PHRD 6100: Professional Skills Development III (3 Credits)
This course is the third in a five-semester longitudinal course sequence intended to develop a broad range of skills necessary for current and future pharmacy practice. It is designed to parallel the didactic portion of the curriculum, integrating and applying essential knowledge, skills and attitudes required for a successful professional career. It is formatted to prepare students for more complex patient case scenarios presented in Comprehensive Patient Care (in semester 6) and in pharmacy practice.
PHRD 6200: Instructional Methods I (1 Credit)
This course is designed to advance the teaching and professional presentation skills of participants and to improve the participants’ understanding of study design.
PHRD 6300: Experiential Practice III (1 Credit)
The objective of the four-year experiential program, in combination with all other courses in the curriculum, is to educate students to think and act as independent pharmacy practitioners. The primary strategy used in experiential training to achieve that objective is to give students increasing levels of responsibility for patient care throughout the program in a variety of practice settings. Students will encounter multiple and varied problems in all experiential courses and success in experiential training is largely measured by the way in which they demonstrate the characteristics of an independent learner in dealing with those problems. Preceptors are mentors responsible for coaching students rather than providing instruction. The benefit gained by each student from experiential education is directly related to the extent the student takes direct responsibility for her/his own learning.
PHRD 6400: Pharmacy and Health Care III: Biostatistics (2 Credits)
This course is designed to introduce students to the quantitative methods most commonly used in applied clinical research and prepare them to interpret the results, and evaluate the appropriateness, of statistical analyses used in pharmacotherapy research studies. Content addressed includes the following areas: an overview of study designs in medical research, measurement, descriptive statistics and measures of risk, inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, and the use of common statistical techniques. More advanced methods (e.g., survival analysis, multivariate analysis, and meta-analysis) are introduced at a very basic level.
PHRD 6500: Health Care Ethics: Interdisciplinary (0.65 Credit)
This course is the second of the two semester series in health care ethics. The course introduces students to key aspects of professional codes of ethics in addition to the identification of various ethical dimensions of heath care. Moreover, the course introduces students to central values, principles and virtues and how they apply in professional practice with the help of group discussions.
PHRD 6600: Clinical Science Foundations (3 Credits)
This course provides students with a more detailed understanding of selected topics that bridge the gap between basic and clinical sciences. This course is divided into two distinct sections:
- Pharmacokinetics, which focuses on the application of basic principles of this discipline to the clinical use of pharmacological agents with the object of optimizing drug therapy
- Toxicology, which provides a basis for understanding the mechanisms of toxicity common to a broad range of diseases. Together, these sections will provide students with foundation for the rational application of drug therapy in a variety of disease states
PHRD 6700: Integrated Organ Systems III/IV: Renal, Cardiovascular (5 Credits)
The Integrated Organ System (IOS) courses place a significant emphasis and focus on pharmacotherapy (the treatment of diseases with drugs). The emphasis of IOS III&IV is on the renal and cardiovascular systems and their associated chronic diseases. A fundamental understanding of these core systems is highly relevant because they are essential to many other diseases that are discussed in the Integrated Organ System curricular track.
PHRD 6720: Integrated Organ Systems V: Cardiopulmonary (4 Credits)
The Integrated Organ Systems-V course is an eight-week lecture series designed to introduce the entry level Doctor of Pharmacy student to the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and therapeutic management of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. Concepts surrounding drug delivery, pharmaceutics, and pharmacokinetics are also threaded throughout the course.