B.S. in Pharmacy

The B.S. in Pharmacy program extends over five years with 174 credits to complete, including two years of pre-pharmacy followed by three professional years (P1, P2 and P3) of pharmacy education.

Admission to the Professional Pharmacy Program

The professional program requires successful completion of pre-pharmacy studies. Applicants transferring from an outside academic institution must have a minimum letter grade B or its equivalent on any of the major pre-pharmacy courses (see below) or their LAU course equivalents, for them to be eligible for applying to professional year 1 (P1).

All applicants must complete an application form that can be obtained from the office of Student Affairs at the School of Pharmacy. The application deadline is April 15 with all required documents included. Incomplete or late applications will not be processed.

To be eligible for admission to the professional pharmacy program, applicants must fulfill all of the following conditions in pre-pharmacy:

  • Completed all pre-pharmacy courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Passed all major courses with a minimum letter grade C on any course. Major courses include all PHA courses as well as BIO201, CHM201, CHM311, CHM312, CHM313, and CHM314. For the non-major courses, D is considered a passing letter grade.
  • Did not exceed three course repeats, whether these repeats were of the same course or different courses. Note that a course withdrawal noted “WF” is counted as repeat.
  • Did not receive more than one official academic warning.

For transfer students, only courses listed in the pre-pharmacy curriculum, either transferred from an outside academic institution or LAU, will be taken into consideration in the calculation of the GPA and the number of repeats.

Evaluation criteria for admission into the professional program are based on:

  • The cumulative GPA as well as the GPA related to major courses.
  • The performance on an interview conducted during the admissions process.
  • A cumulative internal evaluation by all School Faculty who were directly involved in teaching the applicant.
  • Three recommendation letters (attached to the application).
  • An assessment of the applicant writing skills based on his/her performance in a short essay.
  • Number of repeated courses (R), withdrawal (WF), and failed courses (F).
  • Number of official academic warning.

The School Admissions Committee reviews the applications and conducts students interviews at the end of the Spring semester of the preceding academic year. Admission to the professional pharmacy program takes place in the Fall semester of the following academic year. Typically, up to 75 students are accepted in the P1 year.

A student who meets the admissions criteria may carry over one course from the pre-pharmacy program to the professional program, upon the approval of the School Academic Council. This exception does not apply to courses from which a student has withdrawn or scored a final letter grade F. Moreover, a student seeking this exception must provide proof that he/she was unable to repeat the course prior to the start of the P1 year. A student must pass the said course with a minimum letter grade C within the following academic year, otherwise he/she will not be promoted to the next academic year.

B.S. in Pharmacy Curriculum

The B.S. in Pharmacy curriculum includes didactic and laboratory courses, and practical experiences (Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences) as described below.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences

The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) are laid out progressively throughout the first three professional years. They provide students with an introduction to the profession of pharmacy and prepare them for the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) that are scheduled for the professional year 4 (P4). IPPEs provide balanced experiences between community pharmacy and hospital practice, and are under the supervision of qualified preceptors. During IPPEs, students observe the real-world practice of healthcare professionals, participate in the daily activities of the practice site, gain hands-on experience by applying their knowledge to patient care and pharmacy operations, and further the development of their professional skills and behaviors.

Professional Year 1

Fall Semester (18 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
PHA308 Pharmaceutical Analysis & Biotechnology 2
PHA309 Pharmaceutical Analysis & Biotechnology, Lab 1
PHA312 Medicinal Chemistry I 3
PHA314 Dosage Forms I 3
PHA315 Dosage Forms I, Lab 1
PHA320 Physical Assessment 2
PHA322 Professional Communication 1
PHA333 Pharmacy Management 3
PHA567 Professional Elective 2

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
PHA313 Medicinal Chemistry II 3
PHA316 Dosage Forms II 3
PHA317 Dosage Forms II, Lab 1
PHA325 Pharmacy Practice & Ethics 2
PHA330 Pharmacology I 4
PHA340 Pharmacotherapeutics I 2

Summer Semester (3 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
PHA398 Pharmacy Practice Management I (IPPE) 3

Professional Year 2

Fall Semester (18 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
PHA421 Drug Information & Literature Evaluation 2
PHA422 Pharmacokinetics & Biopharmaceutics 4
PHA430 Pharmacology II 4
PHA441 Pharmacotherapeutics II 3
PHA442 Pharmacotherapeutics III 3
PHA567 Professional Elective 2

Spring Semester (17 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
PHA435 Pharmacognosy & Evidence-Based Herbal Medicine 2
PHA443 Pharmacotherapeutics IV 3
PHA444 Pharmacotherapeutics V 3
PHA445 Pharmacotherapeutics VI 3
PHA449 Dispensing & Pharmaceutical Care 3
PHA452 Toxicology 3

Summer Semester (3 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
PHA497 Introduction to Professional Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) 1
PHA499 Pharmacy Practice Management II (IPPE) 2

Professional Year 3

Fall Semester (18 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
PHA514 Pharmacoepidemiology 2
PHA550 Introduction to Pharmacogenomics 1
PHA560 Clinical Nutrition & Diet Therapy 2

PHA523 or


Clinical Pharmacokinetics or

Professional Elective

PHA570 Professional Pharmacy Practice-Hospital/Drug Information Experience (IPPE) 6
PHA571 Professional Pharmacy Practice-Community Experience (IPPE) 6

Spring Semester (18 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
PHA510 U.S. Pharmacy Law & Regulation 2
PHA512 Lebanese Pharmacy Law & Regulation 1
PHA558 Pharmacoeconomics 2
PHA567 Professional Elective 1
PHA572 Professional Pharmacy Practice-Inpatient Care Experience (IPPE) 12

A total of six credits of professional electives (as one-credit or two-credit courses) should be completed before graduation.

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Academic Rules and Procedures

In addition to LAU’s undergraduate academic rules and procedures, students enrolled in the B.S. in Pharmacy program must observe the following regulations:

Academic Probation and Dismissal from the Professional Program

A student can register in a course up to three times, including withdrawals. A student is dismissed from the School if he/she fails to score at least a letter grade C in the same PHA course after three attempts.

A student is placed on probation if his/her cumulative GPA is below 2.00 at the end of a semester for all courses taken at LAU during that semester, irrespective of incomplete grades or withdrawals.

A student on probation may not carry forward more than 13 credits in a regular semester and is advised to repeat as soon as possible the courses with a letter grade F or D.

A student who does not come off academic probation within two consecutive semesters of enrollment at LAU (Summer modules excluded) will be suspended regardless of any incompletes and semester withdrawals.

A student suspended after academic probation must submit a petition to the Registrar’s Office. Readmission into LAU is not guaranteed and each case is carefully reviewed for its own merit.

A student readmitted after suspension will be placed on probation and given two semesters, excluding summer semesters, to remove the probation. Failure to remove the probation will lead to the student’s dismissal from the University.

Advancing to the Next Year

A student must pass all professional program courses with a minimum letter grade C in order to advance to the next professional year.

A student may carry over to the next professional year only one course with a letter grade D, D+ or C- after securing the approval of the School Academic Council. Courses from which students have withdrawn or scored a letter grade F may not be carried over. A carried over course must be completed with a minimum letter grade C within the next academic year or Summer semester in order to be promoted to the next professional year.

A student must successfully complete all P1 and P2 didactic courses of the program prior to enrolling in the P3 Pharmacy Practice Experience courses (PHA570, PHA571, and PHA572).

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