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PhSc 5152 – Toxicology
Students – P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 40

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 animal.  Parameters that influence the toxicokinetics of these agents is emphasized.

PhPr 5212 – Advanced Compounding
Students – P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 20

Provides further instruction in preparing dosage forms used in contemporary pharmaceutical compounding.  The course will include weekly required reading and online assignments along with a 2-hour laboratory session.  The laboratory session will begin with a 15-minute pre-lab to discuss the product being compounded and the patient.

PhPr 5242 – Prim. Care Pharmacotherapy
Students – P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 20

This is an interprofessional elective course offered to P3 & M4 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.

PhPr 5282 – Political Advocacy
Students – P1, P2, P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 40

This 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.

PhPr 5285 – Death & Dying
Students - P1, P2, P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students - 27

Interdisciplinary course preparing students 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 caregiving; (4) examining ethical issues related to death; and (5) examining economic and social aspects of funeral practices.

PhPr – 5292 – Diabetes Management (On-line & in Person)
Students – P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 15

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.

PhPr 5342 – Geriatric Therapeutics
Students – P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 20

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

PhPr 5362 – Drug Induced Diseases
Students – P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 45

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

PhPr 5412 – Public Health: Overview (On-line)
Students – P2, P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 24

This course will present an introduction to basic and contemporary issues of public health.

PhPr 5442 – Intro to Research Methods
Students – P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 15

This hands-on course in study design in 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.

PhPr 5452 – Pt Care Serv in Comm Pharm
Students – P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 20

This 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 ho to perform them utilizing the different platforms currently available.  The students will be required to perform MTM cases.

PhPr 5472 – PBL Therapeutics-Peds
Students – P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 12

This problem-based 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.

PhPr 5482 – Teaching Elective
Students – P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 10

This is a method of teaching and presentation course that provides the knowledge and skills related to classroom teaching, clinical teaching, and public presentations.  In this course students learn about components of classroom teaching such as: theories of learning; competency based outcomes, goal setting and objective writing; developing lesson plans; designing assessments and evaluations; designing and presenting lessons and activities; administration basics; mentoring; and academic research in education.  At the end of the course students will construct units of study that could be used in the COP Pharmacy Summer Camp; didactic course work; experiential activities; or in community presentations.

PhPr 5502 – Clinical Skills for Pharmacy Practice
Students – P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 4

Provides hands-on experience in the area of clinical practice.  Students will be required to work-up & 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 5622 – Advanced OTC
Students – P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 40

This course is designed to continue the students 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.

PhPr 5662 – Professional Ethics
Students – P1, P2, P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 24

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.

PhPr 5702 – Personal Finance
Students – P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 30

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.

PhPr 5752 – Entrepreneurship
Students – P1, P2, & P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 40

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.

PhPr 5832 – Vet Pharm
Students –P1, P2, & P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 40

Provides a working understanding of veterinary pharmaceuticals. This class is offered as both as in person & online sessions.

PBHL 5842– Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities (CPH)
Students – P1, P2, & P3
Credit Hours – 3 hrs
Number of Students – 5

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.

PhPr 5852 – Spanish for Pharmacists
Students – P1, P2, P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 20

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; ethical, political and social trends.

PhPr 5892 – PBL Therapeutics- Critical Care
Students – P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – 16

This elective will use a problem based learning format in which small groups evaluate patient cases with an emphasis on disease states encountered in the critical care population.  Learning objectives will focus on evaluation of patient and medication related variables in the pharmacotherapeutic management of the critically ill patient.

 

 

Nuclear Pharmacy Specialist Options

PhPr 5592 – Health Physics (On-line)
Students – P1, P2, P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – No limit

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.

PhPr 5572 – Nuclear Instrumentation (On-line)
Students – P1, P2, P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – No limit

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

PhPr 5583 – Nuclear Physics (On-line)
Students – P1, P2, P3
Credit Hours – 3 hrs
Number of Students – No limit

This course presents the concepts and physical properties governing the atom to include systems and units of measure, atomic and nuclear structure, and particulate and electromagnetic radiation.

PhPr 5512 – Radiopharmacy
Students – P1, P2, P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – No limit

This course 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.

PhPr 5562 – Radiation Biology
Students – P1, P2, P3
Credit Hours – 2 hrs
Number of Students – No limit

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

Special Problems 

PhPr 533V – Special Problems in Clinical Practice
Students - P1, P2, P3
Credit Hours – V

PhPr 574V – Special Problems in Pharmacy Administration
Students - P1, P2, P3
Credit Hours – V

PhSc 516V – Special Problems in Pharmacology
Students - P1, P2, P3
Credit Hours – V

PhSc 526V – Special Problems in Medicinal Chemistry
Students - P1, P2, P3
Credit Hours – V

PhSc 547V – Special Problems in Pharmaceutics
Students - P1, P2, P3
Credit Hours – V

PhSc 600V – Master Thesis
Students - P1, P2, P3
Credit Hours – V

 

Special Problems – Course Options  

LR-Academic Pharmacy (Dean Gardner) – This elective will provide the student with exposure to issues facing academic pharmacy.  The student will meet frequently with the Dean and Associate Dean(s) and will assist with two to three projects during the semester that focus on issues that surface in the Dean’s office.  The student will assist with data collection and analysis.

LR-Research (Dr. Light) – this course will involve learning the techniques and approaches that underscore hypothesis-driven basic neuroscience research. The primary focus is the mechanisms of damage produced by ethyl alcohol on the development of neural structures and networks in the rat cerebellum. This animal model is reflective of damage induced by alcohol use in the third trimester of human pregnancy. The student will learn the techniques of tissue fixation, processing for immunofluorescence detection, microscopic analysis, and quantitation of neuronal development. If the student is interested they may also participate in the handling of experimental animals and the administration of ethanol or other drugs.  In addition, behavioral techniques that demonstrate the developmental defect will also be learned.

LR-Teaching (Dr. Light) – this course will involve the student in learning what goes into the process of teaching a course in the pharmacy curriculum. Aspects may include the development of teaching modules using the available technology (Blackboard, podcasting, etc) as well as the strategies and process of developing examination questions. The student will serve as a teaching assistant for the PDA course and may elect to develop and present a lecture to the P1 class.

LR-Arkansas Pharmacy Support Group (ARPSG) (Dr. Light) – the ARPSG is a group of pharmacists, technicians, and interns who have experienced problems with addiction disease and have entered into the group for monitoring and advocacy for the continuation of their licensure status.  The student will learn about the ARPSG and assist in the development of data archiving procedures to allow research investigations into various aspects of the program.

LR-Pharmacy Practice (Dr. White) Students enrolled in this elective will assist in the development of the UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center by collecting, organizing, and managing health screening data in an electronic database, benchmarking health data with national guidelines and population trends, developing reports, developing procedures for the a telephone-based patient follow-up services, and assisting in the planning of community outreach activities.  Students are asked to attend regular Community Advisory Board, Professional Advisory Board, and COP workgroup meetings related to the Center’s development.  Students interested in participating in this elective are asked to make an appointment to discuss the elective in person with Dr. Franks.

LR-Therapeutics (Dr. Franks) – Students enrolled in this 2-hour elective will help reinforce important therapeutics concepts to P2 students enrolled in Therapeutics I. Students will provide weekly review sessions to discuss disease processes and their pharmacological and nonpharmacological therapies. Students will also assist in recitation by working with small groups to better understand patient assessment and therapeutic plan development. As a result, students enrolled in this elective will gain a better understanding of therapeutics topics in preparation for advanced pharmacy practice experiences. This elective is open to up to 3 P3 students during the Spring semester.

LR-Academic Pharmacy – Experiential Education Focus (Dr. Neill) – This elective will provide the student with exposure to issues facing experiential education within the pharmacy curriculum.  The student will meet frequently with administrators of the Office of Experiential Education and will assist with two to three projects during the semester that focus on issues that surface in this office.  The student will assist with data collection and analysis.

LR-Medication Therapy Management Application (Dr. Pace) – This course will focus on medication therapy management (MTM) and clinical services in a community pharmacy or the workplace. The emphasis for the course is implementing and facilitating provision of MTM services and adherence coaching in an identified patient population in central Arkansas.

LR-Geriatric Pharmacy Practice (Dr. Hutchison) – This course will focus on socio-economic issues facing geriatric patients as they obtain prescription medications.  The student will meet with the instructor and review issues and potential solutions.  The course requires the student(s) to organize and participate in a Medicare Part D Planning Clinic to be held before the end of the semester.

NW-Mental Health Therapeutics (Dr. Seaton) – This elective will provide an introductory course which will facilitate better understanding of mental health disorders. It will provide students an opportunity to apply clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes to the care of patients with mental health disorders.  This elective will expose students to socioeconomic concerns facing patients with mental health disorders, including substance abuse and social distancing of mental health. Students will learn from lectures, discussions, patient simulation, movies and/or movie clips.  Students will have 1-2 project(s) during the semester which will focus on mental health concerns.

LR-Treatment Adherence (Dr. O’Brien) – This elective will focus on approaches and tools for working with patients to improve adherence to prescribed therapies, as well as the causes and consequences of non-adherence.  The class will consist of a combination of didactic lecture, practical experience in a clinical setting, and topic discussions led by both the instructor and students.

NW-Public Health & Pharmacy Education (Drs. Seaton, Claborn, & Dickey) – This elective will facilitate a better understanding of public health initiatives and promotion of pharmacy.  It will provide students an opportunity to develop projects focused on at least 1 disease state with the aim of meeting public health initiatives as outlined by the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Students will have 2-4 projects during the semester which will focus on public health initiatives and the promotion of pharmacy.