Non-Traditional Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Howard University College of Pharmacy is one of the oldest and top technology advanced schools/colleges of pharmacy in the United States. The success of the traditional program led to the development of an innovative Non-Traditional Doctor of Pharmacy (NTDP) Program designed for practicing pharmacists. The salient features of the program are highlighted below:

  • SELF-PACED: Take courses via the Internet from your own home.
  • FAST TRACK: Complete the program in only two years compared to four or five years.
  • CONVENIENT: Visit campus only twice throughout the program.
  • COST EFFECTIVE: Competitive with other non-traditional Pharm.D. programs.
  • INTERACTIVE: Instructor and peer interactions through the Internet.
  • INTEGRATED: Incorporates disease state management instruction.


NTDP Course Curriculum


The Howard University Non-traditional Doctor of Pharmacy (NTDP) program normally requires a minimum of two years to complete. Eligible Pharmacists are admitted once a year as members of a cohort.  Cohorts consist of not geographically bounded pharmacists who joined the program at the same time and will progress through it at the same pace. They must complete an application and fulfill all requirements of the program. The NTDP curriculum is learner-and competency-based and incorporates communication, problem solving, and critical thinking in all phases of the program.

Curriculum Description for Non-Traditional Doctor of Pharmacy degree Program

Phase I - A 3-day long orientation to educational technology and fundamental clinical concepts. Pharmacists will participate in one Executive Weekend Seminar at Howard University College of Pharmacy. The seminar begins on Friday morning and adjourn Sunday afternoon. One of the objectives of the seminars is to familiarize the learners with technology (e.g. World Wide Web, e-mail, computer conferencing and access to remote information databases) that students will utilize while enrolled in the program. Learners will also participate in hands on workshop on physical assessment and Drug Information Resources, and pharmaceutics selected topics.

Phase II - A 18-month course of study divided into three semesters, which include Integrated Pharmacy Care and Science courses. The Integrated Pharmacy Care and Science sequence is a unique instructional model that Howard University has adopted in the NTDP curriculum. It involves the careful integration of Information, concepts and practice techniques required of pharmacists seeking to implement pharmacy care. In contrast to traditional instructional delivery, which involves discrete pieces of information, the Integrated Pharmacy Care and Science approach provides the learner with a comprehensive set of modules that include pathophysiology, therapeutics, pharmacology, pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics. Each module contains realistic example and practical suggestions for utilizing the material in pharmacy practice.

Phase III - A 6-month experiential component culminating in the development, implementation and evaluation of a disease state program. Pharmacists may be given credit for maximum one, two-month rotations based upon an evaluation of their performance in Clinical Patient Assessment and are required to participate in the Standardized Patient assessment. Standardized Patient Assessments are live clinical simulations involving actors trained to present realistic problems that evaluate problem solving, communication and information gathering skills. All pharmacists enrolled in the NTDP program are required to participate in a minimum of two experiential rotations.