The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum has been designed around the School of Pharmacy’s mission to instill students with strong Christian values, to prepare them to practice evidence-based patient care, to educate them in pharmacy research and scholarship, and to enable them to meet the health care needs of diverse patient populations. The anticipated start date of classes is July 2019.
AUHS School of Pharmacy offers a three (3) calendar-year entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program that supports the School’s mission and prepares students to meet educational outcomes. With this in mind, the curriculum fulfills recommendations provided by accreditation standards and professional guidelines including the ACPE Standards 2016, JCPP Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process, CAPE Educational Outcomes 2013, IPEC Core Competencies 2016 Update, and licensure examination content outlines.
The three-year curriculum consists of the equivalent of 12 quarters (four quarters per year). The first, second, and third years of our professional doctoral program are referred to as P1, P2, and P3, respectively. Each quarter is 11-weeks (consisting of 10 weeks of instruction and one week of final assessments) and is followed by a recess before the next quarter begins. The minimum credit hours required for program completion is 182 (this total is subject change).
The P1 didactic curriculum consists of foundational biomedical and pharmaceutical science courses (e.g., biochemistry, immunology, medicinal chemistry, microbiology, pathophysiology, pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacology), introductory clinical courses (e.g., patient care process, physical assessment, self-care), and fundamental courses in social and administrative science (e.g., biostatistics, communications, ethics, health care systems, health informatics, Judeo-Christian values in health care, medical illustration)
A substantive portion of the P2 didactic curriculum consists of the Integrated Pharmacotherapy course series. “Integrated” refers to the combination of basic sciences and clinical sciences and other topics. Instead of using separate courses to teach various topics in isolation, the Integrated Pharmacotherapy courses uses a model in which topics, such as medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapy are taught together within the context of disease states. This integration makes learning more relevant, encourages critical thinking, enables the development of more robust mental models, fosters longer term retention of material, and makes it easier to transfer learning to diverse patient care settings.
In the final year, students complete 36 weeks of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs). The APPEs are comprised of a sequence of six clerkships with each clerkship being six weeks