PharmD Curriculum

The PharmD curriculum is a four-year combination of required and elective courses. Students are generally enrolled in 15-18 units each semester. The sample curriculum outlined below provides an overview of the current PharmD curriculum.

The pharmacist is an integral member of the healthcare team who provides preventive and therapeutic pharmaceutical care and serves as a resource to patients and other healthcare providers. A dynamic educational program is needed to develop these competencies.

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. 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.

Foundation courses in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, social-administrative and clinical sciences comprise the first three years of the program. Students complete Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) along with classroom-based courses. The final (fourth) year of the program includes the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE), which are set in healthcare setting throughout the greater Los Angeles area, along with a capstone course.

Sample Student Program (view a sample Four-Year PharmD Course Plan):

Year I (P1) Curriculum  

Course # Title Units
PHRD 501 Pharmaceutics I 4
PHRD 502 Pharmaceutics II 2
PHRD 503 Biological Systems I 5
PHRD 504 Biological Systems II 5
PHRD 511 Pharmacy Practice and Professionalism 1 2
PHRD 512 Pharmacy Practice and Professionalism 2 2
PHRD 514 Calculations and Compounding 2
PHRD 515 Metabolism and Cell Biology 2
PHRD 516 Non-Prescription Therapies 3
PHRD 517 Pharmacogenetics 2
PHRD 519 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice 2
PHRD 552 Pharmaceutics III 3
Various Electives* 0-2

Year II (P2) Curriculum  

Course # Title Units
PHRD 508 Pharmacy Literature Analysis and Drug Information 3
PHRD 557 Introduction to Therapeutics 4
PHRD 559 Therapeutics: Pharmacokinetics 3
PHRD 563 Case Conference 2 2
PHRD 564 Case Conference 3 2
PHRD 565 Pharmacy Practice and Professionalism 3 2
PHRD 566 Pharmacy Practice and Professionalism 4 2
PHRD 567 Pharmacy Law 2
PHRD 570 Therapeutics: Central Nervous System 5
PHRD 572 Therapeutics: General Medicine and Inflammatory Disorders 5
PHRD 603 Therapeutics: Endocrine System 3
Various Electives* 0-3

Year III (P3) Curriculum

Course # Title Units
PHRD 608 Therapeutics: Oncology 2
PHRD 610 Therapeutics: Special Populations 3
PHRD 611 Therapeutics: Infectious Diseases 5
PHRD 619 Therapeutics: Cardiovascular System 5
PHRD 620 Pharmacy Practice and Professionalism 5 2
PHRD 621 Pharmacy Practice and Professionalism 6 1
PHRD 622 Case Conference 4 2
PHRD 623 Case Conference 5 1
PHRD 633 Pharmacy Management and Economics 2
PHRD 634 Scholarly Project 1 1
PHRD 635 Scholarly Project 2 1
PHRD 650 APPE Gateway 2
Various Electives* 0-3
Various Elective or one APPE course from the list below** 6

*Electives: Students may choose electives from courses approved by the School of Pharmacy Curriculum Committee available during each semester. Students will be provided a list of courses approved each year. Students MUST complete a minimum of 3 units of elective coursework (excludes APPE elective units) for the degree.

Year IV (P4) Curriculum

Required APPE Curriculum Courses (all courses must be taken):

Course # Title Units
PHRD 701 Acute Care Clinical APPE 6
PHRD 704 Primary Care APPE 6
PHRD 705 Community Pharmacy APPE 6
PHRD 718 Hospital Pharmacy Practice APPE 6
PHRD 750 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Elective APPE 6
PHRD 796ab Doctor of Pharmacy Capstone (a in the fall, and b in the spring) 0

Elective APPE Courses All courses are 6 units (student must take one course from list below):

Course # Title Units
PHRD 714 Nuclear Pharmacy APPE 6
PHRD 725 International Pharmacy Practice Experience 3 or 6
PHRD 738 Pharmaceutical Industry APPE 6
PHRD 750 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Elective (APPE) (second time) 6
PHRD 751 Non-traditional Advanced Pharmacy Practice Elective (APPE) 6

Total for Pharm.D. degree: 133 semester units minimum