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Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Certificate NDP)  
Program Description


The Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice Graduate Certificate Program

The Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice Graduate Certificate Program is designed for international scholars who have graduated from a five or six-year pharmacy program (PharmD or equivalent) outside the United States. Currently we have a small cohort of students from universities, hospitals, and government agencies. Our program is designed to be completed in two to three years on a full-time basis. Successful graduates of the program go on to complete residencies in Arizona and other states as well as contribute to research and new knowledge in scholarly publications.

Tailored Curriculum Designed for International Students

Faculty and staff in the certificate program have worked with international students for more than 20 years. We are here to help you navigate the program application as well as support you through your academic, clinical and professional progression in areas such as advanced clinical training for residency, preparation for the licensure and English proficiency exams, and more.

Program highlights

  • Our staff and faculty in the certificate program are dedicated to international students and provide personalized support and training to meet individual needs of students.
  • Over 30 pharmacy rotations with a different emphasis (e.g. internal medicine, infectious diseases, emergency medicine, and medication management) are available for students’ clinical training.
  • Approximately 90% of certificate program graduates move to PGY-1 residency and 80% to PGY-2 residency.
Department/Academic Unit(s)

College of Pharmacy -

The College of Pharmacy was the first health science college at the University of Arizona, and now has more than 65 years of history. Today the college is one of the premier pharmacy schools in the nation.  The college is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and offers a professional program, the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree which prepares pharmacists, and master's of science and PhD programs in the pharmaceutical sciences and in pharmacology and toxicology.

College of Pharmacy  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Akiko Adelaine Derbridge
Graduate Program Coordinator
Akiko Adelaine Derbridge
Director of Graduate Studies
Michael Katz
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  • Earned a PharmD from a 5-year or 6-year degree program outside the United States
  • Minimum 3.75 overall GPA on a 5.0 scale or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Gained professional experience in the relevant field upon graduation for more than 6 months

Application Requirements:

  • Official transcripts from non-U.S. secondary schools, colleges or universities
  • Copy of diploma
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official iBT TOEFL score of 90 or higher
    • Please send copy of current score report and list of future test dates you have scheduled.
  • Letter of intent answering the following questions (2 pages maximum);
    • What makes you different from other applicants?
    • What is your career goal and how can our program help you achieve it?
    • What challenges are you expecting in our program or living in Tucson when you join our program?
  • Recommendation letters (3 letters minimum)
    • 1 letter from a current employer
    • 1 letter from a preceptor for a clinical rotation
    • 1 letter from anyone who would be able to recommend you for academic and professional purposes
  • Financial sponsorship letter from sponsor

To apply, please contact at for more information.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): TOEFL iBT
Minimum TOEFL: Speaking 24* / Writing 23* / Reading 22 / Listening 21

*Program who plan to complete this program in 2 years must have 26 in speaking and 24 in writing.

Financial Aid

Certificate students may not be eligible for financial aid.

Admissions Deadlines

International Applicants:

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: September 1*

*Program applicants who plan to complete this program in 2 years must apply for fall.

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required Units: 36

1. Core (20)

  • PHPR843: Pharmacy Law
  • PHPR875A/B: Pharmacotherapeutics
  • PHPR898A: Preparation for Internship I
  • PHPR898B: Preparation for Internship II

2. Electives (16+)

  • PHPR803: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
  • PHPR804: Interviewing and Counseling Skills
  • PHPR805B/C: Beginning Pharmacy Practice
  • PHPR816A: Patient Assessment and Diagnostics
  • PHPR862: Writing a Proposal for a Scientific Study
  • PHPR893A: Internship for International Students
Minor Requirements


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Last revised 15 Aug 2017