The mission of the Department of Pharmacy Practice is to develop excellence in the profession through integration of didactic, experiential and postgraduate education. The Department seeks to inspire students, residents and faculty to be responsible patient advocates by promoting and engaging in patient-centered care, community service, scholarship and professional involvement.
The Department of Pharmacy Practice is composed of faculty who provide education in the administrative and clinical sciences, as well as direct practice experience. Required courses in the administrative science area include a survey of the health care system, professional practice management, quality assurance of pharmacy practice, and pharmacy law and ethics. Required courses in the clinical science area include drug literature evaluation, pharmacotherapeutics, clinical pharmacokinetics, and professional practice classes and laboratories that emphasize communication skills, prescription processing, and patient-centered care. Supervised introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences required during the program provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge acquired in didactic courses to life situations. The experiences are designed to promote the development of technical, cognitive, and decision-making skills that are necessary for the contemporary practice of pharmacy in a variety of practice environments. Various states apply these experiences to their state board of pharmacy internship requirements.