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.

Non-academic curriculum requirements

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

  • Ability-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
  • The Pharm.D. co-curriculum, which is designed to provide our pharmacy students with real-world experiences that complement and advance what is learned through our didactic and experiential curriculum

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.

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)].