The online graduate program in Medication Therapy Management (MTM) teaches healthcare professionals the fundamentals of MTM and how to apply those techniques to achieve optimal pharmacotherapy outcomes

Medication Therapy Management

About the Online Graduate Program

With the practical skills learned in the program, students will be able to discover new career opportunities in community pharmacy settings, private practice, ambulatory care, managed care, MTM vendor companies and hospitals.

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Distinctive Course Offerings

Distinctive in its offerings, the online graduate program in Medication Therapy Management (MTM) embraces a comprehensive examination of both the clinical and business aspects of MTM. The 31-credit, non-thesis master’s degree program can be completed in as little as four semesters, and the 12-credit graduate certificate program can be completed in as little as two semesters. Students also have the option to take up to 6 credit hours as a non-degree seeking student to boost their skills in a specific area or determine whether the master’s degree or graduate certificate programs are right for them. Tuition is just $650 per credit hour plus fees, regardless of which program option you choose, and there is not a GRE requirement for admission.

What is Medication Therapy Management (MTM)?

Medication Therapy Management (MTM) focuses on the safe and effective use of medication to achieve intended pharmacotherapy outcomes.

The Medicare eligible population, patients greater than 64 years old, is expected to double by 2050.1 Medicare programs are required to provide MTM services to patients that meet certain eligibility requirements. One of those requirements is number of prescription medications. According to the CDC, 23.1% of the US population takes three or more prescription medications.2 From 2011 to the beginning of 2015 alone, more than 3.4 million serious adverse events — including hospitalization, disability and death — occurred as a result of drug or therapeutic biologic use.3 That’s more than 100,000 deaths and nearly 600,000 serious events annually.

In 2003, the Medicare Modernization Act established Medicare Part D drug plans and required plans to establish a Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program. Patients who have two to three chronic diseases, multiple Medicare Part D drugs, or who will incur high annual drug costs are target beneficiaries of MTM. After the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the amount of people who are covered by Medicare and Medicaid has grown significantly.

MTM services can increase drug therapy adherence in patients by informing them how to take their prescribed drugs and helping them resolve issues that may be preventing them from following their regimen. When patients take their medications properly, there’s less of a risk of adverse effects as well as an increase in the effectiveness of the therapy.

Earn your M.S. with a Concentration in Medication Therapy Management

Our online curriculum begins with two foundations courses that cover the core elements of MTM and MTM implementation in care settings. Students then explore MTM within different body systems, as well as patient care, medication safety, communication, billing, reimbursement, MTM business models and regulation. Upon completion of the program, the student will receive a Master of Science in Pharmacy with a concentration in Medication Therapy Management.

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Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 pharmacy college in Florida and in the Top 5 nationally, the University of Florida College of Pharmacy has been developing future leaders in pharmacy practice and science for nearly a century. At campuses in Gainesville, Jacksonville and Orlando, award-winning faculty aim to improve the health of Floridians and people across the world through pharmacy education, high-impact research and clinical innovation.

The University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy is ranked by the US News & World report as the No. 1 Pharmacy school in Florida and in the Top 5 nationally. Join us to pursue greatness and become the next leaders in healthcare. 

1] Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation. The Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit. Retrieved April 3, 2018, from https://www.kff.org/medicare/fact-sheet/the-medicare-prescription-drug-benefit-fact-sheet/
[2] Center for Disease Control. Fast Stats: Therapeutic Drug Use. Retrieved April 3, 2018, from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/drug-use-therapeutic.htm
[3] U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015, November 24). Retrieved May 03, 2016, from http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Surveillance/AdverseDrugEffects/ucm070461.htm