Chicago College of Pharmacy

Downers Grove, IL Campus

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.

Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

PHARD 1420

Medical Spanish

See More

This elective will provide the student with the vocabulary necessary to understand and converse in the fields of medicine and health care in Spanish. It will focus on communication with a Spanish-speaking patient, as well as understanding cultural attitudes that may impact medical care. Listening, comprehension, and conversational skills will be stressed through dialogues and oral presentations. Students will develop cooperative learning and effective group dynamic skills necessary to accomplish course goals.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

Students must pass a prerequisite oral and written basic Spanish language evaluation prior to course registration. Two years of high school or college Spanish

PPRAD 1301

Special Project or Research

See More

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 PPRAD or PSCID 1301 may be applied toward elective requirements for the Pharm.D. degree.

Credits: 1-3

PPRAD 1302

Community Service

See More

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

PPRAD 1303

Principles of Acute Care

See More

The course emphasizes the skills and knowledge necessary to perform well in an acute care general medicine setting. The student will practice problem based learning in a team learning environment to devise appropriate therapeutic plans for disease states and clinical controversies commonly encountered in acute care practice. Instructors will utilize patient cases and interactive teaching methods.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRAD 1306

Introduction to Veterinary Pharmacy

See More

This course introduces students to issues associated with the provision of veterinary-focused pharmacy services. It provides a foundation for pharmacists interested in providing care for species other than humans. Pharmacology, unique physiologic and pharmacokinetic differences will be emphasized. Management and prevention of common diseases will be discussed.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRAD 1309

Pediatric Pharmacotherapy

See More

This course focuses on issues related to the treatment and care of pediatric patients. By following mock patients from birth through their adolescence, the elective is designed to introduce the students to common illnesses, drug delivery systems used for pediatric patients, and current controversies in pediatric care. Students have the opportunity to select topics of intent that will be covered in a portion of the course.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRAD 1314

Women’s Health

See More

This elective concentrates on specific issues related to the optimal delivery of women's health care. Topics covered include sex 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

PPRAD 1315

Advanced Clinical Diabetes Management

See More

This course will focus on advanced topics in the management of diabetes. Students will have the opportunity to practice application of the material through patient cases and hands-on experiences. Topics discussed will include a review of the classifications and diagnosis of diabetes, non-insulin and insulin therapies, cardiovascular outcomes trials and updates in primary literature, complications of diabetes, and a review of the devices available in the management of diabetes.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRAD 1316

Advanced Infectious Disease

See More

This course expands students' knowledge and skills in area of infectious diseases and antimicrobial pharmacotherapy. A case-based approach will be utilized to foster an interactive learning experience. Students will build upon their current knowledge of infectious diseases and antimicrobials through case-related discussions and debates utilizing current guidelines, evidence-based primary literature, institutional policies and procedures, and expert opinions from guest facilitators.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-III standing

PPRAD 1318

Introduction to American Sign Language for Health Professionals

See More

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. Aspects of deaf culture and methods of effective communication also discussed.

Credits: 1

PPRAD 1322

Tobacco Cessation

See More

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 addition, methods of assisting patients with quitting, and available tobacco cessation products.

Credits: 1

Prerequisite

PPRAD 1532 Pharmacotherapeutics I

PPRAD 1324

Spirituality and Health

See More

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. Faculty and expert guest presenters lead discussions on how belief systems affect patients' perception of health, necessary spiritual considerations in patient care, therapeutic dilemmas produced by spiritual beliefs, and resources available to the health care team.

Credits: 2

Prerequisite

PPRAD 1662 Pharmacotherapeutics III

PPRAD 1327

Therapeutic Issues in Critical Care

See More

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 introduces students to select 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

PPRAD 1338

Epidemiologic Investigation of Medicine Use

See More

Epidemiologic methods are finding increased use to obtain answers to questions not easily found through traditional clinical research pathways like randomized trials. As evidence-based medicine and population-based care is becoming increasingly important, a firm understanding of epidemiologic principles is necessary for healthcare professionals. This course will introduce students to the population-oriented approach of epidemiology and its application to examining the use and effects of medications, as well as practice evaluation.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PPRAD 1513 Principles of Evidence-Based Pharmacy Practice

PPRAD 1339

Anticoagulation in Clinical Practice

See More

This course will explore anticoagulation in both the inpatient and outpatient settings through lecture, patient cases, and hands-on experiences. Students will develop a working knowledge and skill set required to provide pharmacy-managed anticoagulation services. Topics will include a review of currently available oral and parenteral anticoagulants as well as those in the pipeline, consideration in anticoagulation for special populations, and advanced therapeutic issues.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PPRAD 1662 Pharmacotherapeutics III

PPRAD 1341

Advanced Cardiology

See More

This course reviews cardiovascular diseases for those students interested in cardiology. New topics (e.g. valvular disease) will be introduced, and previous topics discussed in required courses will be further augmented. Topics will focus on diagnostics and procedures, cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, and the role of the cardiology pharmacist. Active learning strategies and high-fidelity simulations are highly employed.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PPRAD 1662 Pharmacotherapeutics III

PPRAD 1342

Postgraduate Training Opportunities for Pharmacists

See More

The course reviews pharmacists' postgraduate training and educational opportunities with a focus on pharmacy residencies. Topics include, but are not limited to, the residency application process, types of available residencies and fellowships, and careers available after postgraduate training. Students will also be expected to create a high quality curriculum vitae (CV) and letter of intent, which are standard components of most residency and fellowship application packages.

Credits: 1

PPRAD 1344

Therapeutic Management of Poisoning and Drug Overdose

See More

Pharmacists can provide an important role in the treatment of drug overdose. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the clinical presentation and therapeutic management of various acute overdose situations, as well as the screening of high risk individuals for opioid abuse. This elective will cover basic principles of poison control and address the management of the following overdose types: opioids, illicit drugs, stimulants, alcohols, cardiovascular agents, anticholinergics, and others. The course will be lecture base with active learning opportunities.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PS-III Standing

PPRAD 1345

Statistical Applications in Pharmacy Research

See More

This course will help students develop the skills necessary to analyze data, interpret the results of those analyses, and produce meaningful reports based on those analyses. Statistical techniques related to describing and visualizing data, comparing means, nonparametric tests, categorical data analysis, and regression modeling procedures will be presented in the course. Students will also be introduced to basic principles of data management, such as data file preparation, data manipulation, and recoding.

Credits: 2

Prerequisite

PPRAD 1671 Evidence Based Pharmacy Practice

PPRAD 1346

Entrepreneurship

See More

This course is designed to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit. Students will engage in team building exercises, interactive lectures, and in-class activities to develop creative thinking. Working in groups, students will develop a business idea, abbreviated business plan, and present business plans to a panel of experts, who will evaluate the viability of the idea.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

PPRAD 1533 Pharmacy Practice Development and Evaluation I

PPRAD 1347

Clinical Trials in Ambulatory Care

See More

This course focuses on reviewing the clinical trial data that support therapeutic recommendations in ambulatory care. Students in this course critcally evaluate clinical trials to reinforce skills in interpreting clinical trial data, practice applying the data to patient cases to support therapeutic recommendations, and identifying the rationale for current therapeutic guidelines.

Credits: 2

Prerequisite

PPRAD 1662 Pharmacotherapeutics III

PPRAD 1349

Patient-Centered Ambulatory Care and Practice Management

See More

This course focuses on the evolving role of pharmacist providing patient-centered ambulatory care services. Strong emphasis is placed on patient-centered care and practice management. Topics discussed include methods to build meaningful patient relationships; the importance of shared-decision making; evaluating risk assessment tools; career planning; billing opportunities and billing requirements; quality measurements; and strategic planning. Focused updates in drug therapy relevant to ambulatory care since therapeutics will also be introduced.

Credits: 2

Prerequisite

PPRAD 1661 Pharmacotherapeutics II

PSCID 1301

Special Projects or Research

See More

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 PPRAD or PSCID 1301 may be applied toward elective requirements for the Pharm.D. degree.

Credits: 1-3

PSCID 1302

Community Service

See More

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

PSCID 1305

Pharmacy: Its History and Heroes

See More

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

Credits: 2

PSCID 1370

Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment

See More

This course provides an understanding as to what can happen to the environment (personal and wildlife) in the presence of chemicals associated with pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). This course focuses on identification of PPCP sources and entry points, removal strategies, as well as documented and potential cause/effect relationships between specific chemical products/byproducts and wildlife species. When relevant, potential cause/effect relationships between these chemical entities and human systems (e.g. reproductive system) will be explored.

Credits: 1

Prerequisite

PS-II standing

PSCID 1375

Vitamins, Minerals, and Nutritional Support

See More

This course provides an overview of the mechanisms and 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, as well as nutritional support/supplement selection for infants and adults. The mechanism-based approach used in this module allows the student pharmacist to more easily identify, organize, and recommend various therapeutic agents for a wide variety of patients.

Credits: 2

PSCID 1376

Development of Newly Approved Drug Therapies

See More

The Food and Drug Administration 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 newly approved 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 also be covered.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PS-II or PS-III standing

PSCID 1379

LGBTQI Considerations in the Provision of Healthcare

See More

This course develops knowledge and skills to facilitate the provision of inclusive, compassionate and holistic patient centered care to members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) community. Lecture topics include an introduction to LGBTQI terminology, culture and history, mental health and social service needs, and communication strategies. An emphasis on personal acknowledgement of knowledge/skills deficits may help to prevent health inequities for these populations in the future.

Credits: 2

Prerequisite

PS-II standing

PSCID 1382

Advanced Compounding

See More

This laboratory-based course will expose students to more advanced compounding techniques, formulation/dosage forms, and equipment. Lecture topics will include compounding safety, legislation, accreditation, marketing, and sources of compounding information and supplies

Credits: 2

Prerequisite

PSCID 1519 Dosage Form laboratory

PSCID 1383

Natural Products and Complementary & Integrative Health

See More

Botanical dietary supplements are used by at least 1/3 of the population as a component of complementary and integrative health with mainstream medical practice. Health care professionals should develop knowledge and skills necessary to aid patients in making rational decisions about their use. This elective focuses on the utility of drugs from natural sources in practice today, and surveys the products of plants and animals, and various complementary modalities of medicine that impact health.

Credits: 3

Prerequisite

PS-III standing

PSCID 1384

Advanced Topics in Pharmacogenomics

See More

This advanced topics course will provide an in-depth knowledge on the clinical application of pharmacogenomics. Students will deepen their understanding of how genetic differences impact drug therapy and be able to interpret pharmacogenomic data and testing results. Students are expected to read assigned papers before class and participate in class activities and group discussions. Assessment will be based on student presentations, in class activities, case studies, short papers, and take home worksheets.

Credits: 2

Prerequisite

PS-III standing