The Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum at the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is designed to prepare graduates for a challenging career in Pharmacy over an anticipated professional career spanning 30 to 40 years.
The curriculum prepares students to be leaders in the profession of pharmacy and provides the tools to effectively practice in a variety of existing and potential roles in academia, hospitals and clinics, long-term facilities, home care, government, health policy, the pharmaceutical industry and innovative community practice settings. The emerging fields of pharmacogenomics and bioinformatics will have a profound influence on the future practice of pharmacy and graduates will be in an excellent position to bring these advances to the patient care setting. Essential to the ability to self-educate oneself as the profession undergoes tremendous change in the future is a strong understanding of the basic biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences. The curriculum is designed with the basic philosophy that all health science students, both medical and pharmacy, require a common base in the biomedical sciences. To this end, pharmacy students take courses in the basic biomedical sciences with the medical students in the second and third years of the curriculum. In addition, pharmacy students will be enrolled with these same medical students during advanced practice clinical experiences in the fourth year. The common required and elective coursework taken by pharmacy and medical students and advanced practice clinical experiences where medical and pharmacy students work closely together have been created to foster the development of cooperation between the professions as well as to develop an appreciation for the unique roles that each professional provides in the care of patients.
The curriculum is currently dynamic, under constant review and is being updated by interdisciplinary faculty committees with student input. Currently, the four-year curriculum leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree is as follows: