PharmD Curriculum

PharmD Curriculum 

Our four-year program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree requires four years of full-time, professional study, regardless of your educational background or experiences. Presented in detail below, our pre-advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE) curriculum includes robust rotations; an emphasis on interprofessional education (IPE) and teamwork; and courses in pharmacy management, hospital practice and pharmacoeconomics. Through a formal research track and a capstone experience, students have the opportunity to work with leading scholars and researchers in pharmacy practice, health outcomes and pharmaceutical sciences.

Program Year 1 (P1)
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
PHRM 501: Foundations I: Pharmaceutical Sciences Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacokinetics  5 PHRM 502: Foundations II: Introductory Integrated Biological Sciences –Pathophysiology, Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology  3
PHRM 504: Integrated Pharmacotherapy I: Self-Care and Over-the-Counter Products1  3 PHRM 503: Foundations III: Introduction to Integrated Pharmacotherapy Clinical Sciences – Systems Pathophysiology and Clinical Chemistry/Delivery of Care  2
PHRM 508: Professional Communication and Medical Info 2 PHRM: 505: SKILLS LAB - Integrated Pharmacotherapy I: Concepts and Patient Care Skills2 (Includes CO 2023 and forward: APhA Immunization Certification)

2
PHRM 510: Healthcare Delivery (IPE course with Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences and College of Community and Public Affairs) 3 PHRM 509: Foundations for Interprofessional Communication (IPE course with Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences and College of Community and Public Affairs) 1
PHRM 513: Pharmaceutics I: Physical Pharmacy  3 PHRM 511: Biostatistics 3

PHRM 514: Pharmaceutical Calculations I

1 PHRM 512: Pharmacy Law 3
PHRM 579a: Lifelong Learning (1 credit per academic year) 0 PHRM 515: Pharmaceutics II: Dosage Forms and Drug Delivery 3
    PHRM 516: Pharmaceutical Calculations II 1
    PHRM 579b: Lifelong Learning (1 credit per academic year) 1
       
Total credits, fall 17 Total credits, spring 19
Summer  
PHRM 562: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience I: Community Practice (summer) 4
Total credits, summer 4
   
Program Year 2 (P2)
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
PHRM 520: Integrated Pharmacotherapy II: Gastrointestinal Disease 2 PHRM 523: Integrated Pharmacotherapy V: Neurology, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology1 4
PHRM 521: Integrated Pharmacotherapy III: Cardiology1 4 PHRM 524: Integrated Pharmacotherapy VI: Infectious Disease1 4
PHRM 522: Integrated Pharmacotherapy IV: Endocrine, Renal and Reproductive Health1  3 PHRM 526: SKILLS LAB - Integrated Pharmacotherapy V-VI: Concepts and Patient Care Skills2 (Includes CO 2021: APhA Immunization Certification; CO 2022 and forward: APhA Diabetes Certification) 2

PHRM 525: SKILLS LAB - Integrated Pharmacotherapy II-IV: Concepts and Patient Care Skills2 (Includes CO 2021: APhA Diabetes Certification; CO 2022: APhA Immunization Certification)

2 PHRM 529: Drug Information and Health Informatics 3
PHRM 528: Population Health and Study Design Evaluation 3 PHRM 530: Healthcare Ethics (IPE course with SUNY Upstate Physician Assistant students) 2
PHRM 533: SKILLS LAB - Pharmaceutical Compounding and Dispensing  2 PHRM 534: Pharmaceutics III: Sterile Products and Biopharmaceuticals
Elective 3 PHRM 579d: Lifelong Learning (1 credit per academic year) (IPE with SUNY Upstate Medical students) 1
PHRM 579c: Lifelong Learning (1 credit per academic year) (IPE with SUNY Upstate Medical students) 0 PHRM 564: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience II: Hospital Pharmacy (CO 2022 and forward summer)3
   
Total credits, fall 19 Total credits, spring 22 
Program Year 3 (P3)
Fall Spring
Course Credits Course Credits
PHRM 541: Integrated Pharmacotherapy VII: Pulmonary, Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat1 3 PHRM 543: Integrated Pharmacotherapy IX: Special Populations – Geriatrics, Pediatrics and Health of Rural Populations1 3
PHRM 542: Integrated Pharmacotherapy VIII: Hematology, Oncology and Autoimmune Diseases1,5 5 PHRM 545: SKILLS/SMALL GROUP COMPLEX CASES Integrated Pharmacotherapy I-IX: Whole System Overview Integrating Concepts and Advanced Patient Care Skills4 3
PHRM 544: SKILLS LAB - Integrated Pharmacotherapy VII-VIII: Concepts and Patient Care Skills2 (Includes APhA MTM Certification)
2 PHRM 550: Contemporary Pharmacy Leadership and Management 3
PHRM 548: Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes 3 PHRM 551: Public Health and Global Health Problems 2
PHRM 553: Pharmacy, Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine    2 PHRM 554: Advanced Skills Lab – Pharmaceutical Compounding 1
Elective 3 Elective 3

PHRM 571a: Capstone Project Preparation (1 credit per academic year)

or

PHRM 571c: Capstone Project Preparation for Research Track (1 credit per academic year)

0

PHRM 571b: Capstone Project Preparation (1 credit per academic year)

or

PHRM 571d: Capstone Project Preparation for Research Track (1 credit per academic year)

1
PHRM 566: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience III: Direct Patient Care in Community Settings PHRM 567: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience IV: Direct Patient Care in Institutional Settings 2
Total credits, fall 20 Total credits, spring 18
   
Program Year 4 (P4)
Course Credits
PHRM 572: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience I: Community Pharmacy 6
PHRM 573: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience II: Ambulatory Care Pharmacy 6
PHRM 574: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience III: Pharmacy Administration/Institutional 6
PHRM 575: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience IV: General/Internal Medicine 6
PHRM 581/583: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience: Direct Patient Care Elective 6
PHRM 582: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience: Non-Direct Patient Care Elective 6
PHRM 595: Pharmacy Capstone Project 6
Total credits, P4 42
PHRM 589: Professional Development Elective 3
Notes:

1All non-skills lab integrated pharmacotherapy courses (IPT) are delivered by both pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences faculty with the exception of PHRM 504, which is delivered solely by pharmacy practice faculty. 

2Skills lab courses are integrated with didactic pharmacotherapy courses being taught concurrently and taught by pharmacy practice faculty. These courses include evaluation and filling of prescriptions; Top 200 drugs; medication counseling; patient counseling and case-based exercises. Essentially, this is all active learning. As students progress, activities build in difficulty and complexity; disease states covered in prior therapeutics courses are woven into the curriculum.

3PHRM 564: IPPE II Hospital Pharmacy: CO 2021 students complete in the spring semester of their P2 year; CO 2022 and beyond, students complete in the summer between their P2 and P3 years.

4Small section complex case-based course to integrate disease states across entire therapeutics sequence and add complexity in patient cases. Examples include: multimorbid patients; advanced disease states.  

5This course includes dermatological autoimmune diseases or dermatological diseases that are treated with biologic medications.