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Professional Curriculum

Curriculum Overview - Graduates of 2016 And After

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CU SSPPS) has an ability-based outcome and assessment driven curriculum. Students' progress is continuously evaluated in mastering the 14 ability-based outcomes with the goal of developing competent pharmacists of the future.

* The curriculum will be renewed with the Class of 2016. Although annual changes are made to the curriculum based on feedback and information from a variety of sources, it is standard practice at all top pharmacy schools across the country to reevaluate the curriculum approximately every 10 years in order to keep it innovative, rigorous and aligned with contemporary practice.

* The renewed curriculum will include courses in fields that are rapidly expanding within the profession of pharmacy such as Pharmacogenomics, Clinical Decision Making, Public Health and Outcomes, and Evidence Based Medicine.

* The renewed curriculum will consist of 150.6 credit hours of which approximately 35% experiential training, 25% integrated clinical sciences, 20% foundational clinical sciences, 10% pharmacy & health care topics, and 10% communication and informatics topics. As a result of increased prerequisite requirements and, therefore, higher level preparation of incoming students, the integrated clinical sciences will start in the P1 year.


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(updated 2/26/2015)


First Year (P1)

Introduction to pharmaceutical sciences (0.6 credit hour)
Cell biology; Mechanisms of diseases (3 credit hours)
Applied biological chemistry (3 credit hours)
Pharmacy law and regulatory standards (3 credit hours)
Patient-centered communications I (3 credit hours)
Patient-centered communications II (3 credit hours)
Pharmacotherapy self-care I & II (2 credit hours each)
Pharmacy practice fundamentals and drug information (4 credit hours)
Pharmaceutics (4 credit hours
Modern drug design and drug action (2 credit hours)
Pharmacology and toxicology (2 credit hours)
Professional development I through IV (1 credit hour each)
Pharmacotherapy 1 (4 credit hours)

Second Year (P2)

Medicinal chemistry of drug classes (2 credit hours)
Pharmacokinetics (3 credit hours)
Evidence-based medicine and literature evaluation (3 credit hours)
Public health and health outcomes I (3 credit hours)
Clinical reasoning and decision making (2 credit hours)
Professional development I through IV (1 credit hour each)
Pharmacotherapy 2 through 5 (variable credit hours)
Seminar research (1 credit hour)

Third Year (P3)

Public health and health outcomes II (3 credit hours)
Pharmacy management (2 credit hours)
Pharmacogenomics (2 credit hours)
Seminar research (1 credit hour)
Pharmacotherapy 6 and 7 (variable credit hours)
Advanced introductory pharmacy practice experience (6 credit hours)
Health care informatics (2 credit hours)

This course provides introductory content about informatics topics including a working understanding of knowledge systems for students to be able to manage medication use systems to optimize patient and population outcomes. Students learn to use tools to assess and address change, increase competitiveness, improve quality, and optimize patient services.

Clinical Capstone (6 credit hours)

Fourth Year (P4)

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences