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Pharmaceutical Sciences

Course Descriptions and Electives

PhSc 3115 Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology I

PhSc 3124 Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology II

PhSc 3214 Biological and Cellular Chemistry

PhSc 3225 Principles of Drug Actions

PhSc 3402 Pharmaceutical Calculations

PhSc 3414 Pharmaceutics I

PhSc 3434 Pharmaceutics II

PhSc 4124 Pharmacology I

PhSc 4134 Pharmacology II

PhSc 4254 Medicinal Chemistry/Natural Products

PhSc 4423 Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

PhSc 4443 Basic Pharmacokinetics

PhSc 4642 Clinical Pharmacokinetics

PhSc 5182 Pharmacognosy and Complementary & Alternative Medicine

PhSc 5142 Chemical Addiction

Electives:

PhSc 516V Special Problems in Pharmacology

PhSc 5152 Toxicology

PhSc 526V Special Problems in Medicinal Chemistry

PhSc 547V Special Problems in Pharmaceutics

Pharmacy Practice

Course Descriptions and Electives

PhPr 3412 US Health Care System for Pharmacists

PhPr 3422 Career Orientation & Communications

PhPr 3511 Nuclear Pharmacy

PhPr 3603 Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience

PhPr 3612 Drug Information

PhPr 4454 Dispensing Pharmacy

PhPr 4604 Institutional – Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience

PhPr 4625 Therapeutics I

PhPr 4692 Non-Prescription Medications

PhPr 5532 Pharmacy Law & Ethics

PhPr 5635 Therapeutics II

PhPr 5643 Evidence-Based Medicine, Biostatistics, & Pharmacoeconomics

PhPr 5645 Therapeutics III

PhPr 5654 Patient Assessment & Application

PhPr 5733Pharmacy Management

Advance Pharmacy Practice Experiences

PhPr 6714 Experience – Direct Patient Care – Acute Care

PhPr 6724 Experience – Direct Patient Care – Ambulatory Care

PhPr 6734 Experience – Direct Patient Care – Community

PhPr 6744 Experience – Indirect Patient Care – Community Management

PhPr 6754 Experience – Indirect Patient Care – Health-System Management

PhPr 6764 Experience – Specialty Pharmacy Practice

Electives:

PhPr 5242 Primary Care Pharmacotherapy

PhPr 5282 Political Advocacy

PhPr 5285 Death and Dying

PhPr 5292 Diabetes Management

PhPr 533V Special Problems in Clinical Practice, 2 credit hours

PhPr 5342 Geriatric Therapeutics

PhPr 5362 Drug Induced Disease

PhPr 5412 Public Health: Overview

PhPr 5442 Introduction to Research Methods

PhPr 5452 Patient Care Services in a Community Pharmacy

PhPr 5462 Relationship Marketing

PhPr 5472 Problem Based Learning in Pediatric Therapeutics

PhPr 5502 Clinical Skills for Pharmacy Practice

PhPr 5512 Radiopharmacy

PhPr 5562 Radiation Biology

PhPr 5572 Nuclear Instrumentation

PhPr 5583 Nuclear Physics

PhPr 5592 Health Physics

PhPr 5622 Advanced Non-Prescription Medications

PhPr 5662 Professional Ethics Seminar

PhPr 5702 Personal Finance

PhPr 574V Special Problems in Pharmacy Administration

PhPr 5752 Entrepreneurship

PhPr 5832 Veterinary Pharmacy

PhPr 5852 Spanish for Pharmacists

PhPr 5892 Problem Based Learning in Therapeutics

PBHL 5843 Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities: Theory, Experience, & Elimination


Pharmaceutical Sciences Course Descriptions & Electives

Course Descriptions:

PhSc 3115 Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology I

This course is a study of the cellular and multicellular functions of human tissues, organs, and systems. The emphasis in this course is on introductory principles, the physiology of nerves and muscle, and the functions of the nervous systems. Lecture five hours per week.

PhSc 3124 Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology II

This is a continuation of PhSc 3114 with an emphasis on cardiovascular, respiratory and renal function. Lecture four hours per week.

PhSc 3214 Biological and Cellular Chemistry

Topics covered in this course include the biological, chemical and cellular roles of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, hormones, enzymes and vitamins. In addition, the chemical and cellular basis of digestion, intermediary metabolism, biological oxidation and metabolic antagonism are discussed. Lecture four hours per week.

PhSc 3225 Principles of Drug Actions

This course covers the principles of drug actions from both the pharmacological and medicinal chemical perspective. General principles of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion as well as pharmacodynamic principles governing dose-response relationships are covered. Subsequently, the focus shifts to specific agents including local anesthetics, neuromuscular blockers and drugs acting on the autonomic nervous system. Lecture five hours per week.

PhSc 3402 Pharmaceutical Calculations

This course is a study of the system of weights, measures and mathematical expertise requisite to the compounding, dispensing, and utilization of drugs. Typical situational problems are used for practice in the application of this knowledge to prescription and medication procedures. Lecture two hours per week.

PhSc 3414 Pharmaceutics I

A study of the physicochemical aspects of liquid dosage forms, both aqueous and non-aqueous, with emphasis on the technology and pharmaceutical rationale fundamental to their design and development. Lecture three to four hours per week, and recitation three hours per week half of the semester.

PhSc 3434 Pharmaceutics II

This course is a continuation of the study of dosage forms and pharmaceutical products with emphasis on solid and semi-solid systems. Dispensing techniques, physical and chemical incompatibilities, drug product evaluation, and aspects of drug product stability are studied in the laboratory. Lecture three hours per week, and laboratory three hours per week.

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PhSc 4124 Pharmacology I

The effects, biological mechanisms, therapeutic indications, interactions and toxicities of drugs are studied. Emphasis is placed on pharmacological principles that promote the understanding and rational approach to therapeutics. Lecture four hours per week.

PhSc 4134 Pharmacology II

This course is a continuation of PhSc 4124. This is a four credit hour course.

PhSc 4254 Medicinal Chemistry/Natural Products

This course is a study of the relationship between the physicochemical properties of synthetic and naturally derived drugs and their stability, absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination, and pharmacological mechanism of action. Lecture four hours per week.

PhSc 4423 Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

This course covers fundamental molecular biology and extends this knowledge to provide the student a basic understanding of human genetics, biotechnology, and genetic and immunologic engineering. Emphasis will be placed on clinical applications and biotechnology-based drugs and therapies. This is a three credit hour course.

PhSc 4443 Basic Pharmacokinetics

This course presents the basic concepts and principles of pharmacokinetics. The necessary mathematical expressions needed to characterize the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs will be discussed with respect to routes of administration. Parameters that influence pharmacokinetic and therapeutic outcomes of the most common drug regimens will be emphasized. Additionally, the principles of therapeutic drug monitoring and dosing will be explained. Lecture three hours per week.

PhSc 4642 Clinical Pharmacokinetics

This course is designed to acquaint pharmacy students with the clinical application of pharmacokinetic principles. The course will provide a framework to approach clinically based pharmacokinetic dilemmas such as disease-drug and drug-drug interactions. In addition, practical mathematical applications will be taught that will allow dosing recommendations for patients on anticonvulsants, aminoglycosides, and vancomycin. Lecture three hours per week.

PhSc 5182 Pharmacognosy and Complementary & Alternative Medicine

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the composition, beneficial properties, and potential negative effects of the most commonly used herbal products and dietary supplements used in recent years. Lecture two hours per week.
PhSc 5142 Chemical Addiction

This course deals with the development, progression, symptomology, treatment and recovery aspects of addictive diseases. Although the model most heavily emphasized is alcoholism, addiction aspects of all drugs/chemicals are presented. Students attend meetings of various self-help groups as well as present talks to public school children. Lecture two hours per week.

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Electives:

PhSc 516V Special Problems in Pharmacology

PhSc 5152 Toxicology

This course deals with the basic concepts of toxicology with an emphasis placed on prevention of exposure, exposure and the subsequent management of exposure of commonly found medicines, chemicals, plants and animals. Parameters that influence the toxicokinetics of these agents are emphasized.

PhSc 526V Special Problems in Medicinal Chemistry

PhSc 547V Special Problems in Pharmaceutics

University of Utah School on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependencies Upon receipt of an official transcript showing completion of the above program, a student may receive two hours of elective credit.


Pharmacy Practice Course Descriptions & Electives

Course Descriptions:

PhPr 3412 US Health Care System for Pharmacists

The objective of this course is to equip pharmacy students with a knowledge base in the areas of pharmacy marketing and health economics which will permit them to make good management decisions when providing pharmaceutical products and services for patients and other consumers. Lecture two hours per week.

PhPr 3422 Career Orientation & Communications

A course to acquaint the beginning pharmacy student with the multiple aspects of the profession of pharmacy, including discussions of the different environments of pharmacy practice and the inter- and intra-professional relationships of health care providers. The course will have a focused area of study around professional communications. Lecture two hours per week.

PhPr 3511 Nuclear Pharmacy

This course is an introduction to the basic aspects of nuclear pharmacy. Topics include the characterization, properties and detection of radioactivity, radiation biology, radiation protection ele-ments of nuclear medicine and radiopharmaceuticals. Lecture one hour per week.

PhPr 3603 Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience

This course is will provide structured practical experience in community pharmacy practice. To enter this course, a student must be eligible for advancement to the P2 year. This is a three credit hour, pass/fail, course.

PhPr 3612 Drug Information

This course will introduce the P1 student to the top 200 drugs available in the U.S. and to the drug and medical literature that is available at UAMS. The instructors will emphasize how to locate, evaluate and communicate medical and drug information. The course will involve didactic lectures and assignments that will require the student to utilize the information resources available on the UAMS Library website, the UAMS Intranet and the Internet. This is a two credit hour course.

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PhPr 4454 Dispensing Pharmacy

Emphasis is placed on the role of the pharmacist in medication dispensing and patient care. Pharmacist responsibilities involving patient profiles, medication monitoring, drug product selection and generic substitution are discussed. The importance of patient counseling is stressed. Emphasis is also placed on the Top 200 Drugs, compliance with Board of Pharmacy Regulations, labeling/auxiliary labeling of prescriptions, technical practice aspects and knowledge of current dosage delivery systems. This course will provide students with information and skills in the areas of IV therapy and physical assessment. Students will demonstrate competency in aseptic techniques, IV admixtures, sterile products, drug delivery systems, and drug therapy monitoring. Lecture three hours per week, and laboratory three hours per week.

PhPr 4604 Institutional – Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience

This course will provide a structured practical professional experience in institutional pharmacy practice. Second professional year students will be assigned a four week practice experience at the end of the spring semester. To enter this course, a student must be eligible for advancement to the P3 year. This is a four credit hour, pass/fail course.

PhPr 4625 Therapeutics I

Utilizing a pathophysiological approach, the therapeutics curriculum focuses on the structural and functional consequences of disease on various organ systems in the body. Each block of instruction begins with a discussion of the nature and causes of disease in an organ system. This is expanded through a discussion of the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of the major disease states of that organ system. Emphasis is placed on the considerations for the drug therapy used, therapeutic goals, plans of treatment, dosage regimens, therapeutic alternatives and therapeutic endpoints. The goal of the course is to enable the student to assist in the development of the safest and most rational plan of drug therapy for a given patient. This is a five credit hour course that includes recitation.

PhPr 4692 Non-Prescription Medications

This course is a study of the legal, economic, social and professional aspects surrounding nonprescription drugs and their proper use. Since the pharmacist is the only health care practitioner who routinely has contact with patients using nonprescription medications, it is essential that students have a broad knowledge base in this area and be able to interact appropriately with patients concerning the proper use of these medications. This is a two credit hour course.

PhPr 5532 Pharmacy Law & Ethics

This course will provide students with information and skills in the areas of communication and pharmacy law. Students will be provided resources aimed at improving and utilizing communication skills in diverse pharmacy practice settings. The course will also cover the study of law, regulations and court decisions on federal, state, and local levels and the ethical considerations which control and influence pharmacy practice. Professional ethics will be covered in this course. Lecture two hours per week.

PhPr 5635 Therapeutics II

This course is a continuation of PhPr 5625, Therapeutics I. This is a five credit hour course that includes recitation.

PhPr 5643 Evidence-Based Medicine, Biostatistics, & Pharmacoeconomics

This core course will teach the student to formulate a focused clinical question, to improve the student’s literature critical appraisal skills, to determine the appropriateness of various biostatistical analyses, and to apply pharmacoeconomic techniques to inform drug product selections. The course will integrate statistical analysis and study design concepts into practical applications. This is a three credit hour course.

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PhPr 5645 Therapeutics III

This course is a continuation of PhPr 5635, Therapeutics II. This is a five credit hour course.

PhPr 5654 Patient Assessment & Application

The course will provide the student the opportunity to develop basic skills in physical assessment that include examination techniques, basic anatomy and physiology, and examples of abnormalities. In addition, longitudinal early practice experiences such as shadowing, wellness and health screenings, and free clinics. Other experiences will be reviewable by the course coordinator. Lecture equivalents of 2 hours per week (on-line primarily), instructional lab two hours per week, 40 hours of experiences.
PhPr 5733 Pharmacy Management

Course is designed to teach students the requisite skills needed to perform managerial functions in a community and institutional pharmacy. Includes planning and integrating professional services, budgeting, inventory control, and human resource management topics. This is a three credit hour course.

Advance Pharmacy Practice Experiences

Nine four-week experiences designed to aid the student in developing and applying skills and information previously presented in formal coursework toward the practice of pharmacy. Five experiences are required in Direct Patient Care (2 Acute/Primary Care; 1 Ambulatory Care; 1 either Acute/Primary OR Ambulatory care, & 1 Advanced Community Pharmacy). Two experiences are required in Indirect Patient Care (Health System Management-1 & Community Management-1) and two other experiences are chosen as electives from any approved experience. Emphasis will be placed on the student’s ability to function as a clinician in a practice setting, along with development of the skills and attitudes related to communication skills, problem-solving skills, and self-assessment skills. Students are precepted by pharmacists in a 1-2:1 ratio of students to preceptor. Experiences are as follows:

PhPr 6714 Experience – Direct Patient Care – Acute Care

This experience allows students to apply didactic knowledge to direct patient care activities. Students will concentrate on patient specific pharmacotherapy, evidence based medicine, and effective communication with patients and healthcare professionals. Students will apply their knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and pharmacokinetics to optimize patient care in a hospital setting.

PhPr 6724 Experience – Direct Patient Care – Ambulatory Care

This experience allows students to apply didactic knowledge to direct patient care activities. Students will have the opportunity to provide clinical pharmacy services in an outpatient setting. Students will concentrate on patient specific pharmacotherapy, evidence based medicine, and effective communications with patients and healthcare professionals.

PhPr 6734 Experience – Direct Patient Care – Community

This experience allows students to apply didactic knowledge to direct patient care activities. Students will have the opportunity to provide clinical pharmacy services utilizing pharmacotherapy, evidence based medicine, and physical assessment in a community/retail setting. This experience will focus on disease state management, medication therapy management, non-prescription medications, and effective communication skills.

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PhPr 6744 Experience – Indirect Patient Care – Community Management

This experience teaches effective management skills to students through direct skill training and mentoring. This experience occurs in a community/retail setting and concentrates on marketing, operations, resource, and financial management, as well as effective communication skills.

PhPr 6754 Experience – Indirect Patient Care – Health-System Management

This experience teaches effective management skills to students through direct skill training and mentoring. This experience occurs in a hospital or institutional setting and concentrates on resource management, drug distribution, regulatory bodies, and communication with patients and healthcare professionals.

PhPr 6764 Experience – Specialty Pharmacy Practice

These experiences allow students the opportunity to practice pharmacy in a variety of specialty settings. Students can focus on specific areas of interest including nuclear pharmacy, compounding, regulatory, professional associations, industry, etc.

Electives:

PhPr 5242 Primary Care Pharmacotherapy

This is an interprofessional elective course offered to third year pharmacy and fourth year medical students. The course is designed to allow students to hone the principles of rational medication use, evaluation, and monitoring in the primary care environment. Topics are presented in a disease-state focused discussion format. 2 credit hours

PhPr 5282 Political Advocacy

The course will present an orientation to political advocacy for the pharmacy profession. Lecturers from a variety of state, national and professional settings will give their perspective on issues facing the profession. 2 credit hours

PhPr 5285 Death and Dying

Interdisciplinary course preparing student to manage end-of-life care, particularly through (1) exploring personal issues related to mortality; (2) learning roles of participants in such care; (3) developing communication skills needed for care giving; (4) examining ethical issues related to death; and (5) examining economic and social aspects of funeral practices. 2 credit hours

PhPr 5292 Diabetes Management

This course will provide a multidisciplinary foundation in the principles of comprehensive diabetes management. The student will develop their knowledge and ability to assess, manage, and educate patients with diabetes. The course, developed under the guidance of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy faculty members, is internet-based and requires the student to be self-directed in learning. There are 5 in-person sessions with the remainder independent study online.

PhPr 533V Special Problems in Clinical Practice, 2 credit hours

PhPr 5342 Geriatric Therapeutics

The course will provide a concentrated introduction to the management of common geriatric pathologies. 2 credit hours

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PhPr 5362 Drug Induced Disease

This course explores the most appropriate interventions for prevention, detection and management of drug induced diseases. 2 credit hours

PhPr 5412 Public Health: Overview

An introduction to basic and contemporary issues of public health. 2 credit hours

PhPr 5442 Introduction to Research Methods

This hands-on course in study design is intended for students with an interest in research or post-graduate opportunities such as residencies, fellowships or graduate studies. The course will provide the basics of study design and presentation to prepare for participation in all types of future research. 2 credit hours

PhPr 5452 Patient Care Services in a Community Pharmacy

The class will focus on how to develop and implement patient care services in a community pharmacy setting. Students will learn about all the necessary steps to start a patient care service. Students will also learn about medication therapy management services (MTM) including how to perform them utilizing the different platforms currently available. The students will be required to perform MTM cases. 2 credit hours

PhPr 5462 Relationship Marketing

Relationships refer to “a state of connectedness between individuals”. This course will provide an in-depth examination of the process of building, managing, and enhancing strong and enduring relationships. It will further explore the process by which these relationships can enhance your access to professional and personal opportunities that can be very rewarding. 2 credit hours

PhPr 5472 Problem Based Learning in Pediatric Therapeutics

This PBL course will use small groups to answer different therapeutic dilemmas occurring from infancy to adolescence. Each team will be charged with raising their child throughout the semester while encountering common pediatric problems that need therapeutic intervention. 2 credit hours.

PhPr 5502 Clinical Skills for Pharmacy Practice

Provides hands-on experience in the area of clinical practice. Students will be required to work-up and present patients, perform several activities (e.g., SOAP notes, drug information questions, adverse drug reporting) to foster critical thinking skills. The goal is to provide the skills necessary to successfully complete P4 direct patient care experiences.

PhPr 5512 Radiopharmacy

Explores the chemical, physical, and biological properties of radiopharmaceuticals used in nuclear medicine. Production, quality control, and regulations of imaging agents will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on clinical applications of radiopharmaceuticals. 2 credit hours

PhPr 5562 Radiation Biology

Introduction to the interactions of radiation and biological systems, including chronic and delayed effects through physical and chemical changes from radiation. 2 credit hours

PhPr 5572 Nuclear Instrumentation

Operational principles of radiation detection equipment to include statistical application and quality control. 2 credit hours

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PhPr 5583 Nuclear Physics

Concepts and physical properties governing the atom to include systems and units of measure, atomic and nuclear structure, and particularate and electromagnetic radiation. 3 credit hours

PhPr 5592 Health Physics

A review of the legal, biological and administrative aspects of radiation protection in nuclear medicine. Emphasis on practical means of minimizing radiation exposure to the patient, staff and general public. 2 credit hours

PhPr 5622 Advanced Non-Prescription Medications

This course is designed to continue the student’s understanding of nonprescription disease states and their treatment. It will also provide an opportunity to begin the process of applying OTC drug knowledge to make specific patient recommendations through the use of case studies. The student will be equipped to convey reliable and objective information to patients and health care providers. 2 credit hours.

PhPr 5662 Professional Ethics Seminar

This course presents foundational instruction in ethics, then instruction in professional ethics particular to pharmacy. The format of the course will be lecture and lecture/discussion. 2 credit hours

PhPr 5702 Personal Finance

Provides future pharmacists the informational and decision-making tools needed for planning and implementing a successful personal financial plan. Topics include: Investing Principles, Retirement Planning, Income Taxes, Wealth Accumulation, Personal Insurance and Buying/Selling/Financing a House. 2 credit hours

PhPr 574V Special Problems in Pharmacy Administration

PhPr 5752 Entrepreneurship

This course is designed to enhance a student’s knowledge in leadership, business, and financial skills in pharmacy practice while learning if he/she possesses an entrepreneurial spirit. The goal of the course is to provide students with ‘hands-on’ experience in starting a business or new service, owing and running your own business, and general management and leaderships skills. 2 credit hours

PhPr 5832 Veterinary Pharmacy

Provides a working understanding of veterinary pharmaceuticals. 2 credit hours

PhPr 5852 Spanish for Pharmacists

This course will provide pharmacy students with essential communication skills for the delivery of quality pharmaceutical service to Limited English Proficient Latino American/Hispanic customers/patients. The topics include written and spoken Spanish, Latinos’ customs and culture, federal and state regulations; and ethical, political and social trends. 2 credit hours

PhPr 5892 Problem Based Learning in Therapeutics

This elective utilizes a simulated case management format with emphasis on evaluating patient and agent variables and formulating appropriate therapeutic decisions. 2 credit hours

PBHL 5843 Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities: Theory, Experience, & Elimination

This course explores racial and ethnic health disparities in the US. This course uses traditional approaches to learning (such as didactic lectures, assigned readings, analysis and discussion) combined with personal and group experiential learning. Students will be required to participate in service learning activities which will include preparation, reflection, and practice components. 3 credit hours

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