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 students (referred to as P1s) must review their College of Pharmacy orientation letters for their start date, which commonly begins the weekend prior to the general University calendar. Other than the start date, the P1 year schedule aligns with the University calendar.
  • Second professional (P2) and third professional (P3) students' didactic semesters are 12 weeks in length, rather than the 16-week University calendar. In the fall, P2s and P3s begin their 12-week didactic courses one week later than the general Purdue population. In the spring, P2 and P3 students begin their 12-week didactic courses at the end of January or beginning of February - 3 weeks after the general Purdue University population.
  • All P2s and P3s will complete a 4-week Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) in July, August, November/December (option for P3 students only) or January.
  • Students not enrolled in an IPPE may enroll in intensive elective courses (referred to as IEs), which begin in accord with the general University calendar.
  • Fourth professional year (P4) students begin 40 weeks of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in May, immediately following successful completion of the P3 year.
  • Breaks: P1 students are in recess in accord with the general University calendar (Labor Day, October Break, Thanksgiving Break, Martin Luther King Day, and Spring Break). However, the Doctor of Pharmacy calendar may be modified by either action of the College faculty or Purdue University. P2-4 students do not observe these recesses if on an IPPE or APPE.

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

Schedule for Spring 2020

P1 and University Calendar P2 and P3
Date Event Date Event
    Jan. 6 - 31 IPPE
Jan. 13 Classes start (16 wk) Jan. 13 - 30 Intensive Elective Courses
    Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 Intensive Elective Finals
    Feb. 3 Classes start (12 wk)
Mar. 16 - 21 Spring Break Mar. 16 - 21 Spring Break
May 2 Classes end (16 wk) May 2 Classes end (12 wk)
May 4 - 9 Finals May 4 - 9 Finals


Schedule for Fall 2019

P1 and University Calendar P2/P3
Date Event Date Event
    Jul. 29 - Aug 23 IPPE
Aug. 19 Classes start (16 wk)    
    Aug. 26 Classes start (12 wk)
Oct. 7-8 October Break Oct. 7-8 October Break
    Nov. 15 Classes end (12 wk)
    Nov 16, 18-19 Finals (12 wk)
    Nov. 20 Intensive Electives Start
Nov. 27-30 Thanksgiving Break Nov. 27-30 Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 7 Classes end (16 wk) Dec. 12 Intensive Electives End
Dec. 9-14 Finals (16 wk) Dec. 13-14 Intensive Elective Finals


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