Master of Science and PGY1/PGY2 Residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration

The Master of Science and PGY1/PGY2 Residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration grants the successful graduate a Master of Science degree in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University and a PGY1/PGY2 Residency Certificate in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

ASHP recognizes the need for generalist, clinical practitioner, specialized practitioner, and manager/supervisor skill sets. The vast majority of residency programs in existence focus on the clinical/specialized practitioner.

Pediatric drug distribution is a specialized area of practice that has all of the challenges of adult drug distribution plus numerous other intricacies. Newly licensed and experienced pharmacists must undergo significant training before they are ready to practice independently in the pediatric setting. Managers may also benefit from training in pediatric environments, where they will learn not only basic management skills, but also the pediatric-specific issues that make this environment both challenging and rewarding.

This program grants the successful graduate a Master of Science degree from The Ohio State University and a PGY1/PGY2 Residency Certificate in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  The program offers an optional opportunity to complete a Master of Health Administration degree by extending the duration of the residency. The residency has full ASHP-accreditation.

What You Need to Know

Program Objectives

  • Practice effective human resource management principals commonly encountered in health-system pharmacy, including recruitment, hiring, termination, disciplinary action, staff development, conflict resolution and team building
  • Use a step-wise approach to performance improvement
  • Support professional, legal, and accreditation standards affecting health-system pharmacy practice
  • Work in an environment which supports a diverse pharmacy practice model
  • Understand the physiological and developmental changes that occur from birth through adolescence and how those factors may affect pharmacotherapy decisions
  • Identify and learn to anticipate unique pediatric drug distribution situations
  • Learn and use pediatric medication safety strategies

Purpose Statement

This ASHP-accredited PGY1/PGY2 residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration provides the resident with opportunities to become a competent pharmacy clinician while building strong leadership skills. Through extensive clinical, didactic, and leadership experiences, graduates of this residency program will be well prepared to lead pharmacy administrative and clinical services in diverse settings.

Rotations & Experiences

Throughout the 24 months, the residents will complete 9 clinical rotations which will include 2 intensive care rotations, 2 general care rotations, 2 ambulatory clinic rotations, 1 Clinical Management with a patient care component, and 2 electives in any clinical practice setting. 

In year one the resident will complete MS course work at The Ohio State University, longitudinal rotations in medication safety, human resources, and ambulatory care in addition to direct patient care rotations. Year two focuses on developing essential leadership and management skills through practical health-system pharmacy experiences.  

Clinical General Care Rotations: (2 required)

  • General Pediatrics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine

Clinical Intensive Care Rotations: (2 required)

  • Cardiothoracic Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Intensive Care

Ambulatory Clinic Rotations: (12 months required in 1 or 2 clinics)

  • South High Med-Peds
  • Primary Pediatrics Clinic
  • HIV/AIDS Clinic
  • Complex Care Clinic
  • Cystic Fibrosis Clinic

Required Administrative Rotations:

  • Operations
  • Financial/Budget Management
  • Ambulatory Management
  • Leadership/Strategic Planning
  • Informatics
  • Inventory
  • Medication Safety
  • Human Resources

In addition to the rotations, the resident will be expected to complete the various projects including, but not limited to:

  • Master’s project with a publishable manuscript
  • A project to be presented at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference or a national pharmacy meeting with a publishable manuscript
  • Pharmacy operations audits
  • Journal Clubs, Leadership Presentations, and Continuing Education Seminars
  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee drug monographs
  • Quality and Residency Improvement projects
  • Poster or platform presentations at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Completion of a Teaching Certificate (optional) 


Successful candidates will be graduates of accredited pharmacy programs and eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in the state of Ohio.

The residency begins on July 1 and ends two years later on June 30.

Staffing Requirements

Every third weekend. The staffing requirement is subject to change based on departmental needs and resources.

Preceptors, Residents & Alumni

Nationwide Children's Hospital has possessed a rich tradition of producing leaders in clinical and administrative pharmacy practice since it first offered an ASHP-Accredited Residency in Hospital Pharmacy in 1976.

Salary & Benefits

  • Stipend: Year 1 $48,000 and Year 2 $50,000

  • Tuition expenses for the MS program paid by Nationwide Children’s* 

  • Insurance (medical, dental, vision, life)

  • 10 days paid vacation per year and 3 paid interview days

  • Travel allowance for the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, the ASHP Leadership Conference and the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference

  • One year paid membership to a professional pharmacy organization

  • Access to an extensive library of journals and textbooks

*Up to in-state tuition paid for PGY2 year

Application & Selection

Interested candidates should submit the following items via PhORCAS to the Program Director no later than Jan. 7:

  • Letter of Intent – one page letter explaining why the candidate is interested in the position and what qualifications he/she has that are not fully captured within the remaining application packet
  • Curriculum vitae
  • College transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation

You must also apply to The Ohio State University Graduate School via the link below.

Access The Ohio State University Graduate School Application Information

An on-site interview is required. Admission to this program is contingent upon acceptance into the Masters Degree program. If you are unable to upload application materials to PhORCAS, please mail them to: 

Chet Kaczor, PharmD, MBA
Program Director, MS/HSPA Residency
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Department of Pharmacy
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205

If you have any questions, please contact Chet Kaczor.
Phone: (614) 722-2180