Current Student Curriculum

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The Office of the Registrar is the custodian of all permanent education records. The Office of the Registrar strives to provide exemplary service to all students while adhering to the policies of the College of Pharmacy. Services provided include class registration, enrollment certifications, loan deferments, grade processing, transcript processing, name changes, and graduation services.

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Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition Assessment

2015-2016 Academic Year

  • Fall payments due August 7
  • Spring payments due January 8
  • Year One (PY1)

    Semester One/Fall

    PHA 6114C Drug Delivery Systems I and Laboratory

    Fundamental biological and physiochemical principles important for the formulation, preparation, stability, and performance of pharmaceutical dosage forms. The fall syllabus covers the drug delivery systems aspects with focus to include physical pharmacy, liquid, and semi-solid dosage forms. The Compounding Laboratory sessions will provide students the opportunity to apply learned principles.

    PHA 6562 Physiologic Basis of Disease

    This course entails the study of diseases at molecular, cellular, and organ levels. It provides a foundation for understanding the etiologies and pathogenesis of diseases. It facilitates the interpretation of the structural and functional changes induced by stimuli, correlating the macroscopic and microscopic changes with the manifestations of diseases and ultimately with a diagnosis. The knowledge gained from the study of these mechanisms will form the foundation for therapeutic approaches, and understanding drug interaction and dependence.

    PHA 6451 Clinical Biochemistry

    Course focus will be on the structure, chemistry and function of macromolecules and their building blocks, i.e., amino acids, carbohydrates, nucleotides and fatty acids. Major metabolic and catabolic pathways will be discussed in relation to drug action. Enzyme kinetics and regulation, and bioenergetics will be presented.

    PHA 6804C Pharmaceutical Calculations

    Accurate pharmacy calculations enhance patient care in all areas of pharmacy practice. This course serves as an introduction to the critical role calculations play in patient safety. Students will learn the direct application of their previous math and chemistry skills to the human body. Calculations will encompass different approaches to measurement including the metric, avoirdupois, and traditional apothecary systems. Course topics will include specific gravity/volume, percentage and ratio strength, dilution, allegation, trituration, isotonicity, milliosmole and milliequivalent conversions. Application of these topics will be reinforced through clinical calculations tailored to individual patient needs. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to correctly perform calculations required to advise a healthcare team and properly prepare medications for dispensing.

    PHA 6792C Drug Information / Literature Evaluation

    Drug Information / Literature Evaluation will introduce and reinforce the fundamental principles of the practice of drug information. The course will provide an introduction to the databases used for drug information inquiries; including text- and web-based media. Students will develop proficiency in using databases and other secondary literature resources to retrieve and/or supply drug information. Students will also learn the principles of proper literature evaluation, and begin to develop their skills in reviewing and evaluating primary and tertiary literature. Lastly, students will learn and apply the principles of appropriate medical writing. This course will serve as a prerequisite for Research Methods and Biostatistics (PHA 6795).

    PHA 6575 Introduction to Principles of Drug Actions

    Initial course discussions will focus on the principles of pharmacology, and their application to anatomical and physiologic function. Special emphasis will be placed on medication receptor recognition, introductory pharmacology, specific organ system, mechanisms of signaling response, and variations of medication action at receptor sites.

    PHA 6870C Pharmaceutical Skills I

    The pharmaceutical skills sequence serves dual functions; the first is to allow integration and application of materials learned during the semester, the second to address key professional competencies that are not otherwise addressed in the curriculum (professionalism, communication, ethics, and law). The first course in the sequence will include discussion regarding pharmaceutical care techniques, the history of pharmacy, professional communication tactics and behaviors, and cultural competency.

  • Year One (PY1)

    Semester Two/Spring

    PHA 6577 Biochemical and Molecular Principles of Drug Action

    Initial course discussions will focus on the principles of pharmacology, and their application to anatomical and physiologic function. Special emphasis will be placed on medication receptor recognition, drug structure, introductory pharmacology, specific organ system, mechanisms of signaling response, and variations of medication action at receptor sites, adverse effects of various medications, absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination, physical chemical properties.

    PHA 6115C Drug Delivery Systems II and Laboratory

    Fundamental biological and physiochemical principles important for the formulation, preparation, stability, and performance of pharmaceutical dosage forms. The spring syllabus will cover solids, sterile dosage forms and advanced drug delivery systems with focus on institutional pharmacy and sterile techniques (TPN, IV preparation, etc). The weekly laboratory session will continue to complement classroom instruction and allow students the opportunity to apply newly-learned technical skills.

    PHA 6755 Medical Immunology and Microbiology

    This course will provide a comprehensive study of the field of medical microbiology and the immune system. Microbiology discussions will include a review of infectious microbes and the clinical consequences of infection. Immunology discussions will focus on the structure and function of the individual components of the immune system, and manipulation of the immune system in medicine.

    PHA 6898 Foundations in Public Health

    This course provides the student with an introduction to public health and the public health system. This includes an overview of the core disciplines of public health, the basic science and methodology utilized in public health and review the social/environmental determinants of health. Students will also learn about the relationship between public health and pharmacy, and role of the public health professional and the pharmacist as it relates to Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives.

    PHA 6871 Pharmaceutical Skills II

    The focus of this semester will be a continued discussion of pharmaceutical care techniques, with an emphasis on special populations, motivational interviewing, career options, and the application of public health principles. In addition, students will receive instruction on physical assessment techniques to include blood pressure measurement, medical device training, and techniques specific to medication administration such as eye/ear drops, nasal sprays, and inhalers.

    PHA 6940 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

    The first Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) is the beginning course in a three year sequence of introductory experiences exposing pharmacy students to the principals of pharmaceutical care. IPPE will focus on special populations to promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention in cooperation with an interprofessional team.

  • Year Two (PY2)

    Semester Three/Fall

    PHA 6782C Pharmacotherapeutics I

    Pharmacotherapeutics is an integrated course sequence utilizing medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacy practice faculty. The overarching goal of the sequence is to review and discuss the applied principles of pharmacotherapy/patient management following an organ system process to include renal, pulmonary, endocrine, dermatology, and cardiovascular systems.

    PHA 6795 Research Methods and Biostatistics

    The focus of this course will be medical literature evaluation, including understanding and assessment of various research study designs, statistical analyses, and clinical application of the medical literature. The course provides the necessary preparation for "Grant Writing and Clinical Research".

    PHA 6124 Principles of Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics I

    The goal of this course is to provide students a fundamental understanding of the concepts and principles underlying the discipline of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. The topics will include pharmacokinetic data analysis, dosage regimen design, determinants of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion, and study of drug concentration–response relationships.

    PHA 6261 Healthcare Administration and Economics

    This course will discuss components of the United States (US) health care system, including the administrative and financial determinants that influence patient care, and how pharmacy, pharmacists, and pharmacy systems contribute. An introduction to pharmacy leadership, management, planning, and financial and human resources management will also be provided.

    PHA 6872C Pharmaceutical Skills III

    The Pharmaceutical Skills III course is designed to apply the principles taught throughout the didactic curriculum, including the Pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics courses, in order to optimize therapeutic outcomes and improve patient care. Students will learn and build upon skills related to therapeutic drug monitoring, patient counseling, diagnostic tools, medication therapy management, building patient assessments, care plans, communications, business models, health disparities, literature evaluation, health policy, and law. The format will include small group discussions, simulation activities, student presentations, lectures, reading assignments, cases, Subjective-Objective- Assessment-Plan (SOAP) notes, and interprofessional experiences with other USF Health disciplines.

    PHA 6945 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

    Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience in Community Pharmacy is a structured course in which students will meet with an assigned community pharmacist for 15 consecutive weeks during the Fall 2014 semester. Students will practice pharmacy under supervision while demonstrating and reinforcing skills taught in didactic course work. Upon completion of the course, the student should be knowledgeable about the basic functions of a pharmacist in a community pharmacy practice setting, which involves:

    • Dispensing: compounding, re-packaging, labeling and delivery of a prescription or device
    • Management: operations, purchasing and inventory control
    • Educational: drug information, healthcare professional and patient education
    • Pharmaceutical Care: monitoring and evaluating drug therapy, emergency pharmacy services, communication with other healthcare practitioners, patients and caregivers
  • Year Two (PY2)

    Semester Four/Spring

    PHA 6783C Pharmacotherapeutics II

    Pharmacotherapeutics is an integrated course sequence utilizing medicinal chemistry, pharmacology and pharmacy practice faculty. The overarching goal of the sequence is to review and discuss the applied principles of pharmacotherapy/patient management following an organ system process. This is the second of four courses in the integrated course sequence. Areas to be covered this semester include psychiatry, neurology, men’s and women’s health topics, and genitourinary system.

    PHA 6243 Medical Informatics and Technology

    The focus of this course is to emphasize the roles and responsibilities of the profession and individual pharmacists in the implementation and utilization of electronic health records, medical information technology, institutional and community software, and healthcare system database management.

    PHA 6129 Clinical Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics II

    The second course of the series continues concepts taught in the Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics. Special emphasis will be placed on-patient medication management and advanced monitoring techniques. Class discussions will review formulation factors involved in drug delivery. Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize basic principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to optimize patient specific dosing regimens.

    PHA 6618C Principles of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy

    This course will reinforce specific geriatric pharmacotherapy issues, including medication administration, impact of the aging process, and frequently encountered social issue. Course content will include discussions regarding health systems management issues, and the changing demographics in the country and State of Florida.

    PHA 6270 Healthcare and Medication Safety

    This course will introduce and reinforce principles of human error and patient safety within healthcare settings. The students will engage in activities that analyze, discuss, and provide recommendations for solutions to patient safety problems. Students will have opportunities to conduct an incident investigation, gain an understanding of the advantages and limitations of error reporting, learn how to disclose errors and adverse events, and learn models for improving safety in various health care settings. Classes are designed to provide students with hands-on skills in systems thinking and in preventing, learning from, and dealing with medical error and adverse events.

    PHA 6873C Pharmaceutical Skills IV

    The Pharmaceutical Skills IV course is designed to apply the principles taught throughout the didactic curriculum, including the Pharmacotherapeutics and Pharmacokinetics/ Pharmacodynamics courses, in order to optimize therapeutic outcomes and improve patient care. Students will learn and build upon skills related to therapeutic drug monitoring, patient counseling, diagnostic tools, medication therapy management, building patient assessments, care plans, communications, business models, health disparities, literature evaluation, health policy, and law. The format will include small group discussions, simulation activities, student presentations, lectures, reading assignments, cases, Subjective-Objective-Assessment-Plan (SOAP) notes, and interprofessional experiences with other USF Health disciplines.

    PHA 6946 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

    Introductory pharmacy practice experience in community pharmacy is a structured course in which students will meet with an assigned community pharmacist for 15 consecutive weeks for Spring semester. Students will practice pharmacy under supervision while demonstrating and reinforcing skills taught in didactic course work. Upon completion of the course, the student should be knowledgeable about the basic functions of a pharmacist in a community pharmacy practice setting, which involves:

    • Dispensing: compounding, re-packaging, labeling and delivery of a prescription or device
    • Management: operations, purchasing and inventory control
    • Educational: drug information, healthcare professional and patient education
    • Pharmaceutical Care: monitoring and evaluating drug therapy, emergency pharmacy services, communication with other healthcare practitioners, patients and caregivers
  • Year Three (PY3)

    Semester Five/Fall

    PHA 6784C Pharmacotherapeutics III

    Pharmacotherapeutics is an integrated course sequence utilizing medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacy practice faculty. The overarching goal of this semester is to review and discuss the applied principles of pharmacotherapy and patient management following an organ system process to include infectious diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, hematology and oncolog.

    PHA 6740 Grant Writing and Clinical Research

    This course encompasses factors involved in the development of a research grant proposal and the selection of grant funding sources. Additionally, the evaluative processes of clinical research, grant development, and funding of the proposal will be discussed and practiced.

    PHA 6130C Translational Pharmacogenomics - Principles and Clinical Applications

    Pharmacogenomics deals with the inherited variations in drug effects. It carries the promise of explaining how individual's gene make-up determines drug efficacy and toxicity. Translational Pharmacogenomics is designed as an introduction to the theory and practice of pharmacogenomics which are central to the personalized medicine paradigm. The course aims to provide students with the concepts and tools needed to interpret, analyze, and evaluate pharmacogenomics information. The goal is to enable students to gain a clear understanding of how genetic variations contribute to susceptibility to drug response and to incorporate this knowledge into routine clinical care.

    PHA 6874C Pharmaceutical Skills V

    Integration of the principles of Pharmacotherapeutics V will provide students with an opportunity to develop and monitor patient specific care plans in order to optimize therapeutic outcomes for patients with renal disorders, infectious diseases, and hematology/oncology disorders. Other activities will emphasize the patient-centered application of health policy, literature evaluation, and inpatient medication therapy management as well as introduce basic principles of health systems administration. Interprofessionalism will also be emphasized through simulated activities with medical and nursing students.

    PHA 6947 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

    This course gives pharmacy students experience in the institutional/hospital setting, allowing them to achieve educational outcomes in the areas of patient care and institutional pharmacy practices. Students will learn the basic distributive and administrative processes in the institutional setting including but not limited to: dispensing, clinical research, administration, and drug information/formulary review; while gaining experience interacting with patients, preceptor, technicians and other pharmacy personnel.

  • Year Three (PY3)

    Semester Six/Spring

    PHA 6787C Pharmacotherapeutics IV

    Pharmacotherapeutics is an integrated course sequence utilizing medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacy practice faculty. The overarching goal of the sequence is to review and discuss the applied principles of pharmacotherapy and patient management following an organ system process to include nutrition, critical care, solid organ transplant, pediatrics, toxicology, and drug induced diseases.

    PHA 6233C Jurisprudence

    This course covers federal and state statutes, rules and regulations that affect pharmacy practice and selected aspects of general law and ethics. Emphasizes the interpretation of those laws affecting the practice of community and institutional pharmacy. Ethical situations are also presented. The course is intended to provide a framework for the student to value the interplay between pharmacy and law and provide practical guidance to act lawfully, professionally, and ethically.

    PHA 6760 Non-Prescription and Herbal Therapies

    This course will provide an in depth examination of over-the-counter products and devices used for self-treatable conditions. Community pharmacists are often asked questions regarding appropriate medication selection and proper selection of durable medical equipment; therefore, the focus of this course will be to provide students with tools to best assess the patient, make appropriate over-the-counter (OTC) product selection, provide thorough counseling, and examine numerous alternative medications and various medical equipment through a combination of active learning, case discussions and didactic lectures. A particular emphasis will be placed on the special populations [e.g. geriatric, pediatric, patients with multiple disease states and complicated or unique medical conditions (e.g. loss of vision)]

    PHA 6875C Pharmaceutical Skills VI

    Integration of the principles of Pharmacotherapeutics IV will provide students with an opportunity to develop and monitor patient specific care plans in order to optimize therapeutic outcomes for patients with nutrition, critical care, solid organ transplant, toxicology, and drug induced diseases. Other activities will emphasize the patient-centered application of health policy, literature evaluation, and inpatient medication therapy management as well as introduce basic principles of health systems administration. Interprofessionalism will also be emphasized through simulated activities with medical and nursing students.

    PHA 6948 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

    This course gives pharmacy students experience in the institutional/hospital setting, allowing them to achieve educational outcomes in the areas of patient care and institutional pharmacy practices. Students will learn the basic distributive and administrative processes in the institutional setting including but not limited to: dispensing, clinical research, administration, and drug information/formulary review; while gaining experience interacting with patients, preceptor, technicians and other pharmacy personnel.

  • Year Three (PY3)

    Elective Didactic Courses

    • PHA 6907 Directed Independent Study - SCH TBD
    • PHA 6916 Directed Independent Research - SCH TBD
    • PHA 6177 Advanced Compounding and Industrial Pharmacy
    • PHA 6428C Advanced Topics In Metabolic Syndrome Treatment
    • PHA 6531 Basic Principles of Toxicology
    • PHA 6598 Current Perspectives in Mental Health
    • PHA 6185 Drug Discovery and Frontier
    • PHA 6730C Drugs of Abuse, Addiction, and Law Enforcement
    • PHA 6352 Herbal Medicines and Alternative Therapy
    • PHA 6628 Introduction to Post Graduate Residency Training
    • PHA 6224 Pharmaceutical Debates On Recent Issues Affecting the Profession
    • PHA 6771C Clinical Nutrition In Pharmacy Practice
    • PHA 6877C Critical Care Pharmacotherapy
    • PHA 6223C Pharmacy Leadership
    • PHA 6592C Advanced Cardiology Pharmacotherapy
    • PHA 6221 Pharmacists Role In Transitions of Care
    • PHA 6786C Travel Medicine
    • PHA 6615C Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Elective
    • PHA 6780C Oncology Pharmacy Practice
    • PHA 6602 Pediatric Pharmacotherapy
  • Year Four (PY4)

    Rotations/Forum

    PHA 7694 APPE Adult Medicine

    The goal of the Adult Medicine Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience is to provide opportunities for students to build on knowledge and skills acquired through didactic education and introductory pharmacy practice experiences and apply them in direct patient care activities in the adult medicine setting. This course takes place in an internal medicine/general medicine unit where patients are managed using a team-based approach.

    PHA 7692 APPE Ambulatory Care

    The goal of the Ambulatory Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience is to provide opportunities for students to build on knowledge and skills acquired through didactic education and introductory pharmacy practice experiences and apply them in direct patient care activities in the ambulatory care setting. This course takes place in an ambulatory care, multidisciplinary practice setting. Practice sites may include hospital-based clinics, physician group practices, community, and others.

    PHA 7627 APPE Community

    The goal of the Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice Experience is to provide opportunities for students to build on knowledge and skills acquired through didactic education and introductory pharmacy practice experiences and apply them in direct patient care activities in the community pharmacy setting. Students will participate in patient care services and patient-focused dispensing functions. These services will focus on identifying, resolution, and prevention of medication-related problems.

    PHA 7684 APPE Elective

    The goal of the Elective Specialty Patient Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience is to provide opportunities for students to build on knowledge and skills acquired through didactic education and introductory pharmacy practice experiences and apply them in the care of a specialized patient population.

    PHA 7644 APPE Geriatrics

    The goal of the Geriatrics Patient Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience is to provide opportunities for students to build on knowledge and skills acquired through didactic education and introductory pharmacy practice experiences and apply them in the care of a specialized patient population.

    PHA 7626 APPE Health System

    The goal of the Advanced Health-Systems Pharmacy Practice Experience is to provide opportunities for students to build on knowledge and skills acquired through didactic education and introductory pharmacy practice experiences and apply them in direct patient care activities.

    PHA 7928C Professional Forum

    The focus of the professional forum is to prepare pharmacists to identify, resolve, and prevent drug-related problems. The curriculum integrates didactics with practice, reflecting the faculty’s dedication to the profession and its commitment to educating students to become competent practitioners. Graduates of the professional forum are capable practitioners who are prepared to sit for the NAPLEX.