Professional Year 2


First Semester
Second Semester
PHPP-401 Therapeutics I                       

3 (3-0)


Therapeutics III                     3 (3-0)
PHPP-402 Therapeutics II

3 (3-0)


Therapeutics IV 3 (3-0)
PHPS-401 Basic Pharmacokinetics 4 (3-1) PHPP-409 Clinical Literature Evaluation 2 (1-1)
PHPP-400 IPPE - II 1 (0-1) PHPP-410 Research Proposal 1 (0-1)
PHPP-405 Patient Assessment 2 (1-1) PHPP-412 Applied Pharmacokinetics               2 (1-1)
PHPP-406 Self-Care & Non-Prescription Drugs            3 (2-1) PHPP-413 Immunization                1 (1-0)
PHPP-407 Clinical Research Methodology 2 (2-0) PHPP-414 Applied Therapeutics II 1 (0-1)
PHPP-411 Applied Therapeutics I 1 (0-1) PHPP-415 Alternative Therapy 2 (2-0)





PHPP-416 Clinical Toxicology 2 (1-1)
Total 17




The year 2 consists of two semesters. The first semester provides 19 hours of academic credit and consists of seven 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, PHPP-401. This 3 credit hour course will introduce the student to the pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy of cardiovascular diseases. Students are expected to prepare for class sessions by studying assigned readings for each topic. Other references should be used by students to supplement any deficiencies and to expand their knowledge base in other areas. Students should come to class prepared to discuss each day’s topic. Credit 3 (3 – 0).
  • Therapeutics II, PHPP-402. This course is a continuation of Therapeutics I and is designed to develop the student's ability to apply principles and concepts of clinical therapeutics to the care of patients with specific illnesses. The primary focus of the course will be the therapeutic management of major disease states including diabetes, acute and chronic kidney diseases, fluids and electrolytes, and respiratory disorders. The etiology and pathophysiology of these diseases will be presented to the extent needed to thoroughly understand the therapeutic management. Emphasis will be placed on the selection and evaluation of rational drug therapy, the design of effective therapeutic regimens, and clinical monitoring of drug response using appropriate laboratory and physical measures. Credit 3 (3 – 0).
  • Basic Pharmacokinetics, PHPS-401. An introduction to concepts and techniques involved in quantitative processes associated with the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination of drugs as well as their application to optimize and individualize dosage regimens in applied pharmacotherapy. The course will rigorously develop basic pharmacokinetic concepts based on appropriate model systems. Based on this fundamental knowledge and understanding, the students will learn how to apply pharmacokinetic concepts to develop and optimize clinically appropriate dosage regimens based on demographic, physiologic, pathophysiologic and pharmacologic criteria, including drug-drug interactions. The didactic material and assigned problems will familiarize the student with the latest advances in pharmacokinetics and biopharmaceutics and will also introduce the basic concepts of pharmacodynamics and therapeutic drug monitoring and their relevance for drug therapy and dosage individualization. Credit 4 (3 – 1).
  • IPPE -II, PHPP-400. The goal of this Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience II (PHPP-400) is to give students an exposure to the community and other outpatients and specialty pharmacy practice, Drug Manufacturers, Saudi Food and Drug Administration (SFDA), Centers for medication safety, and evidence-based medicine, selected Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, and the art of preparing a curriculum vitae and sitting for interviews.
    At each introductory practice experience site, the pharmacist designated as the coordinating preceptor, such as an associate pharmacist serves as the student’s main contact. Students are likely to interact with many staff members in the area they are assigned a shadowing experience. Students must bear in mind that all such personnel are potential mentors, thus they must be open to learning from all. Credit 1 (0 – 1).
  • Patient Assessment, PHPP-405. The patient assessment course is developed to primarily focus on the identification, interpretation, and assessment of drug-Related problems and common complaints. Students shall gain skills necessary for diagnostic findings analysis, a performance of specific physical examination techniques.

    Also, students shall acquire the required skills for drug monitoring, interpreting laboratory parameters beside detailed history taking and accurate documentation of subjective and objective gained information from a pharmacy-perspective point of view. The course consists of didactic lectures supported by topic discussion and practical skills lab to enrich and widen students’ comprehension. Role-playing will be part of the program to further consolidate the course objectives. Credit 2 (1 – 1).

  • Self-Care and Non-Prescription Drugs, PHPP-406. Nonprescription drug therapy is an essential component of pharmaceutical care. This course is designed to provide the first year pharmacy student with the information needed to:
    • Recognize conditions that are self-treatable with nonprescription drugs
    • Identify laws which govern nonprescription therapy
    • Assess patient’s needs, risk factors, and potential for adverse events
    • Assist with product selection
    • Advice and counsel patients on therapeutic options and outcomes of therapy
    Recognize appropriate physical assessment techniques needed to evaluate a patient’s condition and response to therapy. Credit 3 (2 – 1).
  • Clinical Research Methodology, PHPP-407. The fundamental aim of this course is to teach students how to design and conduct a proper (applied) research. Moreover, this course is directed to students taking their first course in educational research. Therefore, this course is an essential building block in the education of a pharmacist.

This course is intended to enable the student how to define some basic concepts, describe the processes of selecting a research problem to be investigated and writing a research proposal and provide the student with a style of writing that can be used to write research reports, proposals and papers. It also emphasizes an overview of methodologies used in educational research. Thus, this course will provide the students with the basic information about the clinical research processes, and enable them to design their own research investigation. In addition, this course will permit students to read and appreciate the literature of educational research.

By the end of this course, students must be able to follow the research processes in order to prepare their research proposal and eventually their final research report within a definite time period. Credit 2 (2-0).

  • Applied Therapeutics I, PHPP-411. This course is an extension of the P1 and P2 early practice experiences. Students will communicate with patients and apply therapeutic knowledge in order to solve problems. Placing students in the patient care environment will reinforce and enhance the learning experience provided in the didactic Therapeutics courses. Increased knowledge of some of the disease states and drug therapy covered in lecture is one of this course’s aims. Communication skills with faculty, other pharmacy students, and perhaps pharmacy residents will be refined. In addition, written communication skills would be enhanced as well as the ability to organize patient data and identify potential problems. The challenge of presenting to a group and taking questions from others is an important part of student growth. Credit 1 (0 – 1).



The second semester of the year 2 consist of 17 hours of academic credit and consists of nine required courses. 

  • Therapeutics III, PHPP-403. This course is a continuation of Therapeutics I & II and consists of lectures and case discussion designed to develop the student’s ability to apply principles and concepts of clinical therapeutics to the care of patients with infectious diseases. Credit 3 (3 – 0).
  • Therapeutics IV, PHPP-404. This course is a continuation of Therapeutics III and 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 principal focus of the course will be the therapeutic management of major disease states such as solid organ transplant, gastrointestinal disorders, liver disease, and total parenteral nutrition.  The etiology and pathophysiology of these diseases will be presented to the extent needed to thoroughly understand the therapeutics involved.  Emphasis will be placed on the selection and evaluation of rational drug therapy, design of effective therapeutic regimens, clinical monitoring of drug response using appropriate laboratory and physical measures and diagnosis and management of adverse drug reactions.
    Students are expected to prepare for class sessions by studying assigned readings for each topic. Other references should be pursued by students to supplement any deficiencies in their understanding and to expand their knowledge into peripheral areas.  Students should come to class prepared to discuss the subject matter. Credit 3 (3 – 0).
  • Clinical Literature Evaluation, PHPP-409. This required course consists of a blended learning approach designed to introduce pharmacy students to the skills necessary for independent literature searching, critical literature evaluation, and communication of medication information. Blended learning includes lectures, discussions, readings, self-study materials, and recitations using team-based learning (TBL).  The majority of lectures will be delivered over Blackboard.  Students will be introduced to the efficient use of resources available at the KSAU-HS Library and online. Credit 2 (1 – 1).
  • Research Proposal, PHPP-410. This course is intended to guide the student in the selection, preparation, and the submission of the Pharm. D. Research Proposal. Once the research proposal is submitted and approved, the student will enroll in the (Pharm.D. Research PHPP-510) the semester that follows. The latter is the actual conduction of the designated Pharm.D. Research project whose proposal was approved earlier. Thus the two courses focus on one single research project from conception to conclusion; they share some of the same “Course Learning Outcomes”. The student has to conclude the proposal section successfully before moving to conduct the actual research. Credit 1 (0 – 1).
  • Applied Pharmacokinetics, PHPP-412. This course is designed to introduce the student to the practical application of pharmacokinetic principles in clinical practice. The course will focus on the integration of pharmacokinetic analysis with therapeutic information for the optimization of a patient’s drug therapy. The course will identify the various elements of clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics that may have substantial effects on therapeutic drug monitoring and individualization of drug therapy. These general considerations will provide a framework for the evaluation of individual medications or therapeutic classes that will be presented throughout this course. Credit 2 (1 – 1).
  • Immunization, PHPP-413. This is a one-credit course that will be taught for P-2 students. It is based on Saudi Ministry of Health National Immunization Program and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US Department of Health and Human Services) curriculum on Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. This course will provide the student with adequate knowledge on the value of immunization in preventing disease. It will touch upon the majority of vaccines marketed in the world and the role of the pharmacist in managing such a vital program and products. Credit 1 (1 – 0).
  • Applied Therapeutics II, PHPP-414.
  • Alternative Therapy, PHPP-415. The rich history and widespread use of herbal preparations and other alternative medicines make it necessary to include a course in alternative medicine in Pharm.D. Curriculum.  In this course, which focuses mainly on gerbil remedies, the students will get to know the medicinal parts of each herb discussed in the course, the clinically or scientifically documented indications, the routes of administration, the most appropriate dose, the most common side effects and interactions with other herbs or pharmaceuticals. Finally, the course also describes, albeit to a lesser extent, other alternative therapies that include body-mind therapies, acupuncture, and homeopathic therapies.   These therapies are used in many regions around the world, and research points to their utility in specific disease states. Credit 2 (2 – 0).
  • Clinical Toxicology, PHPP-416.

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