Course Description

THE PROFESSIONAL YEAR 1 (FIRST SEMESTER)

The year 1 consists of two semesters. The first semester provides 16 hours of academic credit and consists of seven required courses.

 

  • Pharmacology I, PHBS-301. This course is designed to give students a fundamental knowledge of the interactions between drugs and living systems. Drug mechanisms of action and drug interactions are emphasized. Principles of drug metabolism, synergism, antagonism, accumulation and toxicity are also discussed. Specifically, autonomic, cardiovascular-renal, neuromuscular, analgesic, and endocrine medications are included.  The pedagogy for this course is didactic lecture. Credit  4 (4-0)
  • Medicinal Chemistry I, PHBS-303.  A course that is devoted to the chemical basis for the interdisciplinary field of therapeutics. Synthetic entities and natural products, which are chemotherapeutic agents, are studied. The course familiarizes the student with the chemistry of organic medicinal agents necessary for effective professional practice. There is also an emphasis on structural-activity relationships. Content of this course is sequenced with the materials being presented in Pharmacology 1.  The pedagogy for this course is primarily didactic lecture, but does have several large and small group recitation sessions. Credit 4 (3-2)
  • 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)
  • Physical Pharmacy: Pharmaceutical Principles, PHBS-305. A course designed to familiarize the student with the fundamental principles pertaining to, and the techniques employed, in the formulation of pharmaceutical agents with an emphasis on solid dosage forms. The pedagogy for this course is didactic lecture. Credit 2 (2-0)
  • Sterile Dosage Forms, PHBS-306. A course designed to familiarize the student with the fundamental principles pertaining to, and the techniques employed, in the formulation of pharmaceutical agents with an emphasis on parenteral therapies and complications of medication administration. The pedagogy for this course is didactic lecture and experiential learning in a laboratory setting. Credit 2 (2-0)
  • Pharmacy Math, PHBS-307. This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of pharmaceutical calculations. The pedagogy for this course is didactic lecture.  Credit 1 (1-0)
  • Basic Clinical and Communication Skills, PHCS-302. This course emphasizes the development of interpersonal relationships, health literacy, and counseling and communication skills that are required for the practice of pharmacy. The recitation time also teaches and validates student’s ability to correctly take and interpret vital signs, instruct on the use of an inhaler and peak flow meter, and the use of glucose monitors and insulin devices. The pedagogy is didactic lecture and experiential learning in a laboratory. Credit 2 (1-2)
  • Introduction to Pharmacy Practice (IPPE I), PHCS-301:  This is the first course in the IPPE series. It includes a collection of required activities that must be completed by the end of the first professional year. These include activities in the area of professionalism, service learning, reflective learning, professional development and patient care.  The pedagogy for this course is primarily active learning through critical thinking and reflective learning exercises, and service learning activities. Credit 1 (0-2)

 

 

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