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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I look for in an online program?

It’s recommended that students search for a program with a successful history of delivering high-quality online instruction, low student attrition, dedicated full-time faculty, high levels of student satisfaction, and minimal required travel. Unlike correspondence courses, the UF College of Pharmacy’s online learning programs are not self-paced or independent study. The MTM program combines multimedia content and traditional education (instructor-led, structured curriculum) with the convenience and interactivity of online technologies.

Will I earn the same degree that on-campus students earn?

Yes. The University of Florida awards the same degree regardless of the delivery method. The traditional campus-based program and the online program both earn a master of science in pharmacy with a concentration in medication therapy management.

How long will it take to earn my MS in MTM?

The degree plan for the Online Master of Science in Pharmacy with a concentration in Medication Therapy Management is paced to be completed in roughly five semesters (33 credits) or 18 months. Students may take up to seven years to complete their degree. Please note that coursework taken as a non-degree student is also part of the seven year time-frame. If the degree is not completed within seven years the coursework taken prior will expire.

Students should consult the degree plan and the course schedule if they want to graduate in five semesters.

What if I can’t keep up?

One of the benefits of studying in a small learning community is the special support students receive from peers and faculty. Students typically find that this support greatly helps them to stay on track. Instructors recognizes personal challenges and want to help students to succeed.

Can the Comprehensive Medication Management Certificate courses I took transfer into the Master’s Degree in Medication Therapy Management?

Yes. Credits taken to earn the Graduate Certificate in Comprehensive Medication Management can be transferred toward the online Master of Science in Pharmacy with a major in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a concentration in Medication Therapy Management. Students must earn a grade of “B” or higher to transfer credits and must be admitted to the master’s degree program for credits to transfer. All coursework counted toward your master’s degree must be completed during the seven years immediately preceding the term in which the degree is awarded.

I’ve previously taken graduate courses. Can those courses be transferred?

Due to the unique blended-model of the curriculum, the University of Florida’s online medication therapy management graduate program does not accept any transfer credits from other universities.

Students may transfer courses taken as a non-degree seeking student in UF’s online medication therapy management graduate program. To transfer courses, students must be accepted into the master’s degree program and earn a grade of “B” or higher in each course.

Taking courses as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee admission into the master’s degree program.

What are the computer requirements for participation in the MTM program?

Students must comply with the standard UF Computer and Software Requirements.  Please fill out applications to our programs, registration requests, and all other forms on a computer or laptop. Some students cannot see all necessary information on their mobile device or tablet.
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Online learning vs. campus-based degrees: will my diploma say "online?"

Students who graduate from the University of Florida’s online Master of Science in Pharmacy in Medication Therapy Management program receive the same prestigious degree as students completing on-campus programs. An online student’s diploma will be identical to that of an on-campus graduate. Prospective students should have full confidence in the reputation of the University of Florida and its groundbreaking MTM program. Many students attend the graduation ceremony on campus to celebrate achieving their tremendous education goal. UF encourages students to attend graduation to celebrate this milestone with their classmates and the faculty and staff of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida.

How can I be sure this online MTM program is right for me?

MTM students recognize the value and appreciate being part of the Master of Science in Pharmacy Medication Therapy Management program at the University of Florida, a program that is not only accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE), but part of the highly regarded University of Florida College of Pharmacy, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Florida.

I am not computer savvy; can I do this?

Yes. Some students are computer novices; therefore, the University of Florida provides technical support for its students. In addition to assistance from program staff and Program Coordinators, the University provides technical support telephone as well as by e-mail.

Explore online learning and technology requirements for the University of Florida.

How much does the program cost?

All students in the online medication therapy management graduate program pay $650 per credit hour, plus fees. The University of Florida offers the same quality education as campus-based students receive, but at a distance. UF’s goal is to ensure that all students with the drive and determination to complete our professional program have the opportunity to do so. Visit the Tuition page for details on costs and financial aid.

I have a busy work and family life and cannot attend classes each week. Is this program for me?

Yes, the program is one of the most flexible and convenient master’s level programs available. The convenient MTM program is designed to bring the courses to the student. Students can complete most of their studies at their convenience in the comfort of their own home or workplace and do not have to put their career on hold or relocate their family to attend classes.

I still have questions, who should I contact?

Please Contact Us with any other questions.

How does Medication Therapy Management vary from a traditional pharmacy role?

Medication Therapy Management (MTM) focuses on the safe and effective use of medications and the high-level knowledge required to help patients achieve intended pharmacotherapy outcomes. MTM is an emerging area of pharmacy practice and has recently become a billable service for some Medicare Part D and Medicaid recipients. Because of this, the field of MTM represents a new frontier for pharmacists looking to expand their practice and deliver better patient care.

How will this program help me advance in my current pharmacy career or progress to a new pharmacy path?

The online Master’s in Medication Therapy Management is the first and only program of its kind. Designed to prepare you with the practical skills you can use to incorporate Medication Therapy Management into your current pharmacy career or establish your own MTM practice and run the business behind it.

Our graduates have used their MTM skill set in various settings including community pharmacy, transitions of care, and health-system practices. Examples of careers include district MTM trainer, providing in-house MTM services for large Medicare Part D providers, provision of MTM services for heart failure patients or other important transition of care activities. Other graduates have started their own entrepreneurial MTM business and some are even employed by the Center for Quality Medication Management (CQM) at UF.

How will this program immediately impact my current career or organization?

As a student, you will learn new information that can be applied immediately to help improve your practice or lead your organization in the implementation of MTM services. In each of the patient care courses students gain new knowledge and are encouraged to incorporate their newfound skills into their daily practice.

Is the MS-MTM degree only for pharmacists?

Absolutely not. The MS-MTM degree is applicable to qualified healthcare professionals. The admission to the MS-MTM program has recently been opened to physicians, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, and nurses (Bachelor of Science in nursing). For the 2017 program year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) noted that MTM programs used pharmacists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, and physician’s assistants to provide MTM services for their eligible patient population. Healthcare practitioners with these licenses have the appropriate background to complete the MS-MTM program and provide MTM services to their patients.

Will I be eligible to take the board certification exam for MTM when I finish this program?

Yes. Completion of the Master’s in MTM program or the Graduate Certificate in MTM program provides the educational background that you will need to take the MTM board certification exam. Students that complete either of the MTM graduate programs are eligible to sit for the NBMTM exam.