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2016-2017 Academic Catalog (Jan 2017) 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog (Jan 2017) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pharmacy, PharmD


Curriculum Summary

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree is granted upon successful completion of the professional curriculum and compliance with the requirements of the University for graduation. The course of instruction covers eight terms over four academic years (see Curriculum).

The curriculum includes lecture and laboratory courses that are delivered using a variety of pedagogy. Although students are introduced to the clinical environment as early as the fall term of the first professional year, clinical instruction is emphasized in the third and fourth years of the curriculum. During this time students receive experiential learning in traditional practice settings such as community and hospital pharmacy arenas as well as advanced clinical rotations in internal medicine, ambulatory care, pediatrics, mental health, parenteral nutrition, cardiology, critical care and other specialty areas.

Students may be required to complete a portion of the introductory and advanced practice experiences in various parts of the state. US rotations located outside Tennessee (e.g., Alaska, Arizona, North Carolina) and International professional experiences (e.g., England, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Spain, Ireland, Sweden, Hungary, Gambia, Thailand, Turkey and France) are available to a limited number of students.

CPR Certification

All University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy students are required to obtain American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification by the end of their first academic term. Following initial certification, all University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy students must maintain active CPR certification during the P2, P3, and P4 years. Students will not be allowed to enter the subsequent year without approved CPR certification. For the convenience of UT College of Pharmacy students, the UT Chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) offers American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR that includes external defibrillation to first (during orientation) and third year students.

Content Areas

  1. Pharmacology
  2. Medicinal Chemistry
  3. Pharmacy Technology (including sterile product preparation and compounding)
  4. Therapeutics and Pathophysiology of Disease
  5. Communications and Patient Assessment
  6. Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
  7. Pharmacy Management and Pharmacoeconomics
  8. Medication Use Process
  9. Experiential learning (12 months)

First Professional Year (Class of 2020)

Second Professional Year (Class of 2020)

Third Professional Year (Class of 2020)

Total: 16 credit hours

* Students complete over fall and spring terms of the third professional year

Final Three Terms (Class of 2020)

Students must take the following during the last three terms (P3 Spring, P4 Fall, P4 Spring). Students will be provided a list of rotations that are included in each of the following categories during the P3 fall term.

1 month APPE Community Rotation
1 month APPE Institutional Rotation
1 month APPE Ambulatory Care Rotation
1 month APPE Acute Care Inpatient Rotation
4 months APPE Patient Care Rotations
3 months APPE Elective Rotations (Patient Care or Other)
1 month Elective Courses (2 courses; 2 credit hours per courses)
1 month IPPE Rotations ( PHCY 370 - IPPE Community Pharmacy Rotation  & PHCY 371 - IPPE Institutional Pharmacy Rotation ; 2 weeks each which may also be taken during summer between the P2 and P3 years, or January or February of the P3 spring term.)
2 months OFF

Third Professional Year Spring Term: PHCY 316 - Medication Therapy Management (MTM)  Cr Hrs: 1 continued*

Fourth Professional Year Fall Term: PHCY 397 - Pharmacy Exam Review I  Cr Hrs: 2*

Fourth Professional Year Spring Term: PHCY 397 - Pharmacy Exam Review I  Cr Hrs: 2 continued*, PHCY 398 - Pharmacy Exam Review II  Cr Hrs: 2

* Students complete over the fall and spring terms

Elective Policy

  1. All students will take a minimum of 10 credit hours of didactic electives.
  2. All students will take a minimum of 6 credit hours of electives before the end of the P3 Fall term.
  3. All students will take a minimum of 1 month of electives in the last 3 terms of the program (the P3 Spring, P4 Fall, or P4 Spring terms) for a minimum total of 4 credit hours. While most will take 4 hours in one month, a student will also be allowed to spread the 4 hours over 2 months if they choose.
  4. Students enrolled in the Informatics certificate program may obtain 9 hours of elective credit through that program.
  5. Students enrolled in a Masters of Business Administration degree program may receive up to 6 hours of elective credit through that program. The student is responsible to obtain and submit the necessary paperwork to obtain such credit. Information regarding requirements can be obtained from the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs.
  6. Students enrolled in the Health Informatics and Information Management dual degree program may receive up to 10 hours of elective credit through that program..