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Welcome to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. We hope that your Doctor of Pharmacy experience at the School is positive, rewarding, and enriching. We expect the best from our students, and you can expect the best from us.

The profession of pharmacy plays a vital role in serving the healthcare needs of the people of the United States. Pharmacists are the most accessible members of the health care team and are authorities on drugs and drug therapies. With authority comes responsibility, and the goal of our School is to help you become a competent and responsible pharmacist.

This handbook is intended as a welcome to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy for new students and as a source of information for the returning student body regarding major policies, procedures, and standards within the School. It informs you of our guiding philosophies and defines the rules that guide our actions. We ask for your cooperation by becoming familiar with the contents of the handbook.

As a Doctor of Pharmacy student, you join faculty and staff within our community of scholars. We all work together to produce an optimal learning environment both in and out of the classroom. The PharmD Student Handbook contains guidelines and protocols for ensuring clarity and accountability across our community. We hope that you will use this reference and benefit from it.

Please take a moment to read the School’s vision, mission, and core values before continuing to the handbook.

At the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, everything we do begins and ends with the patient in mind. We are reinventing the way students learn, discovering solutions for the world’s most challenging health issues and revolutionizing the way pharmacists deliver patient care.

We invite you to join us in

Advancing medicine for life


Beyond: UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Strategic Plan for 2021-2024

Beyond Rankings

Beyond Borders

Beyond Classrooms

Beyond Labs

Beyond Excellence



Disclaimer: The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy designs this Student Handbook to be as current as possible; however, the policies and other information contained in this handbook are subject to change at any time. The official Student Handbook is maintained by the Office of Student Affairs. In the event of any discrepancy between the online policies and the official Student Handbook, then the language in the official version shall control.