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Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Electives & Concentrations

Professional Electives Crs.

Advanced Pharmacokinetics (3)
Alternative/Complementary Medicine (3)
Branding of Clinical Community Practice (3)
Chemometrics (3)
Clinical Preparation for Community Pharmacy Practice (2)
Clinical Toxicology (3)
Critical Care Therapeutics (3)
Dental Therapeutics and Pharmaceutical Care (3)
Dermatological Therapeutics and Topical Delivery Systems (3)
Drug Abuse Prevention/Education (2)
Drug-Induced Diseases (2)
Drugs of Abuse (3)
Errors and Assumptions in Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics (3)
Exploratory Data Analysis (3)
Health Care and Religion (2)
Human Gene Therapy (3)
Independent Study and Research (1-4)
International Pharmacy Services (2)
Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
Issues in Women’s Health (2)
Leadership and Advocacy in Pharmacy (2)
Manufacturing Pharmacy and Lab (4)
Medication Errors: Recovery, Response,and Repair (2)
Men’s Health Issues (2)
Optional Experiental Education (4)
Palliative Care (2)
Personal Financial Planning (2)
Pharmaceutical Formulation and Development and Lab (4)
Pharmacy and Health Systems Informatics (3)
Regulatory Aspects of Industrial Practice (2)
Selected Topics in Drug Development (2)
Seminar in Current Practice Guidelines in Ambulatory Care (2)
Spectral Methods (3)

Elective Concentrations

Elective concentrations are designed to give student pharmacists an opportunity to develop in areas of concentration. These faculty-approved concentrations require a minimum of 9 contact hours of coursework and other required activates. A certificate of completion is presented to students at graduation.

Academic Concentration:

9 credits required

The academic concentration provides student pharmacists with an aptitude or interest in teaching and/or scholarship the opportunity to learn and develop the abilities that are a foundation for a career in academia. Students will be required to prepare an ACPE-accredited continuing education program, participate in a research project, and complete an academic experiential rotation to successfully complete the concentration.

Survey of Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (1)
Education Methods for Pharmacy Profession:
Orientation to Teaching and Presentation (2)
Preparing for Academic Career in Pharmacy (2)
Technology for Pharmacy Practitioner (2)
Independent Study: Development/Delivery of ACPE-accredited
CE program and Poster Presentation (2)
One elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) with emphasis on education or research (4)

Acute Care Concentration:

9 credits required

The Acute Care Concentration provides student pharmacists with education and training directed toward careers in Institutional Pharmacy Practice and preparation for ASHP Residencies. In didactic courses students study advanced clinical and hospital practice topics. In experiential rotations students are required to complete additional experiential rotations in Advanced Clinical Practice and are encouraged to develop a research project in conjunction with a practitioner, culminating in a poster presentation at a local or national meeting.

PHPR 493 01 - Advanced Acute Care Clinical Skills I (3)
PHPR 494 01 - Advanced Acute Care Clinical Skills II (3)
Two elective Advanced rotations in Acute Care/Research (8)

Entrepreneurial Pharmacy Concentration:

6 credits required

This concentration is designed to allow the student to begin to understand how they can take their pharmacy knowledge and apply it to developing their own unique business which can be anything from owning their own traditional independent pharmacy or staring a new clinical pharmacy business service that has never existed before in the pharmacy industry. These courses will also allow the student to self reflect in order to understand themselves, how best to work with others and what are their strengths and weakness in becoming an entrepreneur.

PHBA 431 - Entrepreneurship in Pharmacy (3)
PHBA 433 - Selected Topics in Entrepreneurship (3)

Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Concentration:

6 credits required

The geriatric concentration provides student pharmacists with additional education and training in the provision of pharmaceutical care to geriatric patients and encourage students to pursue careers in long-term care pharmacy, residencies in geriatrics and other areas within geriatric practice. The concentration culminates with a comprehensive exam similar in structure and content to the Geriatric Certification Exam.

Selected Topics in Geriatrics-required (3)
Pharmacy in Long Term Care-required (3)
Two elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) in Geriatrics (8)

Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Concentration:

9 credits required 

The pediatric concentration provides student pharmacists with additional education and training in the provision of pharmaceutical care to pediatric patients.

General Pediatrics and Neonatology Pharmacotherapy (3)
Pediatric Pharmacotherapy: Ambulatory Care (3)
Medication Use in Pregnancy and Lactation (3)
One elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) in Pediatrics (4)

Pharmaceutical Research Concentration:

12 credits required

The research concentration provides student pharmacists an opportunity to conduct original, mentored research in either the pharmaceutical sciences (pharmacology, medicinal chemistry or pharmaceutics) or pharmaceutical administration. By additionally presenting research findings at a regional or national conference, the student can qualify for the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The concentration provides exposure to the research world, and the credentials for graduate study if desired.

Pharmaceutical Sciences
Independent Study and Research (4)
Seminar (2)
Elective courses (approved by research mentor) (6)
Pharmaceutical Administration
Independent Study and Research (2)
Seminar (1)
Elective courses (approved by research mentor) (9)

Pharmacy Management Concentration:

9 credits required

The management concentration provides student pharmacists the opportunity to take a highly specialized sequence of courses in the administrative sciences to fulfill their elective requirements. All courses are taught at the graduate level and involve students in debates, case study analysis and presentation, review and analysis of peer-reviewed literature, and real-world projects. Students may apply credits from this specialty concentration toward the M.S. in Pharmacy Administration degree.

Marketing and Customer Service-required (3)
Health Care Financial Management-required (3)
Pharmacoeconomic Evaluations-required (3)
Managed Care Principles and Policies (2)
Research Methods in Pharmacy Administration (3)
Patient-Reported Health Outcomes (3)