Chicago College of Pharmacy

Downers Grove, IL Campus

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.

For students entering the Doctor of Pharmacy Program in or prior to 2015, course descriptions are provided for the last three professional years only.

Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

PHARD 1641, 1642, 1643

Pharmacology I, II, III

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This sequence of courses include coverage of the pharmacologic actions of the major classes of drugs acting on the autonomic, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, immune and central nervous systems. Other topics that are covered include the chemotherapy of microbial, parasitic and neoplastic diseases; drugs acting on blood and blood-forming organs, hormones and hormone antagonists, principles of toxicology, vitamins, and drugs causing birth defects.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisites for PHARD 1641 Pharmacology I, 3 credits: PS-II standing
  • Prerequisites for PHARD 1642 Pharmacology II, 3 credits: PHARD 1641 Pharmacology I
  • Prerequisites for PHARD 1643 Pharmacology III, 2 credits: PHARD 1642 Pharmacology II

PPRAD 1601, 1701, 1801

Reflective Portfolio II, III, IV

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This course sequence provides students with a framework to document regular self assessment of his/her progressive achievement of curricular outcomes. Lecture topics include review of reflective writing, introduction to longitudinal reflective writing, defining evidence, common mistakes made in previous portfolios, and the value of continued self-assessment and planning for continuous professional development. The PS-II and PS-III workshops focus on portfolio entries that demonstrate progressive achievement of curricular outcomes and assessment of entries.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisites for PPRAD 1601 Reflective Portfolio II, 0.5 credits: PS-II standing
  • Prerequisites for PPRAD 1701 Reflective Portfolio III, 0.5 credits, PS-III standing
  • Prerequisites for PPRAD 1801 Reflective Portfolio IV, 0.5 credits, PS-IV standing

PPRAD 1611, 1612, 1613, 1711, 1712, 1713

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

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Pharmacotherapeutics is a required course sequence of six courses offered in the second and third professional years. It emphasizes the principles of pharmacotherapy as they relate to rational drug product selection, drug and disease state evaluation and monitoring, and the development of a patient care plan. Each course includes lectures as well as workshop sessions in which the student groups are guided by a faculty facilitator to apply problem-solving strategies and evidence-based medicine to realistic patient cases, and to develop patient care plans.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisites for PPRAD 1611 Pharmacotherapeutics I, 5 credits: PS-II Standing
  • Prerequisites for PPRAD 1612 Pharmacotherapeutics II, 5 credits: PS- II standing, PPRAD 1611 Pharmacotherapeutics I and PHARD 1641 Pharmacology I, Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of PHARD 1642 Pharmacology II, PSCID 1602 Chemical Principles of Drug Action I
  • Prerequisites for PPRAD 1613 Pharmacotherapeutics III, 5.5 credits: PS- II standing, PHARD 1642 Pharmacology II, PPRAD 1612 Pharmacotherapeutics II, PSCID 1602 Chemical Principles of Drug Action I, Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of PHARD 1643 Pharmacology III and PSCID 1603 Chemical Principles of Drug Action II
  • Prerequisites for PPRAD 1711 Pharmacotherapeutics IV, 5 credits: PS-III standing, Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of PSCID 1751 Chemical Principles of Drug Action III
  • Prerequisites for PPRAD 1712 Pharmacotherapeutics V, 5 credits: PS-III standing, PPRAD 1711 Pharmacotherapeutics IV, PSCID 1751 Chemical Principles of Drug Action III
  • Prerequisites for PPRAD 1713 Pharmacotherapeutics VI, 5 credits: PS-III standing, PPRAD 1712 Pharmacotherapeutics V, PSCID 1752 Chemical Principles of Drug Action IV

PPRAD 1621, 1623, 1624

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Longitudinal II, III, IV

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In the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Longitudinal, the student participates in the longitudinal care of four patients over the four quarter sequence. Emphasis will be placed on the changing needs of the patients and insuring continuity of care. The student will learn to effectively communicate with the patient and other health care providers while collecting relevant health care information about the patient. The student will develop affective components necessary to become a caring pharmacist. All four courses in this sequence must be taken sequentially.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisites for PPRAD 1621 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Longitudinal II, 0.5 credits: PS-II standing and concurrent enrollment in or completion of PPRAD 1611 Pharmacotherapeutics I
  • Prerequisites for PPRAD 1623 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Longitudinal III, 0.5 credits: PS-II standing and concurrent enrollment in or completion of PPRAD 1612 Pharmacotherapeutics II
  • Prerequisites for PPRAD 1624 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Longitudinal IV, 1.5 credits: PS-II standing and concurrent enrollment in or completion of PPRAD 1613 Pharmacotherapeutics III

PPRAD 1622

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience II-Health Systems (1/2 class)

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Students will explore the philosophy and practice of health system pharmacy through didactic lectures, workshop assignments and on site experience at an assigned practice site under the guidance of a preceptor. Students will be introduced to technical pharmacy skills, hospital pharmacy management, distributive systems, quality assurance and the role of the pharmacist in the health care team. Students will explore career options within health care systems.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-II standing, PPRA 1631 Institutional Pharmacy Practice

PPRAD 1631

Institutional Pharmacy Practice

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

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-II Standing

PPRAD 1721

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience III: Clinical

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This course provides students the opportunity to practice the principles and skills in clinical pharmacy through practical experiences, practice simulation, and workshops. Site visits to various hospitals and chronic care sites allow the students to experience and apply the lessons learned in the complementary didactic courses in real practice environments.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRAD 1731

Healthcare Communications II

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This course focuses on the development of practical skills necessary for effective communication in the health care setting; adding to the students' foundational communication skills, via integration of therapeutic knowledge into their communication with patients, caregivers, and health care professionals. Students gain counseling proficiency on a variety of dosage forms across a range of therapeutic drug classes and experience communication with specific populations (based on age, culture and/or socioeconomic differences, heightened sensitivity, etc.) The students learn about behavior modification strategies and implementation of medication therapy management.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRAD 1742

Clinical Skills in Pharmacy Practice

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This course emphasizes the pharmacist's role in the community/ambulatory care practice setting. In this course, the principles of self-care and nonprescription pharmacotherapy are examined. Students learn a systematic approach to assessing, triaging and managing self-treatable conditions. The use of medication devices, home monitoring kits, and point of care testing devices is also included.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-III Standing

PPRAD 1751

Pharmacy Management

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Pharmacists in all practice settings use a variety of management skills on a daily basis. This course introduces students to the role of management within pharmacy and exposes them to a variety of theories, techniques, and tools used by pharmacists to ensure that patient care is delivered in an effective and efficient manner.

Credits: 4

PPRAD 1752

Pharmacy Law/Ethics

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The basic principles of law are reviewed as they relate to the practice of pharmacy under federal, state, and local regulations. The special problems 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 1763

Quality Assurance and Effective Pharmacy Practice

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This course will acquaint the student with the nature of quality assurance in health care and its implications for pharmacy practice. Topics addressed include: quality and the future of health care, recognizing and defining quality problems, identifying quality problems (Root Cause Analysis & Healthcare Failure Mode and Effect Analysis), risk management and medication errors, medication error reporting, measurement of safety and quality, the system's perspective, and implementing changes to enhance quality.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRAD 1783

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 teach 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. Patient cases or problem sets will be distributed weekly and used to give practice in the application of principles. Workshops and quizzes will be conducted to assess the understanding of principles.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PS-II standing

PPRAD 1885

Elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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Pharmacy students may select from a list of electives with a variety of non-patient care foci or an additional clinical specialty pharmacy practice experience. Pharmacy students under the supervision of an adjunct faculty or full faculty member will gain experience in their chosen elective area. The student will complete 3 major projects with focus applicable to the site. The student will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the healthcare team.

Credits: 9

PPRAD 1886

Community Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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Pharmacy students under the supervision of an adjunct faculty member will gain experience in community pharmacy practice including dispensing procedures, pharmacy law, practice management and OTC pharmacotherapy assessment. The student will assess drug therapy, monitor clinical interventions, practice counseling and patient care skills, and complete a journal club and a case presentation. The student will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the healthcare team.

Credits: 9

PPRAD 1887

Hospital Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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Pharmacy students under the supervision of an adjunct faculty will gain experience in hospital pharmacy practice, and interactions with other health care providers. The student will participate in drug therapy assessment, patient care activities and monitor outcomes in various patient populations. The student will complete case presentations and other assignments. The student will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the healthcare team.

Credits: 9

PPRAD 1888

General Medicine Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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Pharmacy students under the supervision of an adjunct or full faculty member will gain experience in general medicine pharmacy practice including practice management and interactions with other health care providers, participate in drug therapy assessment, patient care activities and monitor outcomes in various patient populations. The student will complete a journal club, a case presentation and drug information paper. The student will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the healthcare team.

Credits: 9

PPRAD 1889

Ambulatory Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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Pharmacy students under the supervision of an adjunct or full faculty member will gain experience in ambulatory care pharmacy practice, including practice management, interactions with other health care providers, participation in drug therapy assessment, patient care activities, and monitoring outcomes in various patient populations. The student will complete a journal club, case presentation and drug information paper. The student will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the healthcare team.

Credits: 9

PPRAD 1890

Clinical Specialty Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

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Pharmacy students under the supervision of an adjunct or full faculty member will gain experience in clinical specialty pharmacy practice, including practice management, interactions with other health care providers, participation in drug therapy assessment, patient care activities, and monitoring outcomes in various patient populations. The student will complete a journal club, case presentation and drug information paper. The student will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the healthcare team.

Credits: 9

PSCID 1601

Introduction to Drug Structure Evaluation

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A review of the organic functional groups (including heterocycles) found in drug molecules and their properties is conducted. Amino acids are introduced as structural components of biomolecules and/or biological targets for drug action. The drug structure evaluation process includes evaluation of the acid/base properties, binding interactions, and metabolic transformations for each functional group. Functional group interaction (s) with amino acid side chains is foundational to learning structure activity relationships later in the course sequence.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-II standing

PSCID 1602, 1603, 1751, 1752

Chemical Principles of Drug Action I, II, III, IV

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Concepts of drug-target interactions and structure activity relationships are discussed for all of the major classes of drugs. Classification is based on a drug's mechanism of action at its biological target, e.g., messenger receptors, enzymes, nucleic acids, and excitable membranes or other biopolymers. Principle routes of drug metabolism, drug transport and the prediction of drug-drug, drug-disease, drug-herb and drug-food interactions based on each drug's chemical properties are also discussed. Examples of drug action in the central nervous system, autonomic nervous system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, and immune system are discussed, as well as anti-infective agents, anti-neoplastic agents, and the impact of biotechnology on drug design.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisites for PSCID 1602 Chemical Principles of Drug Action I, 4.5 credits: Completion of PSCID 1601 Introduction To Drug Structure Evaluation and PHARD 1641 Pharmacology I, PS-II standing, Concurrent enrollment in PHARD 1642 Pharmacology II
  • Prerequisites for PSCID 1603 Chemical Principles of Drug Action II, 4 credits: Completion of PSCID 1602 Chemical Principles of Drug Action I and PHARD 1642 Pharmacology II, PS-II standing
  • Prerequisites for PSCID 1751 Chemical Principles of Drug Action III, 2 credits: Completion of PSCID 1602 and 1603 Chemical Principles of Drug Action I and II and PHARD 1642 Pharmacology II, PS-III standing
  • Prerequisites for PSCID 1752 Chemical Principles of Drug Action IV, 1 credit: Completion of PSCID 1751 Chemical Principles of Drug Action III, PS-III standing.

PSCID 1722

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

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Biotechnology-derived products are increasingly being used to treat diabetes, various types of cancer, blood disorders, growth deficiencies, renal failure, infections, and multiple sclerosis. This course is an introduction to biotech products, from recombinant DNA and antisense technology to monoclonal antibodies. Production, storage, and handling will be discussed as they relate to analytical techniques, patient education and counseling, and therapeutic use. Topics include gene therapy, stem cell research, cloning, biopharming, pharmacogenomics, and the Human Genome Project.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing