RN to PharmD Bridge Program Curriculum

Fall Semester Credit Hours

Major Required (Core) Courses
Organic Chemistry for Pharmacy3
Pharmaceutical Sciences I3
Pharmacy Calculations3
Biological Organic Chemistry3
Biological Sciences 1 (optional)(3)
Spring TermCredit Hours
Medicinal Chemistry3
Pharmaceutical Sciences II3
Critical thinking in Pharmacy Practice2
Biological Sciences 1 (optional)(3)
Total Number of Core Credits Required24 (30)
Curriculum Summary
Total Number of Courses Required for Certificate10
Total Number of Credit Hours for Degree24
All courses required, no electives


Pharmaceutical Sciences I and II (6 credit hours)

This course is designed primarily to prepare the pharmacy student for the application of mathematical concepts required in the practice of pharmacy. Concepts covered in this course include fractions, proportions, exponential notation, percent, dimensional analysis, conversion factors, and solving linear equations. Problem-solving skills will also be developed. Students will be required to perform dosage calculations based on individual patient needs and characteristics as well as computations required for accurate preparation of solid and liquid dosage forms and injectable medications. Chemical and physical principles will be presented with the appropriate mathematical principles to prepare students for the study of pharmaceutical calculations, pharmaceutics, and pharmacokinetics in the Pharm.D. program.

Organic Chemistry for Pharmacy (3 credit hours)

Chemistry is the cornerstone science in pharmacy and as such we will review the basic and organic chemistry principles relevant to the understanding of drug action, drug-drug interactions, toxic metabolites, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetic phenomena. The course will also touch on some basic principles of medicinal chemistry.

Biological Organic Chemistry (3 credit hours)

The Organic Chemical structures and chemical properties of Sugars, Fats, Proteins, DNA, Vitamins.

Pharmacology (3 credit hours)

Core Pharmacology is an introductory series of lectures designed to orient pharmacy students to the effects of drugs on humans in both normal and pathologic states. The first portion of the course deals with general principles in pharmacology, including drug absorption, distribution, elimination, and pharmacodynamics. The second portion of the course focuses on drugs of the autonomic nervous system, central nervous system, chemotherapeutic agents for infections and cancer, and various other pharmaceutical agents for specific therapeutic applications.

Medicinal Chemistry (3 credit hours)

Concepts and principles, which are important for the rational evaluation and utilization of drugs, are introduced for application in future clinical scenarios. This course runs parallel with the Pharmacology course in terms of drugs classes and therapeutic application. Medicinal Chemistry will focus on the chemistry and structure of drugs and the relationship of chemical structure to actions of medications.

Critical Thinking in Pharmacy Practice (2 credit hours)

This course will present topics of utility in understanding the nature of the pharmacy profession. The history of pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical care as well as the Pharmacist Patient Care Process will be covered. Students will study the various types of pharmacy practice and clinical settings.

Pharmacy Calculations (3 credit hours)

This course will serve as an introduction to the mathematics involved in pharmaceutical calculations for various dosage forms. Students will be introduced to and practice dosage calculations based on individual patient needs and characteristics as well as computations required for accurate preparation of solid and liquid dosage forms, injectable medications, isotonic solutions, and extemporaneously compounded prescription products.

Pharmacoeconomics (1 credit hour)

This course introduced students to the main concepts of pharmacoeconomic principles and terminology used in pharmacy practice and managed care settings. Students will use cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, cost-minimization, cost-of-illness, and cost-utility analyses to compare pharmaceutical products and treatment strategies.