Office of Professional Education

The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy Office of Professional Education and Assessment supports the college, faculty, staff, and students in the areas of

  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Accreditation
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Co-Curricular Activities
  • Instructional Design
  • Information Technology
  • Continuing Education

Our Mission

  • Ensure curricular alignment with evolutions in the practice of pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences;
  • Implement innovative educational delivery and assessment;
  • Increase interprofessional education, training and collaboration;
  • Expand and improve introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences;
  • Facilitate the continuous assessment of achievement of college goals and student outcomes within the professional pharmacy program and the graduate education programs;
  • Support compliance with accreditation standards

The Winkle College of Pharmacy is committed to the education and training of highly competent student pharmacists. The information provided here is for the public with measures of student performance as we work to achieve our mission and goals.

Doctor of Pharmacy graduates must successfully pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) to practice pharmacy in the United States.

Photo showcasing NAPLEX pass rates for 2019-2023.

Student success at the Winkle College of Pharmacy is monitored continuously. Students who encounter academic difficulty are identified through an early academic intervention program so that academic support and counseling can be provided in a timely manner. Tutoring services provide students with additional resources to assist with their performance and optimize academic success, especially as they transition from pre-pharmacy to the professional program. The overall attrition rate (8%) is lower than the national average for Doctor of Pharmacy programs.

In 2019, 83 students were admitted into the program with a target graduation of 2023.  In 2023, 92% of those students graduated on time.

Students requiring a delayed graduation were for academic reasons     (n = 3) and for personal/medical reasons (n = 2).

One student withdrew from the program for personal reasons.  One student was dismissed due to academic and professional reasons.

  • Employed in the profession of pharmacy:  57 %
  • Residency/Fellowship Training:  39%
  • Unknown:  4%
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Brad Hein

Associate Dean for Professional Education & Assessment
Associate Professor
, Pharmacy Academic Affairs

145G Kowalewski Hall


Dr. Hein graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 1996 with his BS degree and in 1998 with his PharmD degree. He then completed a residency specializing in internal medicine with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Dr. Hein currently practices as an internal medicine clinical pharmacy specialist at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Hein teaches in a variety of courses and is the content expert for gastrointestinal and renal therapeutics. Dr. Hein's research interests include: inpatient glucose control, palliative care and pain management, treatment of electrolyte disorders, geriatric patient care, infectious disease and the scholarship of teaching, learning and assessment. Dr. Hein has published over 40 papers and abstracts. 
In Dr. Hein's current role as associate dean, his office supports the college, faculty, staff and students in the areas of the curriculum, assessment, accreditation, interprofessional education, co-curricular activities, instructional design, information technology and continuing education.
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Karissa Kim

Director of Continuing Pharmacy Education
Associate Professor
, Pharmacy Practice and Admin Sciences

187 Kowalewski Hall


Dr. Karissa Kim is Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Educator-Track.  She is Course Director for Therapeutics of Nonprescription Medicines Course Series, SBIRT, Anti-Racism and Equity in Pharmacy Practice, and Antithrombotic Therapy Management.  She teaches in other courses such as Biostatistics and Research Methods, Evidence-Based Practice, Therapeutics II and Therapeutics V.  She became a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist in 2008 and board certified ambulatory care specialist is 2021.  

Dr. Kim also serves as Director of Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) and oversees all aspects of the CPE program.
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Erika Britton

Assistant Director, Pharmacy Academic Affairs

Kowalewski Hall


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Joey Lyon

Instructional Designer Sr, Pharmacy Academic Affairs

145B Kowalewski Hall


Areas of responsibilities include:​​​​​​​
  • Provide pedagogical and classroom support for faculty
  • Manage instructional video services (lecture recording, online video, etc.)
  • Direct support for university eLearning tools
  • Provide course building services for faculty
  • Canvas instructional and technology support
  • Limited backup for IT support