Extensive studies in biological and physical sciences provide the foundation for learning and understanding the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences, which are central to learning and understanding the properties of drugs and their medicinal effects. The curriculum also integrates liberal arts and sciences. As students learn to appreciate the complexity of the world around them, they develop an appreciation for self, life, and culture, as well as empathy and compassion for the needs of others. The combination of a liberal arts education with a pharmacy education helps our students develop communication, decision-making, and critical thinking skills while learning how to practice pharmacy.
The College curriculum focuses on preparing students to provide interprofessional, evidence-based patient-centered care in any practice setting, taking responsibility for achieving positive drug therapy outcomes for patients. This standard of practice involves the prevention, identification, and resolution of drug-related problems such as untreated indications or diseases; drug use without an indication; improper drug selection; sub-therapeutic dosages or overdosage; failure to receive drugs in a timely manner; and adverse drug interactions and drug reactions.
Currently, the College offers more than 80 elective courses in more than 20 disciplines, and elective offerings change each year to provide students with a variety of options. Pharm.D. graduates must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of liberal arts electives. Three or more semester hours of liberal arts electives must involve the study of literature and three must be in American politics, state policy and politics, or economics.
Pharm.D. graduates are required to have a minimum of nine semester hours of other electives, and those electives must include two “writing emphasis” courses, at least one of which is a professional writing emphasis elective. The writing emphasis course is an instructional tool often employed to promote higher order thinking skills, enabling the student to better master course content.