Curriculum

  • The UMES School of Pharmacy utilizes a three-year, year-round, modular curriculum. The professional curriculum provides a broad biomedical, pharmaceutical, social, administrative, and clinical science foundation. Upon completion of the curriculum the student should possess a core of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values necessary to practice contemporary pharmacy practice. There are two major components of the program: the didactic and the experiential components.

    The didactic component consists primarily of classroom and laboratory experiences in the first two professional years (SP-1 and SP-2 years). The didactic content is delivered as a modular system in which students concentrate on one content area at a time, allowing the students to master each topic before moving on to the next content area. The SP-1 and SP-2 years will be divided into two terms, a fall term and a spring term. These terms are longer than a regular semester to allow for completion of the required credit hours.

    The experiential component begins in the SP-1 year, with Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs). Students participate in community and institutional pharmacy preparatory classes throughout the fall and spring terms. At the end of each term, they have three weeks of full-time field experience. In the SP-2 year IPPEs are patient-centered where students follow specific patients and evaluate their progress. Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) start in the summer following the SP-2 year and continue throughout the SP-3 year. During APPEs students increase their professional skills as they take part in eight rotations in traditional and specialized practice settings. The Professional Seminar capstone course allows students to pull together elements of their entire educational experience through student presentations, case-studies, and a board review.

     Schedule and Credits for the Courses in the Pharm.D. Curriculum  

    First Academic Year (SP-1)Fall CreditsSpring/Sum. Credits
    PHAR 530 Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics4.5 
    PHAR 501 Basics of Drug Information and Intro to Pharmacy Profession1.5 
    PHAR 510 Fundamentals of Drug Action and Metabolism  3 
    PHAR 511 Genetic Controls of Cell Func., Cell Reprod. and Protein Synthesis2.5 
    PHAR 512 Metabol. of Carbohydrates, Lipids, and Amino Acids4 

    PHAR 523 Endocrine System: Pharm. and Med. Chem.
      
    1.5 
    PHAR 540Pharmacy Administration I – Health Care Delivery2 
    PHAR 550 Pharmaceutical Calculations2 

    PHAR 542 Concepts in Diversity and Communication For The Pharmacist  

    3 
    PHAR 561 Professional Development I1 

    PHAR 571 IPPE I  

    5 

    PHAR 520 Principles of Neurobiology and Neuropharmacology  

     1
    PHAR 525 Neuropharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry 3.5

    PHAR 521 CV & Renal: Pharm. and Med. Chem.  

     2

    PHAR 522 GI & GU: Pharm. and Med. Chem.  

     1

    PHAR 513 Hematology and Immunology  

     4

    PHAR 531 Pharmacokinetics  

     3.5

    PHAR 524 Toxicology  

     1

    PHAR 541 Pharmacy Law  

     1.5

    PHAR 514 Biostatistics and Clinical Trial Design  

     1.5

    PHAR 543 Public Health for Pharmacists  

     2

    PHAR 544 Direct Patient Care in Pharmacy Practice  

     3

    PHAR 562 Professional Development II  

     1

    PHAR 572 IPPE II  

     5

    Total SP-1 SCH 60 
       

    3030
    Second Academic Year (SP-2)Fall CreditsSpring Credits

    PHAR 640 Pharmacy Admin II: Management  

    3 

    PHAR 610 PTMM: Principles of Pharmacotherapy  

    2 
    PHAR 614 PTMM: Pulmonology and Ophthalmology2 
    PHAR 611 PTMM: Fluids, Electrolytes and Nephrology2 
    PHAR 612 PTMM: Cardiology5.5 
    PHAR 630 Sterile Products1.5 
    PHAR 641 Practice of Drug Information and Literature Evaluation2 
    PHAR 622 PTMM: Endocrinology and Urology3 

    PHAR 661 Professional Development III  

    1 

    PHAR 671 IPPE III  

    2 

    PHAR 624 Integration of Pharmacy Practice I  

    2.5 
    PHAR 650 Top 200 Drugs1 
    PHAR 609 Therapeutics of Self-Care and OTC Products2 
    PHAR 619 PTMM: Neurology 3
    PHAR 618 PTMM: Psychiatry 2.5

    PHAR 615 PTMM: Gastroenterology  

     3

    PHAR 613 PTMM: Immunology and Rheumatology  

     3

    PHAR 616 PTMM: Infectious Disease I  

     3
    PHAR 617 PTMM: Infectious Disease II 3
    PHAR 620 PTMM: Hematology/Oncology 3

    PHAR 660 Scientific Writing  

     1

    PHAR 625 Integration of Pharmacy Practice II  

     2.5

    PHAR 662 Professional Development IV  

     1

    PHAR 672 IPPE IV  

     2
    Elective courses* 6

    Total SP-2 SCH 62.5 
      

    29.533
    Third Academic Year (SP-3)Summer/Fall/Spring Credits
    Required Advance Practice Pharmacy Experiences-APPEs 
    PHAR 700 APPE-Advanced Community Practice5.0
    PHAR 701 APPE-Advanced Institutional Practice5.0
    PHAR 702 APPE- Acute Care5.0
    PHAR 703 APPE- Ambulatory Care5.0
    Elective APPEs (Select 4)*20.0
    APPE Patient Care Elective 
    PHAR 711 APPE – Home Infusion 
    PHAR 713 APPE – Emergency medicine 
    PHAR 714 APPE – Hematology/Oncology 
    PHAR 715 APPE – Patient Care 
    APPE Systems Elective 
    PHAR 704 APPE - Public Health 
    PHAR 710 APPE - Drug Information 
    PHAR 712 APPE – Management and Leadership 
    PHAR 720 APPE – General Elective 
    PHAR 799 Professional Seminar2.0
    Total SP-3 SCH 42.042.0
    Program Total Credit Required Hours164.5

     

    Abbreviations: IPPE – Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience, CIPPE – Concentrated Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience, PTMM-Pharmacotherapy and Medication Management, APPE – Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience, SCH – Semester Credit Hours, CV-Cardiovascular, GI-Gastrointestinal, GU-Genitourinary

    *At least one elective must come from each category, patient care and systems.