Pathway to PharmD

Pathway to Pharm.D. (P2PD) - NOW accepting applications!

Summer Pre-Matriculation Program

 Native American Center of Excellence

at the University of Montana

Skaggs School of Pharmacy

An Enrichment Program for Students Transitioning into Pharmacy School

In Summer 2017, the Native American Center of Excellence will host a four-week pre-matriculation program at the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy, specifically for students entering pharmacy school. P2PD is a unique educational opportunity for American Indian/Alaska Native and Underrepresented Minority students* who have been admitted into a professional pharmacy program for the 2017-2018 academic year. P2PD is designed to academically prepare students for the first year of a professional pharmacy program. 

The goal of the program is to facilitate students’ transition to pharmacy school by providing academic and social support.  P2PD is especially helpful to students who are not accustomed to an intensive academic program since it provides a preview of the pharmacy school environment and curriculum. 

The P2PD program will admit students on a first-come first-serve basis if they meet the requirements.  Students admitted into the program will enter the 2017-2018 academic year with not only improved self-confidence but also knowledge which is essential to be a scholar and leader in pharmacy school and beyond. *open to all incoming P1 students

Program Content


  • Attend classes scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
  • Are exposed to introductory and overview course offerings, such as: Calculations, Cell & Molecular Biology, Medical Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Biochemistry, Pharmacy Practice, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, and American Indian Health Issues. 
  • Are provided resources and speakers addressing health equity.
  • Have the opportunity to work closely with University of Montana College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences staff and faculty.
  • Gain critical skills necessary to meet the academic demands of a pharmacy school curriculum.

Tuition Cost

There are no tuition costs to participate in P2PD. Required textbooks are provided for P2PD participants including school supplies. Travel assistance and weekly stipend are only available to American Indian/Alaskan Native students.


All instruction is delivered by faculty from the University of Montana College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences.  Current pharmacy students serve as mentors and facilitate tutorial sessions.

Program Dates

The 2017 P2PD summer pre-matriculation program is July 10, 2017 - August 4, 2017 at the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy.  Participants should expect to spend six or more hours per day in course study.  We highly discourage students from summer employment or other outside activities during the four-week intensive program. 


American Indian/Alaska Native and Underrepresented Minority students who have been accepted into a professional pharmacy program for the 2017-2018 academic year are encouraged to apply, if you are waitlisted or unsure of your status please contact our office directly.  ** Open to all Incoming P1s for Fall 2017 to apply and particpate at no cost

Open to all institutions, not only University of Montana. See alumni list below and other institutions that have participated. 

To Apply

For more information, please contact:

Wilena Old Person at (406) 243-4097 or

NACOE & Diversity Programs Office (406) 243-2783

Download the 2017 P2PD Brochure HERE

Graduates of P2PD

Summer 2016

Steven Just, University of Minnesota
Karen Leonardson, University of Montana
Ty Moe, University of Montana
Marley Tanner, University of Montana

Summer 2015

Shelby Cole, University of Montana
Darrel Hunt, University of Montana
Brian Stuart, University of South Carolina
Tyson Walker, University of California, San Francisco
Courtney Wells, North Dakota State University

Summer 2014

Misty Fines, University of Montana
Narissa Godwin, University of Montana
Jason Palacio, University of Montana
Kyla Tripp, University of Montana
Shenell Weis, University of Montana

Pathway to Pharm.D. (P2PD) is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services