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PharmD Curriculum

About the PharmD Curriculum

Pharmacy Fundamentals

The initial (P1) academic year is orientated toward courses that instruct the fundamentals of basic science and pharmacy practice. The P1 courses tend to be discipline specific and provide fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to begin clinical activities.

The second (P2) and third (P3) academic years emphasize the Integrated Pharmacotherapy (IPT) courses. The IPT courses are an organ based approach to pharmacotherapy that combine the pathophysiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology and therapeutics of specific organ systems. Each course provides a comprehensive overview of the major therapeutic drug classes.

The IPT courses are complimented by a four semester series of concurrent Recitation and Rounds courses that use a Team-Based Learning approach to apply the IPT course content to realistic patient cases. These cases allow students to develop pharmacy knowledge and skills in a practical application.

Experiential Education

Equally important and fully one third of the curriculum are the experiential courses which place students in curriculum-stage appropriate pharmacy settings. In both P2 and P3 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and P4 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE), students are able to develop their knowledge, skills and professional attitudes in actual pharmacy settings. Under the supervision of faculty or qualified licensed preceptors, the students learn to make decisions based on professional populations, are exposed to a variety of disease states and are given opportunities to collaborate with other health care professionals. The experiences help students recognize their own professional development and underscores the importance of the curriculum content.

PharmD Courses and Timeline

P1 Fall Semester Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
PHAR 600 Dean's Hour 0
PHAR 601 Forum / Student Portfolios / Professional Development I *
PHAR 602 Core Recitation 0
PHAR 605 IPPE I: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1
PHAR 610 Principles of Drug Action I 2
PHAR 626 Human Physiology 4
PHAR 627 Biochemistry 3
PHAR 641 Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHAR 656 Health Care Systems 2
PHAR 671 Clinical Communications 2
PHAR 672 Introduction to Patient Care 2
Total Hours 18

Notes:

  • * PHAR 601, PHAR 701 and PHAR 801 are year-long courses that are graded in the spring semester each year.

P1 Spring Semester Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
PHAR 600 Dean's Hour 0
PHAR 601 Forum/Student Portfolios/Professional Development I (continued) 1
PHAR 602 Core Recitation 0
PHAR 606 IPPE I: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1
PHAR 611 Principles of Drug Action II 2
PHAR 628 Research Methods and Biostatistics 2
PHAR 642 Pharmaceutics I 4
PHAR 657 Pharmacy Law and Ethics 3
PHAR 658 Pharmacoepidemiology and Public Health 2
PHAR 673 Self Care and Nonprescription Medicines 3
Total Hours 18

P2 Fall Semester Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
PHAR 700 Dean's Hour 0
PHAR 701 Forum / Student Portfolios / Professional Development II *
PHAR 702 Core Recitation 0
PHAR 705 IPPE Community Pharmacy Practice** 1
PHAR 710 IPT I: Electrolytes, Acid-Base, Anemia and Kidney Disease 2
PHAR 711 IPT II: Cardiovascular Diseases 4
PHAR 714 IPT Recitation / Pharmacy Rounds I 1
PHAR 721 Nutrition, Vitamins, Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2
PHAR 741 Pharmaceutics II 3
PHAR 742 Basic Pharmacokinetics 3
PHAR 777 Sterile Products / IV Admixtures (lab) 1
Total Hours 17

Notes:

  • * PHAR 601, PHAR 701 and PHAR 801 are year-long courses that are graded in the spring semester each year.
  • ** The semester in which PHAR 705 or PHAR 706 is taken will vary.

P2 Spring Semester

Course Name Credit Hours
PHAR 700 Dean's Hour 0
PHAR 701 Forum / Student Portfolios / Professional Development II (continued) **
PHAR 702 Core Recitations 0
PHAR 706 IPPE - Institutional Pharmacy Practice** 1
PHAR 712 IPT III: Endocrinology & Metabolic Diseases 3
PHAR 713 IPT IV: Neurology & Pain Management 3
PHAR 715 IPT Recitation / Pharmacy Rounds II 1
PHAR 726 Microbiology / Immunology 3
PHAR 757 Pharmacy Management & Pharmacoeconomics 3
PHAR 778 Drug Literature Evaluation and Patient Drug Education 3
Elective* 0 - 2
Total Hours 17 - 19

Notes:

  • ** The semester in which PHAR 705 or PHAR 706 is taken will vary.

P3 Fall Semester Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
PHAR 800 Dean's Hour 0
PHAR 801 Forum / Portfolios / Professional Development III *
PHAR 802 Core Recitation 0
PHAR 810 IPT V: Psychiatry & Addiction 3
PHAR 811 IPT VI: Critical Care, GI, Pulmonary, Rheumatic, Ophthalmology and Dermatology 5
PHAR 814 IPT Recitation / Pharmacy Rounds III 1
PHAR 841 Toxicology & Poison Management 2
PHAR 842 Patient Assessment 3
PHAR 872 Social-Behavioral Aspects of Patient Care 2
Electives 2 - 3
Total Hours 18 - 19

Notes:

  • * PHAR 601, PHAR 701 and PHAR 801 are year-long courses that are graded in the spring semester each year.

P3 Spring Semester Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
PHAR 800 Dean's Hour 0
PHAR 801 Forum / Portfolios / Professional Development III 1
PHAR 802 Core Recitation 0
PHAR 812 IPT VII: Infectious Diseases 5
PHAR 813 IPT VIII: Oncology, Transplant and Genomics 3
PHAR 815 Recitation / Rounds IV 1
PHAR 871 Pharmaceutical Care and MTM 2
PHAR 873 Pharmacy Professionalism 1
PHAR 875 Clinical Pharmacokinetics 3
Elective* 0 - 2
Total Hours 19 - 20
Course Name Credit Hours
PHAR 8XX APPE I 6
PHAR 8XX APPE II 6
PHAR 8XX APPE III 6
PHAR 8XX APPE IV 6
PHAR 8XX APPE V 6
PHAR 8XX APPE VI 6
PHAR 805 Grand Rounds II: Pharmacy Capstone 1
Total Hours 37

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) consist of four required rotations (adult internal medicine, ambulatory care, community practice and hospital/health-system pharmacy) and two elective rotations. Please see the APPE section for more detailed information.

Notes

* Elective Options: Students may select from two options for completing their elective coursework. Option I involves taking two semester credit hours of elective coursework in semesters 4, 5, and 6. Option II involves taking three semester credit hours of elective coursework in semesters 5 and 6.

** The semester in which PHAR 705 or PHAR 706 is taken will vary.

Electronic Learning Portfolios

Student electronic learning portfolios are designed to encourage students to display and realize their development as professional pharmacists.

In this process, students are familiarized with the 10 Professional Competencies of the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, the competencies each student will have obtained upon graduation. In their electronic portfolios, students submit self-reflections in which they evaluate their achievement of the professional competencies.In addition, students populate the portfolio with certificates of achievement, professional licenses and targeted assessments that demonstrate competency development.

Faculty advisers review the reflections and other submissions to provide feedback and help students focus their understanding of their professional development. By reflecting on their repertoire of skills and knowledge, students are performing a formative assessment of their developing competencies.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)

An early exposure to pharmacy practice comprised of 12 (8.5-hour) longitudinal site visits once a week during the fall and spring academic semesters starting in your second year. IPPEs are completed within a two-hour radius of each campus.

Kingsville campus regions

  • Kingsville area including Alice, Aransas Pass, Corpus Christi, Falfurrias, Robstown and Sinton
  • Laredo
  • Rio Grande Valley A area including Edinburg, McAllen and Mission
  • Rio Grande Valley B area including Brownsville, Harlingen, Mercedes, Raymondville and Weslaco
  • South of San Antonio area including Jourdanton and Pleasanton
  • Victoria area including Beeville, Goliad and Refugio

Bryan-College Station campus regions

  • Bryan-College Station area
  • East area including Huntsville
  • Northwest area including Harker Heights and Killeen
  • South area including Brenham
  • Southeast A area including Conroe and The Woodlands
  • Southeast B area including Cypress, Katy and Tomball

Mini Rotation during P3 year

(One week - 40 hrs.)

The goal of the IPPE mini rotation is to provide an ambulatory learning environment where student pharmacists’ work with patients and other health care professionals to deliver direct patient care. The mission of the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy highlights the need to develop competent pharmacists to serve and educate patients and increase access to quality health care services. The mini experience takes places in community health centers or ambulatory care clinics at the regions below for both campuses.

  • Bryan-College Station Area
  • Kingsville area including Alice, Aransas Pass, Corpus Christi, Falfurrias, Robstown and Sinton.
  • Dallas-Fort Worth area
  • Houston area
  • Laredo area including Eagle Pass
  • Rio Grande Valley A area including Edinburg, McAllen and Mission.
  • Rio Grande Valley B area including Brownsville, Harlingen, Mercedes, Raymondville and Weslaco.
  • San Antonio area
  • Temple area including Waco and Fort Hood

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)

During their P4 year, students participate in six, six-week rotations for advanced exposure to pharmacy practice.

Required Rotations

  • Community
  • Institutional
  • Ambulatory care
  • General medicine

Electives

  • Infectious disease
  • Cardiology
  • Nuclear pharmacy
  • Veterinary (Vet med)
  • Compounding
  • Oncology
  • Hospital Administration
  • Pharmacoeconomics

Elective rotations vary from year to year. A complete list of available electives will be provided prior to your P4 year.

Rotation regions

  • Bryan-College Station
  • Corpus Christi
  • Houston
  • Rio Grande Valley
  • Round Rock
  • Temple