Year 1 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.

Co-Curricular Program

The Co-Curricular Program organizes and documents the learning environment outside the classroom to focus on activities that are student-centered, learning-focused, and intentional. The goal is to promote high-quality co-curricular activities across the student experiences that build competencies to prepare student pharmacists to be practice-ready and team-ready.

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


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.

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.

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.


Winter Quarter

Introduction to Health Care Systems and Policy

Students are introduced to the organization, financing and delivery of health care services in the United States. Using access to prescription drugs as one framework, the relationship of providers, patients, payers, producers, purchasers and policy makers will be analyzed as a critical review of the systems assets and liabilities. In addition, discussions will include other comparisons of other national health policies and current United States health policy issues and controversies.

Clinical Research Design & Applications

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.

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.


Spring Quarter

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.

Drug Information

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.

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.

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.

Pharmacy Informatics

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.