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PharmD Curriculum

Jefferson's innovative curriculum provides students the opportunity to develop clinical practice skills in one of the most prominent healthcare systems in the country. Students have opportunities to work with some of the region's top science and healthcare researchers.

Curriculum Overview

First year

Fall Credits
Biochemistry 3
Immunology 3
Healthcare Communications and Patient Counseling 2
Healthcare Delivery Systems 2
Pathophysiology I 3
Pharmacy Practice I 1
Preventive Healthcare and Self-Care Issues 2
IPPE - Healthcare Related Service Learning 1*
Total 17
Spring Credits
Biostatistics 3
IPPE - Community Pharmacy 1*
Medicinal Chemistry 2
Molecular Biology 3
Pathophysiology II 3
Pharmacy Practice II 1
Physical Assessment and Clinical Skills 3
Total 16

Second year

Fall Credits
Drug Information and Literature Evaluation 3
IPPE - Hospital Pharmacy 1*
Medication Safety 2
Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Systems 3
Pharmaceutics Lab 1
Pharmacology I 3
Pharmacy Management: Theory and Applications 3
Pharmacy Practice III 1
Pharmacy Calculations 1
Total 18
Spring Credits
Clinical Diagnosis/Pharmacotherapy I and II 4
Clinical Pharmacokinetics 3
IPPE - Ambulatory Care Clinic 1*
Pharmacology II 3
Pharmacy Practice IV 1
Pharmacy Practice Lab I 1
Elective(s) 3
Total 16

Third year

Fall Credits
Clinical Diagnosis/Pharmacotherapy III & IV 6
IPPE - Direct Patient Care 2*
Pharmacology III 3
Grand Rounds 2
Pharmacy Practice Lab II 1
Elective(s) 3
Total 17
Spring Credits
Clinical Diagnosis/Pharmacotherapy V & VI 6
Integrated Practice Applications 1
IPPE - Elective Site 2*
Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes 3
Pharmacy Practice Lab III 1
Professional Seminar I 2
Elective(s) 3
Total 18

Fourth year

  Credits
Pharmacy Law 1
Professional Seminar II 2
APPES
4 Core Experiences (6 weeks each)
   Community Pharmacy 6
   Hospital/Health System Pharmacy 6
   Ambulatory Care 6
   Inpatient/Acute Care 6
2 Elective Experiences (6 weeks each) 12
Total 39
   
Total Curriculum Credits 141
 

*without regard to semester
IPPE = Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience
APPE = Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

Note: Students entering the Fall of 2013 and beyond will also be required to take a 2 credit pharmaceutical calculations course in the Fall of the second year.  The required number of elective credits has been reduced to 8, bringing the total number of credits required for graduation to 141.