NSU HPD Catalog 2023-2024

184 Barry and Judy Silverman College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. Course Descriptions Note: Listed at the end of each entry are lecture hours, laboratory hours, and credit hours. PHRC 4810—Patient Care Basics This course provides students with an introductory toolkit to providing patient-centered care. It introduces students to the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process and its role in delivering consistent patient care services. The pharmacist’s role in the medication-use process is explored, and the use of information technology and quality measures in these processes are addressed. Basic patient care skills of vital sign assessment, point-of-care testing, interpretation of medical and pharmacy terminology, and laboratory values are introduced and social, behavioral, and communication factors impacting patient care are discussed. (16-0-1) PHRL 4811—Pharmacy Skills Development I This is the first of a five-course pharmacy skills development series that integrates principles of pharmaceutical sciences; pharmacy practice; and social, behavioral, and administrative pharmacy. Students will apply knowledge and practice skills complementary to content in the first semester of the curriculum. Skills practiced include written and verbal communication, pharmacy calculations, application of basic knowledge of commonly used medications, identification of medication errors, verification of orders, and drug information retrieval and provision. Team-building activities are incorporated throughout the course to enhance professionalism and communication skills. (0-48-1) PHRC 4820—Biochemical Basis of Drug Therapy This course focuses on the structure and function of vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins, hormones, nucleic acids, and lipids, as well as bioenergetics and major catabolic pathways at the cellular level. It establishes the biochemical basis for cell structure and emphasizes an integrated approach to the understanding of cellular metabolism; provides a biochemical, genetic, and molecular basis for understanding disease and drug functioning; and examines the mechanisms for genetic information flow in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. (48-0-3) PHRC 4830—Fundamentals of Pharmacodynamics This course applies the concepts of organic chemistry to help students understand drug action at the molecular level. It introduces students to basic pharmacological principles that explain drug effects as they pertain to mechanisms of action and drug disposition into different organs and tissues. In addition, this course describes drug actions at physiological receptors focusing on compounds that act on the autonomic nervous system. (32-0-2) PHRC 4840—Dosage Forms and Drug Delivery This course integrates basic anatomical and physiological features of various routes of administrations, drug and excipients physicochemical characteristics, and biopharmaceutical principles into the design and formulation of various conventional pharmaceutical dosage forms. It emphasizes the drug approval processes and regulatory standards. The course explores in detail most pharmaceutical dosage forms, their characteristics and uses, formulation composition and requirements, manufacturing methods and compendial testing, and packaging. (64-0-4) PHRC 4850—Pharmaceutical Calculations This course introduces the common systems of measurement and mathematical principles used in the traditional practice of pharmacy. Emphasis is also placed on calculations relevant to specific dose regimens based on patient-specific clinical parameters. Competencies developed throughout the course shall prepare students to accurately analyze and solve real-life pharmaceutical problems involving calculations used in the preparation and dispensing of pharmaceutical preparations. (32-0-2) PHRC 4861—Essentials of Professional Practice I This is the first of a five-course sequence that prepares the student to develop the knowledge and problem-solving skills needed to become a practice-ready professional who can apply concepts to manage the quality and safety of the MedicationUse Process and deliver patient-centered care. This course addresses laws that govern the pharmacist’s scope of practice and the foundation for effective patient communication. (32-0-2) PHRC 4871—Evidence-Based Practice I This is the first of a five-course sequence that prepares the student to retrieve, evaluate, and use the medical and scientific literature and other drug information resources. It is designed to prepare students to apply drug information skills for the delivery of patient-centered care using evidence-based principles to improve outcomes. Students learn the strengths and weaknesses of the various references and how to apply their use in practice. Active learning experiences include retrieving scientific literature, utilizing electronic resources, performing literature searches, and formulating responses to basic drug information requests. (16-0-1) PHRC 4881—Leadership and Professional Development I This is the first in a series of five courses that focus on personal and professional development. This course introduces strategies for self-evaluation, goal setting, providing feedback, effective intra- and interprofessional teamwork, and ethical and professional behavior. Students develop professional goals and