During your time at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy, you’ll build a wide range of practical and professional skills as you pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Apply your abilities in real-world settings during pharmacy rotations.

The following are the required competencies and skills you'll develop while earning your PharmD degree.

How will you redefine pharmacy?

Design, document, implement, monitor, evaluate, and adjust an individualized evidence-based, pharmaceutical care plan that will ensure patient safety and optimal therapeutic outcomes.

1.1  Collect and organize patient information to identify, prioritize, and assess medication/disease related problems necessary to formulate evidence-based, patient-specific medication treatment plans.

1.2  Communicate and collaborate with patient(s), healthcare providers, caregivers, and administrative and support personnel to ensure a multidisciplinary team approach to an individualized evidence-based pharmaceutical care plan.

1.3  Design, monitor, and/or modify individualized dosage regimens and treatment approaches using pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, and/or pharmacogenomic data.

1.4  Select the appropriate dosage form, formulation, route/method, and schedule of drug administration.

1.5  Prepare/compound, dispense, and/or administer safe and effective pharmaceutical products.

1.6  Perform activities for which the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy grants specific prescriptive authority certification.

Promote wellness, disease prevention, management of medical conditions, and reduction of health disparities through education, advocacy and other activities at the population and individual patient levels.

2.1  Educate the public and other health care providers regarding health and wellness prevention and treatment of diseases, medical conditions, adverse drug events, and optimal use of medications, medical devices, natural products, and nutritional supplements.

2.2  Participate in health policy decision-making processes based on analysis of epidemiologic and pharmacoeconomic data, patient access to care, medication use criteria, and medication review and risk-reduction strategies.

2.3  Develop and provide collaborative interprofessional services to prevent, detect, and manage disease and optimize patient outcomes through effective drug management.

Participate in the management of systems that promote and control safe, accurate, efficient, timely, and cost-effective distribution of medications and related devices.

3.1  Explain the key features of private and public payers of health care, differentiating between health insurance and managed health programs.

3.2  Communicate and collaborate with patients, prescribers, professional colleagues, and support/administrative personnel to prevent, identify, and resolve problems related to medication distribution and use.

3.3  Participate in the use and evaluation of systems to identify and prevent potential medication misuse, medication errors, and adverse drug events.

3.4  Apply pharmacoeconomic principles and health-related quality-of-life concepts to improve patient care and allocation of health care resources.

3.5  Review, interpret, and apply practice guidelines and medication use policy in accordance with appropriate organizational and legal requirements.

Take part in the safe and effective management of operational systems to provide drug products to patients.

4.1  Provide safe, cost-effective, and high-quality patient care using appropriate resource management practices.

4.2  Promote human resource practices that contribute to an efficient, cost-effective, safe, and satisfactory workplace for professional and technical staff.

4.3  Utilize electronic resources to optimize accurate, appropriate, and timely delivery of medication and services.

Use information and communication technology to improve patient care and manage the practice of pharmacy.

5.1  Use information technology systems to retrieve data and literature to assist in drug information provision, patient care, drug distribution, patient safety, and compensation.

5.2  Interpret, evaluate, and apply information from primary literature, as well as secondary and tertiary resources to effectively manage patient care.

5.3  Provide appropriate health- and drug-related information to patients, professional colleagues, other health professionals, and community members.

Use various electronic technologies to: a. access and manage scientific/clinical information and data; b. document and manage patient care; c. maintain practice management records; d. support professional communication; e. support education of patients, families, and professional associates; and f. support safe and effective drug distribution.


Demonstrate effective communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills for effective information exchange and teamwork with patients, caregivers, prescribers, and other health care providers.

6.1  Use verbal, written and multimedia skills to effectively communicate with patients, prescribers, other health professionals, caregivers, and members of the community.

6.2  Provide patient counseling about healthy lifestyle choices and medication therapy management in a manner demonstrating sensitivity and responsiveness to culture, race/ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, disabilities, and other aspects of diversity and identity.

6.3  Document and present patient or drug information in an organized, logical manner appropriate for the clinical situation.

6.4  Assess and adapt communication to the ability of patients and caregivers to obtain, process, understand, and use health or medication related information.

6.5  Cooperate, collaborate, and communicate with interprofessional teams to ensure that healthcare is integrated, continuous, and reliable.

Demonstrate the attributes of a professional, including a commitment to, and accountability for, carrying out professional responsibilities, maintaining professional competence, and adhering to legal and ethical principles.

7.1  Perform all professional duties in accordance with legal, social, and economic guidelines.

7.2  Exhibit behavior supporting the ethical tenets of autonomy, beneficence, and justice.

7.3  Demonstrate the traits of professionalism defined by the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists Council of Deans Task Force of Professionalism.

7.4  Develop, acquire, and maintain personal and professional development through ongoing self-directed learning and reflection.

7.5  Maintain professional awareness by identifying emerging health-related issues, products and services, and analyzing potential implications for: a. disease prevention and treatment services; b. management of resources used in providing patient care; and c. patient-specific and population-based therapeutic outcomes.

7.6  Develop appropriate leadership strategies that promote safe and optimal use of medications.

7.7  Engage in innovative activities by using creative thinking to envision better ways of accomplishing professional goals.