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Core Curriculum

The requirements for graduation, including policies and specific courses, are subject to periodic review and may be changed as determined by the faculty of the School.

A minimum of 190 units of professional study is required for the PharmD degree in addition to a set of specific graduation requirements. The core curriculum consists of 163 units.

In the core curriculum, students complete:

Students complete required pathway courses as well as elective coursework to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 190 units. A variety of electives are offered to provide exposure to current issues and practices in pharmacy and health care.

Milestone assessments

The Pharmacy Curricular Outcomes Assessment (PCOA) Exam is administered to all students during the first and third year. The purpose of this examination is to assess students’ with respect to the curricular targets of the PharmD program and readiness to begin required Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs).

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Year 1

Fall
    Core Units
Biochem 112 Biochemistry 4.0
CP 111 Pharmacy Practice 3.5
CP 115 Pharmacy Law & Ethics 3.0
CP 119A Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1.5
CP 155 From the Molecule to the Bedside 2.0
PC 111 How Drugs Work 2.0
Quarter total   16.0
Winter
    Core Units
Anatomy 116 Gross Anatomy 3.0
BPS 111 Biopharmaceutics 3.5
BPS 112 Biostatistics 2.0
CP 112 Pharmacy Practice II 3.5
CP 119B Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1.5
Electives (1-2 units)  
Quarter total   13.5
Spring
    Core Units
BPS 113 From Biologics to Devices 3.0
BPS 115 Genetics & Pharmacogenetics 2.5
CP 113 Pharmacy Practice III 3.5
CP 119C Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1.5
PC 115 Drug Metabolism 4.0
Quarter total   14.5

Year 2

Fall
    CORE UNITS
BPS 121 Pharmacokinetic Variability 3.5
CP 125 Applied Drug Information 1.5
CP 129A Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1.5
PCOL 121 Pharmaceutical Chemistry/Pharmacology I 5.0
PHYS 121 Mammalian Physiology I 5.0
Quarter total   16.5
Winter
    CORE UNITS
CP 120 Therapeutics I 4.0
CP 124 Study Design Evaluation 2.0
CP 129B Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1.5
PCOL 122 Pharmaceutical Chemistry/Pharmacology II 5.0
PHYS 122 Mammalian Physiology II 4.0
Electives (1 unit)  
Quarter total   16.5
Spring
    CORE UNITS
CP 121 Therapeutics II 6.0
CP 129C Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1.5
Micro 120 Microbiology in Pharmacy 4.0
PC 123 Drugs of the CNS 4.5
Quarter total   16.0
Year total   49.0

Year 3

Fall
    CORE UNITS
CP 130 Therapeutics III 6.0
CP 133 Health Policy for Pharmacists 3.0
CP 139A Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1.5
PCOL 131 Antibiotics & Anticancer Drugs 4.5
Quarter total   15.0
Winter
    CORE UNITS
CP 131 Therapeutics IV 6.0
CP 134 Topics in Pharmacy Administration 2.0
CP 135B Applied Drug Information 0.5
CP 137 Advanced Topics in Clinical Care 3.0
CP 139B Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1.5
Quarter total   13.0
Year total   28.0

Years 3 & 4

Students complete 42 units of core Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences in Years 3 & 4 beginning in spring quarter of the third year through winter quarter of the fourth year (spring quarter for Pharmaceutical Sciences pathway students). The timing of each APPE depends upon the APPE schedule assigned to the individual student.

Core APPE requirements:

    CORE UNITS
CP 144 or CP 145 Elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience or Direct Patient Care Elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 7.0
CP 145 Direct Patient Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 7.0
CP 146 Hospital Practice Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 7.0
CP 147 Community Practice Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 7.0
CP 148 Acute Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 7.0
CP 149 Ambulatory Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 7.0
Total   42.0