Curriculum

Curricular philosophy

It is expected that the curriculum will be driven by these principles:

  1. Students will be exposed to practice experiences, which are based upon the provision of pharmaceutical care that begins upon entry into the curriculum and continues throughout the four years of the curriculum.
  2. Pharmaceutical sciences and clinical sciences will be integrated throughout the curriculum with the goal of instilling upon our graduates the need for the continuation of basic science knowledge throughout their careers.
  3. Faculty will endeavor to deliver the curriculum to students utilizing the most effective means possible and will strive to incorporate new, effective approaches to teaching and learning.
  4. The curriculum will be "patient-focused" that trains students to be a primary care provider. This will involve teaching students patient assessment and advanced oral and written communications skills.
  5. Advanced practice experiences will be integrated into institutions and organizations that provide pharmaceutical care. Student experiences will be maximized at an organization such that they can deliver pharmaceutical care and begin to evaluate the outcomes of pharmaceutical care at that institution. These experiences will be reflective of practice environments entered after graduation.
  6. The curriculum will be responsive to changes required as a result of input from faculty, students, employers and alumni.

Curriculum for the graduating classes of 2020 and beyond

The renewed Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum went into effect with the first professional year class admitted starting the Fall 2016 semester. The curriculum was designed and implemented by the Departments of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences to educate and prepare students for the evolving demands of the profession. 

The curriculum is being implemented as follows:

  • 2016-17: First professional year (P1)
  • 2017-18: P1 + Second professional year (P2)
  • 2018-19: P1 + P2 + Third professional year (P3)
  • 2019-20: P1 + P2 + P3 + Fourth professional year (P4)

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First Professional Year

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

FALL P-1

PHA 4105

Pathophysiology I

3

P1 Standing

PSC 4115

Pharmaceutics I

3

P1 Standing

PSC 4125

Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences:  Medicinal Chemistry / Pharmacology / Immunology

3

P1 Standing

PHA 4125

Drug Literature and Foundations of Research

3

P1 Standing

PPR 4115

Social Administrative Sciences and Professional Development I:  Introduction to the Pharmacy Profession

2

P1 Standing

 

Semester Credit Hours

14

 

WINTER P-1

PHA 4205

Pathophysiology II

2

PHA 4105  

P1 Standing

PSC 4215

Pharmaceutics II

2

PSC 4115

P1 Standing

PSC 4225

Autonomic Pharmacology

2

PSC 4125

P1 Standing

PHA 4225

Principles of Pharmacotherapy I:  Respiratory, Gastroenterology, Allergy, Ophthalmology, and Basic Self-Care

4

PHA 4105

P1 Standing

PHA 4235

Pharmacotherapeutic Problem Solving I: Respiratory, Gastroenterology, Allergy, Ophthalmology, and Basic Self-Care

2

P1 Standing

PPR 4245

Patient Care Lab I

1

P1 Standing

PPR 4255

Social Administrative Sciences and Professional Development II:  Healthcare Systems and Social Aspects of Pharmacy

2

P1 Standing

 

Semester Credit Hours

15

 

SPRING P-1

PPR 4315

Pharmacy Jurisprudence

2

P1 Standing

PPR 4365

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience I

1

P1 Standing

 

Minimum Semester Credit Hours

3

 

 

P-1 Minimum Accumulated Credits

32

 

Bachelor of Health Sciences with a concentration in Pharmaceutical Sciences awarded for students who have completed a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours at WSU.

Second Professional Year

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

FALL P-2

PSC 5115

Pharmacokinetics

2

P2 Standing

PHA 5115

Principles of Pharmacotherapy II: Nephrology, Cardiology

5

P2 Standing

PHA 5125

Principles of Pharmacotherapy III: Endocrinology, Gynecology, Urology

4

P2 Standing

PHA 5135

Pharmacotherapeutic Problem Solving II: Nephrology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gynecology, Urology

2

P2 Standing

PPR 5145

Patient Care Lab II

1

P2 Standing

PPR 5155

Social Administrative Sciences and Professional Development III: Practice Management

2

P2 Standing

PPR 5165

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience II

1

P2 Standing

 

Minimum Semester Credit Hours

17

 

WINTER P-2

PPR 5215

Applied Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacogenomics

2

PSC 5115

P2 Standing

PHA 5215

Principles of Pharmacotherapy IV: Infectious Diseases

4

P2 Standing

PHA 5225

Principles of Pharmacotherapy V:  Neurology, Psychiatry

4

P2 Standing

PHA 5235

Pharmacotherapeutic Problem Solving III: Infectious Diseases, Neurology, Psychiatry

2

P2 Standing

PPR 5245

Patient Care Lab III

1

P2 Standing

PPR 5255

Social Administrative Sciences and Professional Development IV: Medication Use Process – Pharmacist Responsibility

2

P2 Standing

PPR 5265

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience III

1

P2 Standing

 

Professional Elective Option (Directed Study Only)*

 

 

 

Minimum Semester Credit Hours

16

 

 

Minimum P-2 Year Credits

33

 

 

Minimum Accumulated Credits

65

 

SPRING/SUMMER P-2

 

Professional Elective Option (Didactic and/or Directed Study)

 

 

 

Third Professional Year

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

FALL P-3

PHA 6125

Principles of Pharmacotherapy VI: Oncology, Advanced Immunology

3

P3 Standing

PPR 6115

Applied Therapeutics in Self-Care

2

P3 Standing

PHA 6135

Pharmacotherapeutic Problem Solving IV: Oncology and Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics

3

P3 Standing

PPR 6145

Patient Care Lab IV

1

P3 Standing

PPR 6155

Social Administrative Sciences and Professional Development V: Pharmacy Practice Development

3

P3 Standing

PPR 6165

PPR 6175**

Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience OR Hospital Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience

2

P3 Standing

FPH 7320 Social Basis of Health 3 Dual Title Admission

 

Professional Elective Option (Didactic and/or Directed Study)*

 

 

 

Minimum Semester Credit Hours

14

 

WINTER P-3

First seven-week block

PHA 6235

Pharmacotherapeutic Problem Solving V: Drug Induced Diseases

2

P3 Standing

Second seven-week block

PPR 6295

Clinical Capstone

2

P3 Standing

Courses Taken for Entire Semester

PPR 6235

Social Administrative Sciences and Professional Development
VI: Public Health and Population Based Care
(Replaces PPR 6290)

2

P3 Standing

PPR 6245

Pharmacy Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Replaces PPR 6180

2

P3 Standing

PSC 6285

Pharmacy Seminar

1

P3 Standing

PPR 6165 PPR 6175**

Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience OR Hospital Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience

2

P3 Standing

FPH 7420 Principles of Environmental Health 3 Dual Title Admission
FPH 7015 Biostatistics 4 Dual Title Admission

 

Minimum Semester Credit Hours

18

 

 

Minimum P-3 Year Credits

35

 

 

Accumulated Credits for Program

100

 

*A total of six credits of professional electives must be taken between the start of the P-2 Winter semester and completion of the P-3 Winter Semester; only Directed Study electives may be taken prior to Spring/Summer of the P-2 year as indicated in the PharmD program's elective policy. To view electives offered in the PharmD Program, click here.

** PPR 6165 and PPR 6175 are offered both semesters of the P-3 year with half of students alternating between each course.

Fourth Professional Year

Course No.

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

Students must complete 5 required APPE courses and 2 elective APPE courses over the academic year.***

PPR 7410

Advanced Practice Patient Care 1 (Inpatient Acute Care)

4

P4 Standing

PPR 7420

Advanced Practice Patient Care Core

4

P4 Standing

PPR 7430

Ambulatory Care

4

P4 Standing

PPR 7550

Advanced Practice General Hospital

4

P4 Standing

PPR 7560

Advanced Practice General Community

4

P4 Standing

PPR 7530

Advanced Practice Elective (Patient Care )***

4

P4 Standing

PPR 7540

Advanced Practice Elective (Non-Patient Care)***

4

P4 Standing

 

Total Credits for Year

28

 

 

Accumulated Credits for Program

124

 

*** Student must take five (5) required APPE courses and two (2) APPE Electives. The two electives courses can be taken in any combination [i.e., two patient care electives (PPR 7530), two non-patient care electives (PPR 7540), or one of each type (PPR 7530 and PPR 7540)].

Curriculum for the graduating classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019

Students who entered the Doctor of Pharmacy program in 2015 and before are completing coursework as outlined in the curriculum guide for the graduating classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Non-academic curriculum requirements

In addition to the academic requirements of the curriculum, there are non-academic requirements that include the following:

  • Abillity-based outcomes that define what graduates are expected to be able to do as a result of the knowledge, skills and attitudes gained through completing the entire curriculum
  • Experiential education, which helps students explore and address real-life health challenges by applying knowledge and concepts learned in the classroom
  • professionalism curriculum that encourages and evaluates the development of professional values, attitudes, skills and behaviors
  • Technical standards, a set of physical, cognitive and behavioral skills that student must demonstrate to be effective pharmacists