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Elective Course Descriptions

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. The number in parentheses indicates the old course number.

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Course Name

BIOC 1445

Principles and Practices of Enteral and Total Parenteral Nutrition

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This course surveys the biochemical, metabolic, and nutritional sciences underlying the provision of nutritional support, and provides a basic introduction to the clinical practices involved in its implementation. During the course, students apply information provided in lectures to the provision of nutritional support in selected clinical case studies.

Credits: 1

BIOC 1447

Nutrition in Preventive Medicine

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This module presents the student with current concepts relating diet to the incidence, etiology, pathogenesis, and prevention of three chronic diseases (cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis).

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

BIOC 1551 and 1552 Biochemistry I and II

MICR 1304

Agents of Biological and Chemical Warfare and Terrorism

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The course is 20 hours of didactic lecture, but Web-based and video presentation is also used. Discussion sessions highlight the potential use of biological and chemical agents as agents of terrorism, when to suspect their use, signs and symptoms of each agent, the standard medical response to biological and chemical terrorism, and the factors involved in planning for and protecting against a biological and chemical weapons attack. In addition, historical and hypothetical case scenarios are also presented.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

MICR 1510 Infectious Diseases and Their Etiologic Agents

PHAR 1410

Pharmacologic Aspects of Drug Abuse

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This elective provides an in-depth understanding of the pharmacology of the common drugs of abuse including alcohol, cocaine, stimulants, hallucinogens, and opioids. Particular emphasis is given to basic pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic mechanisms as they relate to the effects of drugs and to the development of drug tolerance and dependence. Current theories regarding the physiologic basis of drug-seeking behavior and the development of drug dependence are presented. In addition, various social, legal, and ethical aspects of the drug abuse problem are considered.

Credits: 2

PHAR 1420

Medical Spanish

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This course provides the student with the vocabulary necessary to understand and converse in the fields of medicine and health care in Spanish. This course has been designed to aid the medical student in communicating with the Latino patient, understand cultural attitudes, which may impact on the required medical care. Listening, comprehension, and conversational skills will be stressed through dialogues and oral presentations by students. Critical learning skills that students will need to develop to accomplish the intended outcome are cooperative learning and effective group dynamic skills.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

Two years of high school or college Spanish

PHAR 1430

Cardiovascular Pharmacology

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Cardiovascular (CV) disease is a national health problem of major consequence. Its treatment is one of the principal problems facing modern medicine. This elective is designed to familiarize the student with the most significant of all CV diseases, i.e., atherosclerosis; and potential anti-atherosclerotic effectiveness and mechanisms of various CV drugs and non-drug forms of therapy. This course is offered with Pass/Fail grading only.

Credits: 2

PPRA 1301

Special Project or Research

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This course provides an opportunity for PS-I, PS-II, and PS-III students to work with individual faculty mentors on projects of variable scope. Included activities could be library, laboratory, and/or survey-type research; assistance with syllabus development of future elective courses; or other activities agreed on between the student and mentor and approved by the appropriate department chair. A maximum of 4 credits of PPRA or PSCI 1301 may be applied toward elective requirements for the Pharm.D. degree.

Credits: 1-3

PPRA 1302

Community Service

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Through hands-on involvement in a community service project and discussions with community leaders, the student will be better prepared to provide pharmaceutical care to a wider segment of the population. The issues addressed may include understanding the role of physical or mental disabilities, cultural sensitivity, language barriers, and alternative medicines in providing quality pharmaceutical care. This course includes development and implementation of a service project or participation in a project currently sponsored by the University. Permission of the instructor is required.

Credits: 1

PPRA 1303

Advanced Internal Medicine

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This course will concentrate on issues related to the care of general internal medicine patients in an acute inpatient setting. Topics in the course will focus on the diagnosis, pharmacotherapy, and management of this specific patient population. New topics will be discussed and topics covered in core courses will be augmented.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PPRA 1611, 1612, 1613 and 1711 Pharmacotherapeutics I, II, III, and IV

PPRA 1304

Advanced Internal Medicine Practicum

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This course will allow for small group discussion and application of topics related to the care of general internal medicine patients in an acute inpatient setting. Topics in the course will be those taught in the Advanced Internal Medicine elective.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PPRA 1611, 1612, 1613 and 1711 Pharmacotherapeutics I, II, III, and IV, Concurrent enrollment in PPRA 1303 Advanced Internal Medicine

PPRA 1305

Pharmacy: Its History and Heroes

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This course begins with a general overview of pharmacy throughout history, with special emphasis on Illinois pharmacy and pharmacy associations. The second half of the course consists of student-led presentations on individuals who can be considered heroes in the profession who have been instrumental in the adaptation of our healthcare system to provide access to quality healthcare.

Credits: 2

PPRA 1306

Veterinary Pharmacy

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This course provides a general overview of the issues related to pet care that may be encountered in community pharmacy, current guidelines regarding animal wellness, and background information necessary to develop a practice with a pharmacy focus.

Credits: 2

PPRA 1308

Introduction to Teaching and Learning Issues

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Throughout their careers pharmacists are called upon to teach. Many pharmacists present continuing education talks, precept pharmacy students, and present community service seminars. To be effective at these tasks, it is essential for the pharmacist to have a good understanding of learning theory and basic tools for teaching. This course is designed to introduce students to learning theory and basic tools for teaching. Students learn through practice. As new concepts are introduced, students will apply them in either homework assignments or in-class presentations.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PS-II or PS-III standing

PPRA 1309

Pediatric Pharmacotherapy

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This elective concentrates on specific issues related to the treatment and care of pediatric patients. By following a mock patient from birth through his/her teen years, the elective is designed to introduce the students to common childhood illnesses and the treatments for these conditions, drug delivery systems used for pediatric patients, current controversies in pediatric care, and commonly used over-the-counter medications, and alternative therapies. Active learning and projects will be utilized.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRA 1310

Landmark Trials in Primary Care

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This course focuses on reviewing the clinical trial data that support therapeutic recommendations in primary care. Students in this course critically evaluate landmark clinical trials, identifying rationale for current therapeutic guidelines and inconsistencies with trial data and current guidelines. The focus is on interpreting clinical trial data and applying the data to patient cases to support therapeutic recommendations.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing, PPRA 1711 Pharmacotherapeutics IV

PPRA 1311

Advanced Cardiology Topics

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This course provides pharmacy students an opportunity to learn about selective cardiovascular diagnoses and therapy, and cardiovascular diagnostic procedures. Lectures focus on the role of pharmacological agents in diagnostic and invasive cardiology procedures from basic concepts to a patient's bedside. Active learning strategies are employed.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRA 1312

Psychiatric Pharmacy: Beyond the Basics

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This course provides insight into psychiatric disorders. Topics include psychiatric patient interviews, movement disorder assessment, pediatric psychiatry, and personality disorders. Current clinical controversies, new research, and psychiatric-related films, documentaries, and popular literature will be discussed.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRA 1313

Geriatric Patient Care

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The course reviews foundational material essential in caring for geriatric patients. Medical, psychological and social issues commonly encountered in the aging adult are covered. The course offers students the opportunity to further develop problem solving skills in providing geriatric patient care.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRA 1314

Practical Applications of Women’s Health Issues

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This elective concentrates on specific issues related to the optimal delivery of women's health care. Topics covered include gender-related differences in treating women, wellness and prevention over the female life span, diseases uniquely affecting women, and pharmacotherapy and psychosocial aspects of women's health. Interactive lectures, group projects, and workshops will educate students about practical considerations in the health care of women. Community service will be encouraged.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRA 1315

Advanced Clinical Diabetes Management

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This course focuses on specific issues related to the delivery of in-depth pharmaceutical care in the management of diabetes. Emphasis is on pharmacotherapeutic issues not covered in the general therapeutic course. Students will practice application of the material through patient cases and hands-on experience. Topics discussed will include a review of the non-insulin diabetes treatments, prevention of diabetes complications, treatment of gestational diabetes, use of modern insulin combinations and pump therapy, insulin initiation and adjustment, and evaluation of insulin delivery devices.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing, PPRA 1711 Pharmacotherapeutics IV

PPRA 1316

Advanced Infectious Disease

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This course provides students an opportunity to expand their knowledge in the area of infectious diseases. A case-based approach will be utilized to foster an interactive learning experience. Students will build upon their current knowledge of infectious diseases through discussions and debates related to evidence-based medicine, policies and procedures, and the clinical management of infectious disease-related issues. Mock clinical rounds will be incorporated.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRA 1317

End-of-Life Care

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This course covers end of life care from four different perspectives: managing the system, managing the patient, managing the caregiver, and managing attitudes and feelings. Pharmacotherapeutic aspects of death and dying are presented. The course is delivered via lecture and interactive discussion.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-II or PS-III standing

PPRA 1318

Introduction to American Sign Language for Health Professionals

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Students develop syntactic knowledge of American Sign Language and learn basic vocabulary and conversation skills that are frequently used by health care professionals. Students will also develop expressive and receptive finger spelling through class activities. Vital aspects of deaf culture are also discussed.

Credits: 1

PPRA 1319

Introduction to Nuclear Pharmacy

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This course exposes the pharmacy student to the many areas of nuclear pharmacy and nuclear medicine. During the course, the student is provided with the training fundamentals that nuclear pharmacists encounter.

Credits: 1

PPRA 1320

Oncology Therapeutics

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This course combines lectures and group discussions of the major oncology topics. Lectures will address the biology and pathophysiology of cancer and the rationales for the types of chemotherapy treatments. The importance of the pharmaceutical role of supportive care in cancer will also be discussed.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRA 1321

Medication Management in Primary and Secondary Schools

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This course describes medication management in schools including transfer, storage, administration, use, and disposal. It addresses five important related issues: documentation, delegation of medication management responsibility, liability concerns, therapeutic issues, and the availability of information needed to adequately perform medication management. It reviews medication management guidelines and relevant conceptual frameworks, including rational drug therapy and polycentric authority, and provides a summary of the empirical literature. It shows that pharmacy has been involved very little in this problem in the past, and specifies ways that individual pharmacists and pharmacies can get involved in medication management in schools and improve the situation.

Credits: 2

PPRA 1322

Tobacco Cessation

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This course will enable students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide comprehensive tobacco cessation counseling to patients who use tobacco. Topics of emphasis include epidemiology of tobacco use, principles of addiction, methods of assisting patients with quitting, and available tobacco cessation products.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PPRA 1611 Pharmacotherapeutics I

PPRA 1324

Spirituality and Health

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Students enhance their patient care skills by examining the relationship between spirituality and health, learn the role of spirituality and religion in health care, and examine issues related to the interaction between spiritual outlook and compliance with medical treatment. Topics include a review of the current empirical literature on the impact of spirituality and religion on medical health and psychological well-being, the role of spirituality in health care, review of different spiritual perspectives, the role of the hospital chaplain, and spiritual assessment. Expert guest presenters will lead discussions on how belief systems affect the patient's perception of health, necessary spiritual considerations in patient care and therapeutic dilemmas produced by spiritual beliefs

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRA 1325

Topics in Career Management

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The goal of this course is to gain an awareness of a career as a process requiring planning, development, and management. Career-related topics will be presented and discussed, including how career-related discussions are affected by life stages, career self-assessment, job hunting, networking, professional etiquette, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and job-related benefits.

Credits: 2

PPRA 1326

Advanced Over the Counter Medications

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The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist in addressing the self-care needs of the patient. Emphasis will be placed on initial assessment of self-limited problems with home diagnostic kits and treatment utilizing non-prescription drugs and life style changes.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PS-II standing

PPRA 1327

Therapeutic Issues in Critical Care

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In the critical care setting, pharmacists have a unique role on multidisciplinary medical teams through their expertise in pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and drug information. This course is designed to introduce students to selected disease states encountered in the intensive care unit setting as well as current controversies regarding the clinical management of these patients. The therapeutic management of critically ill patients will be discussed using case study, interactive methods and lecture formats.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRA 1328

Home Infusion Therapy

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This course is designed as an introduction to home health care with an emphasis on the provision of infusion therapy to patients in their homes or other alternate sites. Sessions will be held in a discussion format and will explore the interdisciplinary care of patients prescribed outpatient parenteral therapies. Case studies will be used to illustrate key elements in the patient management process.

Credits: 2

PPRA 1329

Advanced Physical Assessment

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This course extends students' physical assessment skills. Student learning will be facilitated through lectures with hands-on training. Lectures focus on the rationale behind the physical assessment method and a description of the techniques employed and their place in practice (diagnosis and monitoring). Techniques used for drug therapy monitoring by pharmacists will be discussed. Workshops will provide students with the opportunity to practice and perfect physical assessment skills. The class will be organized based upon organ systems and specific disease processes.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRA 1330

Practical Applications of Men's Health Issues

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This course emphasizes the disparities that exist in men's health and the unique needs of male patients in the healthcare setting. Through lectures and group discussions, students will learn how to communicate about and promote healthcare in men and utilize literature interpretation skills to formulate clinical recommendations about current topics in men's health.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing, PPRA 1711 Pharmacotherapeutics IV

PPRA 1331

Lifestyle Modifications in Pharmacotherapy

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Appropriately managing lifestyles is a part of successful pharmaceutical care. This course highlights major areas of lifestyle modifications for all patients including nutrition, physical activity, and weight management, plus management of lifestyles in chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and dyslipidemia. The course expands on the concepts of pharmaceutical care and patient assessment introduced in prior courses with respect to lifestyle. Case studies, student projects, and lectures will be utilized to deliver the course.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRA 1333

Global Pharmaceutical Sciences

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This course explores both macro and micro aspects of global pharmaceutical systems including the interaction of systems and environments and the functions and roles of pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. The course will include discussions of global and international situations and their effects on the local healthcare delivery systems. The impact of social, cultural, political, economic, and technological changes on the development of various global pharmaceutical systems will be addressed.

Credits: 2

PPRA 1334

Disease and Practice Management in Ambulatory Care

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This course focuses on the evolving role of the pharmacist in delivery care in ambulatory care settings. Student pharmacists will explore ambulatory care topics and methods to implement services through interactive discussions and case-based learning both in the classroom and online. Discussions and cases build critical thinking and problem solving skills. Emphasis is placed on disease management and approaches to practice management.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRA 1335

Introduction to Managed Care Pharmacy

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This course provides a complete overview of managed care pharmacy and covers the history of managed care, prescription benefit management, pharmacy benefit design, mail service pharmacy, formulary management, disease state management, pharmacoeconomics, outcomes research, and e-prescribing. Students will learn the tools that are used in pharmacy cost management and disease management to improve the overall healthcare of a member.

Credits: 1

PPRA 1336

Topics in Leadership and Management

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This course is designed to introduce students to leadership concepts and theory and is intended to expand the students' knowledge and their leadership potential. The course will review leadership and management principles through discussion of current leadership literature.

Credits: 1

PPRA 1337

Topics in Community Pharmacy Finance and Marketing

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This course is designed to introduce students to basic concepts of finance and marketing applied to the community pharmacy setting. Emphasis will be placed on understanding profit and loss statements, marketing concepts, and factors that contribute to overall business success in this setting. Students will expand their knowledge and experience in developing a written business plan that can be implemented and utilized throughout the community pharmacy sector.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PPRA 1751 Pharmacy Management

PPRA 1339

Anticoagulation in Clinical Practice

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This elective course provides students with an overview of major topics in anticoagulation management encountered in clinical practice. Topics include prophylaxis and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE), anticoagulation in special patient populations, treatment plans requiring modification of anticoagulation, and different practice models for anticoagulation monitoring. Students will develop a working knowledge and skill set required to provide pharmacy-managed anticoagulation services in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PPRA 1613 Pharmacotherapeutics III

PPRA 1340

Advanced Topics in HIV Medicine

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This elective course is intended to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection, its treatment and issues affecting people living with HIV infection. Topics to be covered include pathophysiology, epidemiology, pharmacology and social issues related to HIV. Various complications of HIV, including opportunistic infections, will also be discussed.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PPRA 1712 Pharmacotherapeutics V

PPRA 1341

Advanced Cardiology

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This course will provide pharmacy students with an opportunity to learn about more selected cardiovascular diagnosis, procedures, and therapy. New topics will be discussed and topics covered in core courses will be augmented. Lectures will focus on the role of pharmacologic agents in diagnostic and invasive cardiology procedures from basic concepts to patient's bedside. Active learning strategies are highly employed.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PPRA 1613 Pharmacotherapeutics III

PPRA 1342

Postgraduate Training Opportunities for Pharmacists

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The course reviews postgraduate training opportunities for pharmacists with a focus on pharmacy residencies. Students will learn appropriate steps to secure a pharmacy residency and the basic expectations of different residency programs. A variety of learning techniques will be employed, which include lectures, class discussions and in-class assignments. Students will be evaluated based on attendance, class participation and submission of a high-quality curriculum vitae and other written reflections as assigned.

Credits: 1

PPRA 1344

Therapeutic Management of Poisoning and Drug Overdose

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Pharmacists provide an important role in the treatment of drug overdose. This course introduces students to the clinical presentation and therapeutic management of various acute overdose situations, covers basic principles of poison control, and addresses the management of the following overdose types: opioids, illicit drugs, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, stimulants, alcohols, OTCs, cardiovascular agents, anticholingergics, and others. The course will be lecture based with many active learning opportunities.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PS-II Standing

PSCI 1301

Special Projects or Research

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This course provides an opportunity for PS-I, PS-II, and PS-III students to work with individual faculty mentors on projects of variable scope. Included activities could be library, laboratory, and/or survey-type research; assistance with syllabus development of future elective courses; or other activities agreed on between the student and mentor and approved by the appropriate department chair.A maximum of 4 credits of PPRA or PSCI 1301 may be applied toward elective requirements for the Pharm.D. degree.

Credits: 1 - 3

PSCI 1302

Community Service

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Through hands-on involvement in a community service project and discussions with community leaders, the student will be better prepared to provide pharmaceutical care to a wider segment of the population. The issues addressed may include understanding the role of physical or mental disabilities, cultural sensitivity, language barriers, and alternative medicines in providing quality pharmaceutical care. This course includes development and implementation of a service project or participation in a project currently sponsored by the University. Permission of the instructor is required.

Credits: 1

PSCI 1370

Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment

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This elective provides an understanding as to what can happen to the environment in the presence of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). Lectures focus on identification of how PPCPs are introduced into the environment, mechanisms available to limit this type of pollution, actual and potential cause/effect relationships between specific products/byproducts and types of wildlife, as well as actual and potential cause/effect relationships between specific products/byproducts and humans (e.g. reproductive effects).

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PSCI 1371

Alternative Therapies and Natural Products

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Alternative therapies are being used by a growing percentage of the population and are becoming more visible to mainstream medical practice. Health care professionals should develop the knowledge and skills necessary to aid the patient in making rational decisions about the use of alternative therapies. This elective focuses on the utility of drugs from natural sources in today's practice environment and surveys the products of animals, plants, microbes that will impact pharmacy tomorrow.

Credits: 3

PSCI 1372

Contemporary Compounding

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Contemporary compounding is an elective course for students who are interested and want to develop an expertise in this field of practice. Some theory is presented with emphasis on the development of excellent compounding skills that are applicable to contemporary pharmacy practice.

Credits: 3

PSCI 1373

Drug Delivery Systems in Patient-Centered Care

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This course focuses on the appropriate use of drug delivery systems to ensure appropriate response to therapy of medications used in a variety of disease states. Route of administration, formulation design, bioavailability and bioequivalence will be discussed with the intent to discover the therapeutic impact of formulation. Lectures provide insight on the drug delivery systems which provide a therapeutic response while focusing on topics within one disease state or system.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PSCI 1374

Advanced Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

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This course provides an overview of several areas of current interest in the field of medicinal chemistry. Also presented in-depth will be certain specialized topics that received limited coverage in the required medicinal chemistry courses.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PSCI 1375

Vitamins, Minerals, and Nutritional Support

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This module provides an overview of the mechanisms of action, therapeutic uses of fat- and water-soluble vitamins, antioxidants, macro- and micro-minerals, and enteral nutritional support products. Topics include the use of anti-oxidants, multi-vitamin choices, potential toxicity and drug interactions, and nutritional support/supplement selection for infants and adults. The mechanism-based approach used in this module allows the student to more easily identify, organize, and recommend various therapeutic agents for a wide variety of patients.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PSCI 1376

Development of Newly Approved Drug Therapies

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The FDA is constantly engaged in evaluating new drug treatments and approving them for marketing in the US. Annually, the FDA approves about 20 new drug therapies. The process involved in the development of new drug therapies for certain clinical conditions and diseases will be discussed. The business aspects of developing new drug therapies, and the impact of pharmaceutical innovations on society and the business community will be covered.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-II standing

PSCI 1377

Methods in Drug Discovery

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Students will participate in a research experience focused on the general principles and current approaches involved in drug discovery. The course will combine lecture based teaching with a hands-on approach to learning. Topics covered will include many of the screening approaches currently employed at pharmaceutical companies to identify novel compounds. In addition to lectures covering experimental design, students will learn basic bench skills, and be expected to perform literature reviews and data analysis.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-II or PS-III Standing

PSCI 1378

Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine

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Pharmacogenomics provides tailored drug selection and dosage based on a person's genetic makeup. This course will focus on clinical applications of pharmacogenomics. Students completing this course will gain an understanding of how genetic differences among individuals can impact the outcome of drug therapy in both positive and negative ways.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III Standing