Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

The College’s curriculum prepares graduates to be APPE-, team-, and practice-ready. The curriculum also develops students to be dynamic and thoughtful leaders, while motivating learners to become innovators in all realms of pharmacy practice.

SUCOP offers a 3 calendar-year entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program that supports and prepares students to meet the college’s educational outcomes. All courses in the curriculum are mapped to ACPE Appendix 1 to ensure the program contains all necessary components. The first two professional years (PY1 and PY2) are divided into four 11-week quarters which consist of 10 weeks of instruction, 1 week of final assessments, and a 2-week break before the next quarter begins. The third professional year (PY3) is divided into four 12-week quarters which consist of two 6-week rotation blocks with a one-week break between each. The minimum credit hours required for program completion is 176.

Educational Outcomes

Domain 1:  Foundational Knowledge

1.1

Learner (Learner):  Develop, integrate, and apply knowledge from the foundational sciences (i.e., pharmaceutical, social/behavioral/administrative, and clinical sciences) to evaluate the scientific literature, explain drug action, solve therapeutic problems, and advance population health and patient-centered care.

1.1.1

Develop and demonstrate depth and breadth of knowledge in pharmaceutical, social/behavioral/administrative, and clinical sciences.

1.1.2.

Articulate how knowledge in foundational sciences is integral to clinical reasoning; evaluation of future advances in medicine; supporting health and wellness initiatives; and delivery of contemporary pharmacy services.

1.1.3

Integrate knowledge from foundational sciences to explain how specific drugs or drug classes work and evaluate their potential value in individuals and populations.

1.1.4

Apply knowledge in foundational sciences to solve therapeutic problems and advance patient-centered care.

1.1.5

Retrieve and critically analyze scientific literature related to drugs and disease to enhance clinical decision making.

1.1.6

Identify and critically analyze emerging theories, information, and technologies that may impact patient-centered care and population based care.

Domain 2:  Essentials for Practice and Care

2.1

Patient-centered care (Caregiver):  Provide patient-centered care as the medication expert (collect and interpret evidence, prioritize, formulate assessments and recommendations, implement, monitor and adjust plans, and document activities).

2.1.1

Collect subjective and objective evidence related to patient, medications, allergies/adverse reactions, and disease, by performing patient assessment (including physical assessment) from chart/electronic health records, pharmacist records and patient/family interviews.

2.1.2

Interpret evidence and patient data.

2.1.3

Prioritize patient needs.

2.1.4

Formulate evidence based care plans, assessment, and recommendations.

2.1.5

Implement patient care plans.

2.1.6

Monitor the patient and adjust care plan as needed.

2.1.7

Document patient care related activities.

2.1.8

Reconcile patient’s medications when transitioning care from one setting to another.

2.2

Medication use systems management (Manager):  Manage patient healthcare needs using human, financial, technological, and physical resources to optimize the safety and efficacy of medication use systems.

2.2.1

Compare and contrast the components of typical medication use systems (process comprised of medication prescribing, order processing, dispensing, administration, and effect monitoring) in different pharmacy practice settings.

2.2.2

Describe the role of the pharmacist in impacting the safety and efficacy of each component of a typical medication use system (i.e. procurement, storage, prescribing, transcription, dispensing, administration, monitoring, and documentation).

2.2.3

Utilize technology to optimize the medication use system.

2.2.4

Identify and utilize human, financial, and physical resources to optimize the medication use system.

2.2.5

Manage healthcare needs of patients during transitions of care

2.2.6

Apply standards, guidelines, best practices, and established processes related to safe and effective medication use.

2.2.7

Utilize continuous quality improvement techniques in the medication use process.

2.2.8

Apply safe and accurate compounding skills to prepare medications.

2.3

Health and wellness (Promoter):  Design prevention, intervention, and educational strategies for individuals and communities to manage chronic disease and improve health and wellness.

2.3.1

Describe systematic preventive care, using risk assessment, risk reduction, screening, education, and immunizations.

2.3.2

Provide prevention, intervention, and educational strategies for individuals and communities to improve health and wellness.

2.3.3

Participate with interprofessional healthcare team members in the management of, and health promotion for, all patients.

2.3.4

Evaluate personal, social, economic, and environmental conditions to maximize health and wellness.

2.4

Population-based care (Provider):  Describe how population-based care influences patient-centered care and influences the development of practice guidelines and evidence-base best practices.

2.4.1

Assess the healthcare status and needs of a targeted patient population

2.4.2

Develop and provide an evidence-based approach that considers the cost, care, access, and satisfaction needs of a targeted patient population.

2.4.3

Participate in population health management by evaluating and adjusting interventions to maximize health.

Domain 3:  Approach to Practice and Care

3.1

Problem Solving (Problem Solver): Identify problems; explore and prioritize potential strategies; and design, implement, and evaluate a viable solution.

3.1.1

Identify and define the primary problem.

3.1.2

Define goals and alternative goals.

3.1.3

Explore multiple solutions by organizing, prioritizing, and defending each possible solution.

3.1.4

Anticipate positive and negative outcomes by reviewing assumptions, inconsistencies, and unintended consequences.

3.1.5

Implement the most viable solution, including monitoring parameters, to measure intended and unintended consequences.

3.1.6

Reflect on the solution implemented and its effects to improve future performance.

3.2

Educator (Educator): Educate all audiences by determining the most effective and enduring ways to impart information and assess understanding.

3.2.1

Conduct a learning needs assessment of constituents who would benefit from pharmacist-delivered education (e.g. patients/caregivers, technicians and interns, pharmacy students, fellow pharmacists, other healthcare providers, legislators).

3.2.2

Select the most effective techniques/strategies to achieve learning objectives.

3.2.3

Demonstrate the ability to coordinate educational efforts with other healthcare providers, when appropriate, to ensure a consistent, comprehensive, and team-based encounter.

3.2.4

Ensure instructional content contains the most current information relevant for the intended audience.

3.2.5

Adapt instruction and deliver to the intended audience.

3.2.6

Assess audience comprehension.

3.3

Patient Advocacy (Advocate): Assure that patients’ best interests are represented.

3.3.1

Empower patients to take responsibility for, and control of, their health.

3.3.2

Assist patients in navigating the complex healthcare system.

3.3.3

Ensure patients obtain the resources and care required in an efficient and cost-effective manner (e.g., trial to social and/or healthcare services).

3.3.4

Utilize knowledge of private and public health insurance to assist patients and care givers to obtain medication and related parapharmaceuticals.

3.4

Interprofessional collaboration (Collaborator): Actively participate and engage as a healthcare team member by demonstrating mutual respect, understanding, and values to meet patient care needs.

3.4.1

Establish a climate of shared values and mutual respect necessary to meet patient care needs.

3.4.2

Define clear roles and responsibilities for team members to optimize outcomes for specific patient care encounters.

3.4.3

Communicate in a manner that values team-based decision making and shows respect for contributions from other areas of expertise.

3.4.4

Foster accountability and leverage expertise to form and participate in a highly functioning team (one that includes the patient, family, and community) and promote shared patient-centered problem solving.

3.5

Cultural sensitivity (Includer): Recognize social determinants of health to diminish disparities and inequities in access to quality care.

3.5.1

Recognize the collective identify and norms of different cultures without overgeneralizing (i.e., recognize and avoid biases and stereotyping).

3.5.2

Demonstrate an attitude that is respectful of different cultures.

3.5.3

Assess a patient’s health literacy and modify communication strategies to meet the patient’s needs.

3.5.4

Safely and appropriately incorporate patients’ cultural beliefs and practices into health and wellness care plans.

3.6

Communication (Communicator): Effectively communicate verbally and nonverbally when interacting with an individual, group, or organization.

3.6.1

Interview patients using an organized structure, specific questioning techniques (e.g., motivational interviewing), and medical terminology adapted for the audience.

3.6.2

Actively listen and ask appropriate open and close-ended questions to gather information.

3.6.3

Use available technology and other media to assist with communication as appropriate.

3.6.4

Use effective interpersonal skills to establish rapport and build trusting relationships.

3.6.5

Communicate assertively, persuasively, confidently, and clearly.

3.6.6

Demonstrate empathy when interacting with others.

3.6.7

Deliver and obtain feedback to assess learning and promote goal setting and goal attainment.

3.6.8

Develop professional documents pertinent to organization needs (e.g. monographs, policy documents).

3.6.9

Document patient care activities clearly, concisely, and accurately using appropriate medical terminology.

Domain 4: Personal and Professional Development

4.1

Self-awareness (Self-aware): Examine and reflect on personal knowledge, skills, abilities, beliefs, biases, motivation, and emotions that could enhance or limit personal and professional growth.

4.1.1

Maintain motivation, attention, and a desire to learn during courses and work-related activities.

4.1.2

Identify, create, implement, evaluate and modify plans for personal and professional development for the purpose of individual growth.

4.1.3

Demonstrate persistence and flexibility in all situations.

4.1.4

Strive for accuracy and precision by displaying a willingness to recognize, correct, and learn from errors.

4.1.5

Consciously work to solve personal and interpersonal problems to manage stress.

4.1.6

Seek personal, professional, or academic support to address personal limitations.

4.2

Leadership (Leader): Demonstrate responsibility for creating and achieving shared goals, regardless of position.

4.2.1

Exhibit management and leadership skills (e.g., delegation, team work, timeliness, ability to accept constructive criticism).

4.2.2

Develop relationships, value diverse opinions, and understand individual strengths and weaknesses to promote teamwork.

4.2.3

Empower team members by actively listening, gathering input or feedback, and fostering collaboration.

4.2.4

Display competency in handling confrontational situations and conflict management.

4.3

Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Innovator): Engage in innovative activities by using creative thinking to envision better ways of accomplishing professional goals.

4.3.1

Develop new ideas and approaches to improve quality or overcome barriers to advance the profession.

4.3.2

Demonstrate creative decision making and initiative when confronted with novel problems or challenges.

4.3.3

Apply entrepreneurial skills within a simulated activity.

4.3.4

Conduct a risk-benefit analysis for implementation of an innovative idea or simulated entrepreneurial activity.

4.4

Professionalism (Professional): Exhibit behaviors and values that are consistent with the trust given by the profession by patients, other healthcare providers, and society.

4.4.1

Demonstrate altruism, integrity, trustworthiness, and respect in all interactions.

4.4.2

Deliver patient-centered care in a manner that is legal, ethical, and compassionate.

4.4.3

Engage in the profession of pharmacy and demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning.

4.4.4

Exhibit a positive attitude and confidence when working with others.
PharmD Curriculum and Electives
PY1 1st QUARTER (SUMMER) QUARTER CREDITS PY1 2ND QUARTER (FALL) QUARTER CREDITS
PHR 5009 Development of the Student Pharmacist 2 PHR 5200 Immunology 3
PHR 5001 Introduction to Health Care System 2 PHR 5201 Medication Safety 3
PHR 5002 Human Physiology 4 PHR 5202 Biochemistry 4
PHR 5003 Pharmaceutics I 3 PHR 5203 Pharmaceutics II with w/Lab 3
PHR 5004 Pharmaceutical Calculations w/Lab 3 PHR 5204 Communication & Collaborative Solutions 2
PHR 5005 Pharmacy Law and Ethics 3 PHR 5205 IPPE Community 1 (Pass/Fail)
PHR 5008 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) Community 1 (Pass/Fail) PHR 5206 Patient Care Lab 1
PHR 5007 Patient Care Lab 1
 

TOTAL

 

19

TOTAL 17

 

PY1 3RD QUARTER (WINTER) QUARTER CREDITS PY1 4TH QUARTER (SPRING) QUARTER CREDITS
PHR 5400 Clinical Microbiology and Antibiotics Basics 3 PHR 5600 IPPE Hospital 4 (Pass/Fail)
PHR 5408 Self Care I 2 PHR 5601 IPPE (Community) 1 (Pass/Fail)
PHR 5402 Research Design and Literature Evaluation I 3 PHR 5604 Patient Care Lab 1
PHR 5603 Sterile Dosages w/Lab 2 PHR 5605 Introduction to Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry 2
PHR 5404 Public Health Issues 2 PHR 5606 Self Care II 2
PHR 5405 Biotechnology 1
PHR 5406 IPPE- Community 1 (Pass/Fail)
PHR 5407 Patient Care Lab 1
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 10

 

PY2 1st QUARTER (SUMMER) QUARTER CREDITS  PY2 2ND QUARTER (FALL) QUARTER CREDITS
PHR 6005 Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry I 3.5 PHR 6200 Pharmacy Practice Management 2
PHR 6001 Pharmacotherapeutics I 4 PHR 6205 Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry II 4.5
PHR 6002 Patient Care Lab 1 PHR 6202 Patient Care Lab 1
PHR 6003 Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics I 2 PHR 6203 Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics II 2
PHR

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Professional Elective I 2 PHR

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Professional Elective II 2
PHR 6004 Pathophysiology 3 PHR 6204 Pharmacotherapeutics II 6
PHR 6006 Literature Evaluation and Application (student assigned to this only one quarter) 2 PHR 6006 Literature Evaluation and Application (student assigned to this only one quarter) 2
TOTAL 15.5-17.5 TOTAL 17.5-19.5

 

 PY2 3RD QUARTER (WINTER) QUARTER CREDITS    PY2 4TH QUARTER (SPRING) QUARTER CREDITS
PHR 6400 Clinical Nutrition 2 PHR 6600 Pharmacoeconomics and outcomes 2
PHR 6401 Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry III 5 PHR 6601 Pharmacotherapeutics IV 6
PHR 6402 Pharmacotherapeutics III 6 PHR 6602 Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry IV

 

5
PHR 6403 Patient Care Lab 1 PHR 6603 Patient Care Lab 1
PHR    See back page Professional Elective III 2 PHR 6606 Professional Seminar Course 2
PHR 6404 Pharmacogenomics: Personalized Medicine 2 PHR 6605 Clinical Application of Pharmacokinetics lab 1
PHR 6006 Literature Evaluation and Application (student assigned to this only one quarter) 2 PHR 6006 Literature Evaluation and Application (student assigned to this only one quarter) 2
PHR     See back page Professional Elective IV 2
TOTAL 18-20 Total 19-21

 

1st QUARTER (SUMMER) QUARTER CREDITS   2ND QUARTER (FALL) QUARTER CREDITS
PHR 7000 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) 6

(Pass/Fail)

PHR 7200 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) 6

(Pass/Fail)

PHR 7001 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) 6

(Pass/Fail)

PHR 7201 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) 6

(Pass/Fail)

TOTAL 12 TOTAL 12

 

3RD QUARTER (WINTER) QUARTER CREDITS   4TH QUARTER (SPRING) QUARTER CREDITS
PHR 7400 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) 6

(Pass/Fail)

PHR 7600 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) 6

(Pass/Fail)

PHR 7401 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) 6

(Pass/Fail)

PHR 7601 Research Project and NAPLEX/MPJE Preparation 1

(Pass/Fail)

TOTAL 12 TOTAL 7

**Students in the College of Pharmacy’s (COP) tuition is a contracted rate based on the student being enrolled in at least 4 credit hours of coursework. The curriculum listed for the COP are the minimum requirements for graduation. Student’s may be allowed or required due to academic deficiencies, to register for more coursework than is required. This would lead to students graduating with more than the minimum 176 credit hours required for program completion. Hours taken on a voluntary basis may not be used in determining financial aid eligibility.

List of Currently Offered Electives

List is subject to change

Course Number Elective Name
PHR 6843 Advanced Community Based Practice
PHR 6800 Addiction and Substances of Abuse
PHR 6835 Advances in Ambulatory Care
PHR 6836 Advanced Compounding
PHR 6801 Advanced Drug Delivery
PHR 6802 Advanced Ambulatory Care
PHR 6803 Advanced Self Care
PHR 6837 Advocacy
PHR 6804 Aromatherapy Science
PHR 6805 Clinical Ethics
PHR 6838 Critical Care
PHR 6844 Cultural Competency
PHR 6839 Death and Dying
PHR 6806 Drug Induced Disease
PHR 6807 Geriatrics
PHR 6808 Heart Failure
PHR 6845 Immunotherapy
PHR 6809 Integrative Therapeutics
PHR 6810 Introduction to Residency
PHR 6811 Landmark Trials I
PHR 6812 Landmark Trials II
PHR 6840 Landmark Trials III
PHR 6813 Leadership
PHR 6814 Learn to Teach
PHR 6815 Managed Care
PHR 6816 Medical Spanish
PHR 6817 Mental Health
PHR 6818 NanoMedicine
PHR 6842 Neuropharmacology for Drugs of Abuse
PHR 6819 Palliative Care
PHR 6820 Pediatrics
PHR 6841 Sensory Physiology
PHR 6821 Veterinary Medicine
PHR 6822 Wilderness Medicine
PHR 6823 Women’s Health
PHR 6824 Xenobiotic Toxicology
PHR 6825 Independent Study
PHR 6826 Elective I
PHR 6827 Elective II
PHR 6828 Elective III
PHR 6829 Elective IV
PHR 6830 Elective V
PHR 6831 Elective VI
PHR 6832 Independent Study II
PHR 6833 Independent Study III
PHR 6834 Independent Study IV
PharmD Course Descriptions

FIRST PROFESSIONAL YEAR

PHR 5001:  Introduction to Health Care System

Introduction to Health Care System (PHR 5001) presents a current and comprehensive overview of the U.S. healthcare delivery system. Healthcare is a complex system that is affected by various influences. This course focuses on the social, organizational, and economic aspects, as well as the impact of politics and legislation on the delivery of healthcare. Problems that have had an impact upon the system will be examined as well as approaches to solve these issues.

 

PHR 5002:  Human Physiology

This course provides the student with the understanding of the physiological basis of body functions to maintain homeostasis. The essential concepts of physiology and the mechanisms involved in body functions are discussed in the cellular, molecular, tissue, and organ system levels. Emphasis is placed in understanding the integrated regulation of various body processes among the major systems to maintain homeostasis. A prior knowledge of anatomy, cell biology, molecular cell mechanisms, and basic concepts of physiological control mechanisms is required prior to taking this course.

 

PHR 5003:  Pharmaceutics I

The course underlines the basic physicochemical principles and technologies involved in the preparation of pharmaceutical dosage forms and drug delivery systems. The course will demonstrate the interrelationship between pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical principles, product design, formulation, evaluation and the clinical applications of the various dosage forms in patient care.

 

PHR 5004:  Pharmaceutical Calculations with Lab

The course provides an introduction to the metric, avoirdupois, and apothecary systems of measurement and the calculations used in pharmacy practice.  Topics include ratio and proportion, dosage determinations, percentage preparations, reducing and enlarging formulas, dilution and concentration, aliquots, specific gravity and density, and flow rates.  Upon completion, students should be able to perform correctly the calculations required to prepare a medication order properly.

 

PHR 5005:  Pharmacy Law and Ethics

This course focuses on the laws, regulations, and related ethical issues relating to the practice of pharmacy. The regulation and control of drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, mail order, and “internet” pharmacy will also be presented.

 

PHR 5007:  Patient Care Lab

This course focuses on the role of the pharmacist in providing safe and effective medication use to patients. It will integrate topics taught throughout the first professional year and concentrate on communication, quality assurance, drug distribution, and OTC product recommendation.

 

PHR 5009:  Development of the Student Pharmacist

This course will provide an introduction to the practice of pharmacy. The role of the profession in healthcare will be discussed inclusive of the history of the profession. The focus will be on the soft sciences in the context of the profession of pharmacy as well as the personal and professional development of each student pharmacist.

 

PHR 5200:  Immunology

This course provides the fundamental background of the human immune system. Topics include composition and function of immune system, anti-microbial immunity, disorders of the immune system, tumor immunology, transplantation rejection, and clinical application of immunology including therapeutic antibodies, vaccines, and diagnostic tools.

 

PHR 5201:  Medication Safety

Students will learn about the mechanism and roots of medication errors and their consequences on patients and health care in general. Mechanisms to promote medication safety will also be examined.  This course is an introduction to the availability of various technologies applicable to the delivery of pharmacy care, their impact on pharmacy practice, and their applications to patient care.

 

PHR 5202:  Biochemistry

A review of the structure, physical/chemical properties, function, and interactions of amino acids, peptides and proteins, nucleotides, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids, and hybrid molecules with an emphasis on application to medication and clinical uses.

 

PHR 5203:  Pharmaceutics II with Lab

This course is designed to introduce the PharmD students to the principles, practices and technics of pharmaceutical dosage from preparation. Students will learn and apply the methods and technics for compounding non-sterile preparations with accuracy of dose of active pharmaceutical ingredients, appropriate type and quantities of additives to prepare products which are free from contaminants, stable, safe and effective. In addition, students will gain the knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles and quality standards for evaluation of the compounded products.

 

PHR 5204:  Communication and Collaborative Solutions

Rudiments of communication skills will be practiced; the mechanism of conflicts will be explored and the techniques to establish a harmonious working relationship or to defuse/prevent conflicts at the workplace will be taught.

 

PHR 5206:  Patient Care Lab

This course focuses on the role of the pharmacist in providing safe and effective medication use to patients. It will integrate topics taught throughout the first professional year and concentrate on communication, quality assurance, drug distribution, and OTC product recommendation.

 

PHR 5400:  Clinical Microbiology and Antibiotics Basics

This course is designed for students who have had an introduction to basic microbiology. Emphasis will be placed on the aspects of clinical microbiology and anti-microbial treatment that pertain to pharmaceutical science, pharmacotherapeutics, and patient-centered care. The course will discuss the principles of infectious diseases and common infectious diseases of individual organ systems. A comprehensive overview of antibiotic basics will also be presented.

 

PHR 5402:  Research Design and Literature Evaluation I

Students will become familiarized with the skills required to handle different types of drug information questions and the techniques on how to fully evaluate biomedical literature and health care related issues. Students will also be introduced to the different phases of research and processes involved in the drug approval process. Application of the information taught in the course will be emphasized throughout.

 

PHR 5404:  Public Health Issues

This course is designed to survey the basic principles of public health practice from a pharmacy perspective.   Information discussed will include an introduction to the infrastructure of public health, analytical tools employed in public health, biopsychosocial perspectives of public health problems, health promotion and disease prevention, quality in public health, and legal/ethical concerns.

 

PHR 5405:  Biotechnology

This course provides an introduction to biotechnology and its impact on the drug development and practice of pharmacy. Topics include how biotechnology is used to produce biotech drugs, how those drugs work, and the predicted potential and current limitations of biotech drugs.

 

PHR 5407:  Patient Care Lab

This course focuses on the role of the pharmacist in providing safe and effective medication use to patients. It will integrate topics taught throughout the first professional year and concentrate on communication, quality assurance, drug distribution, and OTC product recommendation.

 

PHR 5408:  Self Care I

This course will offer an overview of conditions and products that patients use in self-care treatment. The course will focus on the pharmacotherapy and the role of the pharmacist in disease state management related to self-care (using nonprescription and herbal therapy). Emphasis will be placed on the integration of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and therapeutics to devise appropriate pharmacy care plans. These plans will include rationale for drug use, selection and dosing regimens, expected outcomes of drug therapy, key monitoring parameters, clinically important drug-drug or drug-disease interactions, counseling, and compliance issues.  This course will also help to introduce students to clinical scenarios likely to be encountered during their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences.

 

PHR 5603:  Sterile Dosages Lab

Students will be familiarized with the organization and administration of an admixture program, requirements for clean room setup, equipment and techniques used in safely and accurately preparing sterile preparations, preparation of compounded sterile preparations, regulations governing preparation, distribution and storage of compounded sterile products, reviewing and clarifying physician orders for parenteral products, calculation of dosages of parenteral medications, and administration of different types of parenteral products.  Students will practice in the laboratory the techniques related to the compounding of sterile dosage forms, interpreting prescriber orders, and documenting communication with other health professionals as needed to safely provide and manage sterile dosage forms. Students will be required to demonstrate competency in safe preparation of sterile dosage forms including dosage calculation, correct aseptic technique, quality assurance methods, and adherence to all relevant state and national standards or regulations.

 

PHR 5604:  Patient Care Lab

This course focuses on the role of the pharmacist in providing safe and effective medication use to patients. It will integrate topics taught throughout the first professional year and concentrate on communication, quality assurance, drug distribution, and OTC product recommendation.

 

PHR 5605:  Introduction to Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry

Introduction to Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry is designed to coordinate with the Pharmacotherapeutics sequence and provides the chemical and pharmacological basics for Pharmacotherapeutics course. This course furnishes the introduction to molecular, cellular, and physiological basis of drug action, the influence of chemical and physical properties in structure-activity relationships, drug chemistry, and mechanism of drug action, drug metabolism, drug interactions, toxicity profiles, and pharmacokinetics.

 

PHR 5606:  Self Care II

This course will offer an overview of conditions and products that patients use in self-care treatment. The course will focus on the pharmacotherapy and the role of the pharmacist in disease state management related to self-care (using nonprescription and herbal therapy). Emphasis will be placed on the integration of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and therapeutics to devise appropriate pharmacy care plans. These plans will include rationale for drug use, selection and dosing regimens, expected outcomes of drug therapy, key monitoring parameters, clinically important drug-drug or drug-disease interactions, counseling, and compliance issues.  This course will also help to introduce students to clinical scenarios likely to be encountered during their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences.

 

PHR 5008, PHR 5205, PHR 5406, and PHR 5601:  Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) Community

Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences are a four course sequence requiring a minimum of 160 contact hours, divided and completed by quarter; 40 hours during the summer quarter, 45 hours during the fall and winter quarters and 30 hours during the spring quarter. These courses introduce the student to the philosophy, socialization, and practice of the profession of pharmacy through a longitudinal experience in a community pharmacy practice environment. The student will practice the technical skills necessary to be a successful pharmacist while exploring the concepts of professionalism and shared accountabilities for health care outcomes.

 

PHR 5600:  IPPE Hospital

Institutional Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience is an experience requiring a minimum of 160 contact hours.  This course re-enforces the student’s awareness of the philosophy, socialization, and practice of the profession of pharmacy through an institutional pharmacy practice environment. The student will practice the technical skills necessary to be a successful pharmacist while exploring the concepts of professionalism and shared accountabilities for health care outcomes.

 

SECOND PROFESSIONAL YEAR

PHR 6001:  Pharmacotherapeutics I

This course focuses on the pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy of disease states.  Emphasis will be placed on the integration of knowledge and skills gained from previous courses with pathophysiology and therapeutics to devise appropriate pharmacy care plans.

 

PHR 6002:  Patient Care Lab

This course focuses on applying the didactic knowledge and skills learned throughout the pharmacy curriculum to simulated patient cases.  Emphasis will be placed on the integration of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and therapeutics knowledge as well as physical assessment and point-of-care device skills via working through modules. In these modules, students will practice medication reconciliation, SOAP note/care plan development, patient presentation, drug information, and patient counseling skills.  The importance of developing a rationale to support all recommendations will also be a focus of this course.

 

PHR 6003:  Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics I

This is an integrated course between basic sciences and clinical sciences. It consists of principles of how drugs perform in the human body and how the physiological system affects the drugs as they relate to absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion. Clinical Pharmacokinetics will build on these concepts to describe how to design a safe and effective drug regimen to patients based on their physiological conditions and disease states and how to monitor therapy regimen for adjustment if needed.

 

PHR 6004:  Pathophysiology

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of pathophysiology and requires a solid background of anatomy and physiology. The course focuses in understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms that lead to changes and alterations in human physiologic function and human responses. The students will learn how pathophysiological processes affect manifestation and progression of a disease state within the body, including the resulting primary and secondary effects. Both in-class lectures and examinations will introduce application of knowledge to novel clinical scenarios.

 

PHR 6005:  Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry I

This course is designed to coordinate with the Pharmacotherapeutics sequence and provides the chemical and pharmacological basics for the Pharmacotherapeutics courses.  This course furnishes the details of molecular, cellular, and physiologic basis of drug action, along with the influence of chemical and physical properties of drugs in structure-activity relationships, drug chemistry, mechanism of drug action, drug metabolism, drug interactions, toxicity profiles, and pharmacokinetics.

 

PHR 6006:  Literature Evaluation and Application

This course will focus on landmark clinical trials that have influenced the way medications are used in clinical practice. Students will learn to critically evaluate these trials and to identify consistencies or inconsistencies with the currently established therapeutic guidelines.

 

PHR 6200:  Pharmacy Practice Management

Pharmacy Practice Management is a required course in the curriculum leading to the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy. It is the goal of this course to develop the necessary foundation for the management of activities related to practice in any setting. These activities encompass but are not limited to human resource management (personnel relations, acquiring, supervision, development, and retention of staff), financial management and control, activities related to purchasing and inventory control, patient-pharmacist-prescriber relationships, ethical promotion of and reimbursement for medication therapy management activities as well as general business operational activities. It is beyond the scope of this course to make the student a management expert since expertise comes with experience. The course is designed to provide the student with a fundamental knowledge of concepts and principles that he/she can employ to effectively meet the challenges of a modern pharmacy practice.

 

PHR 6202:  Patient Care Lab

This course focuses on applying the didactic knowledge and skills learned throughout the pharmacy curriculum to simulated patient cases.  Emphasis will be placed on the integration of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and therapeutics knowledge, as well as physical assessment and point-of-care device skills via working through modules. In these modules, students will practice medication reconciliation, SOAP note/care plan development, patient presentation, drug information, and patient counseling skills.  The importance of developing a rationale to support all recommendations will also be a focus of this course.

 

PHR 6203:  Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics II

This course will build on Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics I and will focus on the clinical concepts in the application of foundational pharmacokinetics to pharmacotherapeutic situation. The goal of this course is to use pharmacokinetic principles in the evaluation of dosing and monitoring of medications in specific situations. Clinical pharmacokinetics of selected drugs which are routinely monitored will be discussed to assist the student in understanding of how to design a safe and effective dose regimen for patients based on medication and patient specific factors.

 

PHR 6204:  Pharmacotherapeutics II

This course focuses on the pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy of disease states.

Emphasis will be placed on the integration of knowledge and skills gained from previous courses with pathophysiology and therapeutics to devise appropriate pharmacy care plans.

 

PHR 6205:  Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry II

This course is designed to coordinate with the Pharmacotherapeutics sequence and provides the chemical and pharmacological basics for the Pharmacotherapeutics courses.  This course furnishes the details of molecular, cellular, and physiologic basis of drug action, along with the influence of chemical and physical properties of drugs in structure-activity relationships, drug chemistry, mechanism of drug action, drug metabolism, drug interactions, toxicity profiles, and pharmacokinetics.

 

PHR 6400:  Clinical Nutrition

Students will learn the basic principles of enteral and parenteral nutrition. Students will also learn how to write/adjust a parenteral/enteral nutrition formula adapted to patients’ disease states. In addition, students will learn how to monitor the effects of nutrition on patients.

 

PHR 6401:  Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry III

This course is designed to coordinate with the Pharmacotherapeutics sequence and provides the chemical and pharmacological basics for the Pharmacotherapeutics courses. This course furnishes the details of molecular, cellular, and physiological basis of drug action, along with the influence of chemical and physical properties of drugs in structure-activity relationships, drug chemistry, mechanism of drug action, drug metabolism, drug interactions, toxicity profiles, and pharmacokinetics.

 

PHR 6402:  Pharmacotherapeutics III

This course focuses on the pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy of disease states.  Emphasis will be placed on the integration of knowledge and skills gained from previous courses with pathophysiology and therapeutics to devise appropriate pharmacy care plans.

 

PHR 6403:  Patient Care Lab

This course focuses on applying the didactic knowledge and skills learned throughout the pharmacy curriculum to simulated patient cases.  Emphasis will be placed on the integration of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and therapeutics knowledge, as well as physical assessment and point-of-care device skills via working through modules. In these modules, students will practice medication reconciliation, SOAP note/care plan development, patient presentation, drug information, and patient counseling skills.  The importance of developing a rationale to support all recommendations will also be a focus of this course.

 

PHR 6404:  Pharmacogenomics:  Personalized Medicine

In the near future, personalized medicine will revolutionize the field of pharmacy by offering effective drug therapies that are guided by the genetic variants of individual patients. In our pharmacogenomics course, you will learn to understand how human genetics and genomics can be used to provide optimized drug therapy and patient care. Learning about this emerging field will enable you to better understand and manage new genomics-based diagnostic tools and make best treatment choices. You will spend time discussing societal and ethical implications of genetic testing and the resultant individualization of drug therapy, explain basic principles of human genetics and heredity and more. While pharmacogenomics has a modest impact on daily practice at this time, principles covered in this course will likely soon become a regular part of clinical care.

 

PHR 6600:  Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes

Students are introduced to the principles and tools of pharmacoeconomics and outcome assessments that are commonly used to study the impact of pharmaceutical care services on the health and health care of a patient or community.

 

PHR 6601:  Pharmacotherapeutics IV

This course focuses on the pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy of disease states.  Emphasis will be placed on the integration of knowledge and skills gained from previous courses with pathophysiology and therapeutics to devise appropriate pharmacy care plans.

 

PHR 6602:  Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry IV

This course is designed to coordinate with the Pharmacotherapeutics sequence and provides the chemical and pharmacological basics for the Pharmacotherapeutics courses. This course furnishes the details of molecular, cellular, and physiological basis of drug action, along with the influence of chemical and physical properties of drugs in structure-activity relationships, drug chemistry, mechanism of drug action, drug metabolism, drug interactions, toxicity profiles, and pharmacokinetics.

 

PHR 6603:  Patient Care Lab

This course focuses on applying the didactic knowledge and skills learned throughout the pharmacy curriculum to simulated patient cases.  Emphasis will be placed on the integration of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and therapeutics knowledge, as well as physical assessment and point-of-care device skills via working through modules. In these modules, students will practice medication reconciliation, SOAP note/care plan development, patient presentation, drug information, and patient counseling skills.  The importance of developing a rationale to support all recommendations will also be a focus of this course.

 

PHR 6605:  Clinical Application of Pharmacokinetics Lab

This course introduces hands-on experience in solving problems relevant to the clinical pharmacokinetic services in the hospital, expanding the concepts learned in Basic Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics I and II. Emphasis will be on individual or customized dosing and drug dosing intervals for specific drugs requiring serum concentration monitoring for guided therapy.

 

PHR 6606:  Professional Seminar Course

This course is intended to develop a student’s ability to evaluate and synthesize pertinent literature and effectively communicate a pharmacotherapy-related topic in a professional manner. All students will learn about and demonstrate understanding of the research process regardless of track selected.   During the Spring Quarter of the P2 year, this course will provide the opportunity to develop projects in detail. Students will receive confirmation of their project preceptor, student team (if pertinent) for presentation component, and tentative date for the presentation during the P3 year.

 

THIRD PROFESSIONAL YEAR

PHR 7000, 7001, 7200, 7201, 7400, 7401, 7600:  Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)

The students will go through seven experiential education experiences. The experiences are balanced between three areas; including community/ambulatory care, hospital/health system, and elective experiences. Required rotations will emphasize patient care, systems management, and medication distribution within an interprofessional team. This will be the time for students to integrate and apply their knowledge to real patients’ situations. Elective APPE are structured to allow students to explore specific areas of practice, furthering the breadth and the depth of experiences needed to enhance professional growth.

 

PHR 7601:  Research Project and NAPLEX/MPJE Preparation

This course is intended to develop a student’s ability to evaluate and synthesize pertinent literature and effectively communicate a pharmacotherapy-related topic in a professional manner.  Course is pass/fail.  Students must pass the course as a mandatory academic requirement for graduation.

 

PROFESSIONAL ELECTIVES

PHR 6800:  Addiction and Substances of Abuse

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the pathophysiology associated with addiction, an overview of substances of abuse including their effects on the nervous system and other organ systems as well as management of acute intoxication and/or withdrawal from the substance. Additionally, students will be exposed to nonpharmacological approaches in addiction management and are expected to apply knowledge gained during the course to contribute to educational and outreach efforts in the community. This is an elective course conducted primarily in a team-based learning format. Learning and assessments may be conducted through video tutorials, panels, reading assignments, and team projects/discussions to review and apply information. The course requires active participation by all students enrolled in the course.

 

PHR 6801:  Advanced Drug Delivery

This course provides an opportunity to explore the basic principles and technology of advanced drug delivery systems and devices for controlled, sustained, and targeted delivery of drugs. This will include a  systematic study of solid oral modified- release dosage forms such as coated beads, granules, microencapsulated drug, osmotic pump, repeat action tablets,  transdermal, iontophoretic, intranasal and brain-targeted, ophthalmic, and nanotechnology-based products.

 

PHR 6802:  Advanced Ambulatory Care

This will be a competency-based course that focuses on the role of the pharmacist in disease state management in the ambulatory care setting. Additionally, this course will reinforce concepts taught in Therapeutics. Learning and assessments may be conducted through video tutorials, reading assignments, and/or team projects/ discussions to review and apply information. The course requires active participation by all students enrolled in the course.

 

PHR 6803:  Advanced Self Care

This course focuses on the role of durable medical equipment, medical supplies, and other self-care products in the medical management of patients in the outpatient community setting.

 

PHR 6804:  Aromatherapy Science

This elective course is designed to cover commonly used essential oils and their therapeutic uses, details of toxicity, bioactivity, contraindications, and clinical studies. Lecture topics include historical background, aromatherapy practice, chemistry of essential oils, bioactivity of essential oils, science of smell, safety issues, and clinical studies.

 

PHR 6805:  Clinical Ethics

This course explores the background, history, and components of ethical decision-making in the professional medical environment.  There is additional focus on the ethics involved in human subjects research (both pre-clinical and clinical) and a pharmacist’s dispensing rights and responsibilities.

 

PHR 6806:  Drug Induced Disease

This course will cover the mechanism of drug-induced diseases that affect a variety of organ systems.  Students will examine offending drugs involved in these adverse drug reactions and examine the prevention, detection, and the most appropriate management of drug-induced diseases. Content in this elective class will integrate and build upon the clinical knowledge learned in pharmacotherapeutic courses and labs. This class offers the opportunity to practice assessment techniques and clinical reasoning skills to approach drug-induced disease.

 

PHR 6807:  Geriatrics

Students will learn the principles of patient-centered care in the geriatric population as well as the role and responsibilities of the senior care pharmacist.

 

PHR 6808:  Heart Failure

This elective is an interactive and activity-based course. Using heart failure treatment as the patient care topic, students will learn the pharmacist’s role as a member of the health care team. In class, students will learn how to read journal articles and provide patient education. Students will develop appropriate treatment recommendations using a team approach to care for patients with heart failure.

 

PHR 6809:  Integrative Therapeutics

This elective course examines the role of nutritional supplements pertaining to health and wellness. Emphasis will be placed on scientific evidence in the support of supplementations, and students will gain knowledge on what products are considered both safe and effective.

 

PHR 6810:  Introduction to Residency

This elective course is designed for students that are interested in pursuing a residency. Students will be educated on all residency opportunities, the residency selection process, and things to consider when selecting residency programs. Also, the students will develop curriculum vitae and learn important interviewing techniques to use during a residency interview.

 

PHR 6811:  Landmark Trials I

This course will focus on landmark clinical trials that have influenced the way medications are used in clinical practice.  Students will learn to critically evaluate these trials and to identify consistencies or inconsistencies with the currently established therapeutic guidelines.

 

PHR 6812:  Landmark Trials II

This course will focus on landmark clinical trials that have influenced the way medications are used in clinical practice.  Students will learn to critically evaluate these trials and to identify consistencies or inconsistencies with the currently established therapeutic guidelines.

 

PHR 6813:  Leadership

This course is designed to help students think about what it means to be a leader. During the course, students will analyze their personality trait and leadership style and how to work with those who have different traits than their own. We will utilize popular leadership books as a starting point for discussion on leadership development and issues that students will face.

 

PHR 6814:  Learn to Teach

This course is an elective offering that is intended to give pharmacy students a general overview of the organizational structure of academia, as well introduce possible career opportunities in academia.  This course will also teach students how to utilize skills such as active learning, visual aids, and vocal variety in order to become effective communicators in the classroom setting.  Students will be given opportunities during class to enhance assessment, verbal, and written skills through various in-class assignments.

 

PHR 6815:  Managed Care

This elective course will provide an overview of managed care pharmacy and an understanding of how managed care impacts the entire healthcare system. Topics will range from pharmacy benefits design to emerging markets in specialty pharmaceuticals.   Students will leave this course with a knowledge of managed care pharmacy that can prepare them for experiential education and career opportunities in a variety of managed care practice settings.

PHR 6816:  Medical Spanish

This course is designed to develop the Spanish-speaking skills of the non-Spanish speaking healthcare professional. It will build on skills of basic Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation and will develop basic conversational skills as well as pharmacy-specific and medical terms, phrases, and counseling points.  Emphasis will be placed on developing sufficient skills to provide adequate pharmaceutical care to Spanish-speaking patients that speak little or no English.  The course will also provide key phrases and general questions to use when counseling or assessing the patient.  The course will also provide insight into Hispanic/Latin culture and address how to handle and understand cultural differences in health beliefs and practices.

 

PHR 6817:  Mental Health

This course provides the student with an introduction to the mental health system and various psychiatric disease states and treatments. This is a general introduction/review on the common psychiatric disorders, more in-depth pharmacologic/nonpharmacologic treatment options, and includes unique subject matter. The mental health elective will utilize the experiences of faculty and guest lecturers that practice in the field of psychiatry.

 

PHR 6818:  NanoMedicine

This course will focus on developing students’ understanding of the unique properties of nanomaterials used in nanomedicines, their fabrication and characterization, and nanodrug delivery systems for the treatment of various diseases. Emphasis will be placed on FDA approved nanomedicines, their specific uses and advantages compared to conventional counterparts, nanotechnology-enabled diagnostic and contrast agents, and the simultaneous diagnostic/treatment modalities. An introduction to theranostics and personalized medicine will also be included.

 

PHR 6819:  Palliative Care

In this course, students will see how the philosophy of palliative care extends through the initial diagnosis of an end stage illness to death.  The course will address pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments as well as other interdisciplinary interventions which can improve symptoms and quality of life. The Palliative Care Course will utilize the experiences of faculty and guest lecturers in the field of palliative and end of life care.

 

PHR 6820:  Pediatrics

This course is an elective offering that is intended to introduce students to pediatric topics encountered in a “general medicine” setting including ambulatory and inpatient hospital settings. The focus of the class will be practical implementation of general medicine principles directed at a pharmacist’s point of view.  Students will gain comfort with basic pediatric pharmacy principles and knowledge of pediatric pharmacy specific resources.  The format of the class will mostly be an open forum discussion.

 

PHR 6821:  Veterinary Medicine

To review the role of the pharmacist in dispensing medications and making treatment recommendations for animals.

 

PHR 6822:  Wilderness Medicine

This course introduces a quick and decisive approach in the management of common outdoor medical emergencies otherwise known as “Wilderness Medicine”.

 

PHR 6823:  Women’s Health

This course will include discussions on several topics regarding health issues and conditions. Topics will complement those previously learned in therapeutics, set the learners up for success in future therapeutics lectures, and/or include guest speakers that are experts in Women’s Health Topics. Class time may be lecture, discussion, or application through cases and a final project.

 

PHR 6824:  Xenobiotic Toxicology

This course emphasizes adverse health effects caused by environmental toxicants and xenobiotics (foreign agents). The contribution of environmental toxicants to the development and progression of diseases will be discussed. This course provides information on traditional topics of toxicology as well as modern research methods in toxicology.

 

PHR 6825:  Independent Study

The individual topic will be determined by course faculty.

 

PHR 6835:  Advances in Ambulatory Care

This course provides students with advanced skills and knowledge in ambulatory care.

 

PHR 6836:  Advanced Compounding

This course provides students with advanced skills training in compounding. Emphasis will be on the compounding process and appropriate use of the USP for non-sterile compounded preparations.

 

PHR 6837:  Advocacy

The Advocacy elective will provide an introduction to political advocacy and the legislative process. Throughout the quarter guests will discuss their role in politics and provide strategies to implement advocacy initiatives. Students will engage in hands-on professional and patient advocacy activities. They will also utilize the skills developed within the elective to encourage fellow classmates to become politically engaged. Role playing scenarios will be included to demonstrate the multitude of participants within the legislative process and illuminate the crucial role that student pharmacists can play. Additionally, outside of class activities will be a key component to the course and may include, but not limited to; a tour of the State Capitol, attendance at professional organization board meetings, and attendance during invited guest speakers.

 

PHR 6838:  Critical Care

This course will focus on critical care disease states and provide an overview of pharmacy practice in the intensive care unit. Students will learn how to review and apply critical care evidence-based literature and guidelines to patient cases.

 

PHR 6839:  Death and Dying

This course provides students with advanced skills and knowledge the area of death and dying.

 

PHR 6840:  Landmark Trials III

This course will focus on landmark clinical trials that have influenced the way medications are used in clinical practice.  Students will learn to critically evaluate these trials and to identify consistencies or inconsistencies with the currently established therapeutic guidelines.

 

PHR 6841:  Sensory Physiology

This elective course will allow students to learn in more detail the structure and function of the sensory systems and how specialized receptors allow the sensory systems to detect specific types of stimuli such as pressure, light, or airborne chemicals. In addition, laboratory exercises will be used when appropriate to reinforce the didactic information.

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