Pharm. D. Calendar


The Doctor of Pharmacy Program calendar differs from that of the Purdue University calendar, including semester start dates. Students must refer to the specific start dates outlined on the calendar schedule.

First Professional Year (P1)

  • The College of Pharmacy orientation letter provides the start date for P1 students in the fall semester. Other than the fall start date, the P1 schedule aligns with the University calendar, including observance of University breaks.

Second professional (P2) and third professional (P3) years

  • P2 and P3 didactic semesters are 12 weeks in length (opposed to traditional 16-weeks) in order to provide experiential learning opportunities.
  • In the fall, didactic courses begin one week later than the general Purdue population. In the spring, didactic courses begin near the end of January or beginning of February (fluctuates based on experiential rotation blocks).
  • P2s and P3s complete a 4-week Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) in July, August, November/December (an option for P3 students only) or January.
  • P2 and P3 students do not observe University breaks while enrolled in an IPPE.
  • Students not enrolled in an IPPE may enroll in intensive electives (IEs). In the fall, IEs are offered at the conclusion of the 12-week semester. In the spring, IEs begin in accord with the University calendar.

Fourth professional year (P4)

  • Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) begin in May, following successful completion of the P3 year.
  • P4 students enrolled in an APPE do not observe University breaks.

Also see: Pharmacy Drop/Add Calendar - Fall 2020 Deadline Dates | Spring 2021 Deadline Dates.

Schedule for Fall 2020

P1 and University Calendar P2/P3
Date Event Date Event
    Aug. 3 - Aug. 28 IPPE
Aug. 22-23 Orientation for P1 students    
Aug. 24 Classes start (16 wk)    
    Aug. 31 Classes start (12 wk)
    Nov 20 Classes end (12 wk)
    Nov. 21, 23-24 Finals (12 wk)
Nov. 24 All online instruction begins    
Nov. 25-28 Thanksgiving Break Nov. 25-28 Thanksgiving Break
    Nov. 30 Intensive Electives Start
Dec. 5 Classes end (16 wk)    
Dec. 7-12 Finals (16 wk)    
Dec. 15 Grades due (16 wk) Dec. 15 Grades due (12 wk)
    Dec. 17 Intensive Electives end
    Dec. 18-19 Intensive Elective final exams
    Dec. 21 Grades due (Intensive Electives)


Schedule for Spring 2021

P1 (in alignment with University Calendar) P2 and P3
Date Event Date Event
Jan. 19 Classes start (16 wk) Jan. 4 - 29 IPPE option
    Jan. 19 - Feb 4 Intensive Elective Courses
    Feb. 5-6 Intensive Elective Finals
    Feb. 8 Classes start (12 wk)
Feb 17 Reading Day - No Classes Feb 17 Reading Day - No Classes
Mar 18 Reading Day - No Classes Mar 18 Reading Day - No Classes
Apr 13 Reading Day - No Classes Apr 13 Reading Day - No Classes
May 1 Classes end (16 wk) May 1 Classes end (12 wk)
May 3 - 8 Finals May 3 - 8 Finals
May 11 Grades due May 11 Grades due


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