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Pharmacy Doctorate Curriculum



Curricular Concentration

During Year Two, all pharmacy students must declare an academic concentration in  one of five areas: Pharmacotherapy, Information Management, Pharmacy Management, Missions/Public Health and Interdisciplinary Care Delivery. With faculty advisor assistance, students identify the area in which they wish to concentrate their study.

Prior to graduation students must 1) complete at least four (4) elective didactic courses within that concentration, 2) focus their experiential learning activity for PHM 6330 Pharmacy Practice Experience IV or PHM 6355 Pharmacy Practice Experience V within the chosen concentration, and 3) complete at least two (2) elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences in the chosen concentration.


Year One

Description-Fall

Credit

  

Description- Spring

Credit

  

PHM 6100: Pharmaceutics I (& lab)

4

  

PHM 6140: Pharmaceutics II (& lab)

4

  

PHM 6110: Pharmacodynamics I

3

  

PHM 6145: Pharmacodynamics II

3

  

PHM 6115: Biochemistry for Pharmacy

4

  

PHM 6150: Microbiology & Immunology

3

  

PHM 6120: Human Anatomy & Physiology

3

  

PHM 6155: Health Care Delivery

3

  

PHM 6130: Pharmaceutical Care I

3

  

PHM 6165: Health Assessment

3

  

PHM 6135: The Dean’s Hour

1

   

PHM 6160: Intro to Drug Information
and Informatics

2

  

 

 

PHM 6170: Pharmacy Practice Exper I

1

  

Total: 

18

  

Total:  

19

  


Year Two

Description - Fall

Credit

  

Description - Spring

Credit

  

PHM 6215: Pathophysiology & Therapeutics I

4

  

PHM 6245: Pathophysiology & Therapeutics II

4

  

PHM 6210: Pharmacodynamics III

3

  

PHM 6240: Pharmacodynamics IV

3

  

PHM 6225: Communications and Counseling

3

  

PHM 6250: Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics

3

  

PHM 6200: Self Care Therapeutics

3

  

PHM 6255: Pharmacy Practice Exper III

2

  

PHM 6220: Managing Personnel

2

  

PHM 6260: Professional and Technical Writing

2

  

PHM 6230: Pharmaceutical Care II

2

  

Elective 1

2

  

PHM 6235: Pharmacy Practice Exper II

1

  

Elective 2

2

  

Total:

18

  

Total:

18

  


Year Three

Description - Fall

Credit

  

Description - Spring

Credit

  

PHM 6300: Pathophysiology & Therapeutics III

4

  

PHM 6340: Pathophysiology & Therapeutics IV

4

  

PHM 6315: Biomedical Literature for Pharmacy

3

  

PHM 6335: Pharmaceutical Care III

3

  

PHM 6320: Pharmacy Law

2

  

PHM 6345: Therapeutic Case Studies II

1

  

PHM 6325: Ethics in Pharmacy Practice

2

  

PHM 6355: Pharmacy Practice Exper V

2

  

PHM 6330: Pharmacy Practice Exper IV

2

  

PHM 6350: Business and Entrepreneurial Management

3

  

Elective 3

2

  

Elective 5

2

  

Elective 4 

2

  

Elective 6

2

  

PHM 6310: Therapeutic Case Studies I 

1

  

PHM 6360: Seminar I

1

  

Total:

18

  

Total:

18

  


Year Four

Twelve Months

Credit

  

APPE

40

  

PHM 6365: Pharm.D. Capstone

1

  

Total:

41

  

Please Note: This curriculum is subject to change with timely notification.

  

(adopted 2/5/2008)

Course Titles and Descriptions


Biomedical Sciences

PHM 6115 Biochemistry for Pharmacy (4) 

This course introduces central subjects in biochemistry with emphasis on clinical understanding of biochemical processes in human health and disease. Topics include the structure and function of protein, carbohydrates, lipids, properties of membranes, intermediary metabolism, nutrition, hormonal regulation of metabolism, and genetic information storage and utilization.

PHM 6120 Human Anatomy & Physiology for Pharmacy (3) 

This course covers the human body’s structure (gross, microscopic, and major systems), emphasizing system interaction, homeostasis and pathophysiology within anatomical structures and functions most affected by drug therapy, and covering the pathophysiologic rationale behind focused assessments, patient signs and symptoms, laboratory tests and resulting treatments.

PHM 6150 Microbiology and Immunology for Pharmacy (3)
An introduction to microbial pathogenesis and the molecular mechanisms by which microbes interact with their host to cause damage leading to disease, this course examines micro and macroparasites with regard to structure, metabolism, genetics and life-cycle, emphasizing their relation to host-pathogen interactions. Host defense mechanisms, including the structural, molecular and cellular basis of both the innate and acquired immune system are presented, focusing on current and future, therapeutic targets to prevent and eliminate infection.


Pharmaceutical Sciences

PHM 6100 & PHM 6140 Pharmaceutics I & II (4, 4)
A two-course sequence covering pharmaceutical calculations, dosage forms and drug delivery systems, focuses on fundamental principles and definitions, and the science of drug formulation, development, testing, production and distribution systems. Laboratory experiences allow students to apply knowledge to practical situations by preparing and dispensing pharmaceutical solutions, emulsions, suspensions, semi-solid and solid dosage forms with emphasis on excipients selection for extemporaneous compounding.

PHM 6110, PHM 6145, PHM 6210 & PHM 6240 Pharmacodynamics I, II, III, & IV (3, 3, 3, 3)
Study of pharmacology and medicinal chemistry, covering structure activity relationships and mechanism of drug action, receptor activity, dose response relationships and principals of drug action on the human body with the application of these principals to specific drug classes and related health issues.

PHM 6250 Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics (3)

This course examines absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) of chemical substances and the factors that affect these processes in humans as the foundation for rational dosing of therapeutic agents. Pharmacokinetic modeling principles are presented, emphasizing compartmental, physiological and non-compartmental approaches illustrated by examples from the areas of therapeutics and toxicology.


Social, Behavioral and Administrative Sciences: Pharmacy Practice Management

PHM 6135 The Dean's Hour (1)

This course surveys the spectrum of pharmacy practice to introduce students to cultural and political aspects of practice, to assimilate them as new members of the profession. Guest lecturers and panel members share practice wisdom and advice.

PHM 6155 Health Care Delivery (3)

This course presents the structure and functioning of the U.S. health care system, emphasizing issues associated with health care, health care professionals, and how health care is organized, financed, and regulated, resulting in health care access and equity disparities.

PHM 6160 Introduction to Drug Information and Informatics (2)

Students learn sources of drug information and how to access them through the use of computer-based technology.  Students are challenged to find and properly supply the most appropriate information, in oral or written format.

PHM 6220 Managing Personnel (2)
Students learn fundamental theories and their application to managing and motivating professional, para-professional and general administrative staff in pharmacy and health care organizations.

PHM 6225 Communication & Counseling Skills (3)
Students learn techniques and strategies pharmacists use to enhance health-related interactions and interpersonal relationships with patients, care givers, physicians, nurses, and coworkers employing principles of effective communication.

PHM 6260 Professional and Technical Writing (2)
Students develop the ability to write to varied audiences for varied purposes within the context of health care delivery and professional interaction.

PHM 6315 Biomedical Literature for Pharmacy (3)
Students prepare to practice evidence-based care by developing analytic skills needed to read, assess, and apply biomedical literature and by learning basic biomedical research methodology and statistical techniques applicable to biological and health sciences (e.g., non-parametric statistics, probability and inferential statistics, including analysis of variance and multiple regressions). Course activity and projects link to PHA 6360: Seminar I.

6320 Pharmacy Law (2)
This course surveys laws governing pharmacy and health care (emphasis on Tennessee law), and releated topics (i.e., malpractice, drug product liability, bulk compounding, reimportation, relationship of responsibility doctrine to pain management, controlled substances and addictions, central fill pharmacy DEA regulations, HIPAA and recent Medicare/Medicaid prescription drug benefits etc). Students learn to facilitate multidisciplinary health care teams in diverse settings to assure optimal treatment within legal guidelines.

PHM 6325 Ethics in Pharmacy Practice (2)
Students learn to understand and resolve, when possible, ethical issues in patient care related to managed health care, private sector, and public health systems, including patient confidentiality, drug accuracy and safety issues. Students learn to recognize ethical dilemmas and work to resolve problems using basic ethical principles.


Clinical Sciences

PHM 6130 & PHM 6230 Pharmaceutical Care I & II (3,2)
A linked introduction to medical and prescription terminology, the top 200 medications, basic issues in pharmacy law, ethics, and diversity/equity in health care to support students in early practice experiences, and an overview of pharmacy management, managed care, pharmacy informatics, and pharmacy missions to help students choose a curricular concentration.

PHM 6165 Health Assessment (3)
Students learn patient medical history and physical assessment skills needed to provide pharmaceutical care, including basic patient screening skills: blood pressure, blood draw for diabetes screening, glucose monitoring, immunization administration, and basic laboratory tests interpretation.

PHM 6170, PHM 6235, PHM 6255, PHM 6330, PHM 6355 Pharmacy Practice Experience I, II, III, IV & V (1, 1, 2, 2, 2)
A structured sequence of hands-on, guided experiences across the range of pharmacy practice settings, allows student to acquire knowledge and skills while developing professional attitudes and accepting escalating levels of responsibility. The experiences parallel didactic coursework, placing students with practitioner mentors to facilitate student development as skilled, self-confident professionals.

PHM6200 Self Care Therapeutics (3)
Students learn to help patients make therapeutic choices about health care issues that can be managed effectively by the patient using over-the-counter (OTC) products, dietary supplements, natural products and other alternative medicine therapies. The course emphasizes triage of patients, patient safety, therapeutic efficacy, and the validity and current evidence-based outcome measures.

PHM 6215, PHM 6245, PHM 6300, PHM 6340 Pathophysiology & Therapeutics I, II, III & IV (4, 4, 4, 4)
The course sequence presents the prevalence, presentation, diagnosis, natural course and therapeutic options for treating major disease states, including general clinical pharmacokinetics principals, drug interactions, adverse reactions, and clinical laboratory tests interpretation. Student learn to 1) choose optimal therapeutic regimens based on individual patient characteristics, demonstrated benefits and drug therapy risks, 2) monitor therapy effectiveness, and 3) identify and solve drug-related problems.

PHM 6310, PHM 6345 Therapeutics Case Studies I & II (1, 1)
This problem-based course sequence develops team skills that health care providers need by engaging patient case scenarios (including simulations labs and interdisciplinary teams) of increasing complexity. Teams collect needed information, assess the overall situation, develop and defend a pharmaceutical care plan.

PHM 6335 Pharmaceutical Care III (3)
Students integrate all aspects of pharmaceutical care in a simulated practice environment to apply their therapeutics knowledge and pharmaceutical care skills to prescription assessment, patient profile review, clinical problem-solving, patient counseling/teaching, inter-professional communication, and clinical intervention documentation. 

PHM 6360 Seminar (1)
Development and presentation of a formal presentation to a peer/professional audience on a pharmacy related topic and refinement of self- and peer-assessment abilities.

PHM 6365 Capstone (1)
Following advanced professional practice experiences, students reflect on their development as professionals, assess and share their achievement of educational outcomes, complete their professional portfolio, establish a continuing professional development plan, and prepare to enter the pharmacy profession.

PHM 6400 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Ambulatory Care (4)

Advanced clinical experience designed to grant in-depth experience in the provision of clinical pharmacy services to ambulatory patients in a community pharmacy or medical setting. Practice sites may include pharmacy run clinics, pharmacies adjunct to a clinic or home infusion services.

PHM 6410 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Community Practice (4)
A clinical experience designed to grant experience in providing clinical pharmacy services to patients in a community pharmacy.

PHM 6415 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Health Systems (4)

An experience focused on development of knowledge and skills in institutional pharmacy practice and application of such systems in various practice environments.

PHM 6420 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - General Medicine I (4)
A clinical experience designed to build students' clinical skills in acute medicine services. The student develops pharmaceutical care techniques and competencies.


PHM 6425
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - General Medicine II (4)
A clinical experience designed to extend students' clinical skills in acute medicine services. The student develops pharmaceutical care techniques and competencies.

PHM 6430 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Pharmacotherapy (4)
An experience focused on patient-specific medication therapy management (short-term and longitudinal) in any applicable care-management practice setting.


Electives

PHM 6990 Special Topics in Pharmacy (2)

PHM 6991 Special Topics in Care Management (2)

PHM 6992 Special Topics in Pharmacy Management (2)

PHM 6993 Special Topics in Missions (2)

PHM 6994 Special Topics in Informatics (2)

PHM 6995 Special Topics in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (4)

PHM 6996 Special Topics in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Pharmacotherapy (4)

PHM 6997 Special Topics in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Management (4)

PHM 6998 Special Topics in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Missions (4)

PHM 6999 Special Topics in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience - Informatics (4)



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