Professional Year 1

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EFFECTIVE UNTIL 2016-2017

 

EFFECTIVE STARTING 2017-2018

 

 

THE PROFESSIONAL YEAR 1 (FIRST SEMESTER)

The year 1 consists of two semesters. The first semester provides 17 hours of academic credit and consists of seven required courses.

  • Pharmacology I, PHPS-301. This course is the first-half of a two-semester course designed to provide pharmacy students with fundamental knowledge related to the actions and effects of drugs on man.  While the course emphasizes basic pharmacology rather than applied therapeutics, appropriate clinical material is necessarily included at times to elucidate essential pharmacologic concepts. Effort is made to integrate pharmacology instruction with biochemical and physiological concepts that were introduced to students during early years in the program.  The course is structured to be neither so detailed that students are overwhelmed by the volume of material to be mastered, nor so simplistic that they are deprived of fundamental background material essential to a broad understanding of drug mechanisms.  The lectures emphasize drug classes and prototypes rather than repetitive details about individual drugs.  Attention is focused on drug mechanism(s) of action, pharmacodynamics, toxic effects and important interactions with other drugs, generally following an introduction or review of the basic biology underlying the topic of discussion.  Credit 4 (4-0)
  • Medicinal Chemistry I, PHPS-303. A course that provides the chemical basis for the interdisciplinary field of therapeutics. The health care team looks up to the pharmacist as it is the only member with chemical expertise. It is therefore vital that the pharmacist retains this expertise in the chemistry of drugs. This course is devoted to the study of synthetic entities and natural products, which are either therapeutic agents per se or are components of medicinal preparations. It familiarizes the student with the chemistry of organic medicinal agents necessary for effective professional practice. While geared to furnish relevant information on the chemistry of drugs in contemporary use, sufficient emphasis is also placed on basic principles enabling the practitioner to maintain competence in drug chemistry throughout his/her professional career.  This course is also related to and/or serves as a foundation to other courses in Pharmacy Curriculum. Credit 4 (3-1)
  • Pharmaceutics I, PHPS-305. This required course focusing on understanding the physicochemical principles of medications and their applications to the design and development of different pharmaceutical dosage forms. The basic principles that will be covered in this course include drug development and regulatory process, physicochemical and biopharmaceutical considerations in dosage form design, solutions and buffers, chemical kinetics and stability, rheology, interfacial phenomena, disperse system basics, suspensions, emulsions, pharmaceutical polymers, and introduction to drug delivery. Credit 3 (3-0)
  • Pharmacy Math, PHPS-307. This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of pharmaceutical calculations that are required in the compounding and dispensing of a prescription. Students will apply appropriate mathematical concepts using typical situations that are encountered during the practice of pharmacy. The course will emphasize aspects of basic mathematics and logical skills needed to perform pharmaceutical and clinical calculations essential to ensure that the right dose and strength of a medication or nutritional are given. The pedagogy for this course is predominately didactic lectures. Credit 1 (1-0)
  • IPPE-I, PHPP-300. The goal of this Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience 1 (PHCS-301) is to give students hands on experience in the drug distribution process of both the inpatient and the outpatient areas (e.g. dispensing, compounding, and Drug Information) and introduce students to patient care activities (e.g. taking medication histories, performing medication reconciliation and learning from preceptors how to solve problems related to medications. At each introductory practice experience site, the pharmacist designated as preceptor serves as the student’s main contact. Students are likely to interact with many staff members in the department of Pharmaceutical Care. Credit 1 (0-1)
  • Introduction to Pharmacy, PHPP-301. This course provides the Pharmacy student with an introduction to the American healthcare delivery system and to the profession of pharmacy. Material center on health delivery models, the environment in which healthcare is rendered, and interdisciplinary care with a focus on the roles of the pharmacist. Students will learn about a variety of career opportunities and will self-assess their potential interest using the APhA Pathways Program. Credit 2 (1-1)
  • Communication Skills, PHPP-302. Communications Skills is a two-credit hour, letter graded, lecture and case discussion course offered to first-year pharmacy students.  It is designed to introduce the student to the role of a pharmacist as a problem solver and a patient educator.  It also teaches the students how to communicate verbally and in writing with the health care professionals caring for patients. Course content includes general communication skills in the patient care setting, patient counseling, interviewing, documentation. Application of the concepts learned in the classroom will be demonstrated by the students in case discussions. Credit 2 (1-1)

 

 

THE PROFESSIONAL YEAR 1 (SECOND SEMESTER)

The second semester of the year 1 consists of 17 hours of academic credit and consists of six required courses.  As mentioned earlier the Immunization course is copyrighted by another organization.

  • Pharmacology II, PHPS-302. This course is designed to provide pharmacy students with fundamental knowledge related to the actions and effects of drugs on man.  While the course emphasizes basic pharmacology rather than applied therapeutics, appropriate clinical material is necessarily included at times to elucidate essential pharmacologic concepts.  This course is designed to complete exploring drug action on living system especially CNS and antimicrobial drugs where they act, what they do, how they exert their toxic effect. This 4 credit hours course is an essential building block in the education of a pharmacist and is designed to introduce first professional year pharmacy students to the concepts of pharmacology.  The course emphasizes fundamental principles and current concepts of the discipline, which includes overviews of the physiological, biochemical, and anatomical foundations of the interaction of drugs and chemicals with biological systems. This course focuses on fundamental principle in basic Pharmacology, application safe administration to the patients. Drug classification their therapeutic uses, common side effects and precaution related to administration are emphasized. Credit 4 (4-0)
  • Medicinal Chemistry II, PHPS-304. Medicinal Chemistry II (PHPS 304) is a continuation of Medicinal Chemistry I (PHPS 303). The course provides the chemical basis for the interdisciplinary field of therapeutics. The health care team looks up to the pharmacist as its only member with a chemical expertise. Therefore, it is vital that the pharmacist retains this expertise in the chemistry of drugs. This course is devoted to the study of synthetic entities, which are either chemotherapeutic agents per se or are components of medicinal preparations. It familiarizes the student with the chemistry of organic medicinal agents necessary for effective professional practice. While geared to furnish relevant information on the chemistry of drugs in contemporary use, sufficient emphasis is also placed on basic principles enabling the practitioner to maintain competence in drug chemistry throughout his/her professional career. This course also relates to and/or serves as a foundation for other courses in the Pharmacy Curriculum. Credit 4 (3-1)
  • Pharmaceutics II, PHPS-306. This required course focuses on the principles and techniques involved in the formulation and preparation of different solid dosage forms namely; powders, granules, capsules, tablets, and suppositories. The course gives an overview on the basics of controlled drug delivery with emphasis on per-oral, buccal, transdermal, nasal, pulmonary, and ocular drug delivery systems, in addition to targeting drugs to the brain. This course gives exposes students thoroughly to the main types of nano-particulate drug delivery systems. Credit 3 (3-0)
  • Sterile Dosage Forms, PHPS-308.  This course is an introduction to the attributes of sterile dosage forms; including parenteral, ophthalmic and optic preparations. It emphasizes basic principles related to preparation, dispensing and administration of parenteral medications during pharmacy practice in the extended care, hospital, and home care arenas. Current regulations and guidelines covering facility requirements, quality requirements and the pharmacist’s responsibilities when compounding sterile and non-sterile preparations will be thoroughly covered. Complications associated with the delivery of parenteral medications will also be addressed. The various methods of sterilization and all the quality control tests for sterile products will be covered. Important issues related to handling and administration of sterile dosage products will also be addressed. Credit 2 (2-0)
  • Pharmacy Compounding, PHPS-309.  This required course introduces Pharm. D. students to the concepts, techniques, and equipment that are used in compounding and dispensing of pharmaceutical preparations. In addition, the laboratory provides basic knowledge to extemporaneously compounded medications that are required for optimum patient care when manufactured medication cannot provide the desired outcomes. In addition, the course will provide hands-on training in basic techniques used to prepare and dispense parenteral admixtures. Credit 2 (1-1)
  • Introduction to Patient Care, PHPP-303. This two-hour weekly course will introduce the student to body systems and common diseases affecting the human body. Selected diseases will be highlighted along with the appropriate terminology used for each including diagnostic tests, selected drug therapy, basic monitoring, major drug effects, adverse events, interactions, and patient safety. The student comprehension and studying should fall back on his/her knowledge acquired in the pharmacology courses taught earlier and in the current semester. The course will be taught through lectures followed by case discussions. In class, quizzes will be administered at the beginning of the hour covering the previously discussed lecture and case. Credit 2 (1-1)