PharmD Curriculum

The first two years of the PharmD curriculum are offered as a “block” program of required courses. All students must enroll in 18 units each semester in courses designated for that semester. Electives are available to third- and fourth-year students.

The sample curriculum outlined below is subject to modification, but provides an overview of a typical progression through the PharmD curriculum. The School of Pharmacy’s Curriculum Committee continuously reviews and enhances the curriculum to ensure students develop the competencies essential to the pharmacist’s expanding role as health care provider.

The pharmacist of tomorrow will offer preventive and therapeutic pharmaceutical care, provide drugs to patients, communicate in a range of health care matters, meet the ethical and legal requirements of the practice of pharmacy and maintain professional expertise. A dynamic educational program is needed to develop these competencies. Curriculum changes also reflect scientific advances, population profile changes, increasing health expectations, technological advances, the increasing role of the government in health services and other influences.

School of Pharmacy Sample Curriculum

Year I

fall
Course # Title Units
PHRD 501 Pharmaceutics I 4
PHRD 503 Biological Systems I 4
PHRD 507 Health Care Delivery Systems 2
PHRD 509 Pharmacy Practice & Experience I 4
PHRD 555 Biochemical & Molecular Sites of Drug Actions 4
total 18
spring
Course # Title Units
PHRD 502 Pharmaceutics II 3
PHRD 504 Biological Systems II 6
PHRD 505 Molecular Genetics & Therapy 3
PHRD 554 Public Health & Epidemiology 2
PHRD 510 Pharmacy Practice & Experience II 4
total 18

Year II

fall
Course # Title Units
PHRD 551 Immunology 3
PHRD 506 Self Care/Non-Prescription Therapies 5
PHRD 557 Therapeutics I 4
PHRD 559 Therapeutics II 3
PHRD 561 Parenteral Therapy Externship 3
or
PHRD 508 Pharmacy Literature Analysis and Drug Information 3
total 18
spring
Course # Title Units
PHRD 552 Pharmaceutics III 3
PHRD 553 Management within Health Care Organizations 2
PHRD 560 Therapeutics III 6
PHRD 562 Therapeutics IV 4
PHRD 561 Parenteral Therapy Externship Credit fall
Elective
or
PHRD 508 Pharmacy Literature Analysis and Drug Information 3
total 18

Year III

fall
Course # Title Units
PHRD 601 Therapeutics V 6
PHRD 603 Therapeutics VI 3
PHRD 605 Therapeutics VII 4
PHRD 607 Nutrition 2
Elective 3
total 18
spring
Course # Title Units
PHRD 606 Therapeutics VIII 2
PHRD 608 Therapeutics IX 2
PHRD 610 Therapeutics X 3
PHRD 612 Therapeutics XI 2
PHRD 614 Pharmaceutical Economics & Outcomes Studies 3
PHRD 616 Pharmacy Law & Ethics 3
Elective 3
total 18

Year III (Electives)

fall
Course # Title Units
PHRD 651 Community Pharmacy I 3
PHRD 653 Health Systems Pharmacy I 3
PHRD 655 Geriatric Pharmacy I 3
PHRD 657 Basic Research Design 3
PHRD 658 Sleep & the Pharmacological Management of its Disorders 3
PHRD 659 Molecular Therapeutics 3
PHRD 660 Disease State Management 3
PHRD 661 Pharmacy Practice in Women’s Health 3
PHRD 663 Pharmaceutical Development 3
PHRD 665 Complementary / Alternative Therapeutics 3
PHRD 667 Drugs of Abuse 3
PHRD 669 Health Care Needs of Special Populations 3
spring
Course # Title Units
PHRD 652 Community Pharmacy II 3
PHRD 654 Health Systems Pharmacy II 3
PHRD 656 Geriatric Pharmacy II 3
PHRD 658 Sleep & the Pharmacological Management of Its Disorders 3
PHRD 660 Disease State Management 3
PHRD 662 Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice 3
PHRD 663 Pharmaceutical Development 3
PHRD 664 Clinical Problem Solving 3
PHRD 665 Complementary/Alternative Therapeutics 3
PHRD 666 Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 3
PHRD 667 Drugs of Abuse 3
PHRD 668 Computing Applications 3
PHRD 669 Health Care Needs of Special Populations 3
PHRD 670 Pharmaceutical Industry Marketing & Development 3
PHRD 671 Pharmacy Education Seminar 3
PHRD 675 Travel Medicine 3
PHRD 677 Risk Assessment and Management in Pharmacy Practice 3

Year IV

fall/spring
Course # Title Units
PHRD 701 Acute Care Clinical Practice APPE 6
PHRD 704 Primary Care APPE 6
PHRD 705 Community Pharmacy APPE 6
PHRD 714 Nuclear Pharmacy APPE 6
PHRD 718 Hospital Pharmacy Practice APPE 6
PHRD 725 International Pharmacy Practice Experience 6
PHRD 726 Directed Clinical Project I APPE 6
PHRD 727 Directed Clinical Project II APPE 6
PHRD 731 Advanced Geriatrics APPE 6
PHRD 735 Clinical Pharmacy Research APPE 6
PHRD 738 Pharmaceutical Industry APPE 6
PHRD 750 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Elective APPE 6
PHRD 751 Non-traditional Advanced Pharmacy Elective APPE 6
PHRD 796 a,b Doctor of Pharmacy Capstone 0

NOTE: In addition to the APPE, students must enroll in PHRD 796a and PHRD 796b during Year 4. There are six required APPE courses – PHRD 701, PHRD 705, PHRD 704, 750 and one additional elective.