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Elizabeth City State University

Program Description

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) joined with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall of 2005 to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (PharmD) in northeastern North Carolina. The Partnership Program enrolls 10 to 15 students per year at the ECSU campus. The PharmD is neither an undergraduate degree (such as a BS or BA) nor a graduate degree (such as an MS, MBA, or PhD). The Doctor of Pharmacy is a professional degree for pharmacists similar to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) for physicians or a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) for dentists.

Once enrolled in the PharmD program the student will follow an intensive four year curriculum including 10 months of professional experience programs. Students in the Partnership Program will remain on the ECSU campus for three years of didactic instruction in the professional education program, with the exception of program orientation and special events. Instruction is delivered through ECSU-based faculty, synchronous video-teleconferencing with UNC-Chapel Hill-based faculty, and ancillary web-based instruction. In addition to contact with pharmacy faculty and advisors residing on the ECSU campus, students will have opportunities to interact with UNC-Chapel Hill based students, and faculty through a variety of computer mediated communications (CMC). Students complete their experiential training through the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) system in the same manner as students from the Chapel Hill campus, with preferential scheduling in the northeastern region of the state.

The PharmD Program requires a minimum of two years of pre-requisite coursework. Students applying to the program must complete a PharmCAS application at for the UNC program and note their preference for the ECSU campus on the required form. Application deadline is November 1st for consideration for entry into the program the following fall. Additional information about the Pharmacy Program can be obtained at or by emailing