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The Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum
Year 1 of the Curriculum – Course Work
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.
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.
Law & Ethics
Law and ethics of pharmacy practice, including: key drug and pharmacy laws; the nature and scope of pharmacist practice, drug manufacturing, compounding, preparation, dispensing, and record-keeping, the role of various government agencies; potential bases for discipline or other liability; licensure requirements.
Pharmaceutical Chemistry I - Advanced Organic Chemistry
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Practice II
Second of a three-part series continuing the introduction to the profession of pharmacy.
Students attain critical appraisal skills of medical/pharmacy literature for therapeutic decisions. Study designs range from randomized controlled trials to observational registries including clinical, economic and humanistic endpoints. Elements of hypothesis, populations, procedures, methods, validity, execution, analysis, reporting, and ethical considerations are presented.
Dosage Forms & Drug Delivery Systems
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.
This course will review the various types of drug information available to the pharmacy practitioner and its application to patient care. Practical exercises will provide the student with hands-on experience using numerous drug information sources and evaluation techniques.
A basic knowledge of human anatomy using a regional approach combined with active participation in lab dissections and supplemented by pro-section demonstrations.
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.
Students will be provided with fundamental skills in pharmacy information technologies and their impact on the practice of pharmacy.
Pharmacy Practice III
Third of a three-part series continuing the introduction to the profession of pharmacy.