Health System Pharmacy Administration Masters Program
We appreciate you taking the time to learn about our 2-year combined MS / Health-System Pharmacy Administration residency program. We are excited about our program and those who have trained with us.
Our program is geared toward people who are interested in being a leader in health-system pharmacy. Fundamental to this training, we believe it is important to balance clinical experiences with administrative.
The first year of the program is the same as our pharmacy practice residency. You will get strong training in all patient care areas, including pediatrics, medicine, surgery, critical care, and ambulatory care. Mixed into these rotations will be administration experiences with our managers. This first year has prepared our residents to be successful in completion of the BCPS exam, a great tool for future administrators.
The second year builds upon the success of the first year and gives you exposure to our many managers and leaders in the department. You will get financial, operational, and clinical management experiences, as well as time with our director and leadership team.
During both of these residency years, you will also be taking classes to fulfill your MS degree in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
While these are two intense years of training, there are many reasons why UNC Hospitals is a great destination for you. Our residents come from all over the country, so we strive to create a family atmosphere within our department. There are other administrative residents at UNC Hospitals, so you can learn from them and they will become your best professional colleagues. In addition, our managers are some of the best you will find in the country. They have been trained at different programs, so each brings their own perspectives to solving the issues of the day.
Besides the people in our program, we have a great practice model for training in and delivering patient care. Our practice model received an ASHP Best Practice Award in Health-System Pharmacy in 2011. We utilize the latest technology and our facilities have all been updated to meet our professional guidelines.
I have been involved in residency training at UNC for the last 13 years and helped to re-establish our administrative residency program in 2006. Not only do I precept rotations and mentor on the residency research projects, but I also teach in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
Our goal in training you is to provide you with a translatable skill set so that no matter where your professional career takes you, you will be set-up for success. But no matter the location, you will always be a part of the Carolina family.
Please let us know if we can answer any further questions that are not found here.
Successful graduates will join over 200 past graduates who have careers spanning numerous pharmacy directorships, hospital executive positions, executive informatics positions, clinical leadership positions, pharmaceutical industry leadership, and many more directions, both domestically and internationally.
The UNC Hospitals Two Year Masters of Science / Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program will develop competent, progressive practitioners and leaders that will shape the future of the pharmacy profession to meet the needs of patients.
Program Goal and Competencies
The residency program is complemented by a Masters of Science in Health-System Pharmacy Administration.
The combination of the two will provide students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to assume a variety of leadership roles and responsibilities, serving as vibrant, committed professionals with a focus on improving patients’ health, healthcare delivery and the profession of pharmacy.
At UNC our team will work with the HSPA residents to develop them through both personal and professional challenges. During the residency a resident will gain competence in the following:
- have a vision for the future practice of pharmacy and possess the tools to realize that vision;
- be clinically competent in the practice of pharmacy;
- be able to envision, plan, implement, coordinate and monitor pharmaceutical care and operational services;
- understand and assume the managerial and financial responsibilities in health-system pharmacies;
- be effective stewards of human resources including recruitment, mentoring, evaluating and leading professionals and technical support staff;
- be adaptive to changes and demands for health system pharmacy practice and the health care environment in general;
- be strategic thinkers and planners who see challenges as opportunities to contribute to improving health care delivery; and
- be consistently ethical and professional in their practice.
- Residents will have the opportunity to participate in our development of the layered learning model as we work to learn how to best utilize pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students, pharmacy residents and clinical specialists to the fullest of their training.
- Residents will have the opportunity to participate in several pilot programs involving transitioning patients across the continuum of care.
- The PGY1 year provides the opportunity to learn from world-class clinical pharmacists who are dedicated to making you a better clinician.
- Actively participate on rotations with Clinical Pharmacy Practitioners who have prescribing rights in their area of practice similar to nurse practitioners and physicians assistants.
- More information about the PGY1 year can be found on the website for the PGY1 in Pharmacy Practice.
- PGY2 residents develop human resource experiences through managing a practice area throughout the year. This experience provides practical experience in recruiting, performance evaluations, developing schedules, creating operation structures and other managerial activities.
- Work with leadership team to develop strategic partnerships within the health-system, national organizations, third party vendors, and other entities.
- Work with the leadership team to identify new business opportunities such as mail-order pharmacy, sterile preparations, and developing new ambulatory care opportunities for pharmacists.
- Residents are teaching assistants with the University Of North Carolina Eshelman School Of Pharmacy.
- The University of North Carolina residency provides exposure to Wake Forest University Health System, Duke University Hospital, and Mission Hospital due to our relationship through the graduate coursework.
One of our administrative residency distinguishing features is the focus on clinical development. Residents who complete the PGY1 and PGY2 year will be awarded both a PGY1 certificate in pharmacy practice and a PGY2 certificate in health-system pharmacy administration. During the first year administrative residents will participate in seven clinical rotations of their choice with the other PGY1 residents. Past residents of the administrative program have successfully completed and been recognized as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) following the completion of the PGY1 year. This training provides a tremendous framework to residents interested in pursuing clinical leadership and management opportunities. Residents will have flexibility in pursuing clinical experiences throughout their first and second years based on their needs and career aspirations.
Typical Day in The Life of a PGY1
- Pre-round reviewing appropriateness of therapy, continuation of home medications, dosing adjustments based on liver and renal function, laboratory values, and other individualized patient review.
- Meet with preceptor to discuss any pressing issues prior to rounds.
- Round with multidisciplinary team offering recommendations for optimal medication-related outcomes.
- Take responsibility for your own patients through verification of physician orders
- Follow up with tasks assigned during rounds, counsel patients on medication use, meet with preceptor to provide guidance and clarification.
- Participate in topic discussions and other educational opportunities.
- Participate in pharmacy department committees.
- Attend classes online 2 nights a week
The PGY2 year is dedicated to developing managers and leaders in all practices of health-system pharmacy. PGY2s will participate in departmental operations at every level. They will be afforded the opportunity leverage their clinical skills gained during the PGY1 year to be effective leaders in pharmacy practice, education, and research. Preceptors will help the resident develop their vision for the practice of pharmacy, learn about interdepartmental conflict and team-building, hiring for excellence, and many other opportunities based on the learners interests.
Typical Day In The Life of a PGY2
- Plan for the upcoming day with preceptors.
- Work with other UNCH employees inside and outside of the department of pharmacy to optimize the delivery of pharmaceutical care.
- Serve as a mentor to PGY1 and pharmacy student learners through our layered-learning model.
- Gain insight into medication safety and the medication use system through longitudinal experiences.
- Participate in a variety of meetings to learn about the leadership and operational challenges and opportunities in the department of pharmacy.
- Follow- up with the preceptor on any outstanding issues and plan for the next day.
MS Degree Information
Through its teaching, research and public service, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an educational and economic beacon for the people of North Carolina and beyond. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the nation's first state university to open its doors and the only public university to award degrees in the 18th century. Today, Carolina is home to almost 28,000 students including over 10,000 professional and graduate students.
The 729-acre central campus includes the two oldest state university buildings, Old East and Person Hall. Old East and Playmakers Theatre, an 1852 Greek-revival building, are National Historic Landmarks. The University is located near the center of the state, about three hours by car from the North Carolina coastline and about three hours from the Appalachian Mountains.
The American Society of Landscape Architects selected the Carolina campus as one of the most beautifully landscaped spots in the country. That listing is among the praise affirming the charm of mighty oaks, majestic quadrangles, brick sidewalks and other landscaping synonymous with UNC.
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is committed to advancing health care through innovation and collaboration in pharmacy practice, education, research, and public service.
The School provides students with a wide range of opportunities. A world-class University, a model Area Health Education Center (AHEC) system, an award-winning Hospital system, and an international center for pharmaceutical research and development, Research Triangle Park, create one of the most dynamic centers of learning in the nation.
- Ranked number two among the nation’s doctor of pharmacy programs in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s 2007 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools
- Received nearly $25 million in total research funding in 2009, according to AACP data
- Received nearly $23 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health and other federal sources in 2009, ranking second among the nation’s pharmacy schools in that area
Annually, the School educates 500 professional students and 100 graduate students, post-docs, residents, and fellows. School graduates work in many dynamic fields, including academia, pharmaceutical sales, drug development and research, community and health-system pharmacy, and long-term and managed-care pharmacy.
Our location on the UNC Health Affairs campus is a powerful advantage. The School of Pharmacy is adjacent to the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Social Work, as well as the UNC Health Care System and the Health Sciences Library. UNC is one of only a few universities in the nation to offer a full complement of health professions programs, giving the School of Pharmacy numerous opportunities for collaborative teaching, practice, and research.
In addition, the School of Pharmacy is close to the basic science departments: biochemistry and biophysics, biology, chemistry, computer science, genetics, pharmacology, and physics. These departments include groups focused on cancer, cystic fibrosis, infectious diseases, genetic medicine, nanotechnology, neuroscience, and tissue engineering.
The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
A portion of coursework in the Master of Science in Health-System Pharmacy will be taught by the faculty of the Department of Health Policy and Administration, so we thought prospective graduate students would benefit from learning about our colleagues at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is located in Chapel Hill on UNC’s south campus, around the corner from UNC Hospitals and neighbor to the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy. In this inspiring atmosphere, faculty guide students in science-based research and studies. Students and faculty conduct groundbreaking research, and find ways to translate it into practice.
The school offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in traditional classrooms and through the latest distance-education technology. Facilities include a new state-of-the-art research center.
The School of Public Health has combined nearly 70 years of experience with a passion for teaching, research and practice, all in a crusade to improve local, national and global health. Their positive results help us remain a national leader, ranked the top public school of public health by U.S. News and World Report (2003). The School tied for second with Harvard in top schools of public health overall (including public and private universities). Schools of public health are ranked about every three years. The Department of Health Policy and Administration’s health services administration program was ranked 2nd best by U.S. News’ annual graduate school rankings (2003).
The core curriculum for the Master of Science in Health-System Pharmacy Program will consist of course work in advanced topics with human resource management, health systems financial management, medication safety and quality improvement, health systems pharmacy operations and much more.
Core School of Pharmacy Classes:
- Advanced Health Systems Pharmacy
- Medication Safety and Quality Improvement
- Managing the Practice of Pharmacy
- Elective School of Public Health Classes (based upon availability)
- Human resources
- Financial management
- Management accounting
- Strategic planning
- Organizational behavior
- Health law
Supervised Project in Health System Pharmacy
Graduate students will be encouraged to develop extensive skills and expertise in specific segments of pharmacy administration which are of personal interest. The chosen area(s) of interest will be emphasized throughout both the didactic and experiential portions of the program over the two years of study with the guidance of their mentor and academic and experiential program advisors. Students will take a minimum of four (4) credit hours of Supervised Project in Health-System Pharmacy during their second year to accomplish the project objectives which is a requirement for the Master of Science degree.
This project will serve in lieu of a Master’s thesis. The student will need to identify at a minimum a mentor, a faculty advisor, a residency advisor and the topic of their supervised project early in their first year. The project must be completed by May 10 of their second year and their completed paper of their project and findings must be submitted by the aforementioned deadline. The graduate student is expected to choose a project which results in a publication in a peer–reviewed professional journal.
Final Written Comprehensive Examination
A comprehensive examination will be administered to all graduate students prior to the completion of the last semester of their program. The examination is intended to validate their ability to apply the knowledge and experience gained throughout the program in coursework and experiential components of their education and training.
Graduates will meet the Graduate School’s requirements for academic eligibility and the program requirements described in this document, which are:
completion of all required courses with no grades of “F” and fewer than nine hours of “L”;
complete the supervised project in health system pharmacy; and satisfactory completion of the comprehensive Master's examination
Additional graduation requirements are listed in the Graduate School Handbook of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (http://handbook.unc.edu/).
Application Process Overview
Everything detailed below must be completed prior to the deadline for your application to be considered.
The Masters of Science Degree in Health-System Pharmacy / Two Year Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program is offered in collaboration with University of North Carolina Hospitals (UNCH), Duke University Health System (DUHS), Wake Forest Baptist Health (WFBH), and Mission Hospitals (MH). While everyone who is accepted into the program will receive their Masters of Science Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the residency component is divided across multiple medical center sites.
Interested applicants will need to apply to the University of North Carolina Graduate School for their didactic component. The applicant will also need to complete separate applications for each residency program to which they wish to apply – UNCH, DUHS, WFBH, or MH. Applicants need only to apply to their residency programs of interest.
Individual interview times will be scheduled at times convenient for applicants and institutions. Each applicant and program will communicate to identify the ideal time to conduct the interview. Our hope is to have all of the interviews for an applicant in one consecutive period, with the programs providing transportation if needed.
Each program will participate in the match, but each one has a different match number. If you have not done so already, please make sure to register for the National Matching Service offered through ASHP. Currently there are 4 positions available at UNCH, 1 at DUHS, 1 at WFBH, and 1 at MH for a total of 7 per cohort.
Graduate School Application
1. Complete a Graduate School application for admission
- Review the Graduate School information
- Under new application, choose ‘graduate degree seeking and certificate programs’
- Select the radio buttons ‘I want to be a new graduate student’ and ‘degree’
- Under major, choose ‘Pharmaceutical sciences’ and under degree, choose ‘Master of Science Pharmaceutical Sciences’
- Select the term of entry and under area of interest, choose ‘Pharmacy Practice and Experiential Education’
2. Submit the non-refundable $78 application fee
3. Submit a statement of purpose
4. Provide three letters of recommendation (These can be identical to those provided for the residency program application.)
5. Provide academic transcripts for each school attended: one to the UNC Graduate School and one with the supplemental residency program application
6. GRE test scores will be waived if the applicant receives a doctor of pharmacy. If not receiving this degree, current GRE scores (no more than five years old) are required.
Two-Year Residency Program Application
Submit a supplemental application that includes both background information and thought questions.
Review the residency websites at the following institutions for the supplemental application:
University of North Carolina Hospitals
Duke University Health System
Wake Forest Baptist Health