The ITPD curriculum meets the same abilities-based outcomes as the school’s on-campus entry-level program.
Advanced standing in the ITPD didactic curriculum is achieved through coursework earned in the applicant’s baccalaureate Pharmacy degree, demonstration of competency in biomedical sciences and pharmaceutical sciences on two pre-admission exams, and prior professional experience. These exams assure that knowledge obtained from coursework provided in the applicant’s baccalaureate pharmacy program may be accepted as credit for previous degree work. Alternatively, applicants may demonstrate this competency through successful passing of the US Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Exam (FPGEE).
The ITPD Program’s didactic curriculum is 54 credit hours, including 300 contact hours of introductory and advanced introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs/aIPPEs) for students to immediately apply their new knowledge.
This didactic curriculum, focuses on a combination of professional skills courses (e.g. Evidence-based Medicine, Interprofessional Education, Public Health, Clinical Capstone, and others) and pharmacotherapy courses, which are the core of the didactic curriculum. Pharmacotherapy courses address the pathophysiology, advanced pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics and professional skills development specific to the disease state. For example, the cardiovascular course includes:
- The pathophysiology of common cardiovascular disorders, such as hypertension, myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure and dysrhythmias;
- Pharmacotherapeutic management of patients with these disorders, including design of patient-specific individualized drug therapy treatment plans;
- Pharmacokinetics of drugs used to treat cardiovascular disorders;
- Basic cardiovascular physical assessment skills, such as blood pressure monitoring;
- Problem-based case discussions of patients with cardiovascular disorders;
- Other appropriate clinical skills development activities.
Students fulfill the 54 credit hours through live and online didactic courses. Online didactic courses are delivered in a format which requires one to two hours of “class time” per credit hours each week, plus one to two hours to complete assignments. Additional study time is student specific.
Since 1998, we have consistently tailored the delivery technology and methods of the distance-delivery programs to assure that our graduates are prepared to practice patient-centered pharmacy care.
The live and online courses, and program overview, are provided here. Specific course descriptions are provided here.