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International-Trained PharmD Program

Didactic Curriculum


The didactic curriculum for the ITPD Program is composed of 54 credit hours. A total of 7.5 credit hours (300 contact hours) of introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) are included in the didactic curriculum.

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.

Live Courses

  • US Pharmacy Practice Fundamentals – 2 credit hours
  • Patient Centered and Clinical Communications – 2.5 credit hours
  • Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences – 2.5 credit hours
  • Professional Skills Development – 1 credit hour
  • Healthcare Informatics – 1 credit hour
  • Advanced-Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences – 3 credit hours

Online Didactic Courses

  • Medical Terminology and Laboratory Interpretation – 0.5 credit hour
  • US Based Patient Centered Self-Care – 2.5 credit hours
  • US Pharmacy Law and Regulatory Standards – 1.5 credit hours
  • US Pharmacy Leadership and Management – 2 credit hours
  • Drug Information Fundamentals and Portfolio – 2 credit hours
  • Professional Skills Portfolio – 1.5 credit hours
  • Introduction to Pharmacogenomics – 1 credit hour
  • Clinical Skills Foundations – 2 credit hours
  • Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making – 2 credit hours
  • Public Health and Health Outcomes – 2 credit hours
  • Inter-Professional Educations – 1 credit hour
  • Immunology – 3 credit hours
  • Evidence-Based Medicine and Drug Literature Evaluation – 3 credit hours
  • Instructional Methods – 1.5 credit hours
  • Clinical Capstone – 3 credit hours
  • Didactic Elective – 1 credit hour required (additional credits allowed)
  • Pharmacotherapy Courses – 15.5 credit hours ** see below

Pharmacotherapy Courses: Pharmacotherapy courses form the core of the didactic curriculum; the modules are often one to three credit hours each. Each course addresses the pathophysiology, advanced pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics and professional skills development for two to three body systems. 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.