Course Descriptions

Core Clinical Pharmacy Skills I – Patient Centered Care

This course will serve as an introduction to the Master of Science in Pharmacy with a concentration in Clinical Pharmacy [MS Pharmacy (Clinical)] program. It introduces the following curricular threads that continue throughout the six disease state courses in the curriculum: 1) patient centered care, 2) pharmacotherapy for special populations, and 3) communication skills. The course will provide the student with fundamentals of the pharmacist’s work-up of drug therapy, as well as principles of monitoring drug therapy. Students will become familiar with problem-solving skills necessary for designing, recommending, and monitoring patient-specific pharmacotherapy. A live component of the course will include hands-on practice and assessment of communication skills and basic physical examination.


Core Clinical Pharmacy Skills II – Evidence-Based Pharmacotherapy

This is the second of three core courses in the Master of Science in Pharmacy with a concentration in Clinical Pharmacy [MS Pharmacy (Clinical)] program. It introduces the following curricular threads of drug literature evaluation and evidence-based pharmacotherapy that continue throughout the six disease state courses in the curriculum. The course will provide the student with an overview of drug information resources, critical appraisal of the scientific literature, and application of evidence-based principles in clinical decision-making.


Core Clinical Pharmacy Skills III – Intro to Infectious Diseases & Pharmacokinetics

This course will serve as the third core course in the Master of Science in Pharmacy with a concentration in Clinical Pharmacy [MS Pharmacy (Clinical)] program. It introduces the curricular thread of pharmacokinetics that continues throughout other courses in the curriculum. The course also introduces the student to the principles of clinical pharmacy for patients with infectious diseases.  The course will provide the student with fundamentals of the pharmacist’s work-up of drug therapy, as well as principles of monitoring drug therapy. Students will become familiar with problem-solving skills necessary for designing, recommending, and monitoring patient-specific pharmacotherapy.


Clinical Practice Experience I

This four-week clinical practice experience will take place in a hospital or ambulatory practice setting.  It is designed to introduce the student to the role of the clinical pharmacist on the healthcare team. Under the guidance of a clinical pharmacist preceptor, the student will participate as a member of the healthcare team, conduct patient interviews, provide drug information, interpret and evaluate relevant patient history and laboratory data, perform drug therapy assessments, formulate pharmacotherapy plans, and document clinical pharmacy interventions.


Clinical Pharmacy for Patients with Renal & Gastrointestinal  Disorders

This course is one in a series of six disease state courses in the Master of Science in Pharmacy with a concentration in Clinical Pharmacy [MS Pharmacy (Clinical)] program.  It is designed to introduce the student to principles of clinical pharmacy in patients with renal and gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.  Students will become familiar with the provision of clinical pharmacy services in patients with renal and GI disorders that range from common to complex.  The student will gain experience in the pharmacist’s work-up of drug therapy, including conducting a thorough medication history, reviewing relevant laboratory and pharmacokinetic data, generating a pharmacotherapy plan, and documenting the clinical pharmacy service.  As with each of the six disease state courses, patient-centered care, evidence-based medicine, and communication skills will be emphasized.


Clinical Pharmacy for Patients with Endocrine & Rheumatologic Disorders

This course is one in a series of six disease state courses in the Master of Science in Pharmacy with a concentration in Clinical Pharmacy [MS Pharmacy (Clinical)] program.  It is designed to introduce the student to principles of clinical pharmacy in patients with endocrine and rheumatologic disorders.  Students will become familiar with the provision of clinical pharmacy services in patients with endocrine and rheumatologic disorders that range from common to complex.  The student will gain experience in the pharmacist’s work-up of drug therapy, including conducting a thorough medication history, reviewing relevant laboratory and pharmacokinetic data, generating a pharmacotherapy plan, and documenting the clinical pharmacy service.  As with each of the six disease state courses, patient-centered care, evidence-based medicine, and communication skills will be emphasized.


Clinical Pharmacy for Patients with Cardiovascular Disorders I

This course is one in a series of six disease state courses in the Master of Science in Pharmacy with a concentration in Clinical Pharmacy [MS Pharmacy (Clinical)] program.  It is designed to introduce the student to principles of clinical pharmacy in patients with cardiovascular disorders.  Students will become familiar with the provision of clinical pharmacy services in patients with cardiovascular disorders that range from common to complex.  The student will gain experience in the pharmacist’s work-up of drug therapy, including conducting a thorough medication history, reviewing relevant laboratory and pharmacokinetic data, generating a pharmacotherapy plan, and documenting the clinical pharmacy service.  As with each of the six disease state courses, patient-centered care, evidence-based medicine, and communication skills will be emphasized.


Clinical Pharmacy for Patients with Cardiovascular Disorders II & Pulmonary Disorders

This course is one in a series of six disease state courses in the Master of Science in Pharmacy with a concentration in Clinical Pharmacy [MS Pharmacy (Clinical)] program.  It is a continuation of the first cardiovascular course and also introduces the student to principles of clinical pharmacy in patients with pulmonary disorders.  Students will become familiar with the provision of clinical pharmacy services in patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders that range from common to complex.  The student will gain experience in the pharmacist’s work-up of drug therapy, including conducting a thorough medication history, reviewing relevant laboratory and pharmacokinetic data, generating a pharmacotherapy plan, and documenting the clinical pharmacy service.  As with each of the six disease state courses, patient-centered care, evidence-based medicine, and communication skills will be emphasized.


Clinical Pharmacy for Patients with Neurological & Psychiatric Disorders

This course is one in a series of six disease state courses in the Master of Science in Pharmacy with a concentration in Clinical Pharmacy [MS Pharmacy (Clinical)] program.  It is designed to introduce the student to principles of clinical pharmacy in patients with psychiatric and neurological disorders.  Students will become familiar with the provision of clinical pharmacy services in patients with psychiatric and neurological disorders that range from common to complex.  The student will gain experience in the pharmacist’s work-up of drug therapy, including conducting a thorough medication history, reviewing relevant laboratory and pharmacokinetic data, generating a pharmacotherapy plan, and documenting the clinical pharmacy service.  As with each of the six disease state courses, patient-centered care, evidence-based medicine, and communication skills will be emphasized.


Clinical Pharmacy for Patients with Hematological & Oncologic Disorders

This course is one in a series of six disease state courses in the Master of Science in Pharmacy with a concentration in Clinical Pharmacy [MS Pharmacy (Clinical)] program.  It is designed to introduce the student to principles of clinical pharmacy in patients with hematological and oncologic disorders.  Students will become familiar with the provision of clinical pharmacy services in patients with hematological and oncologic disorders that range from common to complex.  The student will gain experience in the pharmacist’s work-up of drug therapy, including conducting a thorough medication history, reviewing relevant laboratory and pharmacokinetic data, generating a pharmacotherapy plan, and documenting the clinical pharmacy service.  As with each of the six disease state courses, patient-centered care, evidence-based medicine, and communication skills will be emphasized.


Clinical Practice Experience II

This four-week clinical practice experience will take place in a hospital or ambulatory practice setting.  Building on the foundation of the first clinical practice experience, this experience is designed to enhance the student’s ability to function in the role of the clinical pharmacist.  Under the guidance of a clinical pharmacist preceptor, the student will participate as a member of the healthcare team, conduct patient interviews, provide drug information, interpret and evaluate relevant patient history and laboratory data, perform drug therapy assessments, formulate pharmacotherapy plans, and document clinical pharmacy interventions.