Marshall B. Ketchum University

College of Pharmacy

List of Courses and Descriptions  

DIDACTIC YEARS (P1-P3)

Course Descriptions

PHM 401 Medical Ethics (1 + 0.5 lab unit) (IPE)
This interprofessional team-taught course introduces ethical theory and presents case studies that are commonplace in clinical professional practice. The lecture sequence that includes scope of practice, ethical theories, state regulations and clinical examples is supplemented with student led discussions on case studies using an interactive learning format. Students examine and address issues by applying ethical theory and values to resolving situations that challenge practitioners. Ethical issues dealing with confidentiality, professional referrals, advertising, record keeping, informed consent, medical mistakes and conflicts of interest are presented in class and discussion groups.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 403 Population and Public Heath (2 units) (IPE)
This team-taught interprofessional course is designed to develop a foundational understanding of population and public health and its core functions of assessment, policy development and assurance. This course exposes the student to current trends in the U .S . healthcare system,  including healthcare delivery systems and policy, healthcare information systems and healthcare outcomes.  In addition the aim is to develop patient communication and educational skills for a culturally diverse patient population to address concepts of health promotion and disease prevention. Evidence-based recommendations for health promotion and disease prevention will be emphasized. Lectures, group activities, workshops, and simulations will be used to discuss and apply the concepts of disease prevention and health promotion.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 404: Interprofessional Case Conferences (0.75 units) (IPE)
This team-taught course introduces interprofessional collaboration, communication and teamwork through small group discussion of clinical cases that are well-suited for all the health professions. Students will examine the clinical cases from their professional perspective and will learn from other health professions students about their professional roles and responsibilities within the context of the case studies. The course is facilitated by an interprofessional team of faculty members who will guide the small group discussions.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 501 Foundations of Human Body and Disease I & Patient Assessment Lab I (2 units + 1 lab unit)
This foundational course is the first in a series designed to develop an understanding of anatomy, pathology physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacological concepts of disease as they pertain to each organ system. Students will also gain knowledge and skills required to elicit, perform, and document a medical history and physical exam with use of appropriate equipment, proper exam techniques, and accurate medical terminology. The student will learn to differentiate between normal physiologic variation and disease states. A blended approach (lecture, small group discussion, multimedia) with an interprofessional laboratory is used for presentation of the material and skills development.

Prerequisites: Admission to the professional Pharmacy program.

PHM 502 Foundations of Human Body and Disease II & Patient Assessment Lab II (2 units + 1 lab unit)
This foundational course is the second in a series designed to develop an understanding of anatomy, pathology physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacological concepts of disease as they pertain to each organ system. Students will also gain knowledge and skills required to elicit, perform, and document a medical history and physical exam with use of appropriate equipment, proper exam techniques, and accurate medical terminology. The student will learn to differentiate between normal physiologic variation and disease states. A blended approach (lecture, small group discussion, multimedia) with an interprofessional laboratory is used for presentation of the material and skills development.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 503 Foundations of Human Body and Disease III & Patient Assessment Lab III (2 units + 1 lab unit)
This foundational course is the third in a series designed to develop an understanding of anatomy, pathology physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacological concepts of disease as they pertain to each organ system. Students will also gain knowledge and skills required to elicit, perform, and document a medical history and physical exam with use of appropriate equipment, proper exam techniques, and accurate medical terminology. The student will learn to differentiate between normal physiologic variation and disease states. A blended approach (lecture, small group discussion, multimedia) with an interprofessional laboratory is used for presentation of the material and skills development.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 510 Integrated Microbiology and Virology (3 units)
This foundational course is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts of microbiology encompassing disease-causing bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.  Emphasis will also be on understanding host-pathogen interactions in causing human disease, etiology of disease, infection cycle, disease transmission and diagnostic processes.  The course will also highlight upon host immune defense mechanisms, pharmaceutical intervention of microbial infections and resistance to such interventions. 

Microbial infections by organ system will be discussed and integrated with principles of clinical presentation, prevention and general management through lecture and case studies. 

Prerequisites: Admission to the professional Pharmacy program.

PHM 511 Integrated Immunology (2 units)
This foundational course is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts of immunology encompassing elements of immune system, antigen processing and antibody generation.  Emphasis will be on development of T- and B-lymphocytes, T- and B-cell mediated immunity, host defense mechanisms in response to immediate and induced infections, and their prevention.  The course will also highlight upon adaptive immunity, immunological memory, vaccination, autoimmunity and transplantation.  Pathological consequences of immunodeficiency and/or autoimmunity will be discussed and integrated with principles of clinical presentation and management. 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 520 Pharmaceutical Sciences I: Physical Pharmacy and Dosage Forms (3 units)
This foundational course is the first in a series designed to develop an understanding of the science behind drug dosage forms, delivery and preparation. Materials covered include the selected properties of drug substances that have an impact on the delivery of drugs to the human body, the dosage forms available for drug administration, and the therapeutic effect with respect to physical and chemical properties of drug in solution dispersion and solid state. The course also focuses on the theory, technology, formulation, evaluation and dispensing of aqueous and non-aqueous liquids, disperse systems, semisolids, solids, transdermal, parenteral, ophthalmic, topical and other dosage forms.

Prerequisites: Admission to the professional Pharmacy program.

PHM 521 Pharmaceutical Sciences II: Calculations (2 units + 1.5 lab units)
This foundational course is the third in a series designed to develop an understanding of the science behind drug dosage forms, delivery and preparation. This course include all aspects of pharmaceutical calculations: Interpretation of prescriptions and medication orders, fundamentals of calculation, dosage and concentration units, detailed calculation of percentages, isotonic solutions, electrolyte solutions, intravenous admixtures and rates of flow.  Students are also introduced to calculations related to compounding and dispensing, and patient’s parameters such as creatinine clearance in this course.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 522 Pharmaceutical Sciences III: Dosage forms and Compounding (2 units + 2 lab units)
This foundational course is the second in a series designed to develop an understanding of the science behind drug dosage forms, delivery and preparation. Materials covered include the selected properties of drug substances that have an impact on the delivery of drugs to the human body, the dosage forms available for drug administration, and the therapeutic effect with respect to physical and chemical properties of drug in solution. This course includes a laboratory component to enhance development of knowledge and skills.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 530 Pharmaceutical Biochemistry (3 units)
Basic biochemistry as it relates to organ systems, disease and pharmacotherapy is presented and reviewed. This includes the principles of the thermodynamics, kinetics, structure, and regulation of biochemically significant molecules and their building blocks. Biochemical constructs (such as energy production, enzymes, membranes, DNA, RNA, proteins, anabolic and catabolic pathways, etc.) are discussed with respect to pharmaceutical treatment of human disease.

Prerequisites: Admission to the professional Pharmacy program.

PHM 531 Integrated Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry I (4 units)
Principles of medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and toxicology as related to the pharmaceutical sciences including drug discovery and development, functional groups and stereochemistry, acid-base chemistry, ADME/Tox, biotransformation, drug receptors, and ligand-molecular target interactions are covered.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 540 Professional Practice and Healthcare Systems (2 units)
This course is designed to familiarize students with healthcare systems with emphasis on contemporary healthcare issues and pharmacy practice in the United States and services within various medication use systems. The scope of practice and role of the pharmacist in various health settings, historical development of pharmaceutical practice and care, workforce issues, and the economic aspects of pharmacy practice will be discussed. Other topics to be discussed include credentialing, federal and private health insurance, provider privileges, fee-for-service, value-based performance, medication-patient safety and medication therapy management.

Prerequisites: Admission to the professional Pharmacy program.

PHM 560 Pharmacy Law (2 units)
This course provides an overview of current state and federal laws that substantially impact the competent delivery of Pharmacy care and services in community, interprofessional, ambulatory/clinic, inpatient, administrative, and other key practice settings. Standards, guidelines, rules, requirements, practices, and policies relating to maintaining/improving patient safety and consumer protection are also provided.  The laws and professional practice standards of the state of California are emphasized.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 541 Pharmacy Communications: Management and Leadership (3 units)
The course delineates communication skills for delivery and advocacy of pharmaceutical care, along with principles of management, leadership, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and personal / professional growth. Students will be introduced to the concepts and principles of interpersonal and healthcare team communication required to optimize patient care needs; along with principles of pharmacy business planning. Other topics include leadership styles, consensus building, assessments of personal skills / talents (e.g., strength-based assessment), and identification of strategies for personal and professional, life-long learning, and effective problem solving (e.g., thinking habits).

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 550 Pharmacy Skills Lab I - Community (1 lab unit)
This course introduces students to the basic activities and skills for community pharmaceutical practice and care. Students will integrate foundational knowledge and skills learned in pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. Students will learn and practice basic skills utilized in community medication use systems such as prescription fulfillment (e.g., receipt, preparation, labeling, dispensing, and distribution), pharmacy workflow and inventory management, use of pharmacy software, pharmacy abbreviations, pharmacy sig, , therapeutic interchange, medication security with controlled substances, and checking the work of technicians. Students will understand the importance of patient-customer service.

Prerequisites: Admission to the professional Pharmacy program.

PHM 551 Pharmacy Skills Lab II - Community (1 lab unit)
This course is a continuation of the Pharmacy Skills Lab series with a focus on community pharmacy practice. Students will integrate foundational knowledge and skills learned in pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences.  Students will learn and practice basic skills utilized in community medication use systems such as prescription fulfillment (e.g., receipt, preparation, labeling, dispensing, distribution), use of pharmacy software and automation equipment, and medication errors and safety.  Students will also complete training and obtain American Pharmacists Association (APhA) certification in pharmacy-based vaccine immunization delivery and travel health services.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 552 Pharmacy Skills Lab III - Hospital (1 lab unit)
This course introduces students to the basic activities and skills for hospital pharmaceutical practice and care. Students will integrate foundational knowledge and skills learned in pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. Students will learn and practice basic skills utilized in hospital medication use systems such as medication order fulfillment (e.g., receipt, preparation, labeling, dispensing, distribution), use of pharmacy order entry software and automation equipment, identification and prevention of medication errors, and sterile compounding.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 640 Pharmacy Skills Lab IV - Telehealth/Laboratory Medicine (1 lab unit)
This course centers on utilization of tele-health and laboratory medicine in clinical and pharmaceutical care. The laboratory time is coordinated with initiation of the Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics series. Students will be introduced to fundamental laboratory biological tissue testing with emphasis placed on general interpretation of laboratory data, systematic use of laboratory tests in the evaluation and management of common and important clinical conditions and the application of laboratory test results to clinical and pharmaceutical care. Additionally, students have the opportunity to learn and practice basic skills utilized in delivery of contemporary tele-health, drug therapy monitoring, and point-of-care testing.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 641 Pharmacy Skills Lab V - Clinical (1 lab unit)
This course allows students to gain additional practice with clinical reasoning, creating a SOAP plan, chart noting, developing patient-care plans and practicing presentation skills that are vital for advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Students begin to evaluate and apply evidence based medical literature to clinical practice.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 730 Pharmacy Skills Lab VI - Clinical (1 lab unit)
This course focuses on continued development of skills learned in Pharmacy Skills Lab V with an emphasis on advanced and complicated case studies. Students continue to develop applied medical literature evaluation skills.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 731 Pharmacy Skills Lab VII - Clinical (1 lab unit)
This course focuses on continued development of skills learned in Pharmacy Skills Lab VI with an emphasis on advanced and complicated case studies. Students continue to develop applied medical literature evaluation skills.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 580 Pharmaceutical Self Care and Patient Advocacy I (2 units)
This course covers principles of pharmaceutical self-care and the systematic approach for assisting patients who seek both preventive and sickness self-care products for oral conditions, dermatologic, ophthalmic, otic, and respiratory disorders. Students will learn principles to assist, educate and empower patients to take responsibility for, and control of their health. The body systems covered will integrate prior knowledge gained from the Foundations of Human Body and Disease and Patient Assessment Lab.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 650 Pharmaceutical Self Care and Patient Advocacy II (2 units)
This course covers principles of pharmaceutical self-care and the systematic approach for assisting patients who seek both preventive and sickness self-care products for management of chronic diseases states (e.g., asthma, diabetes, dyslipidemia, heart failure, hypertension, osteoporosis), fever, headache, insomnia, drowsiness, fatigue, nutrition, smoking cessation, weight loss; and dietary supplements in self-care, home testing devices, durable medical equipment, supplies required for adult urinary incontinence, ostomy and wound care will also be covered. Students will learn principles to assist, educate, and empower patients to take responsibility for, and control of, their health. The body systems covered will integrate prior knowledge gained from the Foundations of Human Body and Disease and Patient Assessment Lab.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of pharmacy coursework or program permission.

PHM 651 Pharmaceutical Self Care and Patient Advocacy III (2 units)
This course covers principles of pharmaceutical self-care and the systematic approach for assisting patients who seek preventive and sickness self-care products for management of abdominal, gastrointestinal (including ostomy supplies), genitourinary conditions (including incontinence supplies). Acute ailments related to the musculoskeletal. Students will learn principles to assist, educate, and empower patients to take responsibility for, and control of, their health. The body systems covered will integrate prior knowledge gained from the Foundations of Human Body and Disease and Patient Assessment Lab.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 581 Medical Spanish (1 unit)
This course is designed to improve students' communication in clinical situations with Spanish-speaking patients. The focus of the instruction will be on learning basic conversational skills in order to elicit clinical histories, conduct physical examinations, and give instructions to Spanish-speaking patients. Instruction for this course will consist of lectures and class discussion.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 670 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) I (4 units)
This course provides introductory community pharmacy practice experience for student pharmacists of the College of Pharmacy. Under appropriate preceptor supervision and consistent with practice regulations for intern pharmacists, students will further develop, integrate, and apply knowledge from the first curriculum year. Student pharmacists will evaluate prescription and patient information, understand the basic steps for prescription data entry and processing, prescription preparation, actively observe elements of prescription consultations, and understand the basics of medication compliance and errors.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 601 Integrated Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry II (3 units)
This course sequence is a comprehensive presentation of medical pharmacology integrated with medicinal chemistry concepts. The general principles of drug disposition including drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination, and pharmacokinetics are covered, as well as the pharmacodynamics of major drug groups. Emphasis is on the mechanism of drug action, clinical uses, adverse effects, contraindications, and clinically important drug interactions. Drugs are presented on a systems basis, and each drug class includes practical clinical correlations.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 602 Integrated Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry III (3 units)
This course sequence is a comprehensive presentation of medical pharmacology integrated with medicinal chemistry concepts. The general principles of drug disposition including drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination, and pharmacokinetics are covered, as well as the pharmacodynamics of major drug groups. Emphasis is on the mechanism of drug action, clinical uses, adverse effects, contraindications, and clinically important drug interactions. Drugs are presented on a systems basis, and each drug class includes practical clinical correlations.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 603 Integrated Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry IV (3 units)
This course sequence is a comprehensive presentation of medical pharmacology integrated with medicinal chemistry and molecular biology concepts. This course introduces students to important principles of human genetics and molecular biology that apply to contemporary and future pharmaceutical practice. Topics covered include basic concepts in human genetics and genomics, information flow in biological systems, including the structure of DNA, RNA, an overview of state-of-the-art technologies including cloning, recombinant DNA, PCR and microchips. The course includes some classical case studies as well as discussions of ethical challenges in the rapidly growing area of personalized drug therapy based on molecular genetic information.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 610 Drug Information, Informatics and Literature Evaluation (2 units)
This course will provide a systematic approach to drug information and literature evaluation to formulate and implement appropriate drug therapy decisions. This includes effective searching, retrieval, evaluation and dissemination of electronic and print resources. Students will utilize skills learned in this course to effectively communicate and tailor drug information at the appropriate level for providers, other health professionals, caregivers, patients and the public. Emphasis will be placed on the interpretation and application of critical analytical skills to clinical questions. Additionally, this course will provide introductory knowledge on the state-of-the-art in pharmacy informatics and decision support systems needed to implement patient-centered care. Students will be able to define basic terminology used in health informatics and describe the health benefits and current constraints in using information and communication technology in health care. Practical exercises will provide the student with hands-on experience using numerous drug information sources and evaluation techniques.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 620 Research Methodology & Biostatistics (2 units)
This course provides an introduction to basic research methods and biostatistical concepts. Students will learn how to systematically and clinically analyze published biomedical literature for application in evidenced-based medicine. Students will learn how to identify and select appropriate methodologies and statistics for scientific investigations to yield data / results that are generalizable and applicable to clinical medicine. Critical analysis and interpretation of data will also be covered. The biostatistical emphasis will be on understanding the appropriate use in interpretation of the tests, rather than the calculations.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 630 Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics I (4 units plus 1 lab unit)
This is the first in a series of courses designed to develop knowledge and clinical reasoning skills required for provision of effective and safe patient-centered, pharmacotherapy care and recommendations. The series is designed to provide a systematic study of human diseases and disorders by organ system and will include epidemiology, etiology, history, clinical signs and symptom recognition, differential diagnosis, diagnostic criteria, therapeutic management, prevention, and prognosis of disease in clinical medicine. Essentials for the provision of care such as clinical reasoning, evidence-based medicine, guidelines and other tools for clinical decision making are emphasized. Knowledge of pharmacology will be integrated with development of clinical reasoning skills. This first course will discuss the systematic approach to clinical reasoning and decision making including steps to collect and interpret evidence, prioritize, formulate assessments and recommendations, implement, monitor and adjust plans for various disease states. Organ systems covered include renal (including fluid, electrolytes, acid-base) and urology. Additionally, specialized nutrition support, including parenteral and enteral nutrition will be covered. Instruction of this course consists of lecture, case studies, clinical problem sets and structured faculty-led group discussions.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 631 Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics II (3 units plus 1 lab unit)
A continuation of the Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics series with a primary focus on the cardiovascular organ system. This course is designed to develop knowledge and clinical reasoning skills required for provision of effective and safe patient-centered, pharmacotherapy care. Instruction consists of lecture, case studies, clinical problem sets and structured faculty-led group discussions.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 632 Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics III (3units plus 1 lab unit)
A continuation of the Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics series with a primary focus on the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and hepatic organ systems. This course is designed to develop knowledge and clinical reasoning skills required for provision of effective and safe patient-centered, pharmacotherapy care. Instruction consists of lecture, case studies, clinical problem sets and structured faculty-led group discussions.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 633 Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics IV (4 units plus 1 lab unit).
This course is a continuation of the Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics series with a primary focus on the endocrine and pulmonary organ systems. This course is designed to develop knowledge and clinical reasoning skills required for provision of effective and safe patient-centered, pharmacotherapy care. Instruction consists of lecture, case studies, clinical problem sets and structured faculty-led group discussions.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 634 Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics V (4 units plus 1 lab unit)
This course is a continuation of the Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics series with a primary focus on musculoskeletal, metabolic and integumentary systems. This course is designed to develop knowledge and clinical reasoning skills required for provision of effective and safe patient-centered, pharmacotherapy care. Instruction consists of lecture, case studies, clinical problem sets and structured faculty-led group discussions.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 710 Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics VI (4 units plus 1 lab unit)
A continuation of the Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics series with a primary focus on metabolic disorders as well as disorders of the eyes, ears, nose and throat. This course is designed to develop knowledge and clinical reasoning skills required for provision of effective and safe patient-centered, pharmacotherapy care. Instruction consists of lecture, case studies, clinical problem sets and structured faculty-led group discussions.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 711 Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics VII (4 units plus 1 lab unit)
A continuation of the Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics series with a primary focus on psychiatric medicine. This course is designed to develop knowledge and clinical reasoning skills required for provision of effective and safe patient-centered, pharmacotherapy care. Instruction consists of lecture, case studies, clinical problem sets and structured faculty-led group discussions.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 712 Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics VIII (3 units plus 1 lab unit)
A continuation of the Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics series with a primary focus on neurologic conditions. This course is designed to develop knowledge and clinical reasoning skills required for provision of effective and safe patient-centered, pharmacotherapy care. Instruction consists of lecture, case studies, clinical problem sets and structured faculty-led group discussions.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 713 Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics IX (3 units plus 1 lab unit)
A continuation of the Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics series with a primary focus on microbiology and infectious diseases. This course is designed to develop knowledge and clinical reasoning skills required for provision of effective and safe patient-centered, pharmacotherapy care. Instruction consists of lecture, case studies, clinical problem sets and structured faculty-led group discussions.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 714 Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics X (3 units plus 1 lab unit)
A continuation of the Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics series with a primary focus on infectious diseases, travel medicine and transplant medicine. This course is designed to develop knowledge and clinical reasoning skills required for provision of effective and safe patient-centered, pharmacotherapy care. Instruction consists of lecture, case studies, clinical problem sets and structured faculty-led group discussions.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 715 Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics XI (3 units plus 1 lab unit)
A continuation of the Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics series with a primary focus on oncology medicine. This course is designed to develop knowledge and clinical reasoning skills required for provision of effective and safe patient-centered, pharmacotherapy care. Instruction consists of lecture, case studies, clinical problem sets and structured faculty-led group discussions.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission. 

PHM 660 Basic Pharmacokinetics (3 units)
This course presents the basic fundamental principles underlying drug action in the body. Pharmacokinetics describes the relationship of drug dose and the time course of drug presence in the body, including the concepts of drug half-life, steady state concentration, absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion. Processes that influence the pharmacokinetics of drugs, including formulation, physicochemical, physiological, pharmacological and pathological factors are discussed. Pharmacodynamics presents the effects of drug action at the receptor site and includes the concepts of agonist, antagonist, competitive and non-competitive inhibition, and therapeutic effect. The use of mathematical equations to describe the pharmacokinetic concepts and principles of drug action are introduced and applied to dosage regimen determinations. The course teaches the fundamentals of calculations necessary to determine drug loading dose, maintenance dose, and dosing interval, and prepares the student for Clinical Pharmacokinetics.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 661 Clinical Pharmacokinetics (2 units)
This course expands upon the theoretical concepts explored in Basic Pharmacokinetics. This course focuses on clinical application of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles to patient specific pharmacotherapy design, monitoring, and management. The course will review therapeutic drug monitoring and present advanced calculations necessary to determine drug loading dose, maintenance dose, and dosing interval.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 621 Behavioral and Social Science (2 units)
This course will examine how social and behavioral determinates of health may influence individual and group differences in health status. The course will also explore a range of social, ethical, and cultural factors associated with professional practice. This course facilitates the development of greater behavioral and cultural sensitivity that students must acquire to provide pharmaceutical care to patients from diverse populations.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 671 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) II (4 units)
This course provides introductory hospital pharmacy practice experience for students of the College of Pharmacy. Under appropriate preceptor supervision and consistent with practice regulations for intern pharmacists, students will complete the development and ability to integrate and apply knowledge from the didactic curriculum to practice as a licensed pharmacist in the institutional pharmacy practice setting. The student pharmacist will evaluate prescription and patient information, basic steps of prescription, data entry, prescription preparation and labeling, observe prescription consultations, understand the basics of medication compliance and errors in an institutional pharmacy practice setting.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 701 Pharmacoeconomics (2 units)
This course will discuss health economics with an emphasis on evaluating the cost and outcome effects of a pharmaceutical product from various perspectives. Several types of pharmacoeconomic analyses (e.g., costminimization,cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness and cost-utility) will be introduced. Factors underlying the pricing of drugs (development, testing, licensing, manufacturing, marketing, etc.), and translation to healthcare costs. The macro/micro-economics of various aspects of pharmacy practice are discussed, including the impact of such pricing on hospital, retail, and other environments. Students will learn how to utilize pharmacoeconomic principles to guide optimal healthcare resource allocation, in a standardized and scientific manner. 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 740 Biotechnology, Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine (3 units)
Precision medicine or personalized medicine is the integration of established clinical–pathological indexes with state-of-the-art molecular profiling to create diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic strategies precisely tailored to an individual patient's requirements. This introductory course will discuss the scientific principles of biotechnology, molecular biology and pharmacogenomics pertaining to precision medicine. Topics include bioinformatics, gene therapy, genotyping, molecular biomarkers, nanotechnology, recombinant protein and monoclonal antibody therapeutics and targeted therapy.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 760 Special Populations –Geriatrics/Pediatrics (2 units)
This course will address clinical medicine and pharmacotherapeutic concepts unique to the pediatric, geriatric population and women’s health. Emphasis will be on physiology, disease states, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic issues unique to these populations.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 680, 750, 751 Capstone Project I, II, III (0.5, 0.5 and 1 unit each)
An important component of the curriculum is the inclusion of a culminating experience. While the practice experience and the culminating experience are often separate requirements, it is possible to integrate the two experiences. In those instances when the practice experience also serves as the culminating experience, it is essential that these assignments be planned and implemented to assure that the student applies skills from across the curriculum and demonstrates synthesis and integration of knowledge. The evaluation of the practice experience takes on special significance when it is also used as the culminating experience, since this may be the sole means by which assessment of the full range of required competencies is achieved. Supervised by college faculty, the capstone project is a culminating experience integrating knowledge, practice, and insights acquired in coursework and other learning experiences during the Doctor of Pharmacy program.  The capstone project may include several options, such as the writing of a professional paper, design and implementation of a research project or a service learning project. This is an important component to achieving the outcomes desired for our graduates.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 765 Emerging Issues and Practice Readiness Examination (2 units)
This course is intended to assess the readiness of the students to enter the final year of the curriculum. The course includes multiple small groups, in which each group reads and discusses a variety of topical papers relevant to the scope of pharmacy practice. Students present individually and in teams. A comprehensive exam to assess practice readiness is also administered and is comprised of knowledge and skills from courses completed to date.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 720, 721, 722 Electives I-III (2 units each)
Students select from a list of approved electives. Each elective may be taken once per student.

Electives include topics in the following: cardiology, critical care, drug information, geriatrics, infectious disease, pharmacy management, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and research methods.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

Clinical Year P4

PHM 801, 802, 803, 804, 805, 806 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (6 units each)
Each student completes six advanced pharmacy practice experiences, each of six weeks duration. These experiences take place in the following practice settings:

  • Community Pharmacy
  • Hospital or Health System Pharmacy
  • Inpatient/Acute Care General Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Two Elective Settings

Elective settings include: academia, ambulatory care specialties, compounding, consultant pharmacy, medication therapy management, internal medicine specialties, long-term care, managed care, nuclear medicine, optometric pharmacy, pharmacy administration, pharmaceutical industry, regulatory, research, and specialty pharmacy.

6 x 6-week experiences and 6 h / experience = 36 credits

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.

PHM 801 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience: Community Pharmacy Practice (6 units)
This course provides advanced pharmacy practice experience for students of the College of Pharmacy. Under appropriate preceptor supervision and consistent with practice regulations for entry-level PharmD candidates, student pharmacists will complete the development and ability to integrate and apply knowledge from the didactic curriculum to practice as a licensed pharmacist in the community pharmacy practice setting.

PHM 802 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience: Hospital/Health Care System (6 units)
This course provides advanced pharmacy practice experience for students of the College of Pharmacy. Under appropriate preceptor supervision and consistent with practice regulations for intern pharmacists, students will complete the development and ability to integrate and apply knowledge from the didactic curriculum to practice as a licensed pharmacist in hospital/ health care system pharmacy practice setting. The student pharmacist will gain experience in practice management, and interactions with other health care providers. The students will develop an understanding of the pathophysiology, complications, pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacotherapy management in various patient populations encountered in a hospital or health care system pharmacy setting.

PHM 803 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience: Inpatient/Acute Care General Medicine (6 units)
This course provides advanced pharmacy practice experience for students of the College of Pharmacy. Under appropriate preceptor supervision and consistent with practice regulations for intern pharmacists, students will complete the development and ability to integrate and apply knowledge from the didactic curriculum to practice as a licensed pharmacist in the general medicine pharmacy practice setting. The student pharmacist will gain experience in practice management, and interactions with other health care providers. The students will develop an understanding of the pathophysiology, complications, pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacotherapy management in various patient populations encountered in the general medicine practice setting.

PHM 804 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience: Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice (6 units)
This course provides advanced pharmacy practice experience for students of the College of Pharmacy. Under appropriate preceptor supervision and consistent with practice regulations for intern pharmacists, students will complete the development and ability to integrate and apply knowledge from the didactic curriculum to practice as a licensed pharmacist in the ambulatory care pharmacy practice setting. The student pharmacist will gain experience in practice management, and interactions with other health care providers. 

PHM 805 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience:  Elective Rotation (6 units)
This experiential course provides the opportunity for student pharmacists to select from a list of electives with a variety of non-patient care foci or an additional clinical specialty pharmacy practice experience. Student pharmacists under the supervision of an adjunct faculty or fulltime faculty member will gain experience in their chosen elective area. The student will continue to develop a philosophy of practice, an understanding of the role of the pharmacist as a member of the health care team, and gain knowledge and skills to manage resources and daily operations applicable to the specific elective rotation site.

PHM 806 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience:  Elective Rotation (6 units)
This experiential course provides the opportunity for student pharmacists to select from a list of electives with a variety of non-patient care foci or an additional clinical specialty pharmacy practice experience. Student pharmacists under the supervision of an adjunct faculty or fulltime faculty member will gain experience in their chosen elective area. The student will continue to develop a philosophy of practice, an understanding of the role of the pharmacist as a member of the health care team, and gain knowledge and skills to manage resources and daily operations applicable to the specific elective rotation site.

PHM 810, 811, 812 Case Conferences I, II, III (0 units each)
The format and structure of Case Conference Reflections is to provide a forum for the students to apply the knowledge acquired in the didactic curriculum to clinical cases. Interprofessional activities in the Case Conference Reflections help students employ problem solving skills and practice in applying evidence based medicine. The sessions are held during the P4 year at the end of the third week of each six week Advanced (APPE) course and are led by faculty members from the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy Practice departments.

The Case Conference sessions are followed by breakout sessions. The sessions are designed to help students practice their communication skills and delivery of information in an organized and concise format. During the breakout sessions students present interventions on acute and chronic patient case experiences, and epidemiological outcomes based on public health focused experiences. All presentations are evaluated and assessed by the faculty facilitators and preceptors present in the session. This course will also serve to record the completion of a NAPLEX preparatory course to assess NAPLEX readiness.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior quarter of coursework or program permission.


Marshall B. Ketchum University College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Precandidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org. Granting of Precandidate status brings no rights or privileges of accreditation as associated with either candidate status or accredited status. Precandidate status indicates only that planning has taken into account ACPE standards and guidelines and suggests reasonable assurance of moving to the next step, that of Candidate status. Since Precandidate status does not create any rights of accreditation under the ACPE standards, it is the opinion of ACPE that graduates of programs of Colleges or Schools of Pharmacy that bear Precandidate status do not meet the educational requirements for licensure..