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RN to PharmD Bridge Program Curriculum

RN to PharmD Bridge Program Curriculum

Fall Semester Credit Hours

Major Required (Core) Courses
Organic Chemistry for Pharmacy 3
Pharmaceutical Sciences I 3
Pharmacy Calculations 3
Pharmacy Practice 1
RN to Pharm.D. Capstone I 2
Spring Term Credit Hours
Medicinal Chemistry 3
Pharmaceutical Sciences II 3
Pharmacology 3
Pharmacoeconomics 1
RN to Pharm.D. Capstone II 2
Total Number of Core Credits Required 24
Curriculum Summary
Total Number of Courses Required for Certificate 10
Total Number of Credit Hours for Degree 24
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.

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.

Pharmacy Practice (1 credit hour)

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.

Capstone I (2 credit hours)

This course will provide students with the resources and background necessary to analytically read and review the literature that is highly relevant to the practice of pharmacy. In addition, students will be introduced to pharmaceutical, medical terminology, and biostatistics which will aid in the comprehension of lecture material and scientific literature alike. This course is the first in a series of two and will lay the foundation for the analysis and research to be done in the following semester.

Capstone II (2 credit hours)

This course is the second in a series that will assess the student’s ability to assimilate the coursework in pharmacy practice and pharmacoeconomics. Students will complete a final project based on case analysis and literature review related to clinical pharmacy practice. Individual presentations of student projects will also be a requirement of this course.

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