Professional Year 2
 
Semester 1
 
Course
Credit Hours
3
2
3
2
2
2
3
2
1 (P/F)
Semester Credit Hours
20
 
 
Semester 2
 
Course
Credit Hours
3
3
3
3
2
3
3
Semester Credit Hours
20

 

Course Descriptions

Year 2 – Semester 1
 
Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics II                               3 Credit Hours
 
The second of a three course sequence designed to emphasize principles of drug action used to characterize, evaluate and compare drug molecules in the areas of chemotherapeutic agents, cardiovascular pharmacology, and endocrinology. Fundamental principles that will be covered in this sequence includes evaluating physical and chemical properties of drug molecules (medicinal chemistry) and drug targets (biochemistry) that regulate drug-receptor interactions, characterizing the type of drug molecules and drug targets that interact with specific cell signaling pathways (pharmacology), and understanding pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic principles that alter drug efficacy (therapeutics) or drug toxicity (toxicology). Methods of instruction include lectures, group discussions, and independent study.  Back to top.
 
Health Informatics                                                                          2 Credit Hours
 
Course content will enable students to understand how to incorporate technology into the provision of safe, effective and evidence-based healthcare. Students will also be able to make decisions about the value and ethical application of specific technologies; and appreciate the perspectives and roles of patients and providers when using technology in care.  Back to top.
 
Practice Management                                                                    3 Credit Hours
 
Course content includes discussions of pharmacy practice management in both community and health system practice settings including general business, human, financial, and operations management. The course will also focus on quality assurance/risk management issues. Back to top.
 
Pharmacy Practice III                                                                      2 Credit Hours
The class will be divided into the following sections: 1) biostatistics review; 2) research design; and 3) literature retrieval skills. Content of course to include understanding of commonly used statistical tests and their basis for use; management of data sets; evaluation of statistical results; understanding of statistical versus clinical significance; fundamentals of research design and methodology; principles of evaluation of the medical literature; fundamentals of the practice of drug information; application of drug information skills; and utilization of technology for drug information. Back to top.
 
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences III                           2 Credit Hours
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences are designed to introduce student pharmacists to a variety of practice settings such as institutional, community, and specialty pharmacy practices.  A limited number of experiences will be performed in a simulated pharmacy environment.  Student pharmacists engaged in these experiences will demonstrate competencies that mirror the progression within the curriculum.  Concepts covered in IPPE III include a focused view of administrative and clinical roles of pharmacists in these practice settings and a continuation of building upon the knowledge and skills learned in previous IPPEs. Back to top.
 
Interpreting Laboratory Data                                                         2 Credit Hour
Content of course to include the fundamentals of laboratory medicine and its importance to screening, diagnosis, and evaluation of patients; clinical data relevant to disease state management; interpretation of drug screens; knowledge of the basis for common clinical laboratory values and diagnostic tests and the influences of common disease states; and false positive and false negative results.  Back to top.

 Advanced Pharmacokinetics                                                       3 Credit Hours

This course is a continuation of the biopharmaceutics course that will focus on the theoretical and practical models that predict and describe drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and response; the use of mathematical equations to estimate doses and dosage regimens for patients; the effect of disease, drugs and dietary influences on drug formulation, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic parameters. Methods of instruction include lectures, group discussions, computer simulations, and independent study.  Back to top.
 
Communication Skills for Health Professionals                     2 Credit Hours
Content and exercises to include effective verbal and written interpersonal communication; health literacy; communicating with diverse patients, families, pharmacists, and other health professionals in a variety of settings; patient interviewing techniques; active listening and empathy; assertiveness and problem-solving techniques; cultural influences on communication of health information; group presentation skills; strategies for handling difficult situations; documentation of pharmacist recommendations and consultations; and principles of behavior modification. Student pharmacists will also rotate through a Communications Patient Simulation Lab where the student pharmacist will join a medical student and nursing student at the (simulated) bedside of a patient. This lab will reinforce professional roles and focus on the necessary interdisciplinary communication needed to optimize patient care.  Back to top.
 
Applied Christian Caring and Compassion in Pharmacy       1 (Pass/Fail)
This course is a study in Christian ethics and the attitudes and values that pharmacists should exemplify in the care of patients. Topics to be explored include pain and suffering, caring and compassion and worldviews and values. It is required that each student attend the monthly lecture sessions and small group discussion meetings as well as other assignments to successfully complete the course.Back to top.
 
Total Year 2 – Semester 1                       19 Credit Hours
 
 
 
Year 2 – Semester 2
 
Pharmacotherapy I                                                      3 Credit Hours
Course content is to be presented in modules focusing on organ systems (i.e., CNS, Gastrointestinal), disease states (i.e., epilepsy, depression, diarrhea, constipation), or patient populations (i.e., terminally ill, pediatrics, geriatrics). Modules will be sequenced so that organ systems and disease states are covered first, and then followed by unique patient populations. Content of these modules are to include pathophysiology; clinical signs and symptoms; diagnostic testing; therapeutic drug classes and literature supporting their use; principles of clinical practice guidelines for various disease states and their interpretation in the clinical setting; drug monitoring, including applied pharmacokinetics; design of patient centered, culturally relevant treatment plans; special populations; and development of treatment protocols. The course will consist of didactic lectures, case based teaching, and small group discussions. Back to top.
 
Pharmacotherapy II                                                     3 Credit Hours
Course content is to be presented in modules focusing on organ systems (i.e., hematological), disease states (i.e., infectious diseases), or patient populations (i.e., pediatrics, geriatrics). Modules will be sequenced so that organ systems and disease states are covered first and then followed by unique patient populations. Content of these modules are to include pathophysiology; clinical signs and symptoms; diagnostic testing; therapeutic drug classes and literature supporting their use; principles of clinical practice guidelines for various disease states and their interpretation in the clinical setting; drug monitoring, including applied pharmacokinetics; design of patient centered, culturally relevant treatment plans; special populations; and development of treatment protocols. The course will consist of didactic lectures, case based teaching and small group discussions.   Back to top.
Pharmacy Law and Ethics                                            3 Credit Hours
Content to include legal basis of pharmacy practice, pharmacist’s responsibilities and limits under the law; pharmacist’s role in reducing liability by reducing drug-related misadventure; civil versus criminal liability; business contract law; principles of professional behavior; ethical issues related to the development, promotion, sales, prescriptions, and use of drugs; dealing with ethical dilemmas; conflict of interest; ethical issues in delivery of patient centered care and clinical research; principles of end-of-life care; and ethical issues in teamwork.  Back to top.
Principles of Healthcare Delivery                               3 Credit Hours
Content of course to include introduction to U.S., state, and local healthcare delivery systems and their interfaces; social, political, and economic factors of the U.S. healthcare delivery system; principles that influence the distribution of pharmaceutical products and services; role of public and private insurers, pharmaceutical industry, and managed care on healthcare delivery in the U.S.; Medicaid and Medicare, including Part D; indigent care programs; incidence of and problems associated with drug overuse, under use, and misuse in the U.S. healthcare system; off-label drug use; issues relating to healthcare policy; the evolution of healthcare insurance; managed care; government's role in healthcare; community and institutional reimbursement issues; collaborative practice agreements; and prescriptive authority. Back to top.
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences IV   2 Credit Hours
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences are designed to introduce student pharmacists to a variety of practice settings such as institutional, community, and specialty pharmacy practices.  A limited number of experiences will be performed in a simulated pharmacy environment.  Student pharmacists engaged in these experiences will demonstrate competencies that mirror the progression within the curriculum.  Concepts covered in IPPE IV include a focused view of administrative and clinical roles of pharmacists in these practice settings and a continuation of building upon the knowledge and skills learned in previous IPPEs. Back to top.
Non-prescription Medications and Devices                3 Credit Hours
Course content will include a study of various non-prescription pharmaceuticals, medical and surgical supplies, and appliances commonly found in ambulatory pharmacy practice sites; their rational use and therapeutic efficacy; and decision making skills for ambulatory patient triage. The course will consist of didactic lectures, self-study, and case based teaching.  Back to top.
Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics III                 3 Credit Hours
The third of a three course sequence designed to emphasize principles of drug action used to characterize, evaluate and compare drug molecules in the areas of gastrointestinal pharmacology. This final sequence will also cover special areas such as protein and RNA-based therapies, pharmacogenomics and gene delivery, drug development and regulation, and principles of toxicology and poison management. Methods of instruction include lectures, group discussions, and independent study.  Back to top.
 
Total Year 2 – Semester 2                       20 Credit Hours