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The Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum

Year 3 of the Curriculum – Course Work

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)

Students are expected to engage in IPPEs in the areas of community pharmacy, institutional health-system pharmacy, health-related service learning, and simulated activities during the first three years of the pharmacy curriculum. These experiences are intended to serve as a bridge between didactic courses and fourth-year Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). Students must complete 300 IPPE hours by the end of the Winter Quarter of the P-3 year in order to progress to fourth-year APPEs.

Pharm.D. Required Student Research Project

Completing a research project is required of all students and is a prerequisite for graduation. Students are encouraged to consider potential projects beginning in their first year.  Students will be allowed to complete their research project in any academic year.  For Pharm.D./Ph.D. program students, completion of the Ph.D. thesis project will satisfy this graduation project requirement.

Fall Quarter

Basic Neurology

Preparation for encounters with neurologic patients. Human neuroanatomy and neurophysiology are presented with an emphasis on clinically relevant aspects.

Contemporary Topics in Pharmacology I

Building on previous courses, this course develops drug focused pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology and pharmacogenomics principles. Integration with Therapeutics courses brings together structure-activity-relationships, metabolic pathways, mechanisms of action, excretion, and population genetics to enhance drug selection for simple/complex therapy.

Human Disease

This includes etiology and mechanisms of common disease states and integrates pathology with previous core curriculum. Students will focus on an understanding of disease processes and the dynamics of changes related to drug therapy.

Therapeutics I

First in a three-part series presenting drug therapy management of different diseases. Emphasis is on drug selection, monitoring therapeutic outcomes, integrating laboratory tests/organ function, drug interaction/adverse reaction recognition/management, applied pharmacokinetics and developing analytical and patient care skills.

Electives


Winter Quarter

Contemporary Topics in Pharmacology II

An examination of the principles of pharmacology and therapeutics related to clinical practice and closely related to the Organ Physiology course.

Microbiology & Infectious Diseases I

An integrated consideration of basic microbiology and related medical therapeutics of the important diseases of man.

Pharmacogenomics

This course provides an understanding of the evolving area of genomics and the correlation between an individual's or subpopulation's genetic make-up and their response to drugs.

Therapeutics II

Second in a three-part series presenting drug therapy management of different diseases. Emphasis is on drug selection, monitoring therapeutic outcomes, integrating laboratory tests/organ function, drug interaction/adverse reaction recognition/management, applied pharmacokinetics and developing analytical and patient care skills.

Electives


Spring Quarter

Applied Pharmacoeconomics

Introduction to management principles utilized to manage drug therapy for patient populations to produce quality clinical, economic and humanistic outcomes in a cost-effective manner. Emphasis is on the application of basic management and decision analysis functions to evaluate the need for and document the effect of pharmaceutical care interventions in a variety of pharmacy practice settings.

Contemporary Topics in CNS Pharmacology III

Building on previous courses, this course develops drug focused pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology and pharmacogenomics principles. Integration with Therapeutics courses brings together structure-activity-relationships, metabolic pathways, mechanisms of action, excretion, and population genetics to enhance drug selection for simple/complex therapy.

Microbiology & Infectious Diseases II

A continuation of basic Microbiology taken in the Winter quarter, this course is an integrated consideration of the microbiology and pathophysiology and related medical therapeutics of the important diseases of man. Topics of parasitic and viral diseases and treatment will be included.

Therapeutics III

Third in a three-part series presenting drug therapy management of different diseases. Emphasis is on drug selection, monitoring therapeutic outcomes, integrating laboratory tests/organ function, drug interaction/adverse reaction recognition/management, applied pharmacokinetics and developing analytical and patient care skills.