Academic Programs Catalog

College of Osteopathic Medicine

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Pharmacology and Toxicology
Pharmacology and Toxicology - Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Human Medicine, or Veterinary Medicine, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

An applicant for admission to the doctoral program must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited four–year university or college and have a grade–point average of approximately 3.40 for the last two years of undergraduate study. Persons holding a master's degree also may apply for admission to the program.

All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination General Test. A Subject Test is not required. All test scores must be submitted to the department.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology

During the first two years of the program, the primary objective is to provide students with a firm foundation and a broad background from which they may specialize in a more sharply delineated aspect of the discipline. This objective is accomplished in two ways:  (1) specific course requirements including biometry, physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology and (2) laboratory rotations with two different faculty members during the first year.

The comprehensive preliminary examination is given by the end of the second year. It consists of a written examination and an oral presentation of the dissertation proposal to the student's dissertation committee.

The potential areas of specialization for dissertation research are limited to those areas which are afforded by the research interests of the faculty.

Approximately four and one–half calendar years of study beyond the bachelor's degree are needed to meet the requirements.

Academic Standards

A candidate must maintain at least a 3.00 grade–point average in all academic work and may not receive more than three grades below 3.0.