Spring Elective Offerings

Cohort  Course Number Course Description Semester Hours
P1, P2 8501 Introduction to Nuclear Pharmacy This course will introduce students to radiopharmacy as a specialty practice. The course will include basic foundations of the practice as encountered daily by the nuclear pharmacist. Topics include basic radiation physics, safety and biological effects, NRC regulations for radioactive material licensing and use, radiopharmaceutical chemistry and product preparation, radiopharmaceutical use for diagnostic imaging and therapy with examination of nuclear medicine case studies, nuclear pharmacist communication and contributions to the medical team. 2
P3 8502 Advanced Pharmacopalliation of Pain
Exploration of symptom management across the trajectory of serious illness through a series of longitudinal patient cases.
P3 8503 Advanced Pharmacopalliation of Nonpain Symptoms Terminal extubation, terminal agitation, discontinuing life sustaining therapies, and pharmacokinetic and pharmaceutic issues in advanced illness. 3
P3 8505 Advanced Topics in ID/HIV/Antimicrobial Therapy Topics in antimicrobial treatment of infectious diseases beyond those in the required pharmacy curriculum, including topics covered in the infectious disease therapeutics course; lectures, case discussion, class participation, and summary presentations of an uncommon organism or antimicrobial agent. 2
P3 8512 Advanced Drug Literature I: Study Design Expansion of concepts introduced in the first pharmacy discovery course; improvement of knowledge and skills for practical evaluation of drug literature; emphasis on understanding advanced concepts in study designs which aid in applied interpretation and application of study findings to patient care. 1
P3 8513 Advanced Drug Literature II: Evaluation Expansion of concepts introduced in first professional discovery course; improvement of knowledge and skills in practical evaluation of drug literature; emphasis on applied interpretation and application of study findings to patient care through active student journal club presentations and facilitation by faculty content experts. Pre-requisite: 8512 1
P1, P2 8708 Substances of Misuse Emphasis on the most important themes and concepts in the field of substance use and treatment; drugs of misuse including stimulants, opioids, sedative-hypnotics, alcohol, hallucinogens, marijuana, and performance enhancing compounds; drug use prevention and treatment; depiction of substance use in modern culture. 2
P1, P2 8709 Pharmacist’s Role in Health Coaching/Nutrition Explores the role of pharmacists in health coaching and nutrition, particularly through interactions that can benefit patients with chronic diseases. Students will learn health coaching strategies, and interactive sessions are used to allow students to apply the practice of health coaching to patient cases via an active learning format. Clinical Nutritionists as guest instructors educate students on topics including the basis of nutrition, different “Fad Diets,” and intuitive eating habits. Students will gain an appreciation of the importance of nutrition and health coaching for chronic disease management in patients. 2
P3 8712 Nonprescription Pharmacotherapy and Self-Care Introduction to nonprescription medications; development of patient assessment and consultation skills; understanding of pharmacist's role in patient self-care. 2
P3 8718 Special Topics in Acute Care These inpatient elective therapeutics course complements the overall therapeutics course series and emphasizes the use of drug therapy in a wide variety of hospital situations. It addresses the pharmacotherapy used in treating diseases, disorders, or syndromes, including a review of the disorder, therapeutic goals, treatment plans, patients counseling as appropriate, and monitoring patient outcomes. Students will learn how to assist other caregivers in the development of rational plan of drug therapy for a patient and to evaluate existing plans of therapy and suggest therapeutic alternatives when necessary. The course covers the pharmacotherapy associated with a wide variety of inpatient therapeutics topics. Although some topics from the regular therapeutics series may be reviewed, they will be covered in additional depth or presented in a more case-based format. 2
P3 8724 Health System Pharmacy Practice Management Organizational structure of pharmacy departments in hospitals and health care systems; models for delivery of pharmaceutical care; pharmacy's role in drug-policy decision making; provision of drug information; clinical and distributive pharmacy services; control of pharmacy and pharmacy costs; use of information technology and automation for service delivery; supervisory management; quality improvement. 2
P3 8790 Sustainable Clinical Pharmacy Services Practical knowledge and understanding of how to implement and sustain clinical pharmacy services in a variety of practice settings; how to identify outcomes to evaluate the success of ongoing services; students explore the perspective of leadership and management as it pertains to clinical pharmacy services. 2
P3 8794 Emergency Medicine & Toxicology Pharmacology in the world of emergency medicine and toxicology; students learn through lecture, case discussion, class participation, and evaluation of evidence-based medicine literature in emergency medicine and toxicology. 2
P1, P2 8795 More Than Medications: Healthcare for the Whole Patient This course looks beyond medication and disease-state management to explore the principles and practice of providing whole-person healthcare.  Whole-person care is the integration of a variety of resources to support a patient’s mind, body, and spirit in their healthcare journey. Additional topics to be covered include interprofessional care teams, palliative care as a public health need, communication strategies, and self-care. 2
P1, P2 8796

Introduction to Travel Medicine

Overview of services provided to travelers to prevent and management conditions that may arise prior to, during, and after international travel; students learn about topics pertaining to each of these areas. 2


Fall Elective Offerings

Cohort Course Number Course description Semester Hours
P3 8510 Pediatrics Overview of pediatric developmental differences, disease state medication issues, and clinical decision skills specific to pediatric population. 1
P2, P3 8511 Introduction to Specialty Pharmacy Introduction to the rapidly growing field of specialty pharmacy; weekly interactive classes; students spend time in a specialty pharmacy environment and specialty clinic with a clinical pharmacy specialist to gain knowledge and understanding of clinical, business, distributive, and managed care aspects of specialty pharmacy. 2
P3 8717 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Additional experience in the practice of clinical pharmacy; focus on key therapeutic areas where ambulatory care clinical pharmacists currently have a significant impact improving patient care, including anticoagulation management, hyperlipidemia management, and diabetes management; opportunity to develop expertise in clinical decision making, improve problem solving abilities, and continued development in writing and oral presentation skills. 2
P2 8721 Leadership & Political Advocacy Contemporary issues in pharmacy; role of leadership and advocacy in shaping profession; becoming effective advocates within political and policy making process; development of advocacy and leadership skills essential to improve self, profession, and community. 1
P2 8793 (online) Introduction to Global Health Studies Overview of topics pertaining to international health and cultural diversity in relation to pharmacy and global health; preparation for student pharmacists to become health care practitioners who optimize the health of patients and society; inspires students to advance the profession by fostering collaboration, global and public health leadership, professionalism and civic engagement; introduction and discussion of important topics in global health, focusing specifically on care of the underserved in a global context. 1
P2, P3 8797 Well-being & Ethics in Health Care Explore the relationship between the ethical provision of healthcare and the well-being of people living with serious illness and their care team, including healthcare providers, caregivers, and family.  Prepares students to identify and approach potential challenges and threats to well-being they may face in their personal or professional life. Topics explored via discussion, reflection, and examining multimedia sources include ethics and laws pertaining to living, receiving medical care, and dying; suffering, dignity, and grieving; cultural and spiritual contexts of illness and death; health equity in serious illness care; moral distress; and compassion fatigue. 3
P3 8799 Active Residency Preparation Students develop the understanding of what a residency is, what programs exist, the usual qualifications for placement, and the necessary pathway and components of residency attainment; hands-on experience with preparation process; for pharmacy students interested in pursuing residency training following graduation. 2