The Department of Pharmacy Practice is comprised of faculty who provide education in the social, administrative and clinical aspects of pharmacy practice, including patient care experiences. Required courses in the social and administrative science area include an introduction to career development and current pharmacy topics, a survey of the healthcare system, professional practice management, and pharmacy law and ethics. Required courses in the clinical science area include drug literature evaluation and the pharmacotherapeutics of prescription and non-prescription medications. A professional skills development sequence integrates the knowledge and skills from other courses including communications, 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.