Academic Departments

At the College of Pharmacy–Glendale, we combine problem-based learning with hands-on experiences in the specialty areas you need for professional success. The programs of instruction our faculty develop include extensive education in the pharmaceutical, administrative and clinical sciences, as well as direct practice experience — all of which help you become a more disciplined and critical thinker.

Department of Pharmaceutical Science

Chair: Volkmar Weissig, Ph.D.

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences subsumes several specialty areas: pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, natural products/pharmacognosy, and physiology/pharmacology.

Pharmaceutics is that area of pharmacy associated with designing various dosage forms for delivery of drugs; determining drug storage and stability; and evaluating the effects of administration and formulation factors on the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs in humans.

Medicinal chemistry is a science that is unique to pharmacy because it is a hybridization of the physical, chemical, biochemical, analytical, and pharmacological principles employed in explaining the mechanisms of drug action and drug design. The application of principles associated with medicinal chemistry provides the professional undergraduate student with a firm basis for his/her career in pharmacy.

Pharmacognosy is that pharmaceutical science concerned with the biological, chemical, and therapeutic uses of drugs obtained from plants, microbes, and animals.


The mission of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is to empower students with the foundation of knowledge essential to the professional pharmacy curriculum. While providing the highest quality instruction in pharmaceutical sciences, the faculty introduces and develops skills of critical thinking, problem-solving and life-long learning in future pharmacists. The members of the faculty serve as role models, nurturing interpersonal skills in pharmacy students during their professional development. In turn, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences enhances the scholarly development of this faculty members by encouraging them to strive for excellence in critical inquiry. The Department also endeavors to contribute significantly to Midwestern University by excelling in service both within and outside of the College.

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Department of Pharmacy Practice

Chair: David a. Sclar, Ph.D., b.Pharm.
The department of pharmacy practice is comprised 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 an introduction to career development and current pharmacy topics, a survey of the health care system, professional practice management, and pharmacy law and ethics.

Required courses in the clinical science area include topics in the area of nonprescription medications, drug literature evaluation, pharmacotherapeutics, and a professional practice laboratory that emphasizes communication skills, prescription processing, and pharmaceutical care.

Supervised 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.


The mission of the Department of Pharmacy Practice is to prepare and empower pharmacy students and pharmacists to become competent providers of pharmacist care in all practice settings. This mission is achieved through a combination of innovative didactic coursework, experiential training, mentoring, scholarship, and community service in partnership with students, pharmacy practitioners, and the medical and lay communities. The Department serves the professional community through the development and evaluation of innovative pharmacy practice models that promote the role of the pharmacist as an integral member of the health care team.

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