Requirements for Incoming and Enrolled PharmD Students

Requirements for all students

As a College of Pharmacy and Academic Health Center student at the University of Minnesota, you are required to complete all necessary compliance requirements. Below are the items that students must keep up-to-date and submit documentation as instructed to remain compliant. Please contact the Office of Student Services for clarification regarding any requirement.

Background study

Background study

In accordance with state law, the College of Pharmacy performs criminal background checks on all enrolled students. Students who fail the background check may be prevented from participating in curricular activities involving patient contact. More information is available on the Background Study Requirement statement. Please contact the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) for more information on criminal background checks. Please save the background study confirmation you receive in the mail from the DHS - you are responsible for saving these results and sharing with preceptors as necessary during your PharmD education.

Incoming students will receive a link with instructions on how to initiate the background study in the months prior to matriculation.

Current students login to the DHS NETStudy homepage to access your background study under "Documents."

Immunizations

Immunizations

AHC (Academic Health Center) students are required to have current immunizations and/or tests as a condition of enrollment. Students who do not comply with the AHC immunization policy will have a registration hold placed on their record. In the Twin Cities, Boynton offers a monthly walk-in Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) clinic, free to AHC students. Note that some immunization series take up to six months to complete.

  • Incoming students should submit documentation only after the following have occurred: you received a University student ID, your umn.edu email account is set up, and it is June 1st or later (within about 2.5 months of your first day of school).

Visit the Boynton Health Services AHC website to access information about the immunization requirements and the form that must be used to submit immunization records. This form needs to be submitted in the summer prior to beginning classes. If you have not completed the requirements, a hold will be placed on your record. Please contact Boynton Health Service for questions regarding the AHC immunization policy.

Please go to boynton.umn.edu/myboynton to access your immunization and tuberculosis records and to determine what is required to become compliant. If you need to provide your preceptor with a more detailed account of your immunization dates than what is available on the portal, contact Boynton at 612-624-2121 to request your immunization record.

Contact Boynton Health Service with questions:
Email: immunizations@bhs.umn.edu
Phone: 612-626-5571
Fax: 612-626-9768 (Attention Joanne Streeter)

Basic Life Support (BLS) training

Basic Life Support (BLS) training

The College requires all PharmD students to have valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification upon entering the PharmD program and to maintain that certification throughout the program. This qualification ensures all students have demonstrated the skills necessary to respond during emergencies while participating in experiential education. Only the following certification options meet this requirement:
Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers through the American Red Cross
Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Professionals through the American Heart Association

Training sessions for admitted students are held each fall at a discounted rate. These are hosted by a current student organization, and sign-up information is sent via email each summer.

Training is valid for two years. The Office of Student Services verifies training completion. Students who do not have current certification will have a registration hold placed on their record and will not be allowed to participate in required IPPEs and APPEs. Please send a scan or photo of your BLS certification card to pharmacy@umn.edu or bring the BLS certification card to student services staff person.

Incoming students should submit documentation between June 1 and October 1. Current students should renew prior to certification expiration to remain in compliance.

HIPAA training

HIPAA training

PharmD students are required to complete a series of training modules including Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) training. Students can view and complete the training modules at moodle.umn.edu.

  • Training completed in June 2018 or later: to verify the completion of HIPAA training for your preceptor, visit training.umn.edu. Click on "My Training" and click to "Print Completed Training Only."
  • Training completed prior to June 2018: email training@umn.edu to request a training report.


The following modules are required:

    • Data Security in Your Job
    • Securing Your Computer Workstation
    • Using University Data
    • Managing Health Data Securely (HIPAA training)

Honor System

Honor System

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Honor System - developed, assumed, and administered by students - is intended to provide a framework of expectations and responsibilities for members of the College of Pharmacy community. All students entering the PharmD program must read and affirm the Honor Code.

Sexual misconduct training

Sexual misconduct training

Sexual misconduct training - recognized by the University of Minnesota as a critical public health problem - complies with state law requiring postsecondary institutions to provide comprehensive sexual assault training to all students. Students receive a link to access the Haven training modules via email from the University's Office for Student Affairs. For additional information contact haven@umn.edu.

Internships

Internships

Students are required to become registered interns. The state of Minnesota requires students to obtain 280 hours of internships in "traditional compounding and dispensing" in addition to intern hours accured in IPPEs/APPEs before becoming eligible for licensure. Please consult theMinnesota Board of Pharmacy for more information.

Experiential education: remote practice sites

Experiential education: remote practice sites

PharmD students are required to complete Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) after their first and second years and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in their fourth year. Students will complete at least two APPE rotations in rural settings (outside of Duluth and the Twin Cities area) and may be assigned to a rural site for one or both of their IPPE rotations.  Students are required to cover their own cost of travel to or accommodation at remote experiential education sites. Please see the Experiential Education website for more information.

Experiential education: additional clinical site requirements

Experiential education: additional clinical site requirements

Some Experiential Education sites require students to complete a drug screening, an additional background check, HIPAA training, etc. Students placed at these sites are responsible for completing and paying for these additional requirements.

Mandatory health insurance

Mandatory health insurance

All pharmacy students are required to have health insurance for the duration of the program. Students will be automatically enrolled in the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan unless they waive the coverage by providing documentation proving they are covered by adequate health insurance. Please visit the Office of Student Health Benefits website for more information about this coverage and the waiver process.

Technology requirements

Technology requirements

The College of Pharmacy requires that all students own a portable computing device. We strongly recommend that students consider taking class notes electronically on a laptop or tablet, and the College will provide you with training and assistance to transition to e-notetaking. Visit the Technology Resources webpage for details on device requirements.

Additional Information

Essential capacities

Essential capacities

The College of Pharmacy welcomes diverse applicants. All applicants accepted into the PharmD program need to meet the Essential Capacities as outlined by the College with or without reasonable accommodations. Any pharmacy school applicant or pharmacy student who has questions about whether he or she can meet these standards due to limitations from a disability (physical, sensory, medical, learning, or psychiatric), should contact Disability Resources for a confidential discussion.

Accepted students seeking reasonable accommodations for a disability condition should also contact Disability Resources on the campus on which they are enrolled:

Duluth campus:
Disability Resources
258 Kirby Student Center
1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth, MN 55812
Phone: 218-726-8217
Phone: 218-726-7380 (TTY)
Email: access@d.umn.edu

Twin Cities campus:
Disability Resource Center
180 McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-626-1333 (V/TTY)
Email: drc@.umn.edu

Campus safety information

Campus safety information

The University produces an annual security and fire safety report. This report includes information on campus crime statistics; information relating to personal and campus safety, and fire safety; and security policies and programs. The reports are available by campus:

Duluth campus:
UMD Annual Security and Fire Safety Report online
To request a paper copy contact umdpd@d.umn.edu or 218-726-7000 or TTY/TDD: 800-627-3529

Twin Cities campus:
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report online
To request a paper copy contact police@umn.edu or 612-624-2677