Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Curriculum

First Year Professional
Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
Pharmaceutics/Biopharmaceutics I 4 Pharmaceutics/Biopharmaceutics II
4
Pharmaceutics Lab I Pharmaceutics Lab II
1
Anatomy & Physiology
4
Medicinal Chemistry I
4
Anatomy & Physiology Lab
1
Biostats/Literature Evaluation
3
Pharmaceutical Care I
3
Pharmaceutical Care II
3
Physiological Chemistry
3
Intro to Pharmacy Practice 
Pharmaceutical Calculations I
2
   
Total:
18
Total:
17
Summer Session Credits    
Community IPPE (3 weeks - 120 hrs.) 1    
Total:
1
   
Second Year Professional
Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
Pharmacokinetics
5
Health Care Admin. II
3
Medicinal Chemistry II
4
Pharmaceutical Care IV
3
Microbiology/Immunology
4
Drug and Disease Management I 3
Health Care Admin. I
2
Drug and Disease Management II
3
Pharmaceutical Care III
3
Drug and Disease Management III 4
       
Total:
18
Total:
16
Summer Session Credits    
Institutional IPPE (3 weeks - 120 hrs.)
1
   
Total:
1
   
Third Year Professional
Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
Pharmaceutical Care V
3
Pharmacy Law & Ethics
2
Patient Assessment
1
Pharmacy Practice Lab
4
Patient Assessment Lab
1
DDM VII
4
DDM IV
3
DDM VIII
4
DDM V
3
Professional Elective 
2
DDM VI
4
Professional Elective 
Intro to Research Methods
1
   
Professional Elective 
2
   
Total:
18
Total:
18
Summer Session Credits    
Elective IPPE (3 weeks - 120 hrs.)
1
   
Total:
1
   

Fourth Year Professional

Three Semester Period
Credits

PHA 650

Seminar I

1

PHA 651

Seminar II

1

PHA 652

Seminar III

1

PHA 670

Community Pharmacy Practice Experience*

4

PHA 671

Institutional Pharmacy Practice Experience*

4

PHA 672

Community/Institutional Pharmacy Practice Experience*

4

PHA 683

Geriatrics**

4

PHA 685

Administration/Management**

4

PHA 690

General Internal Medicine 

4

PHA 691

Ambulatory Care 

4

PHA 693

Pediatrics**

4

PHA 694

Psychiatry**

4

PHA 695

Drug Information**

4

PHA 696

Special Interests**

4

PHA 699

Advanced Internal Medicine** 

4

 

Elective - Managed Care**

  Elective - Academia** 
  Elective - Research I** 
  Elective - Research II** 
  Elective - Nuclear Pharmacy** 
  Elective - Compounding** 

*Any (2) of the (3) Total 35.0 over 3 semesters (Summer, Fall, & Spring)

**Any (4)

The pharmacy program is based on the premise that the ultimate goal of pharmacy is to render pharmaceutical care (defined as the full range of skills, knowledge, abilities, and empathy integrated to provide appropriate medication services to patients). The curriculum emphasizes this concept by providing knowledge and practice in the areas of preventive medicine, primary care for the pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations.

The first three years of the professional curriculum are a mixture of didactics, laboratory, recitations, simulations, and practical experiences. Courses in basic pharmaceutical sciences (e.g., pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacology) and the clinical sciences (e.g., pharmacotherapeutics, applied pharmacokinetics, and immunology) are taught using lecture, case studies, presentations, hands-on experience and technology. Each student at the professional level has a laptop computer. Students are encouraged to use the technology offered by the computer to enhance their learning. 

  1. The curriculum incorporates introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences.
  2. In order to participate in these experiential experiences all students must undergo a background check and drug screening prior to the end of the P1 year and again during the spring semester of the P3 year.
  3. The P4 year is devoted to advanced practice experiences in a variety of clinical sites including clinics, and hospital pharmacies.
  4. Required advanced practice experiences include, ambulatory care, internal medicine, community practice and institutional practice.  Students select elective experiences from areas such as pediatrics, psychiatry, drug information, geriatrics, oncology, poison prevention and control, home healthcare and neonatology.