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Focus and Mission
General Curriculum Design
Proposed Curriculum Schedule

Focus and Mission

The PCOM School of Pharmacy - Georgia Campus curriculum will emphasize patient-centered care, a model consistent with the applied emphasis of PCOM's graduate and medical programs. The program will also respond to the need for pharmacists in the nation, the state of Georgia, and the southeastern region.

The mission of the GA-PCOM PharmD program will be to educate caring, proactive pharmacists according to a model of patient-oriented practice termed patient-centered care, a practice of pharmacy in which the practitioner assumes responsibility for a patient's medication-related needs and is held accountable for this commitment. The program will educate pharmacists who prepare and provide drug products and assume responsibility for the rational use of drugs by contributing to the design, implementation, monitoring and modification of therapeutic plans that will achieve defined goals and improve therapeutic outcomes.

While preparing pharmacy practitioners will be the primary mission of the Doctor of Pharmacy program, the program will also provide an avenue by which students may explore a broad range of career opportunities. The program therefore aspires to foster interest in the creation of new knowledge to enhance patient health outcomes and quality of life and also to prepare students for further education.

The GA-PCOM School of Pharmacy will prepare generalist, entry-level pharmacists who are able to deliver high-quality pharmaceutical care. To achieve this mission, students must develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable them to competently: (a) Provide population-based and patient-specific pharmaceutical care, (b) manage and use resources of the health care system, and (c) promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention.

General Curriculum Design

The program will be configured in a curricular format in which students complete:

  • the pre-professional phase (3 or 4 years) of general education, biomedical and pre-pharmaceutical sciences instruction at undergraduate colleges
  • the last four years of pharmacy sciences and practice instruction at the GA-PCOM facility, as well as clinical experiences at clinical sites throughout Georgia and the southeast.

    Each term is a 13 week, period, corresponding to the calendar used by the PCOM Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine programs in both Philadelphia and Georgia. The extension of coursework over the three terms each academic year provides the opportunity for the across-the-curriculum development of skills.

    The curriculum is composed of courses in Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Social/Behavioral/Administrative Sciences, and Clinical Sciences. A number of elective courses will be available to allow students to enhance their knowledge of pharmacy related topics in specific areas. There are five Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) in which students are given exposure to pharmacy practices in a variety of different practice sites and begin their hands-on experiences. The final year of the program consists of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) in which students are required to complete 8 different rotations, each rotation consisting of 5 weeks in a particular pharmacy practice site.

    Required rotations include

  • Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Hospital Practice
  • Community Practice

    Elective rotations will include rotations such as (but not limited too)

  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatrics
  • Compounding Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Managed

    This curriculum including the active learning skills development time is designed to develop the knowledge, professional skills, professional attitudes and values that are required for an entry level pharmacist.

    Proposed PharmD Schedule
    subject to change

    Fall Winter Spring
    1st Professional Year  
    Anatomy 2
    Anatomy Lab 1
    Introduction to Drugs 3
    Pharmacy Communications 2
    Introduction to Pharmacy 1
    Biochemistry 3
    Total credits: 12
    Physiology & Pathophysiology I 4
    Health Care Systems 2
    Pharmaceutics 3
    Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
    Pharmacy Practice Lab I 1
    IPPE* Institutional 1
    Total credits: 13
    Physiology & Pathophysiology II 4
    Pharmaceutics Lab 1
    Pharmacy Administration 3
    OTC 1
    Biopharmaceutics 3
    IPPE Community 1
    Total credits: 14
    2nd Professional Year  
    Integrated Therapeutics I 4
    Immunology and Microbiology 4
    Pharmacy Practice 3
    Pharmacy Practice Lab II 1
    IPPE Community II 1
    Total credits: 13
    Integrated Therapeutics II 4
    Pharmacokinetics 3
    Infectious Disease I 3
    IPPE Longitudinal 1
    Total credits: 11
    Integrated Therapeutics III 4
    Infectious Disease II 3
    Biostatistics 3
    Elective 2
    Total credits: 12
    3rd Professional Year  
    Summer - IPPE Community III**  (2 credits)
    Integrated Therapeutics IV 4
    Hospital Pharmacy 3
    Pharmacy Practice Lab III 1
    Drug Literature Evaluation 3
    Elective 2
    IPPE Institutional II 1
    Total credits: 14
    Integrated Therapeutics V 4
    Pharmacoeconomics 3
    Toxicology 3
    Elective 2
    Total credits: 12
    Pharmacy Law and Ethics 4
    Capstone 4
    Seminar 1
    Elective 2
    Total credits: 11
    4th Professional Year  
    Summer - APPE I*** and APPE II  (4 credits each) 
    APPE III 4
    APPE IV 4
    Total credits: 8
    APPE V 4
    APPE VI 4
    Total credits: 8
    APPE VII 4
    Total credits: 8
    * Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience
    ** Ten days (80 hours) in June, July or August
    *** Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
  • Last Updated: 12/12/14