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Didactic Years (P1-P3)

PHM 400: IPE Medical Spanish. (2 credit hours)

This interprofessional team-taught elective course is designed to develop and/or improve students' communication in clinical situations with patients whose native language is Spanish. The focus of the instruction will be on learning basic conversation skills in order to elicit clinical histories, conduct an examination, and give oral instructions to Spanish speaking patients. Students will also be exposed to pertinent information about Latino culture as it pertains to medical care. Students will participate in language tasks through listening and speaking.

PHM 401: IPE Medical Ethics. (1.5 credit hours) 

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 402: IPE Evidence-Based Practice. (2 credit hours) 

The overall goal of this course is to provide future medical professionals with knowledge on interpreting scientific studies in their chosen profession. Principles of evidence-based medicine are presented to allow evaluation of literature and other media relative to diagnostic and treatment approaches in patient care. Included in the course material are fundamental concepts in sampling, study design, sample size and power estimates, bias, validity, confounding, hypothesis testing, and an overview of statistical tests appropriate for clinical studies. Quantitative epidemiology approaches are presented such as incidence, prevalence, relative risk, and odds ratio to determine evaluation of patient risk and the efficacy of potential treatment approaches. The course will include material to enable critique and citation of peer-reviewed scientific literature, to assist future medical professionals prepare case reports and scientific manuscripts.

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

PHM 403: IPE Population and Public Health. (2 credit hours) 

This team-taught interprofessional course is 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: IPE Case Conferences. (0.75 credit hour)

This team-taught course is designed to support students’ mastery of core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: values/ethics for interprofessional practice, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teams/teamwork. Learners will demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and behaviors aligned with interprofessional collaboration, communication, and teamwork via small group discussion and examination of clinical cases with relevance to various health professions. The course culminates in an interprofessional education simulation involving students from multiple health professions and standardized patients.

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

PHM 405: IPE Preventing Burnout in Healthcare Students and Student Providers: Wellness and Self-Care. (1 credit hour)

One lecture hour per week. This is an IPE elective course aimed at preventing burnout. This course will provide a framework for establishing and maintaining a well-balanced life that includes self-care into the lives of health care students and student providers. At each session, you will complete the activities and reflect on how you feel as a result of your practice. 

PHM 501: Foundations of Human Body and Disease I. (3 credit hours)

This foundational course is the first in a series designed to develop an understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology concepts of disease as they pertain to each organ system. Students will learn to differentiate between normal physiologic variation and disease states. A blended approach (lecture, small group discussion, multimedia) is used for presentation of the material.

Prerequisites: Admission to the professional Pharmacy program.

PHM 502: Foundations of Human Body and Disease II. (3 credit hours)

This foundational course is the second in a series designed to develop an understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology concepts of disease as they pertain to each organ system. Students will learn to differentiate between normal physiologic variation and disease states. A blended approach (lecture, small group discussion, multimedia) is used for presentation of the material.

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

PHM 503: Foundations of Human Body and Disease III. (3 credit hours)

This foundational course is the third in a series designed to develop an understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology concepts of disease as they pertain to each organ system. Students will learn to differentiate between normal physiologic variation and disease states. A blended approach (lecture, small group discussion, multimedia) is used for presentation of the material.

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

PHM 504 & 505: Patient Assessment Lab I, II. (1.0 & 1.0 credit hour, respectively)

This foundational course is designed to introduce the art of physical examination as a bridge between anatomy, pathology and

pathophysiology concepts with future therapeutic decision making. Students will be familiarized with the process of information gathering of symptoms, signs, nonverbal communication skills, medical history, verbal techniques of communication and empathy. Basic techniques on how to conduct a physical exam from head to toe and the use of the stethoscope, otoscope, and sphygmomanometer will be introduced.

Several teaching strategies are used throughout the course such as lectures, multimedia, videos, group discussions and practice, and OSCE which will help to develop the necessary skills to master the subjects.

Prerequisites: Admission to the professional Pharmacy program (for PHM 504) and successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission (for PHM 505).

PHM 510: Integrated Microbiology and Virology. (3 credit hours)

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 the 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. (3 credit hours)

This foundational course is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts of immunology encompassing elements of the 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 credit hours)

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 dosage forms and delivery systems.

Prerequisites: Admission to the professional Pharmacy program.

PHM 521: Pharmaceutical Sciences II: Calculations. (3.5 credit hours)

This course is designed to emphasize mathematical concepts used in the practice of pharmacy for preparing and dispensing medications to a diverse patient population. Student pharmacists will use critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills to compute the correct dose for a drug for both non-sterile and parenteral formulations. Student pharmacists will also explore patient specific parameters that influence the dosing regimen.

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

PHM 522: Pharmaceutical Sciences III: Dosage Forms, Delivery Systems, and Compounding Laboratory. (4 credit hours) 

This foundational course is the third in a series designed to develop an understanding of the science behind drug dosage forms, delivery and compounding 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 compounding laboratory components to enhance development of knowledge and skills.

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

PHM 523: Basic Pharmacokinetics. (3.5 credit hours)

Pharmacokinetics is the study of drug movement in the body, sometimes defined as what the body does to a drug. This course is designed to introduce the basic principles and concepts of pharmacokinetics such as drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion, as well as pharmacokinetic parameters including rate constant, half-life, steady state concentration, clearance, and volume distribution. Factors that influence the pharmacokinetics of drugs including formulation, physicochemical properties, physiological and pathological conditions are discussed. Students learn to use mathematical equations to describe the pharmacokinetic process of drugs, and apply them to dosage regimen determinations. This course will also discuss the correlation of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics which presents the effects of drug action at the receptor site. Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to make rational drug therapy decisions such as determination of loading dose, maintenance dose and dosing intervals. The course prepares the student for Clinical Pharmacokinetics.

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

PHM 530: Pharmaceutical Biochemistry. (3 credit hours)

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 540: Professional Practice and Healthcare Systems. (2 credit hours) 

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 541: Pharmacy Communications: Management and Leadership. (2 credit hours)

The course focuses on communication skills for interacting with a patient, along with principles of management, leadership, entrepreneurship, and personal/professional growth. Students will be introduced to communication strategies that optimize patient care, professional development, and workplace etiquette.

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

PHM 550: Pharmacy Skills Lab I - Immunizations. (1 credit hour)

This course is the first of the Pharmacy Skills Lab series with a focus on pharmacy-based immunization delivery. Students will complete training and obtain American Pharmacists Association (APhA) certification in pharmacy-based vaccine immunization delivery.

Prerequisites: Admission to the professional Pharmacy program.

PHM 551: Pharmacy Skills Lab II - Community. (1 credit hour)

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, allergies, side effects, medication safety, and checking the work of technicians. Students will understand the importance of patient-customer service.

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

PHM 552: Pharmacy Skills Lab III - Hospital. (1 credit hour)

This course introduces students to the basic activities and skills for hospital pharmaceutical practice and care. Students will integrate foundational knowledge with skills learned in pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. Students will learn basic skills utilized in hospital medication use systems such as medication order fulfillment (e.g., preparation, dispensing, distribution), use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and automation equipment, identification and prevention of medication errors, and laws and regulations.

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

PHM 560: Pharmacy Law. (2 credit hours) 

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 580: Pharmaceutical Self-Care and Patient Advocacy I. (2 credit hours)

As the first course of the Pharmaceutical Self-Care and Patient Advocacy series, this course provides an overview of self-care and covers principles of pharmaceutical self-care and the systematic approach for assisting patients who seek self-care products for the treatment and prevention of various self-treatable conditions. Students will learn to assist, educate, and empower patients to take responsibility for, and control of, their own health. The body systems covered will integrate prior knowledge gained from the Foundations of Human Body and Disease course series and Patient Assessment Lab courses.

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

PHM 581: Medical Spanish. (1 credit hour)

Effective communication is critical in delivering effective healthcare, and communication is most effective when both parties share a common language. This course will teach students the basics of Spanish as it applies to the medical field such as physical examinations, emergencies, common diseases within the Latino population, and specializations. By familiarizing students with conversational Spanish and medical Spanish, this course will enable students to apply their learning to real-world situations, to assist in communications, and ultimately to break down the barrier between healthcare providers and patients. By the end of the quarter, students should be able to communicate in simple Spanish using mainly the present tense, past regular tenses and phrasal verbs to express future intentions. They should be able to utilize specific medical terms learned in class. Students should be able to communicate with Spanish speaking patients by asking personal questions as well as questions about their health. They should be able to understand basic spoken Spanish as related to the course material. They should be able to give advice and recommendations to a medical problem using short sentences.

Prerequisites: Pre-pharmacy curriculum and admission to program; Successful completion of prior quarter coursework or program permission.

PHM 601: Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics I. (5 credit hours)

This is the first course in the sequence of Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics that provides introductory knowledge of pharmacology, toxicology, medicinal chemistry, and clinical pharmacokinetics as related to the pharmaceutical sciences and foundations of pharmacotherapy. Drug receptors, signal transduction, ligand-molecular target interactions, drug discovery and development, functional groups and stereochemistry, structure-activity relationship (SAR) analyses, acid-base chemistry, ADME/Tox properties, biotransformation, therapeutic drug monitoring, and pharmacokinetic drug interactions will be covered in this course. Instruction consists of lectures, podcasts and pre-recordings, case studies, individual and group problem sets / projects / homework, workshops/recitations, and faculty-led group discussions.

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

PHM 602: Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics II. (5 credit hours)

Continuation of the Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics course series with an introduction to laboratory values and the clinical reasoning (SOAP) format followed by a focus on the renal system, fluid / electrolytes, and obesity. 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, recitations, and structured faculty-led group discussions.

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

PHM 603: Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics III. (5 credit hours)

Continuation of the Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics course series with a primary focus on the gastrointestinal, hepatic, nutrition support, and cardiovascular 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, recitations, and structured faculty-led group discussions.

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

PHM 604: Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics IV. (6 credit hours)

Continuation of the Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics course series with a primary focus on the cardiovascular and endocrine 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, recitations, and structured faculty-led group discussions.

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

PHM 605: Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics V. (6 credit hours)

Continuation of the Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics course series with a primary focus on the endocrine, pulmonary and rheumatology systems. Within the endocrine system, diabetes will be broadly discussed. 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, recitations, and structured faculty-led group discussions.

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

PHM 606: Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics VI. (5 credit hours)

Continuation of the Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics course series. 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, recitations, and structured faculty-led group discussions.

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

PHM 610: Drug Information, Informatics and Literature Evaluation. (2 credit hours)

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 615: Advanced Applications in Clinical Practice I. (1 credit hour)

This course series is designed to develop knowledge and clinical reasoning skills required for provision of effective, safe, patient-centered, pharmacotherapy care. Instruction consists of: lectures, case studies, clinical problem sets, clinical exams, medical simulation, and group discussions.

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

PHM 621: Behavioral and Social Science. (2 credit hours)

This course will examine social and behavioral influences on health-related behaviors and the dissemination of health information. Students will be introduced to cultural and health-related factors of individuals from diverse backgrounds. The course will also explore a range of social, ethical, and cultural factors associated with professional practice. Upon successful completion of this course, students should develop greater behavioral and cultural sensitivity when interacting with patients from diverse populations.

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

PHM 640: Pharmacy Skills Lab IV - Patient Care Process. (1 credit hour)

This course focuses on the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process (PPCP) with an emphasis on skills necessary for collection and assessment of patient-centered data including utilization of 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 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 - Cardiovascular. (1 credit hour)

This course focuses on the pharmacist’s role in cardiovascular disease risk management. Students will learn essential skills to assess risk, promote cardiovascular disease prevention, and encourage patient adherence to therapy. Students will also complete training and obtain American Pharmacists Association (APhA) certificate in Pharmacy-Based Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management. This program will teach students current guidelines and provide evidence based recommendations to support management of patients with dyslipidemia and hypertension to prevent cardiovascular disease.

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

PHM 650: Pharmaceutical Self-Care and Patient Advocacy II. (2 credit hours)

As the second course of the Pharmaceutical Self-Care and Patient Advocacy series, this course covers principles of pharmaceutical self-care and the systematic approach for assisting patients who seek self-care products for the treatment and prevention of various self-treatable conditions. This course will build on principles covered in Pharmaceutical Self-Care and Patient Advocacy I, and further develop students’ knowledge of self-care conditions and medications. Students will learn to assist, educate, and empower patients to take responsibility for, and control of, their own health. The body systems covered will integrate prior knowledge gained from the Foundations of Human Body and Disease, Patient Assessment Lab, and Pharmaceutical Self-Care and Patient Advocacy I courses.

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

PHM 651: Pharmaceutical Self-Care and Patient Advocacy III. (2 credit hours)

As the final course in the Pharmaceutical Self-Care and Patient Advocacy series, this course continues to cover principles of pharmaceutical self-care and the systematic approach for assisting patients who seek self-care products for the treatment and management of various self-treatable conditions. Students will learn to assist, educate, and empower patients to take responsibility for, and control of, their own health. Building on content from previous courses in the series, students will expand their knowledge in pharmaceutical self-care products and develop robust patient education skills. The body systems covered will integrate prior knowledge gained from the Foundations of Human Body and Disease, Patient Assessment Lab, and Pharmaceutical Self-Care and Patient Advocacy I & II courses.

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

PHM 670: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) I. (4 credit hours)

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 680, 750, 751: Research & Scholarship I, II, III. (0.5, 0.5, and 1 credit hour each)

Research & Scholarship course series requires students to perform a research/scholarly activity project under the supervision of an internal faculty member or external preceptor. The course has been integrated longitudinally to provide the student with opportunities to participate in various scholarly activities such as: bench research, educational research, community-based research, clinical research, literature review, or other kinds of scholarly activity. The project will culminate in a Research & Scholarship Poster Presentation Day, where students will be given the opportunity to share their results.

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

PHM 701: Pharmacoeconomics. (2 credit hours) 

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., cost-minimization, 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 710: Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics VII. (5 credit hours)

Continuation of the Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics course series with a primary focus on the central nervous system and psychiatric disorders. 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, recitations, and structured faculty-led group discussions.

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

PHM 711: Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics VIII. (5 credit hours)

Continuation of the Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics course series with a primary focus on the neurological conditions and toxicology. 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, recitations, and structured faculty-led group discussions.

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

PHM 712: Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics IX. (6 credit hours)

Continuation of the Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics course series with a primary focus on 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, recitations, and structured faculty-led group discussions.

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

PHM 713: Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics X. (5 credit hours)

Continuation of the Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics course series with a primary focus on infectious diseases and solid organ transplant. 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, recitations, and structured faculty-led group discussions.

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

PHM 714: Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics XI. (6 credit hours)

Continuation of the Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics course series with a primary focus on oncology. This course is designed to develop knowledge and clinical reasoning skills required for the provision of effective and safe patient-centered care. Instruction consists of lecture, case studies, clinical problem sets, recitations, and structured faculty-led group discussions.

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

PHM 715: Advanced Applications in Clinical Practice II. (2 credit hours)

This course series is designed to develop knowledge and clinical reasoning skills required for provision of effective, safe, patient-centered, pharmacotherapy care. Instruction consists of: lectures, case studies, clinical problem sets, clinical exams, medical simulation, and group discussions.

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

PHM 730: Pharmacy Skills Lab VI - Diabetes. (1 credit hour)

This course focuses on the pharmacists’ role as the medication therapy expert on the diabetes health care team. Students will learn essential knowledge and skills needed to provide effective, evidence-based diabetes care. Students will obtain the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) certificate in The Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care and will receive comprehensive training in current diabetes standards of care to support management of patients with diabetes mellitus.

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

PHM 731: Pharmacy Skills Lab VII - Medication Therapy Management. (1 credit hour)

This course focuses on medication therapy management (MTM). Student pharmacists will learn to perform all aspects of an MTM visit, use effective communication skills with both patients and other healthcare professionals, and describe strategies for implementing MTM services. Student pharmacists will also complete training and obtain the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) certification in Medication Therapy Management.

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

PHM 740: Biotechnology, Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine. (3 credit hours)

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. (2 credit hours)

This course will focus on the pharmacists’ role as the medication therapy management expert in special populations in pharmacy: travel health, geriatric, pediatric, and veterinary. Students will learn about epidemiology, etiology, clinical signs and symptoms, therapeutic management, and prevention of diseases in these special populations in order to provide effective, evidence-based pharmaceutical care. Students will complete the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Pharmacist-Based Travel Health Services certificate training program in the course.

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

PHM 765: Emerging Issues and Practice Readiness Examination. (4 credit hours)

This course is intended to assess the readiness of the students to enter the final year of the curriculum, prior to going to their APPE rotations. The course includes an extensive review of prior and current course materials.It also serves as a review for the NAPLEX.

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

PHM 770: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) II. (4 credit hours)

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 780, 781, 782, 783, 784, 785, 786, 788, 789, 790, and 791. (1 - 4 credit hours each)

Students select from a list of approved electives. Each elective may be taken once per student. Electives include topics in the following: Drug development, infectious diseases, calculations, compounding, psychiatry, research, spanish, statistical analysis, substance abuse, preventing burnout, residency readiness, and future planning.

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 credit hours 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 credit hours)

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 System Pharmacy Practice. (6 credit hours)

This course provides advanced pharmacy practice experience in hospital or health system pharmacy practice settings, with emphasis on individualized patient care and hospital/health system-based practices. Students identify, evaluate, and resolve medication therapy related problems; assist with drug information, participate in interprofessional care and patient care rounds, monitor patients, identify opportunities for therapeutic interventions, and communicate with other healthcare professionals. Practical understanding of clinical pharmacy systems, sterile products preparation, formulary management, protocol application, dose adjustments, use of electronic medical records, medication safety and reconciliation, pharmacokinetic and hyper-alimentation consultations, and demonstration of understanding of pharmacy laws, standards, and hospital-based operational processes is expected.

PHM 803: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience: General Medicine. (6 credit hours)

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 credit hours)

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 and 806: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience: Elective Rotations. (6 credit hours)

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 full time 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.