Message from the Dean

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Welcome to Larkin College of Pharmacy, part of Larkin University (LU) which currently consists of the College of Biomedical Sciences and the College of Pharmacy. The College of Pharmacy welcomed its first class in August 2016 and that first class graduated in May 2019.

LU is a private not-for-profit university. The Dean reports directly to the President/ CEO of the University. The Board of Trustees hired me as the Founding Dean in the summer of 2013. The College of Pharmacy is currently housed in a 44,000 square foot building in North Miami that was previously also used as a college.

The College of Pharmacy includes an administrative team that has led the College through the various phases of development required by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The College of Pharmacy is the only Pharmacy program in Miami, and is the first year-round, three-year, block-program in the State of Florida. Unique to our program, students complete their Doctor of Pharmacy in three years (as opposed to the more traditional four years).  This is done through the design of the curriculum, and students have approximately 25% more contact time with faculty than in a traditional four-year program.  The block curriculum eliminates traditional classes that may occur only several times a week that could leave much wasted time in the school week.  Instead, our students attend class from 8 AM – 3 PM Monday to Friday on most weeks.  Additionally, students learn in a block format so they can focus on one major topic at a time, not 5 or 6 different courses at the same time.  Assessments, or what others might call exams, occur every two weeks to determine what has been learned up to that point. Additionally, there are several courses that are taught longitudinally over the semester in order to learn new information, but also to apply the knowledge that has been learned in each block.

In a typical day, the class meets with their faculty, engages in didactic teaching and active learning strategies several times throughout the day so that the large amounts of information learned in pharmacy school is applied daily, limiting the need for excessive memorization. Application of knowledge is a much better way for most students to not only learn, but to retain information for longer periods of time.  Another great component of our program is all the clinical training opportunities that already exist within South Florida, limiting travel outside of the region to only those students who desire to do so.

All administrators and faculty embrace this model of teaching and appreciate the College’s Learner-Centered core value, meaning that the interests of the student pharmacists will be placed above all else. The primary goal of the College is to promote and foster pharmacy education to create compassionate and knowledgeable pharmacists who are prepared to pursue any of the different career options the Doctor of Pharmacy degree will bring to the graduate, including post-graduate education.

On behalf of the Larkin University Community, welcome to Larkin College of Pharmacy.  I invite you to check back to this website often for regular updates.

Thank you for visiting us!

Gary M. Levin, Pharm.D., BCPP, FCCP

Founding Dean and Professor