Skaggs School of Pharmacy
Patient care is at the center of pharmacy practice. As the medication experts on the health care team, our students will be prepared to promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Our curriculum supports interprofessional education and focuses on the development of professional leaders engaged in service.
The Skaggs School of Pharmacy was established in 1907 at Montana State College, was transferred to the University of Montana in 1913, and resides in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. The Skaggs School of Pharmacy consists of two departments, Pharmacy Practice and Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The entry-level doctor of pharmacy program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago IL 60603-4810, telephone (312) 664-3575, (800) 533-3606; FAX (312) 664-4652; Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education website (http://www.acpe-accredit.org/)
The curriculum offered by the Skaggs School of Pharmacy consists of a six-year program leading to the entry-level Pharm.D. degree. The first two years, or pre-professional portion of the curriculum, are spent in studies of the basic biological and physical sciences, and in course work necessary to satisfy the University general education requirements. During the first three years of the professional program, students devote their time to the study of the biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice. Areas of study include biochemistry, microbiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacology, social and administrative pharmacy, and therapeutics. The final professional year is entirely experiential and designed to fully prepare students to enter the profession as pharmacist patient care providers.
A program of selected electives allows the student to obtain further educational experience in specialized areas. Students in the professional program may choose elective courses in community pharmacy practice, management, research and teaching, hospital and institutional pharmacy practice, and a variety of therapeutic-based topics.
In addition to their formal educational program, to become registered pharmacists, students must complete practical experience under the direction of registered pharmacists and pass the NAPLEX and MPJE exams administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.
Career opportunities exist in the fields of community pharmacy, ambulatory care pharmacy, hospital and other institutional pharmacy, federal or state government service, public health agencies, and with the pharmaceutical industry. Those with advanced degrees or residency training are in demand for research positions and in pharmaceutical education.
High School Preparation: In addition to the general University admission requirements, algebra, trigonometry, biology, chemistry, physics and a course in computers are recommended.
Pre-pharmacy Program: The pre-pharmacy curriculum, which requires a minimum of two years of full-time study, may be taken at any accredited college or university. Students at the University of Montana-Missoula may enter the pre-pharmacy program during any semester. It is recommended that students considering pharmacy as a major declare a pre-pharmacy major as early as possible in order to receive appropriate advising. Upon designating pre-pharmacy as a major, students will be assigned an advisor within the pharmacy program.
Professional Pharmacy Program: Students must apply for admission to the professional program. Class size in the professional pharmacy program is restricted and admission to the program is competitive. For information on program requirements and the application procedure, refer to Prospective Students on the pharmacy program website (http://health.umt.edu/pharmacy/)
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Michael P. Rivey, Chair
The Department of Pharmacy Practice provides academic course work for the Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters degrees, conducts research in the broad area of health care, and provides service to the profession of pharmacy and other health care disciplines.
Douglas R. Allington, Professor
Donna G. Beall, Professor and Director, Student Affairs
Jean T. Carter, Ph.D., Professor and Coordinator, Assessment
Vincent J. Colucci, Professor
Gayle A. Hudgins, Professor and Director, Experiential Programs
Sarah Johnston Miller, Professor
Michael P. Rivey, Professor and Chair
Annjeanette E. Belcourt-Dittloff, Associate Professor
Sherrill Brown, Associate Professor
Kendra Procacci, Associate Professor
Kerry J. Haney, Assistant Professor
Rory Johnson, Assistant Professor
Kimberly Madson, Assistant Professor
Ian McGrane, Assistant Professor
David S. Forbes, Professor and Dean
Lori J. Morin, Professor and Assistant Dean
Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Elizabeth A. Putnam, Chair
The Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences offers a curriculum in support of the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree and graduate programs in the biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences. Degree programs include the M.S. in Neuroscience, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Toxicology and Medicinal Chemistry; and the Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Design, Toxicology, and Medicinal Chemistry. These programs provide education and training in pharmacology, toxicology, neurobiology, neurochemistry, medicinal chemistry, and molecular genetics. Program graduates are well prepared for careers in academia, government and industry.
Howard D. Beall, Professor and Associate Dean
Richard J. Bridges, Regents Professor and Director, Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience
Fernando Cardozo-Pelaez, Professor
J. Douglas Coffin, Professor
Andrij Holian, Professor and Director, Center for Environmental Health Science and Toxicology Graduate Program
Michael Kavanaugh, Professor
Diana I. Lurie, Professor
Nicholas Natale, Professor and Director, Medicinal Chemistry Graduate Program
Curtis W. Noonan, Professor and Director, Graduate Education and Research
Elizabeth A. Putnam, Professor and Chair
David M. Shepherd, Professor
Charles M. Thompson, Professor
Philippe Diaz, Associate Professor
Darrell Jackson, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Graduate Education
Keith K. Parker, Associate Professor
Mark A. Pershouse, Associate Professor and Director, Pre-medical Science Program
Kevan Roberts, Associate Professor
Jerry R. Smith, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Pre-Pharmacy Program
Erica L. Woodahl, Associate Professor and Director, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Design Graduate Program
Yoon Hee Cho, Assistant Professor
Kasper Hansen, Assistant Professor
Travis Hughes, Assistant Professor
Monica Serban, Assistant Professor
David S. Freeman
Helene Bazin-Lee, Research Professor
David Burkhart, Research Professor
Andrea Stierle, Research Professor
Donald Stierle, Research Professor
Research Assistant Professors
Fanny Astruc-Diaz, Research Assistant Professor
Celine Beamer, Research Assistant Professor
Zeina Jaffar, Research Assistant Professor
Christopher T. Migliaccio, Research Assistant Professor
Sarjubhai A. Patel, Research Assistant Professor
Thomas Rau, Research Assistant Professor
Todd G. Cochran, Professor
Charles L. Eyer, Professor
Vernon R. Grund, Professor and Associate Dean
Rustem S. Medora, Professor