Departments: Pharmaceutical Practice

Pharmacy in Downers Grove

Chair: Sue Winkler, Pharm.D., BCPS, Professor

The Department of Pharmacy Practice is composed 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 early experiential course sequence, a survey of the health care system, professional practice management, quality assurance of pharmacy practice, and pharmacy law and ethics.

Required courses in the clinical science area include non-prescription medications, drug literature evaluation, clinical pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics, clinical pharmacokinetics, 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.