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Chicago College of Pharmacy

Downers Grove, IL Campus

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Chicago College of Pharmacy

Prerequisites are listed for those courses with such requirements. When no prerequisite is listed in a course description it is implied that there is no prerequisite.

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BIOC 1551

Biochemistry I

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This course combines lectures and small group discussions of clinical case studies in workshops. Lectures address structure-function relationships in major biomolecules, human metabolism, and cell biology. Workshops feature clinical case studies to illustrate principles of clinical biochemistry and application to the practice of pharmacy. Workshop topics may include anemias, cytochrome p450 enzymes, dangers of dietary supplements, diabetes mellitus, drug biomembrane transport, environmental toxins and hemostasis disorders.

Credits: 3.5

Prerequisites

PS-I standing

BIOC 1552

Biochemistry II

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This course combines lectures and small group discussions of clinical case studies in workshops. Lectures address human metabolic profiles of major tissues and organs, principles of gene expression, chromosomal abnormalities, multifactorial inheritance, and nutrition. Workshops feature clinical case studies to illustrate principles of clinical biochemistry and application to the principles of biochemistry and to the practice of pharmacy. Workshop topics may include antimetabolite therapy, kidney disease, hormone replacement therapy, hepatoxicity and metabolic effects of drugs, genome/environmental toxins, hyperlipidemias, and drug-induced jaundice.

Credits: 4.5

Prerequisites

BIOC 1551 Biochemistry I

CORE 1599

Interprofessional Education I

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Changes in our healthcare delivery system are creating a growing demand for health professionals with skills in collaboration and teamwork. This course will describe the roles and responsibilities of the various healthcare disciplines. It will also provide students, from different health professions, the opportunity to interact with one another as well as simulated patients. This collaboration will promote communication using a team-based approach to the maintenance of health and management of disease.

Credits: 1

FMED 1500

Healthcare Communications I

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This course will introduce first year pharmacy and medical students to the fundamental principles of effective communication in the health care setting. The course emphasizes the principles and elements of interpersonal, nonverbal, motivational communication, barriers to effective communication, including cultural awareness.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PS-I Standing

MICR 1510

Infectious Diseases and Their Etiologic Agents

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This course is designed as an integrated didactic and self-study program with a laboratory component. A basic knowledge of clinical microbiology is provided so that students can understand the interaction between the host and pathogenic microorganisms. Emphases include the rational management, prevention, and control of infectious diseases.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

MICR 1576 Introductory Immunology/Biologics

MICR 1576

Introductory Immunology/Biologics

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This course presents basic aspects of the body's defense mechanisms. Current advances in immunotherapy and immunoprophylaxis are emphasized. The role the immune system plays in rejection of organ transplants, autoimmunity, and hypersensitivity are also discussed.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

BIOC 1551 Biochemistry I

PHAR 1641, 1642, 1643

Pharmacology I, II, III

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Pharmacology studies the properties and effects of drugs and, in a more general sense, the interactions between chemical compounds and living systems. This series includes the general principles of pharmacology; the dynamics of absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination of drugs; drug testing in humans; and the role of official regulatory agencies. The student studies drugs affecting the autonomic nervous system; drugs acting on the central nervous system; cardiovascular drugs; chemotherapy of microbial, parasitic, and neoplastic diseases; drugs acting on blood and blood forming organs; and hormone and hormone antagonists. Topics such as principles of toxicology, vitamins, gastric antacids, digestants, laxatives, antihistamines, antiserotonin agents, and drugs causing birth defects are included.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisites for PHAR 1641 Pharmacology I, 4 credits: PS-II standing
  • Prerequisites for PHAR 1642 Pharmacology II, 4 credits: PHAR 1641 Pharmacology I
  • Prerequisites for PHAR 1643 Pharmacology III, 2 credits: PHAR 1642 Pharmacology II

PHYS 1520

Human Physiology I

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This course provides core knowledge of physiology in order to understand normal body function and to acquire the ability to analyze and interpret the immediate and long term compensatory responses to common disease states of excitable cells, cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems. Basic and applied terminology as well as the basic morphology of systems are discussed, and the relationship between anatomy and function of the systems considered is included.

Credits: 4.5

Prerequisites

PS-I standing

PHYS 1521

Human Physiology II

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This course provides core knowledge of physiology required by students of pharmacy in order to understand normal function and to acquire the ability to analyze and interpret the immediate and long-term compensatory responses to common disease states of the renal, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems. Basic and applied terminology as well as the basic morphology of systems are discussed, and the relationship between anatomy and function of the systems considered is included.

Credits: 4.5

Prerequisites

PS-I standing

PPRA 1501

Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

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This course introduces the student to the philosophy, socialization, and practice of the profession of pharmacy through lectures. Students will learn the history and evolution of pharmacy as a profession, various career opportunities, and relevant issues within the profession today.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-I standing

PPRA 1511

Healthcare Systems

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This course describes elements and forces affecting the organization, delivery, and financing of health care services in general and pharmacy services in particular. The course explores major economic/political/social aspects of the health care delivery system and examines how provider relationships often affect patient outcomes. Strengths and weaknesses of the system, including possible options for mitigating the latter, are identified. The course describes changing roles of pharmacy practice and methods of financing and shows how professional services may influence and be influenced by these factors.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-I standing

PPRA 1513

Principles of Evidence-Based Pharmacy Practice

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This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills necessary to construct sound pharmacotherapeutic recommendations through retrieval and evaluation of clinical evidence. Students learn efficient approaches to respond to drug information inquiries; and develop primary literature evaluation and critical thinking skills necessary to formulate prudent drug information responses and patient care recommendations.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

PS-I standing

PPRA 1522

Introduction to Pharmacy Practice Experience I: Community

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This course introduces the student to the philosophy, socialization, and practice of the profession of pharmacy through experiences in a community pharmacy practice environment. This course will meet for a weekly eight hour site visit to an assigned community pharmacy for an introductory pharmacy practice experience. Guided exercises in the community practice environment will introduce the student to the basics of practice and serve as a foundation for advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PPRA 1501 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

PPRA 1523, 1621, 1623, 1624

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Longitudinal I, II, III, IV

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In the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Longitudinal, the student participates in the longitudinal care of four patients over the four quarter sequence. Emphasis will be placed on the changing needs of the patients and insuring continuity of care. The student will learn to effectively communicate with the patient and other health care providers while collecting relevant health care information about the patient. The student will develop affective components necessary to become a caring pharmacist. All four courses in this sequence must be taken sequentially.

Prerequisites
  • PPRA 1523 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Longitudinal I, 1.5 credits
  • Prerequisites for PPRA 1621 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Longitudinal II, 0.5 credits: PS-II standing and concurrent enrollment in or completion of PPRA 1611 Pharmacotherapeutics I
  • Prerequisites for PPRA 1623 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Longitudinal III, 0.5 credits: PS-II standing and concurrent enrollment in or completion of PPRA 1612 Pharmacotherapeutics II
  • Prerequisites for PPRA 1624 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Longitudinal IV, 1.5 credits: PS-II standing and concurrent enrollment in or completion of PPRA 1613 Pharmacotherapeutics III

PPRA 1601, 1701, 1801

Reflective Portfolio II, III, IV

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This course sequence provides students with a framework to document regular self assessment of his/her progressive achievement of curricular outcomes. Lecture topics include review of reflective writing, introduction to longitudinal reflective writing, defining evidence, common mistakes made in previous portfolios, and the value of continued self-assessment and planning for continuous professional development. The PS-II and PS-III workshops focus on portfolio entries that demonstrate progressive achievement of curricular outcomes and assessment of entries.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisites for PPRA 1601 Reflective Portfolio II, 0.5 credits: PS-II standing
  • Prerequisites for PPRA 1701 Reflective Portfolio III, 0.5 credits, PS-III standing
  • Prerequisites for PPRA 1801 Reflective Portfolio IV, 0.5 credits, PS-IV standing

PPRA 1611, 1612, 1613, 1711, 1712, 1713

Pharmacotherapeutics I, II, III, IV, V, VI

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Pharmacotherapeutics is a required course sequence of six courses offered in the second and third professional years. It emphasizes the principles of pharmacotherapy as they relate to rational drug product selection, drug and disease state evaluation and monitoring, and the development of a patient care plan. Each course includes lectures as well as workshop sessions in which the student groups are guided by a faculty facilitator to apply problem-solving strategies and evidence-based medicine to realistic patient cases, and to develop patient care plans.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisites for PPRA 1611 Pharmacotherapeutics I, 5 credits: PS-II Standing
  • Prerequisites for PPRA 1612 Pharmacotherapeutics II, 5 credits: PS- II standing, PPRA 1611 Pharmacotherapeutics I and PHAR 1641 Pharmacology I, Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of PHAR 1642 Pharmacology II, PSCI 1602 Chemical Principles of Drug Action I
  • Prerequisites for PPRA 1613 Pharmacotherapeutics III, 5.5 credits: PS- II standing, PHAR 1642 Pharmacology II, PPRA 1612 Pharmacotherapeutics II, PSCI 1602 Chemical Principles of Drug Action I, Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of PHAR 1643 Pharmacology III and PSCI 1603 Chemical Principles of Drug Action II
  • Prerequisites for PPRA 1711 Pharmacotherapeutics IV, 5 credits: PS-III standing, Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of PSCI 1751 Chemical Principles of Drug Action III
  • Prerequisites for PPRA 1712 Pharmacotherapeutics V, 5 credits: PS-III standing, PPRA 1711 Pharmacotherapeutics IV, PSCI 1751 Chemical Principles of Drug Action III
  • Prerequisites for PPRA 1713 Pharmacotherapeutics VI, 5 credits: PS-III standing, PPRA 1712 Pharmacotherapeutics V, PSCI 1752 Chemical Principles of Drug Action IV

PPRA 1622

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience II-Health Systems

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Students will explore the philosophy and practice of health system pharmacy through didactic lectures, workshop assignments and on site experience at an assigned practice site under the guidance of a preceptor. Students will be introduced to technical pharmacy skills, hospital pharmacy management, distributive systems, quality assurance and the role of the pharmacist in the health care team. Students will explore career options within health care systems.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-II standing, PPRA 1631 Institutional Pharmacy Practice

PPRA 1631

Institutional Pharmacy Practice

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This course introduces students to the practice of pharmacy in institutional settings, focusing on hospitals and acute care settings. The use and preparation of and regulations surrounding parenteral medications will be described. Students will learn about other issues surrounding the safe and effective use of medications in the institutional setting, including medication reconciliation, accreditation, and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-II Standing

PPRA 1721

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience III: Clinical

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This course provides students the opportunity to practice the principles and skills in clinical pharmacy through practical experiences, practice simulation, and workshops. Site visits to various hospitals and chronic care sites allow the students to experience and apply the lessons learned in the complementary didactic courses in real practice environments.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRA 1731

Healthcare Communications II

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This course focuses on the development of practical skills necessary for effective communication in the health care setting; adding to the students' foundational communication skills, via integration of therapeutic knowledge into their communication with patients, caregivers, and health care professionals. Students gain counseling proficiency on a variety of dosage forms across a range of therapeutic drug classes and experience communication with specific populations (based on age, culture and/or socioeconomic differences, heightened sensitivity, etc.) The students learn about behavior modification strategies and implementation of medication therapy management.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRA 1742

Clinical Skills in Pharmacy Practice

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This course emphasizes the pharmacist's role in the community/ambulatory care practice setting. In this course, the principles of self-care and nonprescription pharmacotherapy are examined. Students learn a systematic approach to assessing, triaging and managing self-treatable conditions. The use of medication devices, home monitoring kits, and point of care testing devices is also included.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-III Standing

PPRA 1751

Pharmacy Management

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Pharmacists in all practice settings use a variety of management skills on a daily basis. This course introduces students to the role of management within pharmacy and exposes them to a variety of theories, techniques, and tools used by pharmacists to ensure that patient care is delivered in an effective and efficient manner.

Credits: 4

PPRA 1752

Pharmacy Law/Ethics

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The basic principles of law are reviewed as they relate to the practice of pharmacy under federal, state, and local regulations. The special problems involving the control of narcotics, poisons, and other controlled substances are reviewed. Some laws relative to business activities and discussions of professional ethics are also included.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRA 1763

Quality Assurance and Effective Pharmacy Practice

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This course will acquaint the student with the nature of quality assurance in health care and its implications for pharmacy practice. Topics addressed include: quality and the future of health care, recognizing and defining quality problems, identifying quality problems (Root Cause Analysis & Healthcare Failure Mode and Effect Analysis), risk management and medication errors, medication error reporting, measurement of safety and quality, the system's perspective, and implementing changes to enhance quality.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRA 1783

Clinical Pharmacokinetics

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This course focuses on the application of pharmacokinetic principles for the purpose of optimizing drug therapy. Lectures and workshops are used to teach the following principles: effects of disease and drug-drug interactions on pharmacokinetic parameters, initial loading and maintenance dosage regimen calculations, dosage adjustment for linear and nonlinear drugs, interplay between pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, effects of extracorporeal elimination, and interpretation of serum drug concentrations. Patient cases or problem sets will be distributed weekly and used to give practice in the application of principles. Workshops and quizzes will be conducted to assess the understanding of principles.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-II standing

PPRA 1885

Elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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Pharmacy students may select from a list of electives with a variety of non-patient care foci or an additional clinical specialty pharmacy practice experience. Pharmacy students under the supervision of an adjunct faculty or full faculty member will gain experience in their chosen elective area. The student will complete 3 major projects with focus applicable to the site. The student will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the healthcare team.

Credits: 9

PPRA 1886

Community Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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Pharmacy students under the supervision of an adjunct faculty member will gain experience in community pharmacy practice including dispensing procedures, pharmacy law, practice management and OTC pharmacotherapy assessment. The student will assess drug therapy, monitor clinical interventions, practice counseling and patient care skills, and complete a journal club and a case presentation. The student will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the healthcare team.

Credits: 9

PPRA 1887

Hospital Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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Pharmacy students under the supervision of an adjunct faculty will gain experience in hospital pharmacy practice, and interactions with other health care providers. The student will participate in drug therapy assessment, patient care activities and monitor outcomes in various patient populations. The student will complete case presentations and other assignments. The student will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the healthcare team.

Credits: 9

PPRA 1888

General Medicine Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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Pharmacy students under the supervision of an adjunct or full faculty member will gain experience in general medicine pharmacy practice including practice management and interactions with other health care providers, participate in drug therapy assessment, patient care activities and monitor outcomes in various patient populations. The student will complete a journal club, a case presentation and drug information paper. The student will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the healthcare team.

Credits: 9

PPRA 1889

Ambulatory Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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Pharmacy students under the supervision of an adjunct or full faculty member will gain experience in ambulatory care pharmacy practice, including practice management, interactions with other health care providers, participation in drug therapy assessment, patient care activities, and monitoring outcomes in various patient populations. The student will complete a journal club, case presentation and drug information paper. The student will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the healthcare team.

Credits: 9

PPRA 1890

Clinical Specialty Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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Pharmacy students under the supervision of an adjunct or full faculty member will gain experience in clinical specialty pharmacy practice, including practice management, interactions with other health care providers, participation in drug therapy assessment, patient care activities, and monitoring outcomes in various patient populations. The student will complete a journal club, case presentation and drug information paper. The student will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the healthcare team.

Credits: 9

PSCI 1501

Reflective Portfolio I

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This course provides students with a framework to document regular self-assessment of his/her progressive achievement of curricular outcomes. Lecture topics include an introduction to the e-portfolio platform, reflective writing, defining evidence, and the value of self-assessment. Workshops will focus on baseline assessment.

Credits: 1

PSCI 1511

Pharmaceutical Calculations

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This course provides an introduction to the practice of pharmacy with an emphasis on the mathematical calculations that are essential to compounding and dispensing drugs and that are commonly encountered in subsequent pharmacy courses.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-I standing

PSCI 1512

Pharmaceutics I: Physical Pharmacy and Dosage Form Design

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This course discusses the types and characteristics of pharmaceutical dosage forms and the physicochemical principles involved in design, development and formulation of traditional dosage forms. Topics include but are not limited to acids, bases, and buffers; solubility, dissolution, and distribution phenomena; preformulation considerations; solid, liquid, and semisolid dosage forms; and ophthalmic delivery.

Credits: 2

PSCI 1513

Dosage Form Laboratory

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This course is focused on discussing and learning to prepare various extemporaneously compounded dosage forms, while understanding, adhering to, and fulfilling all legal requirements.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PSCI 1511 Pharmaceutical Calculations

PSCI 1514

Pharmaceutics II: Drug Delivery and Dosage Form Design

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This course discusses the types and characteristics of pharmaceutical dosage forms and the physiochemical principles involved in design, development and formulation of traditional dosage forms. Topics include: suppositories, transdermal, pulmonary and nasal delivery; sterility and microbial contamination; injectable products; liposomes; nanoparticles; implants and specialized devices; biologics and biotechnology-derived products; radiopharmaceuticals; packaging considerations, pediatric and geriatric formulation considerations; and selection of a drug delivery system.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PSCI 1512 Pharmaceutics I: Physical Pharmacy and Dosage Form Design

PSCI 1515

Introduction to Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics

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Topics covered in this course include: mathematical descriptions of the time course of drug absorption; distribution and elimination; the physiochemical properties of drugs and the relevant physiologic factors that affect drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion; the relationship between drug concentration and clinical responses; the pharmacokinetic variability caused by differences in body weight, age, sex, genetic factors, diseases, and drug interactions; applications of pharmacokinetics and pharmaceutics to clinical situations.

Credits: 3.5

Prerequisites

PSCI 1512 Pharmaceutics I

PSCI 1601

Introduction to Drug Structure Evaluation

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A review of the organic functional groups (including heterocycles) found in drug molecules and their properties is conducted. Amino acids are introduced as structural components of biomolecules and/or biological targets for drug action. The drug structure evaluation process includes evaluation of the acid/base properties, binding interactions, and metabolic transformations for each functional group. Functional group interaction (s) with amino acid side chains is foundational to learning structure activity relationships later in the course sequence.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-II Standing

PSCI 1602, 1603, 1751, 1752

Chemical Principles of Drug Action I, II, III, IV

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Concepts of drug-target interactions and structure activity relationships are discussed for all of the major classes of drugs. Classification is based on a drug's mechanism of action at its biological target, e.g., messenger receptors, enzymes, nucleic acids, and excitable membranes or other biopolymers. Principle routes of drug metabolism, drug transport and the prediction of drug-drug, drug-disease, drug-herb and drug-food interactions based on each drug's chemical properties are also discussed. Examples of drug action in the central nervous system, autonomic nervous system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, and immune system are discussed, as well as anti-infective agents, anti-neoplastic agents, and the impact of biotechnology on drug design.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisites for PSCI 1602 Chemical Principles of Drug Action I, 4.5 credits: Completion of PSCI 1601 Introduction To Drug Structure Evaluation and PHAR 1641 Pharmacology I, PS-II standing, Concurrent enrollment in PHAR 1642 Pharmacology II
  • Prerequisites for PSCI 1603 Chemical Principles of Drug Action II, 4 credits: Completion of PSCI 1602 Chemical Principles of Drug Action I and PHAR 1642 Pharmacology II, PS-II standing
  • Prerequisites for PSCI 1751 Chemical Principles of Drug Action III, 2 credits: Completion of PSCI 1602 and 1603 Chemical Principles of Drug Action I and II and PHAR 1642 Pharmacology II, PS-III standing
  • Prerequisites for PSCI 1752 Chemical Principles of Drug Action IV, 1 credit: Completion of PSCI 1751 Chemical Principles of Drug Action III, PS-III standing.

PSCI 1722

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

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Biotechnology-derived products are increasingly being used to treat diabetes, various types of cancer, blood disorders, growth deficiencies, renal failure, infections, and multiple sclerosis. This course is an introduction to biotech products, from recombinant DNA and antisense technology to monoclonal antibodies. Production, storage, and handling will be discussed as they relate to analytical techniques, patient education and counseling, and therapeutic use. Topics include gene therapy, stem cell research, cloning, biopharming, pharmacogenomics, and the Human Genome Project.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III Standing