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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.

Why get a graduate education in MTM?

MTM is an emerging area of pharmacy practice. With the growth of patients that are target beneficiaries of MTM services and pressure to decrease medical spending, insurers and medical providers are looking for ways to more efficiently improve patient drug adherence.

A Master’s in MTM can open new career opportunities in managed care, MTM vendor companies, hospitals, and community pharmacy settings, as well as establishing a private MTM practice.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will earn a Master of Science in Pharmacy with a major in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a concentration in Medication Therapy Management issued by the Graduate School of the University of Florida. Your transcript will read Master of Science in Pharmacy, graduation date, major Pharmaceutical Sciences - Medication Therapy Management. Your diploma will read Master of Science in Pharmacy, major Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Who can benefit from this program?

In order to be successful in this program, applicants must have a degree in an applicable healthcare field and an active license to practice in their field.

This program is designed to help healthcare professionals find new careers in:

  • Managed care
  • Ambulatory care
  • Hospitals
  • MTM vendor companies
  • Community pharmacy settings

This program also provides students with the knowledge to develop and launch their own MTM practice or expand their services at their current practice.


[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

What does the curriculum cover?

The comprehensive coursework for the Master in Medication Therapy Management covers both the clinical and business facets of MTM.

For students who want to provide MTM services, either for their own business or to create new career opportunities, coursework includes:

  • Physical assessment skills
  • Conducting patient interviews
  • Communication techniques between patients and providers
  • Medical literature evaluation methods
  • Designing medication-related action plans
  • MTM as it applies to different body system disorders
  • Business plan development
  • Different models of MTM practice

Core-Required Courses

Core-required courses must be completed before the required courses.

Course # Course Title Credits Fall Spring Summer
PHA6631 Foundations of MTM I 3 X X X
PHA6632 Foundations of MTM II 3 X X X

Required Courses

Required courses may be taken in any order. Courses are offered in either the A or B session of the corresponding semester. Two required courses are offered in the A session each semester and two are offered in the B session each semester.

Course # Course Title Credits Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
PHA6630 Medication Therapy Management: A Hematological Focus 3   X  
PHA6633 Medication Therapy Management: A Cardiovascular Focus 3   X  
PHA6634 Medication Therapy Management: A Endocrine Focus 3   X  
PHA6639 Medication Therapy Management: A Respiratory Focus 3   X  
PHA6635 Medication Therapy Management: A Renal Focus 3 X   X
PHA6636 Medication Therapy Management: A Gastrointestinal Focus 3 X   X
PHA6637 Medication Therapy Management: A Psychiatric Focus 3 X   X
PHA6638 Medication Therapy Management: A Neurologic Focus 3 X   X

Final Course Requirements

In the final semester, the student will be required to enroll in the Capstone course. There is also a final comprehensive exam that is administered online the week before the Capstone course begins.

Course # Course Title Credits Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
PHAXXXX MTM: Final Comprehensive Exam (Online) 0 X X X
PHA6935 Medication Therapy Management: Capstone 3 X X X

For more information regarding the degree plan for the master's degree in MTM, please see the Degree Plan page.

For more information regarding the individual courses, please see the Courses page.

How much does the program cost?

Courses are $650 per credit hour plus fees. The approximate cost to earn the master's degree is $21,450.

We do not accept UF EEP or Florida State Tuition Waiver, because this is an off-book program that does not receive funds from these programs. For more information about the costs of attendance and financial aid, visit the tuition page.

Master’s Degree Admission Requirements

The following are the minimum admission requirements for the Master’s Degree in Medication Therapy Management.

Degree Requirements

Applicants must hold a graduate or professional degree in one of healthcare fields listed below. Any degree earned in the United States must be from a regionally accredited US institution. If your degree does not meet the requirements and you are interested in applying to the program, please email the Program Director Jennifer Salo at jaferrer@cop.ufl.edu.

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Nurse Practitioners (ARNP)
  • Physician’s Assistants (PA)
  • Pharmacists (BSPharm or PharmD)
  • Medical Doctors (MD)
  • Doctors of Osteopathy (DO)

GRE Scores

  • Applicants who hold only a bachelor’s degree or who hold only international degrees must submit acceptable Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores.
    • Applicants who have earned a graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution are exempt from this requirement and do not need to submit GRE scores.
    • Applicants with a BS in pharmacy from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, earned prior to the year 2000, should contact the program to discuss PharmD-degree equivalency and the possibility of a GRE waiver.
    • Applicants with a BS in pharmacy earned after the year 2000 or a graduate, or professional degree from an international institution, must take and submit GRE scores. There is no exception.
  • Applicants educated outside the United States may be required to pass a test of English language fluency.

TOEFL

The English Language Skill Requirement for Admissions

If your native language is not English, or if you graduated with a bachelor’s degree from a non-English speaking country, you will need to submit your TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or other Graduate Council approved English language skills test scores.

Non-English Speaking Countries
Minimum TOEFL Scores
Sending TOEFL Scores

Contact dess@ahc.ufl.edu for further inquiries.

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