Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Catalogue

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

The Doctorate of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) is a professional degree leading to pharmacist careers in inpatient and outpatient health care settings, managed care, community pharmacies, academia, research, or government.

The program of study uses innovative and evidence-based instructional methods, and incorporates preventative and treatment modalities. The curriculum includes didactic and experiential content that spans across four categories of sciences: biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, social/administrative/behavioral sciences, and clinical sciences. Experiential content, including rotations and simulation, is incorporated throughout the curriculum.

Beyond the required coursework, pharmacy students are required to participate in co-curricular activities such as community service, societies/clubs, and/or student chapters of professional organizations. Students are formally evaluated on these activities, which must be approved in advance by a faculty advisor or committee and have supervision.

Additionally, students are required to complete self-directed learning throughout the program, i.e., students follow their interests, or as part of a guided course experience, to develop independent learning opportunities. Examples include group activities such as a journal club, or faculty-guided activities such as a research project.

There is a cumulative assessment at the end of each year. At the end of year four, the Doctor of Pharmacy Epilogue is the final course, which represents a cumulative assessment of the entire program.

Normative time to complete the requirements of the Pharm.D. degree is within four years of the date of program entry. Students enter and work through the program as a cohort. Those on approved leave of absence are expected to return at the same level and must continue making normal progress upon their return. Maximum time to degree is six years.

For admission, a bachelor’s degree is expected; students must also demonstrate readiness to enter the Pharm.D. by providing evidence of satisfactory completion of required courses in general biology, biochemistry, human physiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, statistics, English/writing, macro- or micro-economics, psychology, and public speaking or debate with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicants must meet general requirements of the UCI Graduate Division. Applicants must also submit an application via the Pharmacy College Application Service (PHARMCAS) http://www.pharmcas.org/

PHMD 200A Interprofessional Clinical Foundations I (5 units) The first course in a four-part series that covers interprofessional communication, patient interviewing, physical examination, and health promotion. Direct instruction in professionalism, diversity, social determinants of health, kindness, mindfulness, well-being, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

PHMD 200B Interprofessional Clinical Foundations II (2 units) The second course in four-part series that covers interprofessional communication, patient interviewing, physical examination, and health promotion. Direct instruction in professionalism, diversity, social determinants of health, kindness, mindfulness, well-being, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

PHMD 200C Interprofessional Clinical Foundations III (2 units) The third course in a four-part series that covers interprofessional communication, patient interviewing, physical examination, and health promotion. Direct instruction in professionalism, diversity, social determinants of health, kindness, mindfulness, well-being, epidemiology, and biostatistics

PHMD 200D Interprofessional Clinical Foundations IV (2 units) The fourth course in a four-part series that covers interprofessional communication, patient interviewing, physical examination, and health promotion. Direct instruction in professionalism, diversity, social determinants of health, kindness, mindfulness, well-being, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

PHMD 201A Principles of Pharmacy Practice I (2 units) The first of a four-part series that covers the function and role of the health care team, Pharmacist Patient Care Process, immunization certification, communication and documentation, informatics, patient safety, interviewing, active listening, management/leadership, careers, resiliency, and student wellness.

PHMD 201B Principles of Pharmacy Practice II (2 units ) The second of a four-part series that covers the function and roles of the health care team, Pharmacist Patient Care Process, immunization certification, communication and documentation, informatics, patient safety, interviewing, active listening, management/leadership, careers, resiliency, and student wellness.

PHMD 201C Principles of Pharmacy Practice III (2 units) The third of a four-part series that covers the function and role of the health care team, Pharmacist Patient Care Process, immunization certification, communication and documentation, informatics, patient safety, interviewing, active listening, management/leadership, careers, resiliency, and student wellness.

PHMD 201D Principles of Pharmacy Practice IV (2 units) The fourth of a four-part series that covers the function and role of the health care team, Pharmacist Patient Care Process, immunization certification, communication and documentation, informatics, patient safety, interviewing, active listening, management/leadership, careers, resiliency, and student wellness.

PHMD 202A Self-Care I (2 units) The first of a three-part series that focuses on aspects of self care. This course provides pharmacy student with methods and techniques for dealing with the stressors of a professional educational environment and life challenges

PHMD 202B Self-Care II (2 units) The second of a three-part series that focuses on aspects of self care. The study of nonprescription products and complementary and alternative medicine as it relates to the patient’s ability to care for themselves with emphasis on the pharmacist’s consultant role in production selection and non-pharmacological recommendations.

PHMD 202C Self-Care III (2 units) The second of a three-part series that focuses on aspects of self care. The study of nonprescription products and complementary and alternative medicine as it relates to the patient’s ability to care for themselves with emphasis on the pharmacist’s consultant role in production selection and non-pharmacological recommendations.

PHMD 203A Pharmacotherapy I (8 units) This course integrates principles of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences with evidence-based traditional and non-traditional therapies for management and prevention of disease. Topics include clinical chemistry, clinical toxicology, interprofessional health care, and public health. This course covers the central nervous system.

PHMD 203B Pharmacotherapy II (4 units) This course integrates principles of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences with evidence-based traditional and non-traditional therapies for management and prevention of disease. Topics include clinical chemistry, clinical toxicology, interprofessional health care, and public health. This course covers the immune system.

PHMD 203C Pharmacotherapy III (7 units) This course integrates principles of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences with evidence-based traditional and non-traditional therapies for management and prevention of disease. Topics include clinical chemistry, clinical toxicology, interprofessional health care, and public health. This course covers the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

PHMD 203D Pharmacotherapy IV (7 units) This course integrates principles of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences with evidence-based traditional and non-traditional therapies for management and prevention of disease. Topics include clinical chemistry, clinical toxicology, interprofessional health care, and public health. This course covers the endocrine system

PHMD 203E Pharmacotherapy V (6 units) This course integrates principles of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences with evidence-based traditional and non-traditional therapies for management and prevention of disease. Topics include clinical chemistry, clinical toxicology, interprofessional health care, and public health. This course covers gastrointestinal, dermatologic, and opthalmologic disorders.

PHMD 203F Pharmacotherapy VI (5 units) This course integrates principles of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences with evidence-based traditional and non-traditional therapies for management and prevention of disease. Topics include clinical chemistry, clinical toxicology, interprofessional health care, and public health. This course covers infectious diseases.

PHMD 203G Pharmacotherapy VII (6 units) This course integrates principles of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences with evidence-based traditional and non-traditional therapies for management and prevention of disease. Topics include clinical chemistry, clinical toxicology, interprofessional health care, and public health. This course covers hematology and oncologic disorders.

PHMD 203H Pharmacotherapy VIII (5 units) This course integrates principles of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences with evidence-based traditional and non-traditional therapies for management and prevention of disease. Topics include clinical chemistry, clinical toxicology, interprofessional health care, and public health. This course covers special population and nutritional disorders.

PHMD 204A Information Analytics and Numeracy I (2 units) The first of a three-part series that covers information analysis and research design. This course introduces the concepts and methods of biostatistics and study design and develop the ability to critically evaluate the pharmacy and medical literature. It covers scientific research, the scientific process, and its role in clinical practice.

PHMD 204B Information Analytics and Numeracy II (3 units) The second of a three-part series that covers information analysis and research design. This course addresses development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for biomedical inquiry and discovery, including methods for data retrieval, analysis, interpretation, and synthesis.

PHMD 204C Information and Analytics III (2 units) The third of a three-part series that covers information analysis and research design. This course covers distribution of disease and health in groups of people and the factors that influence the distribution, including evaluation of therapeutic and diagnostic treatments and delivery of health care services.

PHMD 205A Molecular Basis of Health I (2 units) The first of a three-part series covering principles of microbiology and clinical chemistry. This course introduces classification, morphology, and physiology of micro-organisms, particularly those that cause human pathology – bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoans, parasite, and worms – and the body’s immune response.

PHMD 205B Molecular Basis of Health II (2 units) The second of a three-part series covering principles of microbiology and clinical chemistry. This course continues classification, morphology, and physiology of micro-organisms, particularly those that cause human pathology – bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoans, parasite, and worms – and the body’s immune response.

PHMD 205C Molecular Basis of Health III (2 units) The third of a three-part series covering principles of microbiology and clinical chemistry. Emphasis on normal human physiology and pathology as it related to clinical chemistry and assessment of disease states with the context of the Pharmacist Patient Care Process. Alterations of clinical chemistry results due to drug therapy is covered.

PHMD 210 Principles of Pharmacology (3 units) The course provides an overview of the basic principles of pharmacology, covering pharmacodynamics – effects of drugs on the body- and pharmacokinetics – the process by which a drug is absorbed, distributed, metabolized, and excreted by the body.

PHMD 211 Principles of Public Health (4 units) This course covers the framework, principles, and core responsibilities of public health research and practice from multidisciplinary perspectives. It also provides the necessary foundation for further studies using crosscutting approaches essential for public health practice. (concurrent with PUBHLTH 200)

PHMD 212 Principles of Pharmacogenomics (2 units) This course walks students through the basics of genetics and genomics. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of genetics or genetic testing to assist in patient treatment regimens and evaluation of disease.

PHMD 213 Pharmaceutical Biochemistry (4 units) Topics include the biological, chemical and cellular roles of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, hormones, enzymes and vitamins. In addition, the chemical and cellular basis of digestion, intermediary metabolism, biological oxidation and metabolic antagonism are discussed

PHMD 214 Pharmacy Law and Ethics (3 units) This course examines California/Federal legal requirements associated with pharmacy practice and operations. Case-studies allow students to make decisions upon legal/ethical reasoning. Students will use the self-assessment form for California pharmacies and become familiar with materials on the California Pharmacy Jurisprudence examination.

PHMD 215 Health Policy and Pharmacoeconomics (3 units) This course introduces students to the organization, financing, and delivery of health care serves in the U.S. The relationship of providers, patients, payers, etc. are analyzed. Management and research principles utilized to manage drug therapy are introduced.

PHMD 216 Clinical Toxicology (2 units) Fundamentals of pharmacology and mechanisms of action are reinforced and applied to learn the clinical effects of acute/chronic exposure derived from environmental, dietary, occupational and pharmaceutical sources. Students focus on information literacy skills and clinical management of poisonings.

PHMD 220 Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology (5 units) An introduction to human anatomy and coverage of fundamental aspects of human physiology. The course uses a visual and systemic approach to the study of the body. The functional aspects of anatomy are integrated with structure. Includes laboratory periods.

PHMD 274A Pharmaceutics with Lab I (5 units) This course is the first in a foundational series designed to develop an understanding of the science behind drug formulation, mechanisms, pharmacokinetics and interconnections with the Pharmacist Patient Care Process. In laboratory, students perform calculations, compounding, dispensing, and labeling.

PHMD 274B Pharmaceutics with Lab II (5 units) The second course in a foundational series designed to develop an understanding of the science behind drug formulation, mechanisms, pharmacokinetics and interconnections with the Pharmacist Patient Care Process. Topics include drug substances, dosage forms, and therapeutic effects. Includes laboratory.

PHMD 274C Pharmaceutics with Lab III (5 units) The final course in a foundational series designed to develop an understanding of the science behind drug formulation, mechanisms, pharmacokinetics, and interconnections with the Pharmacist Patient Care Process. In laboratory, students perform pharmacokinetic modeling, drug screening, and comprehensive therapeutic efficacy.

PHMD 277A Medicinal Chemistry I with Lab (5.5 units) This course walks students through the basics of medicinal chemistry, broadly defined. Students utilize the knowledge gained in organic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, physical chemistry, pharmacology and physiology in an integrated fashion. Includes laboratory utilizing organic chemistry.

PHMD 277B Medicinal Chemistry II with Lab (4.5 units) This course walks students through medicinal chemistry, broadly defined. Students utilize the knowledge gained in organic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, physical chemistry, pharmacology and physiology in an integrated fashion as applied to modern medicinal chemistry.

PHMD 280A Scholarly Project I (1 unit) This course provides students an opportunity to develop independent thinking, with particular focus on maturing analytical skills. Students are encouraged to develop an independent project, with a mentor, to study pharmacy-related aspects of multiple areas. The first phase identifies project focus.

PHMD 280B Scholarly Project II (1 unit) This course provides students an opportunity to develop independent thinking, with particular focus on maturing analytical skills. Students develop an independent project, with a mentor, to study pharmacy-related aspects of multiple areas. Phase 2 focuses on final evaluation of the project.

PHMD 290 PharmD Epilogue (2 units) This is course reinforces and assesses student pharmacist’s performance on cumulative learning outcomes; pre-APPE and APPE knowledge, skills, and attitudes; entrustable professional activities; team- and practice-readiness; and to demonstrate that student pharmacists are achieving outcomes required by the ACPE.

PHMD 298 Research Seminar (2 units) This course is designed to engage students and expose them to seminar speakers that come to discuss research or case studies in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy.

PHMD 401 IPPE I Community (2 units) The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) are a series of experiential learning courses providing an introduction to contemporary models of pharmacy practice and designed to provide the foundation for the student pharmacists in preparation for their APPEs. This course focuses on community pharmacy practice.

PHMD 402 IPPE II Institutional (2 units) The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) are a series of experiential learning courses providing an introduction to contemporary models of pharmacy practice and designed to provide the foundation for the student pharmacists in preparation for their APPEs. This course focuses on institutional or health system pharmacy practice.

PHMD 403 IPPE III Integrative Health (2 units) The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) are a series of experiential learning courses providing an introduction to contemporary models of pharmacy practice and designed to provide the foundation for the student pharmacists in preparation for their APPEs. This course focuses on integrative health.

PHMD 404 IPPE IV Elective (2 units) The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) are a series of experiential learning courses providing an introduction to contemporary models of pharmacy practice and provide the foundation for the student pharmacists in preparation for their APPEs. This course will build on previous IPPEs.

PHMD 410 APPE I Ambulatory Care (6 units) The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) are a series of clerkships providing advance experiential learning in contemporary models of pharmacy practice and designed to facilitate application of Pre-APPE knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards patient-care and non-patient activities. Ambulatory Care focus.

PHMD 411 APPE II Community (6 units) The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) are a series of clerkships providing advance experiential learning in contemporary models of pharmacy practice and designed to facilitate application of Pre-APPE knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards patient-care and non-patient activities. Community focus.

PHMD 412 APPE III Hospital (6 units) The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) are a series of clerkships providing advance experiential learning in contemporary models of pharmacy practice and designed to facilitate application of Pre-APPE knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards patient-care and non-patient activities. Hospital Pharmacy focus.

PHMD 413 APPE IV Medicine (6 units) The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) are a series of clerkships providing advance experiential learning in contemporary models of pharmacy practice and designed to facilitate application of Pre-APPE knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards patient-care and non-patient activities. Medicine area focus.

PHMD 414 APPE V Elective (6 units) The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) are a series of clerkships providing advance experiential learning in contemporary models of pharmacy practice and designed to facilitate application of Pre-APPE knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards patient-care and non-patient activities. Two Electives required.

PHMD 415 APPE VI Elective (6 units) The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) are a series of clerkships providing advance experiential learning in contemporary models of pharmacy practice and designed to facilitate application of Pre-APPE knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards patient-care and non-patient activities. Two Electives required.

Accreditation Status

 

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC): Approved as of November 30, 2020

 

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE): Precandidate status approved as of February 2021. The University of California, Irvine School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences’ Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Precandidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Granting of Precandidate status brings no rights or privileges of accreditation as associated with either candidate status or accredited status. Precandidate status indicates only that planning has taken into account ACPE standards and guidelines and suggests reasonable assurance of moving to the next step, that of Candidate status. Since Precandidate status does not create any rights of accreditation under the ACPE standards, it is the opinion of ACPE that graduates of programs of Colleges or Schools of Pharmacy that bear Precandidate status do not meet the educational requirements for licensure. For an explanation of the ACPE accreditation process, consult the office of the Dean or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

 

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