Course Descriptions

  • PHAR - 501 BASICS OF DRUG INFORMATION AND INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY PROFESSION

    Introductory level drug information and basic concepts in informatics will be presented. An overview of the historical development of the pharmacy profession in terms of its role in the United States Health Care Delivery System will be discussed.

     

    PHAR - 510 FUNDAMENTALS OF DRUG ACTION AND METABOLISM

    A study of the composition and structure of proteins, classification of enzymes and coenzymes, enzyme kinetics and regulations, drug biotransformation, drug receptor properties, structural features of drugs, functional group properties and receptor interactions, fundamentals of pattern recognition that relate chemical structure to pharmacological action, drug dose response curves, membrane structure and transport, and mechanisms of signal transduction.

     

    PHAR - 511 GENETIC CONTROLS OF CELL FUNCTION, CELL REPRODUCTION AND PROTEIN SYNTHESIS

    A study of the basic concepts of mammalian biochemistry including the biosynthesis of proteins, nucleic acid structure and function in gene expression at the cellular level in both normal and disease states. Additionally, there is a review of nucleotide metabolism, an introduction to the pharmacology of antineoplastic agents and an introduction to pharmacogenomics.

     

    PHAR 512 - METABOLISM OF CARBOHYDRATES, LIPIDS, AND AMINO ACIDS

    A study of the basic concepts and principles of mammalian biochemistry including the digestion, absorption, biosynthesis and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids at the cellular level in both the normal and disease states. The principles of energy transformations are also studied.

     

    PHAR 513 - HEMATOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY

    A study of basic hematology and immunology and the fundamental principles related to clinical immunology.

     

    PHAR 514 - BIOSTATISTICS AND CLINICAL TRIAL DESIGN

    Basic biostatistical concepts are studied and applied to the evaluation of pharmacy drug literature and clinical trial design.

     

    PHAR 520 - PRINCIPLES OF NEUROBIOLOGY AND NEUROPHARMACOLOGY

    This module reviews principles of neurobiology, and introduces basic concepts of pharmacology as applied to the autonomic and somatic nervous systems.

     

    PHAR 521 - CARDIOVASCULAR AND RENAL SYSTEMS; PHARMACOLOGY AND MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY

    This module introduces basic concepts of pharmacology and medicinal chemistry particularly as applied to the cardiovascular and renal systems. In this module, a study of the basic principles of drug action is presented for specific drug classes including: the chemical properties, mechanisms of drug action, routes of administration, clinical uses, disposition, contraindications, adverse reactions, clinically significant drug interactions, and drug disease interaction.

     

    PHAR 522 - GASTROINTESTINAL AND GENITOURINARY: PHARMACOLOGY AND MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY

    This module introduces basic concepts of pharmacology and medicinal chemistry particularly as applied to gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. In this module, a study of the basic principles of drug action is presented for specific drug classes including: the chemical properties, mechanisms of drug action,  routes of administration, clinical uses, disposition, contraindications, adverse reactions, clinically significant drug interactions, and drug disease interaction.

     


     

    PHAR 523 - ENDOCRINE SYSTEM: PHARMACOLOGY AND MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY

    This module introduces basic concepts of pharmacology and medicinal chemistry as applied to the endocrine system. In this module, a study of the basic principles of drug action is presented for each specific drug class including: the chemical properties, mechanisms of drug action, routes of administration, clinical uses, disposition, contraindications, adverse reactions, clinically significant drug interactions, and drug disease interaction.

     

    PHAR 524 - TOXICOLOGY

    This module provides a study of the basic principles of toxicology along with an introduction to clinical toxicology.

     

    PHAR 525 - NEUROPHARMACOLOGY AND MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY

    This module continues a review of neurobiology and extends basic concepts of pharmacology and medicinal chemistry as applied to the autonomic and somatic nervous systems, and the central nervous system. In this module, a study of the basic principles of drug action is presented for specific drug classes including: the chemical properties, mechanisms of drug action, routes of administration, clinical uses, disposition, contraindications, adverse reactions, clinically significant drug interactions, and drug disease interaction.

     

    PHAR 530 - PHARMACEUTICS AND BIOPHARMACEUTICS

    A study of the application of physical and chemical principles to the development, preparation, and stabilization of pharmaceutical dosage forms. Also included is a study of biological and physicochemical factors that influence the availability of a drug from a dosage form and the subsequent disposition and response of the drug in the body.

     

    PHAR 531 - PHARMACOKINETICS

    The application of the concepts of biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics to the processes of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs are discussed with the purpose of assessing drug dosage forms/regimens and improving the therapeutic management of patients.  Additionally, the relationship between physiology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and disease state is presented to help explain clinical variability to drug response.

     

    PHAR 540 - PHARMACY ADMINISTRATION I – HEALTH CARE DELIVERY

    This course provides a study of the evolution and organization of the US health care system, the role of pharmacy in the US health care system, influence of stakeholders, and the laws that have shaped contemporary pharmacy practice. Basic concepts of pharmacovigilance, informatics, and pharmacoeconomics will be discussed.

     

    PHAR 541 - PHARMACY LAW

    A study of the basic provisions of State and Federal pharmacy laws and regulations pertaining to pharmacy practice, licensure, controlled substances, poison, legal liabilities, laws and regulations of other health care providers, and pharmacy case law.

     

    PHAR 542 - CONCEPTS IN DIVERSITY AND COMMUNICATION FOR THE PHARMACIST

    This longitudinal course emphasizes the vital role of communication in contemporary pharmacy practice. Students are evaluated in both oral and written formats. Course content includes: an overview of diversity and differences important for the pharmacist to understand; study of professional interpersonal communication, verbal and nonverbal communication strategies, effective interviewing techniques, and patient counseling. In addition, students will learn basic characteristics of the top 200 drugs through self-study.

     


     

    PHAR 543 - PUBLIC HEALTH FOR PHARMACISTS

    This course (held throughout the 2nd term of the SP-1 year) will prepare students to identify public health issues and to identify populations at risk for a variety of diseases. Principles of epidemiology as a diagnostic discipline of population health will be explored. In addition, this course will enable the student to critically evaluate current trends in the care of patient populations. Issues relating to disaster planning and emergency preparedness will be discussed. Focus will be placed on the role of the pharmacist in the public health policy.

     

    PHAR 544 - DIRECT PATIENT CARE IN PHARMACY PRACTICE

    This longitudinal course is designed to develop life-long essential skills students will utilize in patient-centered care. It will cover topics such as self-care & OTC products consultation, complementary and alternative medicine consultation, point of care devices, immunizations certification and smoking cessation education.

     

    PHAR 550 - PHARMACEUTICAL CALCULATIONS

    This course (held throughout the 1st term of the SP-1 year) covers all aspects of pharmaceutical calculations including: fundamentals of measurement and calculation, measurement systems, dosage and concentration units, isotonic solutions, electrolyte solutions, and calculations related to compounding.

     

    PHAR 561 – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT I

    First in a series of professional development courses, students will learn skills and use tools to advance their professional growth, including electronic portfolios. As part of this process students will develop professional mission statements and goals, and will explore various aspects of pharmacy through a biweekly professional forum series. Students will self-reflect and incorporate these skills to document participation in community service and continuing professional development, including professional organizations.

    PHAR 562 – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT II

    Second in a series of professional development courses, students will learn skills and use tools to advance their professional growth. Students continue to update their electronic portfolios and will prepare a self-reflection summarizing their development in the first professional year. They will continue to explore various aspects of pharmacy through a biweekly professional forum series, and to participate in community service and continuing professional development, including Legislative Day.

    PHAR 571 - INTRODUCTORY PHARMACY PRACTICE EXPERIENCE I

    IPPE I links key concepts in the SP-1 fall curriculum with contemporary pharmacy practice. The students will spend an eight-hour day in a pharmacy setting every other week to experience patient care activities and pharmacy operations.   During the alternating week, students will participate in guided discussions about the previous week's learning objectives to strengthen the learning experience. By completing this course, students will earn academic credit and hours toward pharmacist licensure.

     

    PHAR 572 - INTRODUCTORY PHARMACY PRACTICE EXPERIENCE II

    IPPE II links key concepts in the SP-1 spring curriculum with contemporary pharmacy practice. The students will spend an eight-hour day in a pharmacy setting every other week to experience patient care activities and pharmacy operations.   During the alternating week, students will participate in guided discussions about the previous week's learning objectives to strengthen the learning experience. By completing this course, students will earn academic credit and hours toward pharmacist licensure.

     


     

    PHAR 573 - CONCENTRATED IPPE I

    When: Between the Fall and Spring terms or the summer between their first and second year.

    Number of Hours: 160-hour experience (4 credits)

    This Concentrated Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (CIPPE) course is designed to help students make the successful transition from the classroom to the practice environment via practical application of materials learned. The integration of classroom knowledge and experiential training serves as the cornerstone of the student’s education, instilling professionalism, and ensuring competency in the provision of pharmaceutical care. CIPPE reviews the basic technical and distributive functions of pharmaceutical care in the community environment, while providing students the opportunity to expand their knowledge base, practice their skills, and develop professional attitudes in an actual pharmacy setting.

     

    PHAR 610 - PHARMACOTHERAPY AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT:  PRINCIPLES OF PHARMACOTHERAPY

    This course provides an introduction to the concepts involved in ensuring the safe, appropriate, and economical use of drugs in patient care. Students will develop a basic foundation in medication therapy management through an overview of the general principles of case-based problem-solving and a systematic approach to rational drug selection. Additionally, topics in clinical pharmacokinetics, special populations, and evidence-based medicine will be discussed.

     

    PHAR 611 – PHARMACOTHERAPY AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT: FLUIDS, ELECTROLYTES AND NEPHROLOGY

    An integrated study of anatomy, pathophysiology, physical and laboratory assessment, pharmacology, therapeutics, clinical pharmacokinetics, patient care, alternative/complementary therapies, pharmacoeconomic issues, medication use in special populations, and review of pertinent drug literature as they relate to fluid and electrolyte homeostasis, and the renal system.

     

    PHAR 612 - PHARMACOTHERAPY AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT:  CARDIOLOGY

    An integrated study of anatomy, pathophysiology, physical assessment, pharmacology, therapeutics, clinical pharmacokinetics, patient care, alternative/complementary therapies, pharmacoeconomic issues, medication use in special populations, and review of pertinent drug literature as they relate to the cardiovascular system.

     

    PHAR 613 - PHARMACOTHERAPY AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT:  IMMUNOLOGY AND RHEUMATOLOGY

    An integrated study of anatomy, pathophysiology, physical assessment, pharmacology, therapeutics,

    clinical pharmacokinetics, patient care, alternative/complementary therapies, pharmacoeconomic issues, medication use in special populations, and review of pertinent drug literature as they relate to the immune and musculoskeletal systems.

     

    PHAR 614 - PHARMACOTHERAPY AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT:  PULMONOLOGY AND OPTHALMOLOGY

    An integrated study of anatomy, pathophysiology, physical assessment, pharmacology, therapeutics, clinical pharmacokinetics, patient care, alternative/complementary therapies, pharmacoeconomic issues, medication use in special populations, and review of pertinent drug literature as they relate to major the respiratory system and the eyes.

     

    PHAR 615 - PHARMACOTHERAPY AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT:  GASTROENTEROLOGY

    An integrated study of anatomy, pathophysiology, physical assessment, pharmacology, therapeutics, clinical pharmacokinetics, patient care, alternative/complementary therapies, pharmacoeconomic issues, medication use in special populations, and review of pertinent drug literature as they relate to the digestive system and nutrition therapy.  In addition, optimal nutrition for healthy adults and children will be reviewed.

     


     

    PHAR 616 - PHARMACOTHERAPY AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT:  INFECTIOUS DISEASE I

    Review of medical microbiology and the basic principles of antibiotic action including, for each specific antibiotic class, the mechanism of action, routes of administration, disposition, contraindications, adverse reactions, and clinically relevant drug interactions. Principles of antimicrobial regimen selection, susceptibility testing and trends in resistance will be discussed. Also included is an integrated study of anatomy, pathophysiology, physical assessment, pharmacology, therapeutics, clinical pharmacokinetics, patient care, alternative/complementary therapies, pharmacoeconomic issues, medication use in special populations, and review of pertinent drug literature as they relate to major bacterial infectious diseases.

     

    PHAR 617 - PHARMACOTHERAPY AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT:  INFECTIOUS DISEASE II

    A continuation of PHAR 616, this module will include an integrated study of anatomy, pathophysiology, physical assessment, pharmacology, therapeutics, clinical pharmacokinetics, patient care, alternative/complementary therapies, pharmacoeconomic issues, medication use in special populations, and review of pertinent drug literature as they relate to additional bacterial infections, as well as viral, mycobacterial, and fungal infectious diseases.

     

    PHAR 618 - PHARMACOTHERAPY AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT:  PSYCHIATRY

    An integrated study of anatomy, pathophysiology, physical assessment, pharmacology, therapeutics, clinical pharmacokinetics, patient care, alternative/complementary therapies, pharmacoeconomic issues, medication use in special populations, and review of pertinent drug literature as they relate to mental status.

     

    PHAR 619 - PHARMACOTHERAPY AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT:  NEUROLOGY

    An integrated study of anatomy, pathophysiology, physical assessment, pharmacology, therapeutics, clinical alternative/complementary therapies, pharmacoeconomic issues, medication use in special populations, and review of pertinent drug literature as they relate to the nervous system.

     

    PHAR 620 - PHARMACOTHERAPY AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT:  HEMATOLOGY/ ONCOLOGY

    This module explains the pharmacological principles of chemotherapeutic agents. Also include is an integrated study of anatomy, pathophysiology, physical assessment, pharmacology, therapeutics, clinical pharmacokinetics, patient care, alternative/complementary therapies, pharmacoeconomic issues, medication use in special populations, and review of pertinent drug literature as they relate to the hematological system and neoplasms. A focus on pain management will be included.

     

    PHAR 622 - PHARMACOTHERAPY AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT:  ENDOCRINOLOGY AND UROLOGY

    An integrated study of anatomy, pathophysiology, physical assessment, pharmacology, therapeutics, clinical pharmacokinetics, patient care, alternative/complementary therapies, pharmacoeconomic issues, medication use in special populations, and review of pertinent drug literature as they relate to endocrine, reproductive and urinary systems.

     

    PHAR 624 - INTEGRATION OF PHARMACY PRACTICE I

    Part one of a two part series. This longitudinal module is designed to integrate the material from the various Pharmacotherapy and Medication Management modules and prepare the students for management of patient care in a clinical setting prior to the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). A study of the practical applications of pharmacy practice is presented with an emphasis on the use of patient charts, assessments, diagnostics, assessment of pharmacotherapy and patient education. Additional emphasis is placed on literature evaluation and the practice of evidence-based medicine.

     


     

    PHAR 625 - INTEGRATION OF PHARMACY PRACTICE II

    Part two of a two part series. This longitudinal module is a continuation of PHAR 625 and is designed to integrate the material from the various Pharmacotherapy and Medication Management modules and prepare the students for management of patient care in a clinical setting prior to the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). A study of the practical applications of pharmacy practice is presented with an emphasis on the use of patient charts, assessments, diagnostics, assessment of pharmacotherapy and patient education. Additional emphasis is placed on literature evaluation and the practice of evidence-based medicine.

     

    PHAR 630 - STERILE PRODUCTS

    This course introduces concepts and properties of sterile products including application of aseptic techniques and laminar flow theory in the preparation of sterile products such as total parenteral nutrition and chemotherapy preparations.  Emphasis will be placed on parenteral calculations, sterile dosage forms and quality assurance programs.

     

    PHAR 640 - PHARMACY ADMINISTRATION II-MANAGEMENT

    This module examines the economic, social, and political forces affecting the delivery of health care services. In addition, the effect of these forces on pharmacy practice and the impact of pharmacy on the health care system are explored. Also included are concepts related to purchasing and operating a pharmacy practice and people management skills.

     

    PHAR 641 - PRACTICE OF DRUG INFORMATION AND LITERATURE EVALUATION

    This module provides a study of the practice of drug information, drug literature evaluation, literature searching techniques, and principles of evidence-based medicine.

     

    PHAR 650 - TOP 200 DRUGS

    This longitudinal course focuses on familiarizing students with the 200 most frequently prescribed drugs. For each drug, students will: identify the dosage form and strengths available; describe the mechanism of action; and identify drug interactions, contraindications, and black box warnings associated with the use of the drug.

     

    PHAR 660 - SCIENTIFIC WRITING

    This course will review basic principles of scientific writing.  A series of assignments are included to give students an opportunity to apply skills learned in PHAR 501, 514, and 641 pertaining to searching, evaluating, summarizing, and referencing literature sources.

     

    PHAR 661 – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT III

    Third in a series of professional development courses, students will learn skills and use tools to advance their professional growth. Students update their professional mission statements and goals, and electronic portfolios. Students will learn to create effective Curriculum Vitae and use their strengths to prepare for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. They will continue to explore various aspects of pharmacy through a biweekly professional forum series, and to participate in community service and continuing professional development, including leadership and mentorship.

    PHAR 662 – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IV

    Fourth in a series of professional development courses, students will learn skills and use tools to advance their professional growth. Students continue to update their electronic portfolios and will prepare a self-reflection summarizing their development in the second professional year. Students will evaluate career choices, learn job interview techniques, discuss the pros and cons of residencies and board certification, and discuss balancing both professional and personal demands. They will continue to explore various aspects of pharmacy through a biweekly professional forum series, and to participate in community service and continuing professional development, including leadership and mentorship.

    PHAR 671 - INTRODUCTORY PHARMACY PRACTICE EXPERIENCE III

    IPPE III links key concepts in the SP-2 fall curriculum with contemporary pharmacy practice. The students will spend an eight-hour day in a pharmacy setting every other week to experience patient care activities and pharmacy operations.   During the alternating week, students will participate in guided discussions about the previous week's assignment to strengthen the learning experience. By completing this course, students will earn academic credit and hours toward pharmacist licensure.

     

    PHAR 672 - INTRODUCTORY PHARMACY PRACTICE EXPERIENCE IV

    IPPE III links key concepts in the SP-2 spring curriculum with contemporary pharmacy practice. The students will spend an eight-hour day in a pharmacy setting every other week to experience patient care activities and pharmacy operations.   During the alternating week, students will participate in guided discussions about the previous week's assignment to strengthen the learning experience. By completing this course, students will earn academic credit and hours toward pharmacist licensure.

     

    PHAR 673 - CONCENTRATED IPPE II

    When: Between the Fall and Spring terms or the summer between their first and second year.

    Number of Hours: 80-hour experience (2 credits)

    This Concentrated Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (CIPPE) course is designed to help students make the successful transition from the classroom to the practice environment via practical application of materials learned. The integration of classroom knowledge and experiential training serves as the cornerstone of the student’s education, instilling professionalism, and ensuring competency in the provision of pharmaceutical care. CIPPE reviews the basic technical and distributive functions of pharmaceutical care in the institutional environment, while providing students the opportunity to expand their knowledge base, practice their skills, and develop professional attitudes in an actual pharmacy setting.

     

    PHAR 680 - INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH

    This elective module will introduce student to methods of basic science research in pharmaceutical sciences through a faculty mentor-directed project. This involves application of the scientific process that includes: (1) formulating the hypothesis, (2) reading of scientific literature and evaluation, (3) experimental design, (4) development of technical skills, (5) data acquisition and analysis, (6) presentation of results.

     

    PHAR 681 - DIRECTED STUDIES IN PHARMACY SCIENCES

    This course provides an opportunity for qualified pharmacy students to engage in specialized study or investigative work in pharmaceutical, social/administrative or clinical sciences with specific faculty, through a faculty mentor-directed project.  This project is intended to provide students with a practical hands-on experience to apply knowledge obtained from the didactic setting. The student(s) and faculty will develop a detailed study plan with discrete objectives and outcomes Credits: 1-6

    PHAR 682 - INTRODUCTORY SPANISH FOR THE PHARMACIST

    This course provides the student with the introductory tools to develop sufficient listening and speaking skills in Spanish for the pharmacy setting to facilitate patient counseling and education in the appropriate use of medications. 

     

    PHAR 683 - ADVANCED IMMUNOLOGY

    This course will discuss the current progress of areas related to immunology including tumor immunity, virus immunity, or auto-immune diseases. Each year will focus on one of these three topics. Contents include lectures by faculty, seminar by invited speakers, and article presentation by students.

    PHAR 684 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN CARDIOVASCULAR PHARMACOTHERAPY

    This is an elective course designed to expand on the topics covered during the prerequisite PHAR 612 PTMM: Cardiology module.  Students will be exposed to advanced issues involving cardiovascular therapeutics through a combination of online presentations and face-to-face discussions.  A systematic approach to the identification and resolution of drug therapy problems will be developed through the use of various methodologies, including work-ups of patient cases, journal club exercises, and debates of clinical controversies.  Students will be expected to justify their decisions based on an evaluation of the current literature.

     


     

    PHAR 685 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE & CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

    This elective is designed to enhance the students’ knowledge of therapeutic and practice areas in emergency medicine and clinical toxicology.  Evidence-based medicine and clinical scenarios will be emphasized and utilized for managing patients with emergent medical or toxicological conditions.  Examples of topics to be covered include: trauma, respiratory and hypertensive emergencies, toxic alcohols, venomous creatures, and overdoses of salicylates, cardiovascular agents, anti-diabetic medications, and drugs of abuse.  Establishing a clinical pharmacy practice in emergency medicine will also be discussed.

     

    PHAR 686 - AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE FOR PHARMACISTS

    The goal of this course is to provide the pharmacy student with the tools to develop sufficient communication skills in American Sign Language in order to engage in basic conversation, provide basic patient education and medication interaction information.

     

    PHAR 687 - BEYOND THE MORTAR AND PESTLE OF PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOUNDING

    This elective course will provide advanced training in the art, science and technology of pharmaceutical compounding. Various aspects of the art and science of compounding will be discussed and demonstrated. Students will apply and practice their calculation and compounding skills with formulations used commonly by current practitioners.

     

    PHAR 688 - COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE (CAM):  PREVENTION, MAINTENANCE, AND TREATMENT FOR HEALTH.

    An introduction to complementary and alternative medicine, an overview of its current use in the prevention, maintenance and treatment of human disease will provided.  The integration of CAM with western medicine will be reviewed.

     

    PHAR 689 - CRITICAL CARE:  AN OVERVIEW OF CRITICAL CARE DISORDERS AND CRITICAL CARE PHARMACOTHERAPY

    The critical care elective is designed to facilitate patient-centered care for adult critical care patients and to expand student’s knowledge regarding roles that pharmacists play in the intensive care unit.  Evidence-based medicine and clinical variables will be emphasized and applied to the management of pharmacotherapy in acute care clinical practice.  Students will be exposed to the pathophysiology and complex pharmacotherapy of a broad scope of disease states frequently encountered in an intensive care setting.  Examples of topics to be covered include:  acid-base disorders, acute coronary syndromes, delirium, fluid and electrolyte management, renal disorders, respiratory disorders, severe sepsis, shock.

     

    PHAR 690 - A PHARMACY STUDENT’S GUIDE TO EARLY CLINICAL DRUG DEVELOPMENT.

    This course will focus on the early clinical drug development including the rationale and study design of studies needed for the clinical pharmacology section of new drug applications. Lectures will involve the challenges regarding discovery research, development, formulations and manufacturing and regulatory issues in the creation of new products for patient care. The course will require students to assimilate the information from pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacology and pharmacotherapy and be able to write out and verbally present on drug development issues. The class will be an interactive format with student questions / discussion being fostered in class, along with student product presentation by each student.

     

    PHAR 691 - HOME INFUSION PHARMACY PRACTICE

    This module provides an overview of home infusion therapy including history, business and therapy overviews, VAD and Infusion Device Overview, Overview of the home infusion clinical/operational team, Reimbursement and Regulatory Issues (general information only), Quality Outcomes and Patient Safety (general information only), Future practice considerations

     

    PHAR 692 - VENOUS THROMBOEMBOLISM (VTE) PHARMACOTHERAPY IN THE ACUTE CARE SETTING

    This course will provide in depth coverage of current practice, clinical assessment skills and guidelines pertaining to drug therapy selection, monitoring and dosing of anti-thrombosis therapy used to treat and prevent VTE in hospitalized patients.

     

    PHAR 693 - VENOUS THROMBOEMBOLISM (VTE) PHARMACOTHERAPY IN THE CHRONIC CARE SETTING

    This course will provide in depth coverage of current practice, clinical assessment skills and guidelines pertaining to drug therapy selection, monitoring and dosing of anti-thrombosis therapy used to treat and prevent VTE in outpatients.

     

    PHAR 694 - CHANNELOPATHIES: WHEN GOOD CHANNELS GO BAD

    This elective module will introduce students to channelopathies, or the pathology of ion channels. Channelopathies are implicated in various disorders that can alter the function of skeletal muscle, neurons and other organ systems in the body including epilepsy, migraines, cystic fibrosis, and fibromyalgia. These disorders can originate from genetic changes or from changes in gene expression. Students will learn about the various channelopathies based on the ion channels affected, the pathological characteristics of the disease and pharmacological interventions. Students will also learn about the development of novel techniques in the treatment of channelopathies. 

     

    PHAR 695 - LEADERSHIP & ADVOCACY IN PHARMACY

    This elective course is offered to provide leadership and political advocacy development for pharmacy students. Students will examine the role of pharmacists in political advocacy and community action as they explore current healthcare issues. Students will have the opportunity to interact with local and national political leaders.

     

    PHAR 696 - INTER-PROFESSIONAL TEAM INTERACTIONS

    This course will be open to pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant and re-habilitation graduate students. This inter-professional course focuses on understanding roles, teamwork and communication to improve patient outcomes in the health care environment. National standards and initiatives serve as a major focus for this to the course. Students will work in teams to explore cases with elements common to all professionals such as ethical, behavioral, social and psychological issues and prepare a collaborative practice project or model.

     

    PHAR 697 - PHARMACEUTICALS AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS (PPCP) AS POLLUTANTS

    This course provides an overview of the different aspects of PPCP pollutants. This includes discussions on: 1) common examples of PPCPs such as chemical substances, i.e. prescription and OTC therapeutic drugs, veterinary drugs, fragrances and cosmetics, 2) different sources of PPCPs such as human activity, manufacturing, hospitals, illicit drugs, veterinary use and agribusiness, 3) fate of PPCPs in the environment and 4) the strategies that are and can be used to protect the health of both the environment and the public.

     

    PHAR 700 APPE – ADVANCED COMMUNITY PRACTICE

    In the Advanced Community Practice required experience, students will effectively participate in the patient care decision-making process in the community setting. Students will apply knowledge, skills and abilities developed throughout the curriculum to demonstrate their understanding of common disease states and treatment modalities and to provide patient-centered care and medication management in the context of pharmacy operations. 

     

    PHAR 701 APPE – ADVANCED INSTITUTIONAL PRACTICE

    During the Advanced Institutional Practice required rotation, students will effectively participate in the patient care decision-making process in the institutional setting. Students will apply knowledge, skills, and abilities developed throughout the curriculum to demonstrate their understanding of common disease states and treatment modalities and to provide patient-centered care and medication management in the context of pharmacy operations.

     


     

    PHAR 702 APPE – ACUTE CARE

    The Acute Care required rotation provides advanced experience in internal/general medicine in the acute care setting. Students will apply knowledge, skills, and abilities developed throughout the curriculum to effectively participate in the patient care decision-making process. Students will participate in a variety of clinical activities, functioning as an integral member of the health care team, and will demonstrate their understanding of common disease states and treatment modalities.

     

    PHAR 703 APPE – AMBULATORY CARE

    The Ambulatory Care required rotation provides advanced experience in the ambulatory care practice environment. Students will apply knowledge, skills, and abilities developed throughout the curriculum to effectively participate in the patient care decision-making process. Students will participate in a variety of clinical activities in order to demonstrate understanding of common disease states and treatment modalities and to provide patient-centered care and medication management.

     

    PHAR 711 APPE – HOME INFUSION

    The Home Infusion advanced elective experience will focus on provision of infusion services from a community-based pharmacy operation for home-bound or institutionalized patients. The student will gain experience in the research, preparation, and distribution of various home infusion therapies such as parenteral and enteral nutrition, intravenous (IV) antimicrobials, IV hydration, IV chemotherapeutic agents, and pain management. Students will apply knowledge, skills, and abilities developed throughout the curriculum to provide patient-centered care.

     

    PHAR 713 APPE – EMERGENCY MEDICINE

    The Emergency Medicine advanced elective experience emphasizes comprehensive clinical pharmacy services for the emergency department (ED) and all associated areas (e.g., pediatrics, trauma, and urgent care). Students will apply knowledge, skills, and abilities developed throughout the curriculum to support evidence-based medication utilization by obtaining accurate medication histories, monitoring patient therapeutic responses, providing drug information for emergency department health care providers, and participating in the medication reconciliation process throughout the admission/transfer/discharge process.

     

    PHAR 714 APPE – HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY

    The Hematology/Oncology advanced elective experience emphasizes comprehensive clinical pharmacy services for hematology/oncology patients. Students will apply knowledge, skills, and abilities developed throughout the curriculum to provide patient-centered care for hematologic and oncologic disease states, palliative care, pain management, oncologic emergencies, and related issues. Students will collaborate with other providers as part of the interprofessional health care team.

     

    PHAR 715 APPE – PATIENT CARE 

    The Patient Care advanced elective experience is offered in practice settings where there is a significant emphasis on patient care. Students will apply knowledge, skills, and abilities developed throughout the curriculum to provide patient-centered care. The rotations may include focus areas such as infectious disease, pediatrics, cardiology, psychiatry, geriatrics, long term care, transplant, internal medicine, women’s health, and medication therapy management (MTM).

     

    PHAR 704 APPE - PUBLIC HEALTH

    In the Public Health advanced elective experience, students will demonstrate their understanding of evidence-based practice, health promotion (disease prevention), health systems and policy, and community service. Through partnerships with local health departments, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, students will collaborate to improve the quality of and access to patient care in the local population. 

     


     

    PHAR 710 APPE – DRUG INFORMATION

    The Drug Information advanced elective experience enables students to demonstrate a systematic approach to drug information inquiries. Students will apply knowledge, skills, and abilities developed throughout the curriculum to respond to drug information questions by researching and evaluating relevant literature, applying research results to questions, and communicating appropriate answers to the inquirer(s) under the supervision of a preceptor.

     

    PHAR 712 APPE – MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

    The Management and Leadership advanced elective experience will offer opportunities to enhance the student’s knowledge and understanding of management, pharmacy administration, and/or leadership under the supervision of a preceptor. The setting and scope of responsibilities will vary according to the individual site and preceptor expertise. Students will apply knowledge, skills, and abilities developed throughout the curriculum to manage resources, refine leadership skills, and fulfill the mission of the organization.

     

    PHAR 720 APPE – GENERAL ELECTIVE

    The General Elective advanced experience provides distinctive options for students to participate in areas such as compounding, nuclear pharmacy, academia, research, consulting, industry and other environments where patient care is not the primary focus. Specialty areas will vary according to preceptor and site availability. Students will apply knowledge, skills, and abilities developed throughout the curriculum to course and site-specific objectives and will demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills in fulfillment of their responsibilities.

     

    PHAR 799 - PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR

    This capstone course is offered at the end of the third (SP-3) and final academic year after the students have completed the experiential curriculum. The course offers 30 hours of classroom instruction that consists of a review of all curricular competencies and prepares the student for licensure examination and entrance into the profession.