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To be eligible for graduation, all students must successfully complete a minimum of four (4) professional electives totaling eight (8) or more credit hours. All four (4) professional electives must be completed after enrollment in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, but before the initiation of PY4 advanced immersion experiences (AIEs). No coursework completed as part of a pre-pharmacy program and/or a prior degree can be accepted for professional elective credit.

Although students may choose to take all four (4) electives within the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, students may take a limited number of credits outside of the school. The following requirements apply:

  • Electives within the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy: At least two (2) of the professional electives (minimum of 4 credit hours) must be taught by faculty of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, OR must be one of the interdisciplinary courses in which pharmacy faculty participate. Students may choose to have all electives originate from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
  • Electives outside of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy: Up to two (2) of the professional electives may be selected from other Schools or Departments on campus, including the UNC online course catalog.
    • Health Affairs Electives: One (1) or up to two (2) of the four professional electives may be selected from the Health Affairs course listings approved by the Curriculum Committee (Appendix A).
    • Free Electives: Only one (1) of the four professional electives may be a free elective, although a free elective is not required. This includes any 1 to 3 credit hour course(s) offered by UNC-Chapel Hill, including online courses through Carolina Courses Online or UNC Online (see below). Students enrolled on the Asheville satellite campus may take courses offered by UNC-Asheville to fulfill this requirement.

Note: For courses taken outside of UNC-Chapel Hill, per University policy, the name of the university where the course was taken will appear on the student’s transcript as fulfilling the credit hours. However, the name of the course, or the grade will not appear on the student’s transcript. Grades for these courses will not be calculated into the student’s GPA.