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ACADEMIC YEAR 2013-2014

Subject to Change

Year 1          
Fall Winter Spring
Fall Credits Winter Credits Spring Credits
PHAR 011G
Portfolio I
0 PHAR 012G
Portfolio II
0 PHAR 013G
Portfolio III
0
PHAR 110G
Anatomy
2 PHAR 113G
Physiology and Pathophysiology I
4 PHAR 114G
Physiology and Pathophysiology II
4
PHAR 112G
Anatomy Laboratory
1 PHAR 121G
Health Care Systems
2 PHAR 162G
Pharmaceutics Laboratory
1
PHAR 116G
Introduction to Drugs
3 PHAR 141G
Pharmaceutics
3 PHAR 164G
Pharmacy Administration
3
PHAR 119G
Pharmacy Communications
2 PHAR 145G
Pharmaceutical Calculations
2 PHAR 167G
OTC
2
PHAR 134G
Introduction to Biostatistics
1 PHAR 155G
Pharmacy Practice Laboratory I
1 PHAR 169G
Biopharmaceutics
3
PHAR 150G
Biochemistry
3 PHAR 171G
IPPE Institutional

* or
PHAR 172G
IPPE Community
1 PHAR 171G
IPPE Institutional

* or
PHAR 172G
IPPE Community
1
PHAR 171G
IPPE Institutional

* or
PHAR 172G
IPPE Community
1        
  13   13   14

*Each student will be randomly assigned IPPE for two out of the three terms during the first year. IPPE credits earned only for terms assigned an IPPE rotation.

 

Year 2          
Fall Winter Spring
Fall Credits Winter Credits Spring Credits
PHAR 021G
Portfolio IV
0 PHAR 022G
Portfolio V
0 PHAR 023G
Portfolio VI
0
PHAR 211G
Integrated Therapeutics I
4 PHAR 212G
Integrated Therapeutics II
4 PHAR 213G
Integrated Therapeutics III
4
PHAR 224G
Immunology and Microbiology
4 PHAR 227G
Pharmacokinetics
3 PHAR 216G
Case Studies III
1
PHAR 214G
Case Studies I
1 PHAR 215G
Case Studies II
1 PHAR 242G
Infectious Disease II
3
PHAR 246G
Pharmacy Practice
3 PHAR 241G
Infectious Disease I
3 PHAR 271G
Biostatistics
3
PHAR 256G
Pharmacy Practice Laboratory II
1 PHAR 261G
IPPE Community II

** or
PHAR 262G
IPPE Longitudinal
1 PHAR 281G
Dietary Supplements
2
PHAR 261G
IPPE Community II

** or
PHAR 262G
IPPE Longitudinal
1     PHAR 261G
IPPE Community II

** or
PHAR 262G
IPPE Longitudinal
1
        PHAR 299G
Comprehensive Examination
0
  14   12   14

**Each student will be randomly assigned IPPE for two out of the three terms during the second year. IPPE credits earned only for terms assigned an IPPE rotation.

 

Year 3
PHAR 331G IPPE III is taken in summer between Year 2 & Year 3 (5-day/40 hours, 1-credit course).
Fall Credits Winter Credits Spring Credits
PHAR 031G
Portfolio VII
0 PHAR 032G
Portfolio VIII
0 PHAR 033G
Portfolio IX
0
PHAR 311G
Integrated Therapeutics IV
4 PHAR 312G
Integrated Therapeutics V
4 PHAR 317G
Case Studies VI
1
PHAR 314G
Clinical Pharmacy
3 PHAR 316G
Case Studies V
1 PHAR 368G
Pharmacy Law and Ethics
4
PHAR 321G
Pharmacy Practice Laboratory III
1 PHAR 346G
Pharmacoeconomics
3 PHAR 375G
Capstone
4
PHAR 323G
Drug Literature Evaluation
3 PHAR 351G
Toxicology
3 PHAR 377G
Seminar
1
PHAR 315G
Case Studies IV
1 Elective 3
Elective 4
2 PHAR 399G
Comprehensive Examination
0
Elective 1
Elective 2
2     Elective 5
Elective 6
2
  14   13   12

 

Year 4
Rotation Rotation Rotation Rotation Rotation
APPE Spring I* APPE Summer I APPE Fall I APPE Winter I APPE Spring I
  APPE Summer II APPE Fall II APPE Winter II APPE Spring II
4 8 8 8 8

* End of P3 year. All remaining rotations occur during P4 year.
NOTE: While 9 rotations are available, students will be scheduled for 8 rotations.

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PHAR 011G, 012G, 013G, 021G, 022G, 023G, 031G, 032G, 033G - Portfolio
0 credit
Students are required to maintain a current portfolio throughout their tenure in the School of Pharmacy. The portfolio will be assessed at the end of each term and must be complete with no expired or missing requirements for the student to progress to the next term. Examples of requirements that must be current include a valid State of Georgia Pharmacy Intern license, Basic Life Support certification, required immunizations, health insurance, student self assessment, essays, curriculum vita, HIPAA and OSHA training as well as specific requirements as stated in the course syllabus each term. Some requirements may be specific to assigned experiential sites. Course is Pass/No Pass.

PHAR 110G - Anatomy
2 credits
The first in a three course sequence that covers human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. This course, in combination with the Anatomy Laboratory presents human anatomy from a structure and function foundation. The discussion of basic cellular structure and cell function will be followed by study of the gross anatomy of the human body using the system approach. Anatomical structure and function will be discussed with particular attention to those components most important for the practicing pharmacist. The systems covered are the nervous, muscular, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

PHAR 112G - Anatomy Laboratory
1 credit
This course is the laboratory component of Anatomy and generally parallels the lecture component of the course. The laboratory reinforces lecture concepts through the use of anatomical models and virtual dissection to demonstrate and identify the major anatomical structures of the human body. The discussion of anatomical structure and function will be focused on the nervous, muscular, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. The cadaveric lab used by the medical students will be used at various times throughout the term to demonstrate the major anatomical structures of organ systems.

PHAR 113G - Physiology and Pathophysiology I
4 credits
The second in a three-course sequence that covers human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, this course begins with an outline of cellular physiology and a discussion of action potentials and excitation-contraction coupling. This is followed by an introduction to the concept of pathophysiology and a discussion of the basic principles of how stress or injury affects physiological function at the cellular level and thus causes disease. A discussion of genetics and inheritable diseases follows. The remainder of the course encompasses the physiology and pathophysiology of the pulmonary, hematological, cardiovascular and renal systems. An emphasis is placed throughout the course on understanding normal physiological processes and how disease perturbs such processes. Commonly used clinical laboratory values, and their application to diagnosis and monitoring of disease, are introduced as appropriate.

PHAR 114G - Physiology and Pathophysiology II
4 credits
The third in a three course sequence that covers human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. This course continues with the discussion of the physiology and pathophysiology of the neurological, gastrointestinal, endocrine, skeletal and integumentary systems. An emphasis is placed throughout the course on understanding normal physiological processes and how disease perturbs such processes. Commonly used clinical laboratory values, and their application to diagnosis and monitoring of disease, are introduced as appropriate.

PHAR 116G - Introduction to Drugs
3 credits
This course is an introduction to commonly used medications and medical terminology. Representative drugs from the major classes will be presented to illustrate the importance of pharmacy-specific information such as drug names, dosage forms, indications, basic mechanism of action, major drug interactions, adverse effects, black box warnings, contraindications and patient information. In addition, medical abbreviations and drug terminology will be presented.

PHAR 119G - Pharmacy Communications
2 credits
This course is a study of communication theory and the transfer of meaning as they relate to the human transactions of professional pharmacists. Primary emphasis is placed on oral communication with diverse groups of patients, families and other health professionals with emphasis on active listening and empathy, cultural influences, and behavior modification. Writing exercises are also incorporated to enhance student knowledge of written communication as an effective tool for interpersonal communication and documentation of recommendations and consultations.

PHAR 121G - Health Care Systems
2 credits
The course provides an introduction to the U.S. health care system, managed health care and pharmacy services. The structure, organization, and delivery of health care in the United States are presented with emphasis placed on the pharmacist's role in patient care. Problems with the system will be covered along with approaches being used to address these problems. Emphasis will be placed on where pharmacy operates within our health care system, how it can be the solution to some of our health care problems and the major currently debatable issues surrounding health care.

PHAR 134G - Introduction to Biostatistics
1 credit
Basic statistical concepts important to the practice of pharmacy and medicine will be introduced. Students will be exposed to basic descriptive statistics related to presentation, organization, and summarization of data.

PHAR 141G - Pharmaceutics
3 credits
A study of physical pharmacy and pharmaceutical dosage forms. Students will learn to apply their knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of drugs to the ability to formulate stable dosage forms that can be utilized in commercial production of, or individually compounded, drug products. Students will be introduced to the theory and practice involved in the rational selection of dosage forms and drug delivery systems as well as issues that may arise from these choices. The theory and practice of pharmaceutical compounding, including a discussion of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Good Compounding Practices, as well as legal and professional issues will also be presented.

PHAR 145G - Pharmaceutical Calculations
2 credits
An introduction to metrology and pharmaceutical calculations. A brief review of basic mathematical concepts is followed by historical review of measurement systems specific to the profession of pharmacy. Detailed interpretation of the prescription and the variety of abbreviations and notations utilized is followed by presentation of the methods used to calculate, express, or determine the amount of drug to utilize in the preparation of a variety of pharmaceutical preparations ranging from oral, topical, otic, ophthalmic and finally to parenteral products. Determination of drug concentration, tonicity, equivalents, potency, proof, density and specific gravity are also addressed.

PHAR 150G - Biochemistry
3 credits
An introduction to the physical, chemical, structural, and functional properties of molecules associated with the chemistry of life processes. Carbohydrate, lipid, protein, and nucleic acid biosynthesis and/or degradation will be discussed along with DNA and RNA biosynthesis, enzymology, and gene expression.

PHAR 155G - Pharmacy Practice Laboratory I
1 credit
This laboratory course will introduce fundamental skills related to the practice of pharmacy in a variety of settings. Students will be presented with opportunities to utilize contemporary computerized systems to fill inpatient and outpatient prescriptions, prepare sterile products using laminar flow hoods, use automated dispensing stations and become familiar with workflow issues encompassing both community and institutional pharmacy. Skill in common assessment techniques, such as measurement of blood pressure, pulse, blood glucose and peak flow meters, will be developed as well as training in pharmacist administered immunizations using the APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate program. Dispensing, counseling and drug information skills will also be developed.

PHAR 162G - Pharmaceutics Laboratory
1 credit
Students will become proficient with the equipment, calculations, procedures, and records used in the nonsterile compounding of various dosage forms. Good Compounding Practices adopted by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy will be followed. Practical examples of compounding of liquid, solid, and semi-solid oral dosage forms as well as enteral and topical products will be prepared as part of the laboratory exercises.

PHAR 164G - Pharmacy Administration
3 credits
Basic managerial, organizational, and financial management concepts are presented that enable the practicing pharmacist to manage people, change, structural demands, and organizational behavior to provide optimum care and services as a health professional. This course will also introduce entrepreneurial and marketing topics for use in pharmacy and health care system practice environments. The analysis of management principles as they relate to community and health-system pharmacy management will be stressed including planning, organizing, motivation and marketing.

PHAR 167G - OTC
2 credits
This course will present those conditions considered to be self-treatable according to current medical guidelines. For self-treatable conditions, a survey of the products available, their effectiveness, proper selection and appropriate patient counseling will be discussed. Counseling strategies specific to OTC products will also be presented.

PHAR 169G - Biopharmaceutics
3 credits
A study of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) as well as individual differences that influence these processes. Drug parameters that control ADME will be studied, such as solubility, pKa, molecular size, and protein binding. Physiological determinants underlying ADME, such as cellular transporters, hepatic metabolism, hepatic and renal elimination, as well as factors affecting drug distribution will also be presented. Finally, the concept of bioequivalence, its determination and application will be presented.

PHAR 171G - IPPE Institutional
1 credit
This Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) is designed as an introduction to the profession of pharmacy. It offers the initial exposure of students to institutional pharmacy workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care for the rest of their academic and professional careers. Students will spend four hours a week for eleven weeks in an institutional pharmacy setting, for a total of 44 hours.

PHAR 172G - IPPE Community
1 credit
This Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) is designed as an introduction to the profession of pharmacy. It offers the initial exposure of students to community pharmacy workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care for the rest of their academic and professional careers. Students will spend four hours a week for twelve weeks in a community pharmacy setting, for a total of 48 hours.

PHAR 211G - Integrated Therapeutics I
4 credits
This is the first course in the sequence that teaches the pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and therapeutics of medicinal agents. The integrated nature of this course emphasizes the interrelationship of these areas that is vital to understanding the basis of patient centered pharmaceutical care. Fundamental knowledge in these areas allows the clinician to understand the theory and application to aid in the selection of the proper therapeutic agent or agents for disease control in the presence of a number of variables including patient variables such as age, gender, diet, and co-existing conditions; drug variables, such as potency, adverse effects, interactions, pharmacokinetics and others such as cost, availability, etc. This course begins with introductory material from each of the three areas that will aid in better understanding as more detail is added subsequently throughout the course. Finally, the therapeutics of cardiovascular disorders, as well as the medicinal chemistry and pharmacology of the drugs used to treat these conditions, will be presented.

PHAR 212G - Integrated Therapeutics II
4 credits
This is the second course in the sequence that teaches the pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and therapeutics of medicinal agents. The integrated nature of this course emphasizes the interrelationship of these areas that is vital to understanding the basis of patient centered pharmaceutical care. Fundamental knowledge in these areas allows the clinician to understand the theory and application to aid in the selection of the proper therapeutic agent or agents for disease control in the presence of a number of variables including patient variables such as age, gender, diet, and co-existing conditions; drug variables, such as potency, adverse effects, interactions, pharmacokinetics and others such as cost, availability, etc. This course will finish cardiovascular disorders and then cover the therapeutics of hematological, renal, respiratory and the beginning of the central nervous system disorders, as well as the medicinal chemistry and pharmacology of the drugs used to treat these conditions.

PHAR 213G - Integrated Therapeutics III
4 credits
This is the third course in the sequence that teaches the pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and therapeutics of medicinal agents. The integrated nature of this course emphasizes the interrelationship of these areas that is vital to understanding the basis of patient centered pharmaceutical care. Fundamental knowledge in these areas allows the clinician to understand the theory and application to aid in the selection of the proper therapeutic agent or agents for disease control in the presence of a number of variables including patient variables such as age, gender, diet, and co-existing conditions; drug variables, such as potency, adverse effects, interactions, pharmacokinetics and others such as cost, availability, etc. This course will finish central nervous system disorders and then cover the therapeutics of pain management, as well as the medicinal chemistry and pharmacology of the drugs used to treat these conditions.

PHAR 214G, 215G, 216G - Case Studies
1 credit each term Second Year
This course is designed to increase competence in developing a well-designed and patient oriented pharmaceutical care plan. The pharmaceutical care plan is used to identify, prevent and resolve actual or potential drug related problems. This results in improved clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and quality of life as well as a reduction in drug related morbidity and mortality.

PHAR 224G - Immunology and Microbiology
4 credits
An integrated course in immunology and microbiology that emphasizes the role of each in the maintenance of health and the development, progression, and treatment of disease states related to immune dysfunction, microbiological infection, or both. An introduction to innate immunity, including biochemical and cellular aspects, as well as adaptive immunity, including humoral and cell-mediated immunity, and immunological memory is followed by a discussion of diseases of the immune system, the role of immunity in neoplasia, and manipulation of the immune system by pathogens, drugs and diet. Basic principles of microbiology including classification, anatomy, staining, and genetics of microorganisms is followed by a more detailed discussion of medically important bacteria, mycoplasmas, rickettsiae, chlamydiae, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Emphasis is placed on mechanisms of pathogenesis, methods of control, mechanisms of resistance, and prevention of diseases caused by these organisms as well as the inter-relationship between micro-organisms and the immune system.

PHAR 227G - Pharmacokinetics
3 credits
General principles of pharmacokinetic models are presented as they pertain primarily to the processes of absorption and elimination of drugs. Detailed mathematical models will be developed and utilized to determine the appropriate dose and dose interval based on patient specific data utilizing relevant examples throughout. Therapeutic monitoring of drug levels in the patient and adjustments in dosing based on monitoring will also be presented. This is followed by discussion of specific examples using drugs commonly dosed and monitored using detailed pharmacokinetic analysis.

PHAR 241G - Infectious Disease I
3 credits
This is the first course in the Infectious Disease sequence that teaches the pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and therapeutics of agents used to treat infectious diseases. The integrated nature of this course emphasizes the interrelationship of these areas that is vital to understanding the basis of patient centered pharmaceutical care. Fundamental knowledge in these areas allows the clinician to understand the theory and application to aid in the selection of the proper therapeutic agent or agents for infection control in the presence of a number of variables including patient variables such as age, gender, diet, and co-existing conditions; drug variables, such as potency, adverse effects, interactions, and pharmacokinetics; and others such as cost, drug availability, and alternative treatments available. This course will cover agents used to treat infections caused by bacteria.

PHAR 242G - Infectious Disease II
3 credits
This is a continuation of the Infectious Disease sequence, which covers the pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and therapeutics of agents used to treat infectious diseases. Infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites will be covered in this course.

PHAR 246G - Pharmacy Practice
3 credits
Familiarity with basic patient assessment will be followed by discussion of medication therapy management, triage and patient referral skills. The fundamentals of clinically relevant patient data, patient and drug histories, screening methods, laboratory values, and diagnostic tests will be used to triage, evaluate and manage common disease states. The value of pharmaceutical care plans, counseling, and identification of therapeutic problems will also be emphasized.

PHAR 256G - Pharmacy Practice Laboratory II
1 credit
This laboratory will familiarize the student to basic patient assessment including the practice of inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation. These fundamental physical assessments will be incorporated into patient evaluations while using clinically relevant patient data, drug histories/interviews, laboratory values, and point-of-care diagnostic tests. Principles of medication therapy management (MTM) will be used to develop pharmaceutical care plans with acting patients who will then be counseled.

PHAR 261G - IPPE Community II
1 credit
The community experience will continue the development from their first year Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences with development of skills in patient interviews, patient profiles/charts, and SOAP note skills. The skills developed during this sequence will prepare the student to enter into the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) during the fourth year of the professional pharmacy curriculum.

PHAR 262G - IPPE Longitudinal
1 credit
This IPPE provides direct practical experience to the student in a healthcare system setting, specifically in a center providing ambulatory care. The students will become familiar with the role of the pharmacist as part of an interdisciplinary team in the provision of patient care. Students will also conduct patient interviews, review patient profiles/charts, and further develop their SOAP note skills. The skills developed during this course will prepare the student to enter into the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) during the fourth year of the professional pharmacy curriculum.

PHAR 271G - Biostatistics
3 credits
This course builds on the statistical background from the prepharmacy curriculum with emphasis on the use of statistical knowledge to evaluate drug literature, pharmaceutical and health care research, and conduct studies within the practice of pharmacy. Statistical terminology, study design, sampling methods, and statistical analysis using a variety of techniques will be covered. Calculation of statistical results from sample data and interpretation of the results will be presented. Application of this knowledge will be applied to the study of clinical pharmacy problems and analysis of pharmaceutical research and drug literature.

PHAR 281G - Dietary Supplements
2 credits
This course will provide an evidence-based discussion of Dietary Supplements as described in the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA). A general discussion of the history, regulatory background and terminology will be followed by a systems based approach to the discussion of individual supplements. The mechanism of action, indications and adverse effects of each supplement will be discussed as well as identification of the active moiety, for natural substances. Emphasis will be placed on patient counseling as applied to proper use of the supplement and the potential for interactions with prescription and nonprescription drugs.

PHAR 299G - Comprehensive Examination
0 credit
A comprehensive examination will be given at the end of the second year that will assess knowledge and skills acquired in the first two years. Students must pass this examination to progress to the third professional year.

PHAR 311G - Integrated Therapeutics IV
4 credits
This is the fourth course in the sequence that teaches the pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and therapeutics of medicinal agents. The integrated nature of this course emphasizes the interrelationship of these areas that is vital to understanding the basis of patient centered pharmaceutical care. Fundamental knowledge in these areas allows the clinician to understand the theory and application to aid in the selection of the proper therapeutic agent or agents for disease control in the presence of a number of variables including patient variables such as age, gender, diet, and co-existing conditions; drug variables, such as potency, adverse effects, interactions, pharmacokinetics and others such as cost, availability, etc. This course will cover the therapeutics of the endocrine and gastrointestinal systems, as well as the medicinal chemistry and pharmacology of the drugs used to treat these conditions.

PHAR 312G - Integrated Therapeutics V
4 credits
This is the fifth course in the sequence that teaches the pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and therapeutics of medicinal agents. The integrated nature of this course emphasizes the interrelationship of these areas that is vital to understanding the basis of patient centered pharmaceutical care. Fundamental knowledge in these areas allows the clinician to understand the theory and application to aid in the selection of the proper therapeutic agent or agents for disease control in the presence of a number of variables including patient variables such as age, gender, diet, and co-existing conditions; drug variables, such as potency, adverse effects, interactions, pharmacokinetics and others such as cost, availability, etc. This course will cover the therapeutics of immunological, rheumatological and dermatological conditions as well as oncology, including the medicinal chemistry and pharmacology of the drugs used to treat these conditions.

PHAR 314G - Clinical Pharmacy
3 credits
Primarily emphasizing the practice of pharmacy in the clinical setting, students will be introduced to medication distribution systems, institutional accreditation, advanced pharmacy practice in hospitals, sterile preparations and admixtures, and interprofessional teams, among others. Poison control centers, investigational drugs, automation and central vs. satellite pharmacies will also be discussed.

PHAR 315G, 316G, 317G - Case Studies
1 credit each term Third Year
This course is designed to increase competence in developing a well-designed and patient oriented pharmaceutical care plan. The pharmaceutical care plan is used to identify, prevent and resolve actual or potential drug related problems. This results in improved clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and quality of life as well as a reduction in drug related morbidity and mortality.

PHAR 321G - Pharmacy Practice Laboratory III
1 credit
This laboratory course introduces the student to the preparation of sterile and biohazardous products encountered in pharmacy practice utilizing the latest technology for maintaining sterility or providing human safety during product preparation. Training in aseptic technique and the preparation of sterile products in a sterile environment, such as total parenteral nutrition admixtures, will be provided with special emphasis on USP 797 regulations. Special procedures, quality control, use of available references, appropriate calculations, and federal and state regulations will also be addressed. Training in the preparation of hazardous pharmaceuticals will also be provided.

PHAR 323G - Drug Literature Evaluation
3 credits
A discussion of the types and sources of drug literature, how to search the literature and the publication process is followed by discussion of study design with emphasis on methodology, statistical analysis and evaluation of the results. Finally, the application of the acquired evaluation skills in the delivery of evidence-based pharmaceutical care is presented.

PHAR 331G - IPPE Community III
1 credit
IPPE Community III will continue the development from the first and second year Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences with the development of skills and knowledge needed for accurate prescription dispensing including an emphasis on preventing medication errors. The skills developed during this sequence will prepare the student to enter into the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) during the fourth year of the professional pharmacy curriculum.

PHAR 346G - Pharmacoeconomics
3 credits
Economic principles are used to study drug use and outcomes in large populations to improve quality-of-life and develop models for allocation of limited health care resources. Methods for continual monitoring of beneficial and adverse effects are also discussed.

PHAR 351G - Toxicology
3 credits
A discussion of the general principles of toxicology is followed by specific discussion of toxicities to the liver, kidney, lungs, cardiovascular and reproductive systems. Toxicity resulting from the use of specific drugs is then presented followed by toxicities due to other sources such as exposure to industrial, environmental and household agents, among others. Finally, the prevention, assessment, and treatment of toxicities, with emphasis on the role of the pharmacist, are presented.

PHAR 368G - Pharmacy Law and Ethics
4 credits
Federal and state laws and regulations which pertain to the practice of pharmacy in Georgia are presented in detail. General business law and liability issues which affect the practice of pharmacy will also be discussed. Finally, ethical issues as they relate to the practice of pharmacy, and health care delivery in general, are examined.

PHAR 375G - Capstone
4 credits
The course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and integrated assessment of the entire pharmacy program followed by appropriate feedback as a final step to assure that they are prepared to enter into the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Assessment will be designed to imitate, as closely as possible, typical clinical situations that students should be prepared for following the completion of their didactic work and IPPE rotations.

PHAR 377G - Seminar
1 credit
An open forum for discussion of contemporary issues in pharmacy for third year students prior to their progression to the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Topics for discussion will come from a variety of sources that may have an impact on the practice of pharmacy. These include accrediting agencies; federal, state and local government regulations; Georgia State Board of Pharmacy and other boards of pharmacy including the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy; and national and local pharmacy organizations; as well as student requested topics.

PHAR 399G - Comprehensive Examination
0 credit
A comprehensive examination will be given at the end of the third year that will assess knowledge and skills acquired in the first three years. Students must pass this examination to progress to the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.

 

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3rd Year Didactic Electives

NOTE: Not all electives are offered each year.

PHAR 311EG - Illicit Drugs
1 credit
This course will introduce the student to illicit drugs of abuse which include cannabinoids (marijuana), stimulant (methamphetamines and amphetamines), cocaine, depressants (short-acting barbiturates, benzodiazepines), hallucinogens (LSD, psilocybin, PCP), narcotics, designer drugs (bath salts, GHB and MDMA) and volatile gases. The course will describe common street names of such drugs, their pharmacology, adverse effect profiles and methods of detection in the body. The course will also describe the concepts of physical and psychological dependence and describe some of the available treatments for these patients.

PHAR 312EG - Psychiatry
1 credit
This course is designed to introduce the student to the treatment of special patient populations (i.e. geriatrics, pregnancy, women, children) with psychiatric illness particularly depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. The course will also cover assessment tools used to evaluate these psychiatric illnesses as well as clinical trials (i.e. CATIE, STAR*D) which have made an impact on treatment strategies. By the end of this course the student will be able to appropriately treat the psychiatric illnesses of special patient populations as well as assess their disease and the effectiveness of treatment.

PHAR 313EG - Zoonotic and Foodborne Infections
1 credit
Zoonoses are the diseases that are naturally transmitted between vertebrate animals and man, including those transmitted by direct contact with infected animals or carcasses, by food or water contamination, by aerosols, and indirectly by invertebrate vectors. These are increasingly important in public health issues. This course will cover the history of each disease, the scientific basis for the control of zoonoses, the microbiology of the causative agent, pathogenesis, clinical features, symptoms and signs, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Epidemiology of each disease is described alongside the strategies for prevention and control.

PHAR 314EG - Pharmacogenomics
1 credit
This course will focus on individual variations in the genetic make-up that influence the therapeutic efficacy and/or adverse effects of drugs. The primary emphasis will be on drugs (such as warfarin and clopidogrel) where the variations are clinically relevant and their genetic basis is largely understood.

PHAR 321EG - Self - Care
1 credit
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the pharmacist's role in empowering patient's self-care. The students will expand their abilities learned in OTC course in identifying common medical conditions that are appropriate for self-care.

PHAR 322EG - Seminars in Cardiology
1 credit
This course is designed to focus on important clinical trials involving cardiovascular pharmacotherapy. The overall objective of the course is to emphasize the need for the student to provide clinical evidence to support drug therapy recommendations in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases during their clinical clerkships and future practice. By the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to cite data from clinical trials to justify their specific drug therapy recommendations for a variety of cardiovascular diseases such as ischemic heart disease (including unstable angina, chronic stable angina, and acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, hypertension and dyslipidemia).

PHAR 323EG - Community Pharmacy Ownership
1 credit
A course designed to provide the student with the necessary information to become a community pharmacy owner either through the establishment of a new pharmacy or the purchase of an existing pharmacy. The student will learn layout and design, location analysis, evaluation of third party plans, promotional offerings, as well as the financial aspects of the development and implementation of value added clinical services in the community setting.

PHAR 324EG -Topics in Men's Health
1 credit
This elective course is designed to incorporate pharmacotherapeutic principles in the management of various disease states as related to men's health such as hypogonadism, gynecomastia, alopecia, epididymitis, orchitis, breast cancer in males, testicular and prostate cancer. Students will be responsible for knowing treatment guidelines as discussed in class. Students will develop skills in interpreting laboratory data and identifying appropriate diagnostic tests in evaluating patients with various disease states. This course will also integrate the fundamentals of drug literature evaluation through topic discussions in a journal club format requiring student participation. A solid understanding of the pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy of certain disease states is fundamental to successful mastery of this course.

PHAR 371EG - Pediatrics
1 credit
This course provides an introduction to the concepts of pharmacy practice as it relates to common pharmacotherapy issues affecting the pediatric population for pharmacists. The role of OTC and prescription medications in the management of common pediatric problems will be covered. Areas of interest for this course will include developmental pharmacokinetics, drug dosing and delivery, nutrition, poisoning and poison prevention, as well as disease management in this unique patient population.

PHAR 372EG - Issues in Public Health
1 credit
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the public health programs and role of pharmacist in these programs. The students will also be introduced to contemporary issues that surround these public health programs and potential future contributions of the pharmacist in these programs.

PHAR 373EG - Leadership Development in Pharmacy
1 credit
This course is designed to cover foundational concepts and skills in leadership development. These will include being a newly hired or promoted leader, managing others, accountability, HR challenges as well as strengthening teams and working in teams. This course will prepare students to enhance their personal strengths as a leader and become a high performer in their chosen field of practice. This course will consist of lectures, journal readings, discussion forums and guest speakers.

PHAR 374EG - Biologics and Biopharmaceuticals
1 credit
Biologics are defined as substances derived from or made with the aid of living organisms, which include vaccines, antitoxins, serums, blood, blood products, therapeutic protein drugs derived from natural sources (e.g., anti-thrombin III), or biotechnology (e.g., recombinant proteins), or gene or somatic cell therapies. Biologics are an important therapeutic option for treating patients. This course offers students an opportunity to survey the most important aspects of biologics and biopharmaceuticals. Content will include a) an introduction to biotechnology, vaccines, DNA- and RNA-based therapy, stem cell therapy, blood products, recombinant proteins, and monoclonal antibodies.

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Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) Courses

Required APPE Courses
NOTE: All students must complete the 5 APPE courses below to fulfill curricular requirements.

PHAR 410 - Advanced Community
4 credits
This Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) is designed for the students to obtain supervised professional experience a community pharmacist. This advanced rotation exposes students to community pharmacy workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 420 - Advanced Health System Pharmacy
4 credits
This Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) is designed for the students to obtain supervised professional experience in the functions of a staff pharmacist in an institutional pharmacy. This advanced rotation exposes students to health care system workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 430 - Advanced Ambulatory Care
4 credits
This Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) is designed for the students to obtain supervised professional experience in the functions as a clinical pharmacist in the ambulatory care practice setting. Ambulatory care pharmacy is defined as "direct pharmaceutical care services provided to patients in an outpatient environment, exclusive of dispensing services." This advanced rotation exposes students to ambulatory care workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 440 - Advanced Community Management
4 credits
This Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) is designed for the students to obtain supervised professional experience in the managerial functions of a community pharmacist. This advanced rotation exposes students to community pharmacy workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 450 - Advanced Inpatient / Acute Care General Medicine
4 credits
This Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) is designed for the students to obtain supervised professional experience in the functions as a clinical pharmacist in the acute care practice setting. Clinical intervention and the steps necessary to effectively execute those interventions will be a primary focus of this rotation. This advanced rotation exposes students to health care system workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

Elective APPE Courses
(select any 3, based on availability)
The following list contains examples of elective APPE sites that may be developed by the PCOM School of Pharmacy - Georgia Campus. The number and type offered in any one year depends upon the availability of suitable sites, faculty, and the number of students requesting the specific elective. Therefore, there is no guarantee a student will be assigned to any one of these specific electives; however, each student will be assigned to three elective sites to complete his/her APPE requirements.

PHAR 501G - Academia
4 credits
An elective experience designed to stimulate the interest of pharmacy students in academia and provide the student with an understanding of the functions and processes of teaching, service and scholarship. The student may be exposed to situations that will increase their understanding of the various responsibilities of a full-time faculty position in pharmacy education.

PHAR 502G - Administrative Hospital
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding the administrative duties of healthcare systems. Depending on the site, the student may be exposed to situations that will increase their knowledge in the area of administrative, behavioral, economic and legal sciences. The role of the pharmacy director/manager will be a primary emphasis of this experience.

PHAR 503G - Administrative Community
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding the administrative duties of community pharmacy. Depending on the site, the student may be exposed to situations that will increase their knowledge in administrative, behavioral, economic and legal sciences. The role of the manager will be a primary emphasis of this experience.

PHAR 504G - Associations
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding the management of national, regional or state pharmacy organizations. Depending on the site, the student may be exposed to situations that will increase their knowledge and understanding of the purpose, roles and responsibilities of pharmacy associations in the profession.

PHAR 505G - Industry
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire general knowledge and high level of exposure to the pharmaceutical industry with exposure to a variety of areas within pharmaceutical industry.

PHAR 510G - Community Pharmacy Ownership
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding basic fundamentals of owning and running an independent community pharmacy. This advanced rotation exposes students to community pharmacy workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 511G - Pharmacy Benefit Manager
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding basic knowledge and a high level of exposure to a variety of activities conducted by a Pharmacy Benefit Manager. A PBM is an organization that manages the pharmaceutical benefits for managed care organizations, other medical providers or employers. Depending on the site, the student may be exposed to numerous activities to promote managed care principles, including benefit plan design, creation/administration of retail and mail service networks, claims processing, drug utilization review, formulary management, generic dispensing, prior authorization and/or disease and health management.

PHAR 512G - Informatics
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding the history, language and concepts of information technology in the field of pharmacy. Depending on the site, students may be exposed to data base management, automation and robotics, electronic prescribing, and health records.

PHAR 513G - Pharmacoeconomics
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding basic understanding of health outcomes (clinical, economic, humanistic) focusing on the science that compares the value of one pharmaceutical product over another and how those principles contribute to health care quality.

PHAR 514G - Pharmacokinetics
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge in the functioning of an established clinical pharmacokinetics practice and information on methods for establishing such a service. Expertise in calculations is expected from previous coursework. This advanced rotation exposes students to health care system workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 515G - Cardiology
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding the pharmacotherapy of various cardiovascular disease states in a diverse patient population. This advanced rotation exposes students to health care system workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 516G - Nephrology
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding the pharmacotherapy of a patient with various diseases of kidney. This advanced rotation exposes students to health care system workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 520G -Compounding
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding the rationale for and the various techniques used in the extemporaneous compounding of pharmaceutical products. This advanced rotation exposes students to community pharmacy workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 521 - Drug Information
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding the practice of basic drug information. Depending on the site, the student may be exposed to activities such as preparing formulary evaluations, writing pharmacy newsletters, working on special interest projects and enhancing their verbal and written communication skills.

PHAR 522G - Medication Reconciliation
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding the practice of medication reconciliation. Depending on the site, the student will be exposed to the process of comparing a patient's medication orders to all of the medications that the patient has been taking. This advanced rotation exposes students to health care system workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 523G - Medication Therapy Management
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding the pharmacist's role in providing Medication Therapy Management services. Depending on the site, the student will be trained to evaluate a patient's medication therapy, including drug interactions, duplications or omission of therapy. This advanced rotation exposes students to community pharmacy workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 530G - Critical Care
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding the pharmacotherapy of a critically ill patient in a hospital setting. The student will be exposed to various medication management strategies of various critical conditions.

PHAR 533G - Long Term Care
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding treatment of geriatric patients in a long term care facility. Depending on the site, students may be exposed to situations that will increase their ability to demonstrate empathy for the elderly, develop pharmaceutical care plans for various chronic diseases states with consideration of various pharmacokinetic properties, dosing principles, and therapeutic drug monitoring parameters of geriatric patients in long-term care facilities. This advanced rotation exposes students to health care system workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 534G - Managed Care
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding the practice of clinical pharmacy in the managed care setting. Students will be exposed to pharmacy administration issues such as formulary development and management, therapeutic class reviews, pharmacoeconomics analysis, communication with patients, providers, and employer groups, counseling and participation in prior authorization process and other third-party reimbursement issues.

PHAR 540G - Diabetes
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding the pharmacotherapy of diabetes. This advanced rotation exposes students to ambulatory care workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 541G - Infectious Disease
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding the pharmacotherapy of a patient's with various infectious diseases. This advanced rotation exposes students to health care system workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 542G - Neonatology
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding basic pharmacotherapy of neonates in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) setting. Depending on the site, students may be exposed to different pharmacokinetic properties, dosing principles and therapeutic drug monitoring in neonates. This advanced rotation exposes students to health care system workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 543G - Nuclear
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding basic pharmaceutical care, radiopharmaceutical compounding, quality assurance, health physics and regulatory compliance.

PHAR 544G - Nutritional Support
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding basic nutritional principles, nutritional assessment, and management of the patient requiring enteral and/or total parenteral nutrition support. This advanced rotation exposes students to health care system workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 545G - Oncology
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding basic clinical oncology pharmacy practice. Depending on the site, the student may be exposed to situations that will enhance their understanding of pharmaceutical support to the inpatient/outpatient oncology service including staging, treatment, dosing, monitoring, and supportive care issues. This advanced rotation exposes students to health care system workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 546G - Pediatrics
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding basic pharmacotherapy of pediatric patients with common childhood acute and chronic illnesses. Depending on the site, students may be exposed to different pharmacokinetic properties, dosing principles and therapeutic drug monitoring in children. This advanced rotation exposes students to health care system workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 548G - Psychiatry
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding basic clinical pharmacotherapy of various psychiatric disorders of children, adolescents and/or adult. This advanced rotation exposes students to health care system workplaces with diverse patient populations, and helps students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values for the provision of patient-centered care.

PHAR 591 - Research
4 credits
An elective practice experience designed to enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge regarding basic pharmacy related research. Depending on the site, the student may observe and participate in various stages of ongoing research project(s) including, conducting experiments, analyzing data, discussing results, and/or preparing manuscripts for publication.

 

 

Last Updated: 10/13/14