Course Listing and Descriptions

Department Chair and Professor: Duane D. Miller, Ph.D.


112 PHSC, Medicinal Chemistry I. A course devoted to the chemical basis for the interdisciplinary field of therapeutics. Synthetic entities and natural products, which are chemotherapeutic agents are studied. The course familiarizes the student with the chemistry of organic medicinal agents necessary for effective professional practice. Credit 4(3-2).

114 PHSC, Pharmaceutics I. A course designed to familiarize the student with the fundamental principles pertaining to and the techniques employed in the formulation of pharmaceutical agents. Credit 5(4-4).

122 PHSC, Medicinal Chemistry II. Continuation of Medicinal Chemistry PHSC 112. Credit 4(3-2).

123 PHSC, Pharmaceutics II. A continuation of PHSC 114 Credit 4(4-0).

124 PHSC, Pharmaceutics III. A continuation of PHSC 123 Credit 2(1-4).

213 PHSC, Pharmacokinetics and Dose Optimization. An introduction to concepts and techniques involved in quantitative processes associated with the absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of drugs. Kinetics of these processes will be rigorously developed, based on appropriate model systems. The didactic material and assigned problems will emphasize current pharmacokinetic literature and will familiarize the students with the latest advances in this rapidly expanding area. Credit 4(3-2).

214 PHSC, Pharmacy Practice Management & Pharmacoeconomics. This course acquaints students with the basic principles of management including planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, and controlling a practice, business, or organization. Attention is focused on management of capital, time, inventory, and human resources. Credit 3(3-0)

222 PHSC, Pharmacogenomics. The course is designed to educate students on the importance and application of patient-specific genetic information to individualization of pharmacotherapy. The course begins with a review of essential principles of genetics with an emphasis on genetic variation. The course goes on to develop the concept that individual variability in pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic response is related in many instances to genetic variation. The impact of genetic variation in key drug metabolizing enzymes, drug transporters, and receptor drug targets is explored in general as well as in a disease-specific context. Finally, students learn about the ethical and legal implications stemming from the availability of genetic information. Credit 2(2-0)

223 PHSC, Medication Therapy Management. The course explores the area of medication therapy management services and medication use by patients and health professionals from a social systems perspective with emphasizes information and behavior. This course is not designed to make students experts in Medication Therapy Management, nor totally prepare them to start up their own MTM practice after graduation. It is designed, however, to give students a good foundation on the practice and theory of Medication Therapy Management, a better understanding of various MTM practice settings, and provide students with practical MTM activities (during Recitation) to make them more comfortable with the MTM process. Credit 3(2-2).

Department of Pharmacology

Department Chairman and Professor: Burt Sharp, M.D.

The following required courses are offered through the Department of Pharmacology.

111 PHAR, Pharmacy Pharmacology I. This course is designed to give students a fundamental knowledge of the interactions between drugs and living systems. Drug mechanisms of action and drug interactions are emphasized. Principles of drug metabolism, synergism, antagonism, accumulation and toxicity are also discussed. Credit 4(4-0).

121 PHAR, Pharmacy Pharmacology II. Continuation of Pharmacology 211. Credit 4(4-0).


240 PHSC, Introductory Research in Pharmaceutics I. A course designed to introduce the student to research techniques in the pharmaceutical sciences. Credit by arrangement with the Chairman of the department. Credit varies.

241 PHSC, Introductory Research in Pharmaceutics II. A continuation of Pharmaceutics 340. Credit by arrangement with the Chairman of the department. Credit varies.

242 PHSC, Introductory Research in Pharmaceutics III. A continuation of Pharmaceutics 241. Credit by arrangement with the Chairman of the department. Credit varies.

254 PHSC, Pharmacy Informatics. This course provides an introduction to (1) current information management needs in institutional pharmacy, (2) computer-based information systems in hospitals today, (3) concepts of informatics, (4) characteristics of computer databases, and (5) characteristics of expert systems. Credit 2(2-0).

258 PHSC, Introduction to Nuclear Pharmacy. The first of a three-course sequence to provide the 200 hour of didactic/laboratory material required by the NRC to become a nuclear pharmacist. Gives an overview of the use of radiopharmaceuticals in nuclear medicine, review of basic concepts of physics, atomic and nuclear structure, nuclear interactions, etc. Credit 2(2-0).

259 PHSC, Basic Nuclear Pharmacy. Second course in a three-course sequence. This course involves radiation safety, characteristics and use of the geiger-mueller counter, gamma ray scintillation spectrometry-single channel analyzer, background reduction, etc. Credit 3(2-3).

260 PHSC, Special Problems in Pharmaceutical Sciences l. The purpose of this course is to allow the individual student to design and implement a specific project in pharmaceutical sciences. After completion of the project, a written report is required. Credit variable.

261 PHSC, Special Problems in Pharmaceutical Sciences ll. continuation of PHSC 260. credit variable.

262 PHSC, Special Problems in Pharmaceutical Sciences lll. continuation of PHSC 261. credit variable.

263 PHSC, Advanced Nuclear Pharmacy. The third course in a three-course sequence qualifying the student to become licensed as a certified nuclear pharmacist. This course includes cardiac studies, pharmacologic stress agents, renal studies, hepatobiliary imaging, thyroid studies, etc. Credit 2(1-3).

311 PHSC, Compounding Elective. The course will teach students to prepare dosage forms they have not previously made such as lollipops, animal treats, sticks, ophthalmics, injections, etc. Emphasis is placed on creating unique formulations that satisfy unique patient needs. Equipment used by compounding pharmacists to formulate preparations that satisfy these needs are discussed. Credit 2(1-2).

440 PHSC, Nuclear Pharmacy. An elective rotation designed to introduce the student to clinical application concepts associated with the field of radiomedications. Credit 4(0-40).

441 PHSC, Pharmacokinetics. A one-month elective rotation providing supervised professional experience in research applications of pharmacokinetic principles. Credit 4(0-40).

442 PHSC, Industrial Pharmaceutics. An elective rotation designed to give the student experience in the operation of a pilot plant scale production facility for nonsterile dosage forms of drugs. Credit 4(0-40).

445 PHSC, Biopharmaceutical Analysis. An elective course designed to introduce the concepts and principles of instrumental analysis especially as they apply to biopharmaceutics. It will involve didactic and laboratory instruction. Credit 2(1-4).


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