PharmD Outcome Ability Goals for 2026 and Later Graduating Classes

Adopted by the College Faculty, October 11, 2021.

  1. Conceptual Competence.
    The student demonstrates comprehension of the theoretical and scientific foundations of the profession. The student integrates fundamental concepts from the pharmaceutical sciences, clinical sciences, social/behavioral sciences and economics and applies these to individual practice settings.
  2. Critical Thinking and Decision-Making. The student examines issues rationally and logically; acquires, evaluates, and synthesizes information and knowledge relevant to an identified problem; and makes logical, safe, and ethical decisions.
  3. Communication Skills and Abilities. The student utilizes effective strategies of conveying information in consideration of the purpose and knowledge level of varied audiences.
  4. Information Literacy. The student retrieves, analyzes, and interprets the professional literature, critically evaluates the scientific credibility of information, and provides evidence-based recommendations.
  5. Practice-Based Skills and Patient Centered Care. The student develops a foundational set of skills and abilities to provide consistent and comprehensive patient-centered care to all individuals.
  6. Team-Based Collaboration. The student collaborates and integrates effectively within teams, including pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, to provide optimal health care services.
  7. Leadership Skills and Abilities. The student acquires knowledge of leadership traits and skills through curricular and co-curricular activities and applies skills and abilities that will enable them to lead or actively contribute to positive change.
  8. Professionalism and Ethics. The student exhibits professional behavior and adheres to ethical principles in professional and social contexts.
  9. Cultural and Social Awareness. The student demonstrates an ability to recognize and address social determinants of health while considering individual similarities and differences to deliver appropriate patient care.
  10. Population Health Management. The student applies population-based data, processes and strategies to design individual and population-specific, evidence-based disease prevention and management programs.
  11. Self-Awareness. The student demonstrates an understanding of self and engages in experiences and activities that challenge them to continuously develop their abilities in order to thrive in their chosen career path and promote their individual wellness.
  12. Health and Wellness. The student designs and executes strategies to educate themselves, individuals and communities in the management of chronic diseases and the promotion of health and wellness.
  13. Patient Advocacy. The student effectively represents the needs of their patients and advocates on their behalf.
  14. Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The student envisions and executes creative ideas to accomplish their professional goals and advance the profession.
  15. Patient Safety and Systems Management. The student promotes the safe use of medications and facilitates process improvement through the effective management of human, financial, physical, and technological resources.


B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences - Outcome Ability Goals

Approved by the faculty, February 19, 2010; reaffirmed May 2017; Amended April 2019; Amended April 14, 2023

Progarm Learning Outcomes

Students of the Purdue University Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences program will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A broad knowledge of pharmaceutical and related sciences
    The student will:
    • demonstrate a basic understanding of chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics relevant to pharmaceutical sciences.
    • demonstrate an understanding of pharmaceutics, pharmacology, toxicology, medicinal chemistry, therapeutics, and pharmacokinetics.
  2. An understanding of drug discovery, development, and commercialization
    The student will:
    • demonstrate a high-level understanding of the key stages in drug discovery, development, and commercialization.
    • relate applicable scientific disciplines to each stage of drug discovery, development, and commercialization.
    • identify the legal and regulatory issues that affect: a) development, b) conduct of research studies used in each phase of drug product development, and c) commercialization.
    • identify questions addressed by research studies used in each phase of drug product development, and the decision-makers who use this information.
    • synthesize this information to create a preliminary drug development research plan for all phases of a new compound's life cycle.
    • identify potential roles of BSPS graduates in drug discovery, development, and commercialization.
  3. Effective written and oral communication skills
    The student will:
    • demonstrate proficiency in technical writing and presentations through individual and team-based classroom and practical experiences - using clear, concise logical progression of thought.
    • demonstrate knowledge and proficiency with audio-visual presentation technologies.
    • communicate scientific knowledge with colleagues, as well as non-experts in lay terms.
    • develop examples of scientific communications (e.g., abstract, manuscripts, reports, poster presentations).
    • critically and constructively evaluate the presentations of others.
  4. An ability to integrate and apply knowledge to solve problems
    The student will:
    • solve technical problems by integrating multi-disciplinary scientific knowledge and interpersonal skills developed through individual and team classroom and project experiences. Includes issue identification, root cause analysis, solution development and use of statistical analysis.
    • develop interpersonal skills such as influencing others, negotiating and working with others, conflict management, and informal/formal leading of others through the problem solving process.
  5. An ability to contribute in various roles on effective teams
    The student will:
    • demonstrate a road-map level understanding of the interconnection between the scientific, clinical, and filing processes that in parallel constitute the backbone of pharmaceutical development.
    • demonstrate a general understanding of how different areas of expertise must come together in order to discover and develop pharmaceutical products at the level of multi-participant collaboration.
    • engage in productive professional/technical interactions with specialists from different areas that come together in pharmaceutical development.
  6. Ethical and socially responsible conduct
     The student will:
    • demonstrate awareness of cultural and social diversity through interactions with others.
    • demonstrate a sense of self, community, and citizenship through ethical, socially responsible, and socially aware behaviors.
    • demonstrate sensitivity to personal values and ethical principles in professional and social contexts.
    • develop an understanding of social, economic, and professional responses to change in the pharmaceutical industry.
  7. Leadership skills
     The student will:
    • successfully complete a selective course on leadership
    • participate in curricular, co-curricular, and/or other University sponsored or outside student focused activities that promote the ability to lead or actively contribute to organizational improvement.