Research Scholars program

The Wayne State University Research Scholars program is a selective research-intensive concentration within the college's PharmD program that aims to provide pharmacy students a challenging research experience and to enhance their professional education. Students will receive hands-on experience in applying contemporary scientific methodologies in research study design and in modern analytic methods within the broad areas of basic pharmaceutical sciences, clinical/translational research, practice-based research and health outcomes research.

PharmD students in the Research Scholars program will conduct original research projects with faculty mentors and receive individualized counseling about interests, advanced training, and potential career options in the field of research. The research experience gained in the Research Scholars program is expected to differentiate students from their peers who plan to apply to post-graduate residencies, fellowships, or graduate degree studies. Students completing the program will obtain a concentration in research, noted on their university transcript.

Students are selectively offered a position in Research Scholars based on application in the P1 year. Students will take specific courses totaling 11 credit hours, with six of those credits taken in place of professional electives required in the PharmD program.

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Curriculum 

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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

PHA 4395

Research Scholars: Research Development

2

Research Scholars only

 

Semester Credit Hours for Research Scholars

5

 

 

P-1 Minimum Accumulated Credits

34

 

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.

The Research Scholars program requires completion of PHA 4395 in Spring P1.  Between Fall P2 and Winter P3, a total of four credit hours of Research Scholars elective (PHA 5195) must be taken, in any combination of one to four credit hours.  Students are not required to take PHA 5195 every semester.  The scheduling of a total of four credits hours will be agreed upon with the faculty research mentor and the Research Scholars program director and documented in the student's individual development plan.

 

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

PHA 5195

Research Scholars Elective *

(1-4)

Research Scholars only

 

Minimum Semester Credit Hours

16

 

 

Minimum P-2 Year Credits

33

 

 

Minimum Accumulated Credits for Students in Research Scholars Program

67

 

SPRING/SUMMER P-2

PHA 5195

Research Scholars Elective *

(1-4)

Research Scholars only

*Between Winter P2 and Winter P3, a total of four credit hours of Research Scholars Elective (PHA 5195) must be taken, in any combination of one to four credit hours.  Students are not required to take PHA 5195 every semester.  The scheduling of a total of four credits hours will be agreed upon with the faculty research mentor and the Research Scholars program coordinator and documented in the student's individual development plan.

 

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

PHA 5195

Research Scholars Elective *

(1-4)

Research Scholars only

 

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

2

P3 Standing

PPR 6245

Pharmacy Ethics and Professional Responsibility

2

P3 Standing

PSC 6285

Pharmacy Seminar (Research Scholars Section)

1

P3 Standing

PPR 6165 PPR 6175**

Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience OR Hospital Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience

2

P3 Standing

PHA 5195

Research Scholars Elective *

Research Scholars only

Must have completed 4 credit hours of PHA 5195 by end of term

 

Minimum Semester Credit Hours

11

 

 

Minimum P-3 Year Credits

25

 

 

Accumulated Credits for Program

96

 

*Between Winter P2 and Winter P3, a total of four credit hours of Research Scholars elective (PHA 5195) must be taken, in any combination of one to four credit hours. Students are not required to take PHA 5195 every semester.  The scheduling of a total of four credits hours will be agreed upon with the faculty research mentor and the Research Scholars program coordinator and documented in the student's individual development plan.

**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 five required courses and two elective 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 (Patient care)

PPR 7540 (Non-Patient care)

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

4

P4 Standing

PPR 7195

Advanced Practice Elective Advanced Research Scholars Elective

4

Research Scholars only

 

Total Credits for Year

28

 

 

Accumulated Credits for Program

124

 

 

Research projects

Students in the Research Scholars program may choose from a wide range of research topics to develop their research portfolio. Research diversity is provided by participating pharmacy program faculty members who have ongoing research programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy Practice and Science, and the Health Care Sciences. 

Students involved in research are required to also complete Institutional Review Board (IRB) training in accordance with the WSU Human Research Protections Programs. Students involved in research using non-human vertebrate animals are required to also complete Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) training in accordance with the WSU Animal Investigation Committee.

  • 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

    PHA 4395

    Research Scholars: Research Development

    2

    Research Scholars only

     

    Semester Credit Hours for Research Scholars

    5

     

     

    P-1 Minimum Accumulated Credits

    34

     

    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.

    The Research Scholars program requires completion of PHA 4395 in Spring P1.  Between Fall P2 and Winter P3, a total of four credit hours of Research Scholars elective (PHA 5195) must be taken, in any combination of one to four credit hours.  Students are not required to take PHA 5195 every semester.  The scheduling of a total of four credits hours will be agreed upon with the faculty research mentor and the Research Scholars program director and documented in the student's individual development plan.

  • 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

    PHA 5195

    Research Scholars Elective *

    (1-4)

    Research Scholars only

     

    Minimum Semester Credit Hours

    16

     

     

    Minimum P-2 Year Credits

    33

     

     

    Minimum Accumulated Credits for Students in Research Scholars Program

    67

     

    SPRING/SUMMER P-2

    PHA 5195

    Research Scholars Elective *

    (1-4)

    Research Scholars only

    *Between Winter P2 and Winter P3, a total of four credit hours of Research Scholars Elective (PHA 5195) must be taken, in any combination of one to four credit hours.  Students are not required to take PHA 5195 every semester.  The scheduling of a total of four credits hours will be agreed upon with the faculty research mentor and the Research Scholars program coordinator and documented in the student's individual development plan.