Q. What is the title of the degree conferred through this program?
A. The degree is the “Master of Science in Health Services Administration.”
Q. By what branch of the University of Wyoming will the degree be conferred?
A. The degree will be conferred by the University of Wyoming’s School of Pharmacy.
Q. With this degree can I become licensed as a pharmacist?
A. No. Those who wish to become licensed as a pharmacist must complete the PharmD degree. A Masters degree does not qualify a person for licensure as a pharmacist.
Q. Is the degree accredited?
A. The University of Wyoming is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to confer the Master of Science degree. https://www.hlcommission.org/component/directory/?Action=ShowBasic&Itemid=&instid=1726&lang=en
Q. How long does it take to complete the degree?
A. The degree requires two years to complete, based on part-time study. Students may extend their studies for up to six years.
Q. What are the admission requirements?
A. Completion of a Bachelors degree in any field, a Masters degree in any field, or a doctoral degree (PharmD, DPT, MD, JD, etc.) with an upper division GPA of 3.0 or better. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will be seriously considered, based on experience and commitment to graduate study.
Q. What must I submit with my application?
A. A transcript showing a qualifying degree from an accredited academic institution. A current Curriculum Vitae or Resume. A personal statement outlining your experience in the pharmaceutical or health care field.
Q. Is the GRE required?
Q. Is there a fee to apply?
A. Yes. The application fee to the University of Wyoming is $50.
Q. Can I start the program at any time?
A. There are two starting points for the program, fall semester (early September) and spring semester (late January). We eventually plan to admit students for summer term (mid-May), although there will be no admissions to start the program in the summer of 2017.
Q. What is the deadline to apply?
A. The deadline to apply for spring, 2018 is January 15, 2018. There may be some flexibility with extensions of this deadline for students who can complete their applications quickly.
Q. How much does the tuition cost?
A. Wyoming in-state tuition is $650 per credit hour. Out-of-state tuition is $825 per credit hour. In-state tuition is extended to members of selected national pharmacy associations, to federal agency employees (including active-duty military) and to pharmacy residents.
Q. Are there any additional discounts for members of the Wyoming Pharmacy Association?
A. All members of WPhA receive a full discount on the first two-credit course, so that the full course tuition of $1,650 will be waived for that course. This is a way for students to try the program with no tuition cost for the first course. All students are eligible to join WPhA. Go to: http://www.wpha.net/?page=Membership Select the most appropriate member type. If no other member type applies to you, then select “staff member” as your member type.
Q. Does the WPhA discount apply to the entire first semester or to the first course only?
A. The WPhA discount applies only to the first course, which is a two-credit course. The first semester of the program is a six-credit semester, and tuition must be paid for the other four credits in that first semester.
Q. What special arrangements do you have for pharmacy residents?
A. We tried to collaborate with pharmacy residency programs in 2016, but that was not a popular program, so it has been suspended. If you have questions about what might work for a particular residency, please contact Program Director David Brushwood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Does the University of Wyoming charge any fees in addition to the tuition?
A. Yes. These fees are approximately $25 per credit hour. There are no discounts on these fees.
Q. Is financial aid available for students in the program?
A. The University of Wyoming Office of Financial Aid provides opportunities to apply for loans to support studies in this program.
Q. Can I transfer into this program graduate credits earned from another university?
A. Yes. Up to 9 hours of graduate level coursework from an accredited university may be transferred into this program, subject to approval of the student’s advisor and the Dean of Pharmacy. The student must provide an official transcript from the institution where the credits were earned, along with evidence that the course was approved for graduate credit at the institution where the credit was earned. Transferred courses must be number or letter graded courses. S/U or P/F courses may not be transferred in. Transfer credits usually must have been earned within the previous six years.
Q. How are the program courses taught?
A. Most courses are taught online. Students will be required to travel to Laramie, WY twice for intensive weekend seminars; once during their first and once during their last semester in the program. Seminars are offered in the fall and spring terms; not in the summer term. Online courses all use a learning management system that delivers course content to the student’s computer. Some courses are synchronous and require weekly or bi-weekly evening live attendance, via computer, using a virtual classroom program. Other classes are blended between synchronous and asynchronous delivery, and they do not require live virtual classroom attendance on a regular basis.
Q. Are the courses “go at your own pace” or are they scheduled so that assignments must be completed by specified times?
A. The synchronous courses that meet live through a virtual classroom are usually organized to require completing of assignments at specified times. The blended courses that do not regularly meet live through a virtual classroom are usually organized on a “go at your own pace” system, with some deadlines to encourage timely completion of course materials and periodic live online meetings.
Q. What is the schedule of courses in a typical semester?
A. Courses are usually taught consecutively, rather than concurrently, meaning that it is unusual for a student to be taking more than one course at a time. Most semesters are comprised of two or three consecutive courses.
Q. How are the residential weekend seminars scheduled?
A. A typical seminar begins during the week preceding the weekend in-person meeting. During that pre-week, assignments are made and groups meet online to develop strategies that address assigned problems. A quiz must be taken during the pre-seminar week to demonstrate familiarity with assigned and posted seminar materials. The seminar in Laramie starts at 1pm on Saturday and ends at 1pm on Sunday. During that time, students present strategies developed by their groups and they participate in problem-solving exercises presented by the faculty.
Q. Who is responsible for scheduling and paying for travel expenses associated with the weekend seminars?
A. Students arrange their own travel and their own lodging in Laramie. Students pay all of their own travel expenses.
Q. Are the weekend seminars in Laramie scheduled twice during each semester or twice during the course of the program?
A. Students must attend two residential seminars in Laramie during their entire program, not two seminars each semester. Students generally attend the weekend seminar during their first semester and the weekend seminar during their last semester. Students graduating in the summer must attend the seminar held during the immediately preceding spring semester.
Q. Is Continuing Education credit available for pharmacists and technicians who attend the live seminar?
A. We are working on an agreement that would lead to the awarding of 10 hours of CE credit for attendance at the live weekend seminar. CE credit would be optional. There would be an extra charge for those who opt to receive CE credit.
At present, students must arrange for CE credit with their own state board of pharmacy.
Q. Can I see sample syllabi for the courses?
A. Yes. A syllabus for the first course that is taken by all students can be downloaded here.
Q. Does the program provide specialty areas of study within the area of Health Services Administration?
A. Yes. As of spring, 2017, three specialty tracks are offered: Biopharmaceutical Regulatory Compliance, Health Economics & Outcomes, and Health Institution Leadership. In the fall of 2018 we will start a track in Health Quality & Improvement. In the spring of 2019 we will start a track in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Administration. Other tracks in the planning stage are Biopharmaceutical Product Representation, Healthcare Data Analysis, and Clinical Research Administration.
Q. How can I see the curriculum for each of the three current specialty tracks?
A. That information is contained within the pages that follow this FAQ.
Q. Does the program award a graduate certificate, in addition to the Master of Science degree in the program’s specialty tracks?
A. We have proposed offering a formal graduate certificate in each of the specialty areas for those students who choose one of the areas of specialty. If this proposal is approved, graduates of the program will receive both a Master of Science diploma and a Graduate Certificate in their specialty area, as long as they have pursued studies within a specialty are.
Q. Is there a thesis requirement for this degree?
A. No. However, there is an independent project requirement. Each student, under the mentorship of her or his academic advisor, will design and complete this project independently toward the end of the program.
Q. What is the comprehensive final exam?
A. The comprehensive final exam is required under our accreditation standards. It is usually administered in person on the Laramie campus on the Friday prior to the seminar held during the student’s final semester. This is a written (computer-administered) daylong exam that covers all material taught in courses taken by the student. It is a pass-fail exam and no academic credit is awarded for its completion. After the exam has been administered, faculty may request that students verbally (by telephone) clarify answers they have provided on the written exam.
Q. Does the University of Wyoming find jobs for program graduates?
A. No. The University can assist in locating prospective employment opportunities. It is the responsibility of each graduating student to pursue job opportunities and to market herself or himself as a suitable future employee. Each student’s background and experience will combine with the knowledge and skills learned in the program to qualify the student for employment in an appropriate area of the pharmaceutical or health care fields.