Doctor of Pharmacy Program Technical Standards

The following attributes represent the skills and abilities required for a graduate of the pharmacy program at ACPHS to function as a practicing pharmacist.1 As such, these skills are required for students matriculating in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at ACPHS. Students unable to meet these requirements with or without reasonable accommodations may not be admitted to the program or may be dismissed from the program.

Observation (use of the sense of vision)

The student must be able to:

  • Observe demonstrations and experiments
  • Accurately read information and instructions
  • Observe a patient accurately at a distance and close-up
  • Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and other sensory modalities. Acuity of these senses is important.  

Communication (includes speaking, reading, writing, and computer literacy)

The student must be able to:

  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with patients in the English language
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written forms with all members of the healthcare team.

Motor Skills (physical ability and coordination)

The student must have:

  • Sufficient motor function to execute movements required to provide care.
  • Coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.

Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities (ability to problem-solve)

The student must be able to:

  • Measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Synthesize and apply complex information.
  • Integrate and process information promptly and accurately.

Behavioral and Social Attributes (emotional stability and stamina)

The student must:

  • Possess the emotional health required for full utilization of intellectual abilities.
  • Tolerate physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing workloads and function effectively under stress.
  • Possess compassion, integrity, interpersonal skills, and motivation to excel in the practice of pharmacy.

1Adapted from Berry TM et al. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2011; 75 (3) Article 50.