The McWhorter School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), Chicago, IL. Web address:

The McWhorter School of Pharmacy has maintained continuous school accreditation through ACPE since our first site visit in 1940.

Samford University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the doctor of pharmacy degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Samford University.


The McWhorter School of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

Curriculum Outcome

A doctor of pharmacy graduate from the McWhorter School of Pharmacy is one who is prepared to:

  • Render exemplary pharmaceutical care
  • Succeed in a postgraduate training or degree program
  • Pursue life-long learning
  • Advance the practice and profession of pharmacy

Ability-Based Outcomes

A doctor of pharmacy graduate from the McWhorter School of Pharmacy has the following skills:

  • Communication: The student will demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Critical Thinking: The student will effectively evaluate information and critically think through issues to provide appropriate solutions to drug-related problems.
  • Evidence-Based Practice: The student will demonstrate competency in using drug information skills to promote evidence-based practice.
  • Pharmaceutical Care: The student will exercise appropriate clinical judgments to provide optimal pharmaceutical care to patients with common disease states.
  • Practice Management: The student will be able to apply management principles to the practice of pharmacy.
  • Professionalism: The student will demonstrate professional behavior in all school-related activities.

NAPLEX Success

The McWhorter School of Pharmacy (MSOP) graduates consistently exceed national pass rates on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) as first-time exam takers. From 2005 to 2013, the MSOP average pass rate is 97.22% versus 96.13% for the nation. In addition, the MSOP pass rate was higher than national average for 7 of these 9 years.

Also, NAPLEX average scores of McWhorter School of Pharmacy graduates taking the exam for the first time indicate our graduates are knowledgeable. From 2005 to 2013, the MSOP average score is 109.33 versus 108.78 for the nation.

Click here to view the specific MSOP pass rates and scores compared to national statistics. Also, graduation rate statistics are listed on this page.

Congratulations to the McWhorter School of Pharmacy 2009 graduating class for achieving a 100% pass rate on the NAPLEX.

Professional Pharmacy Curriculum

The McWhorter School of Pharmacy (MSOP) curriculum is designed to provide practical and innovative educational experiences for our students. The name of our curriculum describes this endeavor: “Coordinated Topics with Integrated Applications: A Patient- Centered Approach Focusing on Drug-Related Problems and Pharmacy Applications.” One of our goals is to coordinate and integrate material for students to apply their knowledge.

As an overview, the student will complete 141 total credit hours in this professional program. The first three years combine classroom instruction with direct patient interaction. The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) occurring almost every semester during these years are planned to augment learning that takes place through coursework as well as offer opportunities for students to put their knowledge to practical use to help patients. The fourth year includes Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) in addition to a culminating Capstone project to provide students with a variety of environments in which to synthesize and apply their educational preparation.

Content is integrated throughout all courses in the curriculum. In addition, the Integrated Pharmacy Applications (IPA) course was designed for learning to be integrated both across courses in a given semester as well as between years in the curriculum. Students are enrolled in the IPA course each semester during the first three years of the curriculum. Furthermore, students in all four years will meet together periodically to discuss aspects of patient care that reflect their particular knowledge levels. This horizontally and vertically integrated approach is intended to make learning interesting and relevant for our students. Another method of integrating course content is the compilation of the student electronic portfolio. All students are required to complete their own electronic portfolio according to the instructions and information provided to them by the school of pharmacy. Also, each student will have a mentor who will read the electronic portfolio and provide feedback and advice during the student’s academic years.

The McWhorter School of Pharmacy Curriculum

The MSOP is currently in the fourth year of our new PHRX curriculum.


Academic Policies

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Course Descriptions

Please click here for a description of all MSOP courses (required, didactic, experiential, electives).

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Elective Course Offerings

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Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) Courses

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Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum

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Please click here for information regarding the admissions process to the McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

Complete Pharmacy Catalog

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