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The Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum

Year 1 of the Curriculum – Course Work

Fall Quarter

Biostatistics

An introduction to basic statistical concepts used in biomedical literature. Emphasis will be on understanding the appropriate use in interpretation of the tests, rather than the calculations.

Pharmacy Practice I

An introductory foundation to the profession of pharmacy based on OTC medications, alternative therapies, patient assessment and counseling skills, point-of-care testing, parenteral therapy preparation, pharmaceutical calculations and prescription practice.

Advanced Organic Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Chemistry I

First of a three-part series that includes a survey of the chemistry of drug molecules and a computational laboratory. Topics will include the relationship between size and absorption, functional group chemistry, conformational flexibility and polypeptides and their mimetics.

Pharmaceutics I - Biopharmaceutics

First of a three-part series that includes a survey of the ways in which macromolecules interact with drugs. Topics will include enzyme kinetics and inhibition, receptor-ligand interactions, cancer chemotherapy and HIV therapy, and the consequences of metabolic induction.


Winter Quarter

Histology

The structural basis of normal histology essential for understanding both altered structure and function of cells, tissues and organs in disease and sites of drug action.

Pharmaceutics II - Dosage Forms

Second of a three-part series that includes a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles necessary to administer therapeutic agents. Also included is a review of chemical, physical chemical and physiologic barriers necessary for drug delivery.

Pharmacy Practice II

Second of a three-part series continuing the introduction to the profession of pharmacy.

Physical Chemistry of Drug Action

Pharmaceutical Chemistry II - Physical Chemistry

Second of a three-part series that focuses on a thorough and rigorous treatment of the basic principles of thermodynamics and chemical kinetics of molecular reactions.

Concepts in Pharmacy Practice

An introduction to the profession of pharmacy. Students will be exposed to pharmacy practice leaders from community practice, institutional practice, HMO and managed care, biotechnology and clinical research.

Pharmacy Law and Ethics

Law and ethics of pharmacy practice including key drug and pharmacy laws, licensure requirements, the role of various government agencies and potential bases for discipline or other liability.


Spring Quarter

Gross Anatomy

A basic knowledge of human anatomy using a regional approach combined with active participation in lab dissections and supplemented by pro-section demonstrations.

Pharmacy Practice III

Third of a three-part series continuing the introduction to the profession of pharmacy.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry III - Kinetics and Metabolism

Third of a three-part series to include a survey of the ways in which macromolecules interact with drugs. Topics will include enzyme kinetics and inhibition, kinases and phosphatases and drug metabolism, the kinetics of drug resistance and metabolism, and the consequences of metabolic induction.

Pharmaceutics III - Pharmacokinetics

Third of a three-part series that presents an understanding of the basic fundamentals of clinical pharmacokinetics including rates of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion in humans.

Pharmacy Informatics

Students will be provided with fundamental skills in pharmacy information technologies and their impact on the practice of pharmacy.