Learning and Living Curriculum

The transformative, patient-focused, and student-centered Learning and Living Curriculum kicked off in the fall of 2015.

The newly-named curriculum and related teaching methods expand upon techniques that have been used successfully in the college for many years. The fall of 2015 first-year PharmD students were the first to officially use them, and each member of subsequent first-year PharmD classes formally joins the Learning and Living Curriculum as well.

Unique elements of the Learning and Living Curriculum include: 

  • A Professional Engagement Period: First-year PharmD students are introduced to the profession and the college during a series of sessions before and after classes begin.
  • Integrated Pharmacotherapy Course Series (IPCs): Classes are now organized by disease state and will be team-taught. (Formerly known as Aligned Component Course series, or ACCs.)
  • Active learning strategies: Instructors are lecturing less and using the freed-up class time to guide students as they dive more deeply into the material, often in small groups.
    Read our Winter 2015-16 HawkScripts story about active learning.
  • Professional discovery: Across their years in the college, PharmD students collaborate in small groups on a scientific project. A faculty member leads each group as they use the scientific process, develop a project and present findings.
  • Interprofessional education: Learning and Living Curriculum pharmacy students are collaborating closely with other health sciences students. 
  • Greater ability to specialize: More flexibility is built in to the curriculum for students seeking dual degrees and additional specialization.
  • New electronic systems ensure PharmD students meet goals: When an instructor creates a syllabus, it is done electronically. Also, students are required to keep a detailed electronic portfolio of what they have learned. It is a graduation requirement and students gain course credit for participating.