Pharmacy Curriculum 2018 - College of Pharmacy


The following curriculum goes into effect for students entering the program in the Fall semester of 2018. 

Philosophy of the Curriculum

The educational philosophy of the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Ferris State University aligns with the College mission to educate and support professionals who positively influence and impact the health outcomes of the people they serve. This curriculum proposal is built from the faculty approved Doctor of Pharmacy ability-based outcomes designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to meet this mission, the curriculum provides students with a balanced foundation in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, social and administrative, and clinical sciences. Integration of these sciences throughout the didactic curriculum, co-curricular activities and a progressive experiential sequence ranging from rural corner drug stores to urban level I trauma centers, culminates in a learning experience that is balanced, patient-focused, team-based and diverse. A variety of learning and assessment techniques are strategically integrated throughout the program to ensure students’ progressive attainment of the ability-based outcomes. Methods utilized to facilitate student learning include: lecture, case studies, simulation, written assignments, reflections, presentations, and formative, summative and clinical examinations. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, graduates are prepared to be responsible, lifelong learners who are able to practice as entry-level pharmacist practitioners in any setting.

Curricular Component Summaries

Foundations of Pharmacotherapy Sequence

The purpose of these courses (PHAR 519 & 520) is to bridge the knowledge gap between the pre-pharmacy curriculum (e.g. biochemistry, anatomy and physiology) and the integrated pharmacotherapy sequence that begins in the P2 year.

Dosage Forms and Biopharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics Sequence

Dosage Forms and Biopharmaceutics (PHAR 523) introduces pharmacy students to pharmaceutical dosage forms, formulation science, routes of administration, biopharmaceutics and introductory pharmacokinetics principles with a focus on solution and suspension dosage forms.  Dosage Forms and Pharmacokinetics (PHAR 524), the second course in the series, will emphasize solid dosage forms and more advanced pharmacokinetics.

Pharmacy Skills and Patient Care Lab Sequence

The courses (PHAR 587 & 588) will focus on topics such as: non-sterile compounding, calculations, drug information, physical assessment, and communication skills that fit into the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process. Additional topics include: sterile compounding, calculations, physical assessment, presentation skills, drug literature, medical records, and medication safety. 

Introductory and Advance Practice Experience Sequence

The experiential curriculum is designed to focus on specific outcomes to expose students to common contemporary practice models, including inter-professional practice and direct patient care. The introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) are structured and sequenced to develop a clear understanding of what constitutes exemplary pharmacy practice. 300 hours of IPPE are required by accreditation, with 150 occurring in each of the community (PHAR 593) and hospital setting (PHAR 693).  In PHAR 691 & 791: Direct Patient Care IPPE, students will focus on direct patient care, inter-professional collaboration and cultural sensitivity.

The advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) make up the entirety of the 4th professional year. The proposed curriculum will maintain the same structure of 6, 6-week APPE’s. Students will be required to take Ambulatory Care, Inpatient Medicine, Community Pharmacy, and Health System APPE’s. Students will continue to have the opportunity for 2 APPE electives.

Pharmacy Administration, Drug Information and Research and Analytical Methods

Pharmacy and Health Care Systems 1 (PHAR 515) and 2 (PHAR 516) is intended to provide students with an overview of pharmacy and health care systems in the US and around the world. The Pharmacy Practice Management 1 and 2 course sequence covers the fundamentals of human resource management, operations management, financial management, project management and leadership/entrepreneurship. It will also cover pharmacoeconomics. Pharmacy Law covers the necessary law for preparation for practice and the board exam.

The Drug Information, Informatics and Biostatistics course covers the provisions of contemporary drug information and moves this material up to the 2nd professional year to support the integrated pharmacotherapy sequence. The course is also intended to help prepare the student to read and understand the primary medical literature with an understanding of the different analytical methods used. Analytical methods will include common univariate and multivariate inferential statistics seen in published clinical studies. 

Integrated Pharmacotherapy Sequence

Integrated Pharmacotherapy (PHAR 619 to 624; PHAR 719 to 724) is designed to combine and streamline the content formerly provided in the pathophysiology, drug action, infectious diseases, pharmacotherapeutics and 2nd and 3rd year laboratory courses. The coursework each week is split among lecture hours, active learning (AL) sessions and laboratory. The final course in the sequence (PHAR 724 - P3 spring semester) is designed as a Pharmacotherapeutic review (spiraling, review, updates, new guidelines, etc.) and for the APPE preparation.

PharmD Seminar

The Doctor of Pharmacy seminar is intended to be a capstone problem solving and presentation experience.

Courses and Completion Schedule
PHAR 515 Pharmacy and Health Care Systems 1 3 PHAR 516 Pharmacy and Health Care Systems 2 3
PHAR 519 Foundations of Pharmacotherapy 1 3 PHAR 531  Over-the-Counter Pharmacotherapy  3
PHAR 523  Dosage Forms and Biopharmaceutics  4 PHAR 520  Foundations of Pharmacotherapy 2 
PHAR 587  Pharmacy Skills and Patient Care Lab 1  3 PHAR 524  Dosage Forms and Pharmacokinetics 
      PHAR 588  Pharmacy Skills and Patient Care Lab 2 
  Total Semester Credit Hours  13.0    Total Semester Credit Hours  15.0 
PHAR 593  Medication Distribution-Community IPPE (3 week)       
PHAR 619  Integrated Pharmacotherapy 1  PHAR 622 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 4  4
PHAR 620  Integrated Pharmacotherapy 2  PHAR 623  Integrated Pharmacotherapy 5 
PHAR 621  Integrated Pharmacotherapy 3  PHAR 624  Integrated Pharmacotherapy 6 
PHAR 630  Pharm Practice Management 1  PHAR 640  Drug Literature, Informatics, and Biostatistics 
PHAR 691  Direct Patient Care IPPE 1 (Fall or Spring)  0.5  PHAR 691  Direct Patient Care IPPE 1 (Fall or Spring)  0.5 
  Total Semester Credit Hours 15.5   Total Semester Credit Hours 15.5
PHAR 693 Medication Distribution-Health System IPPE (3 week)  2      
PHAR 719 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 7 4 PHAR 722 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 10 4
PHAR 720 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 8 4 PHAR 723 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 11 4
PHAR 721 Integrated Pharmacotherapy 9 4 PHAR 724 Integrated Pharmacotherapy Capstone 5
PHAR 730 Pharm Practice Management 2 3 PHAR 735 Pharmacy Law 2
PHAR 791 Direct Patient Care IPPE 2(Fall or Spring) 0.5 PHAR 791 Direct Patient Care IPPE 2(Fall or Spring) 0.5
  Total Semester Credit Hours 15.5   Total Semester Credit Hours 15.5
  Didactic Electives (Three 2-credit courses required) 6      
PHAR 800 Inpatient General Med APPE 6      
PHAR 802 Ambulatory Care APPE 6      
PHAR 810 Health System Pharmacy APPE 6      
PHAR 811 Community Pharmacy APPE 6      
PHAR 8XX Elective APPE 6      
PHAR 8XX Elective APPE 6      
PHAR 820 Doctor of Pharmacy Seminar (0.5 X 2) 1      
  Total Academic Year Credit Hours 37      
  Total Hours for Graduation 137