The development of professional values, attitudes, skills and behaviors during the transition from Doctor of Pharmacy student to practicing pharmacist involves a number of processes, beginning with the first day of class. Professional growth and development does not end with formal educational training; rather, it continues as the pharmacist practices providing health care throughout his or her professional career.
The processes which shape a Doctor of Pharmacy student's professional growth are numerous. Some processes are explicit while others are implied. They include aspects of the formal and informal curriculum of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program. Specific contributing factors include exposure to positive and negative role models, classroom learning, and complex social interactions among patients, educators, other health care personnel and peers. These factors impact students who enter Doctor of Pharmacy programs with diverse personal, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, as well as different baseline ethical and moral experiences. However, while these processes are complex, the Doctor of Pharmacy Program must attempt to control them so as to positively direct the pharmacy students' professional development.
The goals of this curriculum are to provide the policies, procedures and educational activities that foster sound professional growth of its Doctor of Pharmacy students as well as provide a means to address nonprofessional behavior.
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- P1 Standing = Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program
- P2 Standing = Successful completion of all P1 courses
- P3 Standing = Successful completion of all P2 courses
- P4 Standing = Successful completion of all P3 courses