Chicago College of Pharmacy

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Updated Pharm. D. Curriculum Core 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. This listing applies for students entering the Doctor of Pharmacy Program in or after Fall 2016.

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Course Name

BIOCD 1554

Biochemistry I

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This course emphasizes principles and concepts of structure-function relationships in major biomolecules and human metabolism. This course includes lectures and workshops which utilize small group discussions focusing on clinical case studies to illustrate principles of clinical biochemistry and application to the practice of pharmacy.

Credits: 2.5

Prerequisites

PS-I standing

BIOCD 1555

Biochemistry II

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This course emphasizes human nutrition along with cell and molecular biology. This course includes lectures and workshops which utilize small group discussions focusing on clinical case studies to illustrate principles of clinical biochemistry and application to the practice of pharmacy.

Credits: 3.5

Prerequisites

PS-1 standing

CORED 1599B

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

CORED 1699B

Interprofessional Education II

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This course provides students, working in interprofessional teams, opportunities to learn and provide integrated, patient-centered care in the development of therapeutic care plans using a team-based approach. Active learning techniques, interprofessional learning, and clinical simulation will be used to enhance the education of learners to effectively engage in problem solving and communication activities that address current health related issues in the care of humans, animals, and the environment.

Credits: 1

Prerequisite

PS-II standing

MICRD 1520

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

PS-1 standing

MICRD 1622

Infectious Disease and Their Etiologic Agents

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This course is an integrated course that consists of didactic lectures, "bug quizzes", and homework based on on-line "self-study" assignments. A basic knowledge of the infectious agent and clinical microbiology is provided so that students can understand the infectious agents, relevant diseases, and the clinical signs and symptoms of those diseases based on the organ-system. Emphasis is placed on understanding the interaction between the host and pathogenic microorganisms.

Credits: 3

Prerequisite

PS-II standing

PHARD 1651, 1652, 1653

Pharmacology I, II, III

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This three-course sequence explores the pharmacologic actions of the major classes of drugs acting on the autonomic, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, immune, endocrine, and central nervous systems. The major classes of drugs associated with the chemotherapy of microbial (bacteria, viral, fungal) and parasitic diseases are also described. Other topics discussed include, principles of antimicrobial therapy, drugs acting on blood and blood-forming organs, vitamins, as well as principles of toxicology, receptor theory, and dose response.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisites for PHARD 1651 Pharmacology I, 2.5 credits: Concurrent enrollment in PSCID 1621 Chemical Principles of Drug Action I
  • Prerequisites for PHARD 1652 Pharmacology II, 1.5 credits: Completion of PHARD 1651 Pharmacology I and concurrent enrollment in PSCID 1622 Chemical Principles of Drug Action II
  • Prerequisites for PHARD 1653 Pharmacology III, 2 credits: Completion of PHARD 1651 Pharmacology I and concurrent enrollment in PSCID 1623 Chemical Principles of Drug Action III

PHYSD 1522

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, 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: 3.5

Prerequisites

PS-I standing

PHYSD 1523

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 respiratory, renal, acid-based, 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: 3.5

Prerequisites

PS-I standing

PPRAD 1510, 1610, 1710, 1714

Professional Development I, II, III, IV

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This course sequence develops students' knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors and attitudes necessary to demonstrate self-awareness, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, and professionalism through their life-long career. Continuing professional development model (CPD) will be the framework for the course. Required and elective activities may be offered and students will record and reflect on these activities in their electronic portfolio.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisite for PPRAD 1510 Professional Development I, 1 credit, PS-I standing
  • Prerequisite for PPRAD 1610 Professional Development II, 1 credit, PS-II standing
  • Prerequisite for PPRAD 1710 Professional Development III, 1 credit, PS-III standing
  • Prerequisite for PPRAD 1714 Professional Development IV, 1 credit: PPRAD 1710 Professional Development III

PPRAD 1520

Interprofessional Healthcare Communications

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This course will introduce first year pharmacy, medical, dental medicine and optometry students to the fundamental principles of effective communication in the healthcare setting. The course introduces the principles of interpersonal, nonverbal, motivational communication, cultural awareness, and selected barriers to effective communication.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PS-I standing

PPRAD 1521

Healthcare Systems

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This course describes elements and forces affecting the organization, delivery, and financing of healthcare services in the United States. It explores major historical, social, economic, and political aspects of our health care system. Strengths and weaknesses of the system, including possible options for mitigating the latter, are identified.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-I standing

PPRAD 1525

Fundamentals of Pharmacy Practice

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This course introduces the student to the practice of pharmacy through lectures and workshops and provides them with skills needed to participate in future Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Students learn basic principles of pharmacy practice necessary for any practice setting, including pharmacy law, informatic, prescription process, and the pharmacists' patient care process. Students will be expected to demonstrate patient interviewing and drug information skills.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-I standing

PPRAD 1530

Introductory to Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) I: Community

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This course will allow students to gain an appreciation of the knowledge, skills, and socialization needed to practice in the community setting. Students will meet weekly to observe and discuss the role of the community pharmacist and participate in daily operations that focus on the distributive aspects of practice. Guided exercises and an introduction to the basics of community practice will serve as a foundation for advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

Credits: 3.5

Prerequisites

PPRAD 1525 Fundamentals of Pharmacy Practice

PPRAD 1532, 1661, 1662, 1663, 1761, 1762

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

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Pharmacotherapeutics is a sequence of six courses emphasizing the safe, effective, and evidence-based use of drugs. The course sequence focuses on the pharmacists' patient care process through lectures with embedded individual and group learning activities.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisite for PPRAD 1532 Pharmacotherapeutics I, 3 credits, PS-I standing 
  • Prerequisite for PPRAD 1661 Pharmacotherapeutics II, 4.5 credits: Concurrent enrollment in PHARD 1651 Pharmacology I and PSCID 1621 Chemical Principles of Drug Action I, PS-II standing
  • Prerequisite for PPRAD 1662 Pharmacotherapeutics III, 5.5 credits: Concurrent enrollment in PHARD 1652 Pharmacology II and PSCID 1622 Chemical Principles of Drug Action II, PS-II standing
  • Prerequisite for PPRAD 1663 Pharmacotherapeutics IV, 4.5 credits: Completion of MICRD 1622 Infectious Diseases and their Etiologic Agents, concurrent enrollment in PHARD 1653 Pharmacology III and PSCID 1623 Chemical Principles of Drug Action III, PS-II standing
  • Prerequisite for PPRAD 1761 Pharmacotherapeutics V, 4 credits: Concurrent enrollment in PSCID 1761 Principles of Drug Action I, PS-III standing
  • Prerequisite for PPRAD 1762 Pharmacotherapeutics VI, 5 credits: Concurrent enrollment in PSCID 1762 Principles of Drug Action II, PS-III standing

PPRAD 1533

Pharmacy Practice Development and Evaluation I

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This is the first course in a two-course series introducing students to concepts important for the development and evaluation of pharmacy practice activities. Students will be exposed to basic management principles relevant to pharmacy practice and will learn about the role of quality improvement in both health care and pharmacy practice. In addition to traditional lectures, students will participate in hands-on activities and group projects related to management and quality topics.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PPRAD 1521 Healthcare Systems and PPRAD 1525 Fundamentals of Pharmacy Practice

PPRAD 1543

Institutional Pharmacy Practice

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

Credits: 2.5

PPRAD  1650

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience II: Health Systems

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This course will provide students exposure to the fundamentals of pharmacy practice in a healthy system or hospital setting. The format will be a combination of didactic lectures, simulations, and on-site experiences. Students will gain practical experience with systems used to manage the medication use process and be introduced to drug distribution systems, pharmacy operations, sterile product preparation, medication reconciliation, medication safety, and drug information.

Credits: 3

Prerequisite

PS-II standing

PPRAD  1651, 1652, 1653

IPPE Longitudinal I, II, III

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A three course sequence designed to provide students opportunities to communicate, deliver patient care, and develop drug information skills. Emphasis will be placed on the changing needs of patients and ensuring continuity of care. These courses will not only provide students opportunities to apply didactic knowledge to patients, but will also cultivate their affective attributes necessary to becoming a caring pharmacist.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisite for PPRAD 1651 IPPE Longitudinal I, 2 credits, PS-II standing
  • Prerequisite for PPRAD 1652 IPPE Longitudinal II, 1 credit: Completion of PPRAD 1651 IPPE Longitudinal I, PS-II standing
  • Prerequisite for PPRAD 1653 IPPE Longitudinal III, 1.5 credits: Completion of PPRAD 1652 IPPE Longitudinal II, PS-II standing

PPRAD 1670, 1771, 1772

IPPE Clinical Skills & Simulation I, II, III

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In this course sequence, students will integrate and apply knowledge and skills obtained throughout the curriculum to the practice of pharmacy. These courses develop skills in communication and in identifying and assessing drug therapy problems using principles of patient assessment, physical assessment, and knowledge of drug therapy and devices. Students will demonstrate these skills and apply drug therapy problem-solving strategies to the pharmacists' patient care process.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisites for PPRAD 1670 IPPE Clinical Skills & Simulation I, 3 credits, PS-II standing
  • Prerequisites for PPRAD 1771 IPPE Clinical Skills & Simulation II, 2 credits, PS-III standing
  • Prerequisites for PPRAD 1772 IPPE Clinical Skills & Simulation III, 3 credits, PS-III standing

PPRAD 1671

Evidence-Based Pharmacy Practice

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This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills necessary to construct sound pharmacotherapeutic recommendations via thorough retrieval and evaluation of best available clinical evidence. The course will focus on developing primary literature evaluation and critical thinking skills, so that students can use evidence to formulate drug information responses and patient care recommendations. Individual and group activities will include literature searching, literature evaluation, problem solving skills, and practice of verbal and written communication skills.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-II standing

PPRAD 1741

Pharmacy Practice Development and Evaluation II

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This second course of a two-course series continues the introduction of students to concepts important for the development and evaluation of pharmacy practice activities. Students will learn basic skills necessary to evaluate programs and services. These skills will build on earlier principles related to evaluation of drug therapy outcomes at the patient level by translating that thinking to economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes at the population level. Various evaluation and outcome frameworks will be introduced.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRAD 1750

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience III: Clinical

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This course allows students to practice clinical skills in pharmacy through practical experiences, practice simulations, and workshops. Site visits to various clinical environments allow the student to experience and apply lessons learned from didactic courses in patient care settings.

Credits: 3.5

Prerequisite

PPRAD 1650 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience II: Health Systems

PPRAD 1773

Pharmacy Law/Ethics

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The basic principles of pharmacy law are reviewed as they apply to the practice of pharmacy under federal, state, and local regulations. The special circumstances 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

PPRAD 1793

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 learn 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.

Credits: 3

Prerequisite

PS-III standing

PPRAD 1802

Community Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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This practice experience will enable students to develop their skills and gain experience in a variety of patient-oriented services in community practice. In addition to medication dispensing, students will focus on drug therapy assessment and intervention, identification, resolution, and prevention of drug-related problems, education, and communication with patients and other healthcare professionals. Students may participate in additional services such as administration of immunizations, blood pressure screenings, and medication therapy and disease state management.

Credits: 9

Prerequisites

PS-IV standing

PPRAD 1803

Hospital Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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This practice experience will enable students to develop their skills and gain experience in hospital practice or other system of integrated pharmacy services. Emphasis is placed on systems to promote safe and effective medication use to optimize patient outcomes. In addition to medication order processing, preparation, and distribution, students will focus on drug-use decision-making processes, individual patient drug therapy monitoring, formulary management, and communication with patients and other healthcare professionals.

Credits: 9

Prerequisites

PS-IV standing

PPRAD 1804

General Medicine Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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This practice experience will enable students to develop their skills and gain experience related to general medicine in an acute care setting. Emphasis is placed on participating in an interprofessional healthcare team, drug therapy assessment, patient care activities, and monitoring of outcomes in various patient populations. In addition, students will participate in drug therapy interventions, identify drug related problems, develop therapeutic care plans, and effectively communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals.

Credits: 9

Prerequisites

PS-IV standing

PPRAD  1805

Ambulatory Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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This practice experience will enable students to develop their skills and gain experience related to ambulatory care practice. Emphasis will be placed on participating in an interprofessional healthcare team, and sharing responsibility with patients, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals to achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes. In addition, students will participate in drug therapy assessment and intervention, identify drug related problems, develop therapeutic care plans, and effectively communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals.

Credits: 9

Prerequisites

PS-IV standing

PPRAD 1806

Clinical Speciality Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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This practice experience will enable students to develop their skills and gain experience related to practice in a specific clinical specialty. Emphasis will be placed on participating in an interprofessional healthcare team, drug therapy assessment and intervention, patient care activities, and monitoring of outcomes in various patient populations. In addition, students will participate in drug therapy interventions, identify drug related problems. develop therapeutic care plans, and effectively communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals.

Credits: 9

Prerequisites

PS-IV standing

PPRAD  1807

Elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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This is an experience where students will gain an adequate breadth of knowledge, skills, and experiences specific to their chosen elective area. Pharmacy students may select from a list of electives with a variety of patient-care or non-patient care experiences such as an additional clinical specialty (when available), managed care pharmacy, academia, or pharmacy administration.

Credits: 9

Prerequisites

PS-IV standing

PSCID 1517

Physical Pharmacy and Dosage Form Design

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This course is designed to impart an understanding of the types and characteristics of pharmaceutical dosage forms, and the physico-chemical principles involved in design, development, formulation, preparation, and dispensing of dosage forms.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-I standing

PSCID 1518

Pharmaceutical Calculations

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

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-I standing

PSCID 1519

Dosage Form Laboratory

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

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PSCID 1518 Pharmaceutical Calculations, PSCID 1517 Physical Pharmacy and Dosage Form Design

PSCID 1531

Introduction to Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics

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This course will discuss biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetic parameters. Topics covered include but are not limited to: mathematical descriptions of time course of drug absorption, distribution, and elimination; physicochemical properties of drugs and relevant physiologic factors that affect drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion; relationship between drug concentration and clinical responses; pharmacokinetic variability caused by differences in body weight, age, sex, genetic factors, diseases, and drug interactions; and applications of pharmacokinetics and pharmaceutics to clinical situations.

Credits: 3.5

Prerequisites

PSCID 1517 Physical Pharmacy and Dosage Form Design

PSCID 1532

Introduction to Drug Structure Evaluation

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This course provides a review of organic functional groups found in drug molecules and their properties. Heterocycles and amino acids are introduced as structural components of endogenous biomolecules and/or biological targets for drug action. As part of the drug structure evaluation process the acid/base properties, binding interactions possible with a biological target, and metabolic transformations for each functional group are presented. Significant emphasis will be placed on functional group interaction with amino acid side chains.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-I standing

PSCID 1621, 1622, 1623

Chemical Principles of Drug Action I, II, III

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Concepts of drug-target interactions and structure-activity relationships are discussed for major drug classes. Classification is based on a drug's mechanism of action at its biological target. Routes of drug metabolism, drug transport and the predication of drug-drug, drug-disease and drug-food interactions based on chemical properties are presented. Examples of drug action in the cardiovascular, endocrine, central nervous, and immune systems and anti-infective agents will be discussed, as well as the impact of pharmacogenomics.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisite for PSCID 1621 Chemical Principles of Drug Action I, 3.5 credits: PS-II standing, Concurrent enrollment in PHARD 1651 Pharmacology I
  • Prerequisite for PSCID 1622 Chemical Principles of Drug Action II, 2.5 credits: Completion of PSCID 1621 Chemical Principles of Drug Action I and concurrent enrollment in PHARD 1652 Pharmacology II
  • Prerequisite for PSCID 1623 Chemical Principles of Drug Action III, 2 credits: Completion of PSCID 1621 Chemical Principles of Drug Action I and concurrent enrollment in PHARD 1653 Pharmacology III

PSCID 1761, 1762

Principles of Drug Action I, II

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The pharmacology and medicinal chemistry of the major drug classes used in the treatment of central nervous system disorders and in targeting cancers are explored. Mechanisms by which drugs mediate their pharmacological effect are discussed with consideration of drug-target interactions, structure-activity relationships, side effects and related toxicities. Drug metabolism, transport, drug resistance and the prediction of drug-drug, drug-disease and drug-food interactions based on chemical properties, and the impact of pharmacogenomics are presented.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisite for PSCID 1761 Principles of Drug Action I, 3.5 credits, PS-III standing
  • Prerequisite for PSCID 1762 Principles of Drug Action II, 2 credits, PS-III standing

PSCID 1772

Biotechnology

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Biotechnology-derived products are increasingly being used to treat a variety of medical conditions. This course is an introduction to biotech products, and will cover general principles, production methods, regulatory issues, stem cell and nucleic acid therapeutics, pharmacogenomics and gene testing. Delivery, storage and handling, and therapeutic use, monitoring and adverse effects of biologics (including hormones, enzymes, growth factors and monoclonal antibodies) will be addressed.

Credits: 2.5

Prerequisite

PS-III standing