will expand the pool of outstanding students available to enter the Vanderbilt University Pharmacology Training Program, and add an additional dimension to the multidisciplinary educational and research teams across institutions.

What makes this program unique?

  • Improve student access and options in graduate level coursework in the pharmaceutical and pharmacological sciences at both institutions.
  • Enable students at both institutions to be jointly admitted and enrolled concurrently in approved program coursework.
  • Use resources at both institutions to more efficiently and effectively enhance student progression though the Degree Partnership Program and increase collaborative interactions among participating faculty and students.

The benefits of the Lipscomb/Vanderbilt Degree Partnership Program

  • Students accepted into the Degree Partnership Program will be eligible to have all approved coursework offered at Lipscomb University cross-registered or transferred as graduate course credit through the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.
  • Likewise, students accepted into the program will also be eligible to have all approved coursework offered at Vanderbilt University cross-registered or transferred as elective, honors, or graduate course credit through the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Lipscomb University.Students accepted into the program are eligible to rotate in participating faculty research laboratories at Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University to determine their interest in pursuing a graduate degree in the pharmaceutical or pharmacological sciences.
  • Student pharmacists accepted into the Degree Partnership Program and who have decided to pursue a graduate degree in the pharmaceutical or pharmacological sciences may formally apply to the Pharmacology Graduate Program at Vanderbilt University after the second, third or fourth year of the professional pharmacy program.
  • Student pharmacists entering the Pharmacology Graduate Program at Vanderbilt University after the second or third year of the professional pharmacy program will take a leave of absence from Lipscomb University to complete additional required graduate coursework and their research dissertation project full-time at Vanderbilt University.
  • After successfully completing the Pharmacology Graduate Training Program at Vanderbilt University, student pharmacists will re-enter the professional pharmacy program and complete the remaining academic requirements for the Pharm.D. degree. Participation in the Degree Partnership Program does not guarantee acceptance in the Pharmacology Graduate Training Program at Vanderbilt University. Acceptance in the Pharmacology Graduate Training Program is determined by the policies, procedures, and criteria established by the department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.

Contact Us

Roger Davis, Pharm.D.
Dean & Professor
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

615.966.7161
800.333.4358, x. 7161
Roger.Davis@lipscomb.edu

JD Atkinson
Admissions Recruiter
College of Pharmacy

615.966.7181
800.333.4358, x. 7181
JD.Atkinson@lipscomb.edu