Course Description - Professional Year 2, First Semester

 

THE PROFESSIONAL YEAR 2 (FIRST SEMESTER)

The year 2 consists of two semesters. The first semester provides 17 hours of academic credit and consists of six required courses and one elective course.  Because our pre-pharmacy curriculum contains many of the traditional basic science courses (e.g., anatomy and physiology, microbiology, biochemistry) students are able to begin clinical courses in the fall of the second professional year.

 

  • Therapeutics I, PHCS-401. This course consists of lectures designed to develop the student’s ability to apply principles and concepts of clinical therapeutics to the care of patients with specific illnesses.  The focus of this course is entirely in the cardiovascular arena. There is a self-study module on interpretation of laboratory values that is owned by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and can be purchased and completed independent of this agreement.  The pedagogy for this course is primarily didactic lecture, but most lecturers use some active learning techniques.   Credit 3 (3-0)
  • Therapeutics II, PHCS-402. This course is a continuation of the therapeutics series and consists of lectures and recitations designed to develop the student’s ability to apply principles and concepts of clinical therapeutics to the care of patients with specific illnesses. This course focuses on renal and pulmonary therapeutics, but also includes fluid and electrolytes and acid base management. The pedagogy for this course is primarily didactic lecture, but most lecturers use some active learning techniques. Credit 3 (3-0)
  • Patient Assessment, PHCS-403. This course is designed to teach interpretation of clinical laboratory tests and skills of health assessment necessary to evaluate patient response to drug therapy. The pedagogy for this course is didactic lecture and experiential learning in a simulation laboratory.     Credit 2 (1-2)
  • Pharmacokinetics and Dose Optimization, PHCS-404. An introduction to concepts and techniques involved in quantitative processes associated with the absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of drugs. The didactic material and assigned problems emphasize current pharmacokinetic literature and familiarize the students with the latest advances in this rapidly expanding area. This course uses a blended pedagogy of didactic lecture and problem-based recitation sessions.           Credit 4 (3-2)
  • Pharmacy Practice Management and Pharmacoeconomics, PHCS-405. This course acquaints students with the principles of management including planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, and controlling a practice, business, or organization. Attention is focused on management of capital, time, inventory, and human resources. The pedagogy for this course is didactic lecture. Credit 3 (3-0)
  • Design and Conduct of Clinical Research Studies, PHCS-406. The objective of this course is to outline for students and trainees the process of conducting clinical research from a scientific, ethical, regulatory and managerial perspective. Educational activities that will complement various didactic presentations include review of original research articles, observation of an ongoing clinical research project, and preparation and presentation of a clinical research protocol by the participants. Credit 2 (2-0).

 

 

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