Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much time per week will be needed?

The time spent for the Non-traditional Doctor of Pharmacy Program will vary from student to student.

The amount of time for group instruction may be one (1) three hour block once a week or every other week using on-line computer conferencing with your team members and a faculty facilitator. You will also be working on disease state management cases on-line in a asynchronous (threaded) fashion by typing responses back and fourth to team members over an entire week with a faculty member monitoring the case progression. Other methods of instructional delivery will include CD-ROM, accessing the Howard University home page, email, list-serves, and videotapes as a content introduction.
You will be completing all of these methods, interactive or self-study, using the computer in your home.

2.   How do we pay?

Refer to Payment Information in the Student Reference Manual and Directory of Classes handbook. The technology fee for the program is $100 and is to be paid by the student upon enrollment.

3.   Is financial aid available for this program?

For graduate course work there is limited aid available. The most common source is low interest government loans as well as tax credits for interest on educational loans or for education. More information is currently being sought.

We encourage anyone interested in this program to check with his or her employer for tuition reimbursement or assistance. The questions that you should ask are?

  • Do you need a course grade before submitting for reimbursement?
  • Is there any a maximum dollar amount you can submit to your employer in a calendar or budget year?
  • Does the reimbursement vary depending upon the grade you achieve in the class?
  • What does your getting tuition assistance from your employer obligate you to do? (i.e. are you required to work one (1) hour for every dollar of assistance you receive).

4.   How many trips to the school (Howard University) are required?

A total of 2 visits are necessary and are as follows:

Visit one is for the first executive weekend seminar. It is to orient the non-traditional student to the technology, and review of Biostatistics and Biotechnology.
Visit two is for the second executive weekend seminar. It is a capstone or refresher for pharmacy related topics (physical assessment, interpretation of lab values, etc.) as well as standardized patient assessment.

5.   Is a notebook computer required?

A computer is required. A notebook computer (laptop) is required for Executive Weekend Seminars. You are required to have a computer that will meet or exceed the specifications set forth by the College of Pharmacy.

What if you have a Mac?
While the Mac isn't officially supported by the NTDP Pathway, we have cohort members using the Mac with no significant issues. They are using systems running OS X with equivalent specs to the PC's. Our online testing software, Perception, requires software to be installed under Windows. Windows virtualization software, such as VMware, will not work with Perception. You need to arrange to take your tests from a PC with the proper software installed, or configure your Mac with Bootcamp to run Windows.

6.   How do we get credit for prior work or life experience?

Credit will be given for an individual’s experience based upon his/her ability to fulfill the requirements of a prior-life portfolio, which is a detailed over of a practitioner’s accomplishments in the settings defined within the experimental portion of the program. credit will be given for part of the experimental component of the program.

7.   Can someone transfer into the program and what happens to the credits I have taken?


8.   Will I be considered a full time student?

Individuals enrolled in the non-traditional program at Howard University will be considered full-time graduate students.

9.   What happens if we fall behind or have to slow down? (i.e., family emergency, birth)?

The non-traditional program at Howard University is structured for a two-year learning experience. However, we understand that the adult learner may have other pressing circumstances that require them to take time off. Joining the next cohort and picking up where they left off can accomplish this.

10.   I do not have good computer skills, can I still participate in this program?

Yes. The first executive weekend seminar will be devoted to teaching the non-traditional student the skills required to work on a computer as well as understand the technological expectations of the program. Following this, practice and time spent on the computer in a variety of ways will help further develop both skills and confidence.

11. How will we be tested?

Student assessment will be administered through On-line testing on the Internet from the Howard University School of Pharmacy home page. You may also be asked to complete questions and send them to the school of pharmacy for grading.

12. How often will non-traditional students be enrolled into the program?

The non-traditional program at Howard University has one (1) cohort entering the program throughout the year in Fall semester. The starting date is August and the application deadline is February 1st of that year.

13. Can I continue to work full-time while in the program?

Yes. The non-traditional Pharm.D. program at Howard University School of Pharmacy was developed with working pharmacist in mind. Every phase of this program, including the experimental component, was developed to allow the non-traditional student to continuing working full-time.

14. What does "Pharm.D." mean?

“Pharm. D.”refers to a clinical Doctor of Pharmacy degree, which by 2004 will be the only degree conferred by accredited schools of Pharmacy.

15. How is the experimental phase of the curriculum accomplished?

It is done in your place of employ as much a s possible to prevent you from taking time off from work. You will complete either practice or prior-life portfolios to document your achievement of the objectives for the experimental rotations of Ambulatory Care, Acute Care, and Drug Information. Rotations that cannot be accomplished within your place of employ should be done on a part-time basis proximal to your location that will allow you to work full-time and fulfill the experimental requirements at the same time. It is your responsibility to identify potential sites and to covey this information to the College of Pharmacy at the appropriate time. You will have the opportunity to “opt-out “of up to (1) of the three (3) required rotations by successfully completing the prior-life portfolios. Rotations are started only after successful completion of the didactic portion of the program.

16. How long does the program take to complete and when will I graduate?

The programmatic requirements will take two years to complete. While your coursework can be completed in two years, it may be two to four months until the next available graduation date. Howard University has graduation one time a year in May. Conference of the degree and eligibility for graduation will be considered for the next available University Graduation provided all requirements have been successfully completed.

17. How does my coursework translate into continuing pharmaceutical education credit?

The College of Pharmacy is an approved provider of continuing pharmaceutical education, hence most majority of courses offered within the non-traditional program are eligible and can be used as continuing education. To apply your coursework for continuing education credit, you will need to contact the office of the Nontraditional Doctor of Pharmacy (NTDP) Degree Program for details.

18. If a student is accepted and for some reason chooses not to start the program in the YEAR for which they were accepted, can he/she defer?

Yes, he/she can defer his/her admittance to the following year only, given he/she has met all the other requirements.

19.Am I required to go through a Background Screening)?

Yes, once admitted.

 20.What is the Maximum Allowable Completion Time?

A student who is admitted to the NTDP program and has a maximum of five years from the initial date of enrollment to complete the program and receive the Pharm. D. degree.