Program Information

Program/Department Chair: David Bearden

Program length: 

Admit by cohort: Yes

Authorized Award(s): Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) - (CIP Code: 51.2001)

Minimum number graded credit hours:  

Minimum acceptable GPA:

Program Purpose Statement 


Student Learning Outcomes Statements

At the end of our program, our students should be able to:


I. Properly evaluate medication orders while considering patient history and current health status and legal requirements; accurately and safely prepare dosage forms/drug delivery systems; appropriately select, package, label, and dispense drug products.

  • 1.1 (Evaluation) Determine the completeness and accuracy of information in a drug order or prescription
  • 1.2 (Complex Overt Response) Prepare extemporaneous dosage forms and delivery systems.
  • 1.3 (Complex Overt Response) Ensure that drug products are delivered to patients in a timely, safe and effective manner.
  • 1.4 (Application) Use pharmaceutical technology in the preparation of dosage forms.
  • 1.5 (Application) Use knowledge of sterile technique to prepare sterile dosage forms or delivery systems.
  • 1.6 (Application) Select proper packaging for a drug product.
  • 1.7 (Application) Prepare prescription labeling appropriate for a drug product.
  • 1.8 (Application) Dispense drug products in accordance with legal requirements and professional responsibilities.
  • 1.9 (Application) Use electronic devices to receive or transfer prescriptions and drug orders, store and access patient information, and maintain drug dispensing and inventory records.
  • 1.10 (Evaluation) Integrate legal requirements, ethical principles and relevant policies to assess drug orders and prescriptions.
  • 1.11 (Evaluation) Assess the quality of drug products and select manufacturers based on appropriate data such as biopharmaceutic, pharmacokinetic, economic, and quality assurance information.
  • 1.12 (Complex Overt Response) Ensure the security of the drug inventory.
  • 1.13 (Evaluation) Determine the appropriateness of a drug order or prescription in relation to patient, disease-specific, and socioeconomic factors.
  • 1.14 (Evaluation) Determine the appropriateness of a drug order or prescription dose, dosage form, and route and frequency of administration.
  • 1.15 (Evaluation) Assess drug orders and prescriptions for potential drug-related problems.
  • 1.16 (Evaluation) Assess drug orders and prescriptions for potential therapeutic alternatives.
  • 1.17 (Evaluation) Assist in the selection of the appropriate dosage form of specific drugs which are to be used in therapy of specific patients.
  • 1.18 (Evaluation) Apply pharmacokinetic principles to determine and recommend appropriate dose and dosing schedules for patients


II. Collect and properly evaluate patient data to determine appropriate courses of action (i.e., prescription drug therapy, nonprescription drug therapy, non-drug therapy, or referral to another health care professional).

  • 2.1 (Evaluation) Evaluate information from the patient's medical record to make decisions on meeting a patient's health care needs.
  • 2.2 (Analysis) Organize patient data into a format that facilitates making decisions to meet the patient's health care needs.
  • 2.3 (Evaluation) Assess pertinent patient data to determine the patient's health care needs relative to the presenting problem.
  • 2.4 (Evaluation) Determine when other health professionals are most appropriate for managing patients' health care needs.


III. Design, implement, monitor, evaluate, and modify patient pharmacotherapy based on scientific principles to ensure effective, safe, and economical patient care.

  • 3.1 (Synthesis) Integrate patient disease and drug data to determine desired therapeutic outcomes for a patient.
  • 3.2 (Synthesis) Formulate a pharmacotherapeutic regimen to achieve desired therapeutic outcomes.
  • 3.3 (Synthesis) Design and implement a method for a pharmacotherapeutic plan.
  • 3.4 (Synthesis) Design a patient care plan to manage poisonings or drug overdoses commonly seen in the practice environment.
  • 3.5 (Characterization by a Value) Assume responsibility for monitoring patients and judge the continued effectiveness of their therapeutic plan in achieving desired outcomes.
  • 3.6 (Characterization by a Value) Determine extent to which patients comply with therapeutic plans.
  • 3.7 (Evaluation) Detect and address adverse drug reactions and drug interactions and assess their impact on desired therapeutic outcomes.
  • 3.8 (Evaluation) Assess refill prescriptions for compliance, safety, and efficacy.
  • 3.9 (Evaluation) Develop and recommend appropriate revisions to therapeutic plans when desired therapeutic outcomes are not being achieved.
  • 3.10 (Application) Devise and use a methodology for documenting recommendations and patient care activities based on professional and practical considerations.


IV. Communicate effectively with patients, peers, other health professionals, and the general public.

  • 4.1 (Synthesis) Formulate empathetic responses to communications from consumers or health care professionals based on using effective listening skills.
  • 4.2 (Application) Organize information for verbal or written communication to consumers or health care professionals.
  • 4.3 (Synthesis) Verbally convey information to consumers or health care professionals using effective communication skills.
  • 4.4 (Synthesis) Write clear, concise information for consumers or health professionals using effective writing skills.
  • 4.5 (Application) Use effective communication skills to work with ancillary personnel, other pharmacists, and managers.
  • 4.6 (Complex Overt Response) Prepare and deliver effective health education and health promotion information to individuals and groups.
  • 4.7 (Complex Overt Response) Use effective strategies to influence the health care behavior of consumers toward preventative care.
  • 4.8 (Complex Overt Response) Use effective interviewing skills to obtain information that may be needed to make decisions to meet the patient's health care needs.
  • 4.9 (Complex Overt Response) Effectively educate patients about their medications to ensure safe and effective use and compliance.


V. Retrieve, analyze, and interpret the professional, lay, and scientific literature to provide drug information to patients, caregivers, health professionals, and the public.

  • 5.1 (Evaluation) Discriminate between a requestor's statement of perceived need and actual need to clarify a drug information request.
  • 5.2 (Complex Overt Response) Use a systematic and efficient procedure to retrieve appropriate drug information to satisfy a drug information request.
  • 5.3 (Evaluation) Examine research literature for appropriateness, accuracy and completeness.
  • 5.4 (Evaluation) Identify inaccuracies or bias in the professional, scientific, and lay literature.
  • 5.5 (Synthesis) Integrate selected drug information to form conclusions or recommendations in answering a drug information request.
  • 5.6 (Synthesis) Formulate a drug information response that is based on the requestors level of understanding.
  • 5.7 (Complex Overt Response) Provide concise, applicable, and timely responses for drug information from health care providers and patients.
  • 5.8 (Analysis) Select a core library appropriate for a specific practice setting.


VI. Evaluate, integrate, and manage human, economic, scientific, and technologic resources for the effective provision of pharmaceutical care.

  • 6.1 (Application) Use health care system information to project future economic and manpower needs for pharmacy practice.
  • 6.2 (Application) Use a systematic problem-solving process to make decisions about managing human, economic, scientific, and technological resources that maximize the provision of pharmaceutical care.
  • 6.3 (Synthesis) Formulate a strategy to integrate new resources into the practice setting to achieve desired goals.
  • 6.4 (Comprehension) Demonstrate an understanding of the complex environment in which health care is provided and the role of the pharmacist within that environment.


VII. Apply legal, professional, and ethical principles and regulatory requirements in the conduct of professional activities.

  • 7.1 (Characterization by a Value) Integrate ethical principles into one's professional conduct.
  • 7.2 (Responding) Observe legal principles and regulatory requirements in the practices of pharmacy.
  • 7.3 (Comprehension) Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of historical and present professional issues in pharmacy practice and their impact on the profession's future.
  • 7.4 (Characterization by a Value) Adhere to professional practices that minimize the risk of substance abuse or chemical dependency.
  • 7.5 (Organization) Function professionally within the interdisciplinary health team in the provision of quality health care services.


VIII. Identify and pursue appropriate means for life-long personal and professional development.

  • 8.1 (Analysis) Discuss the components of and resources for meeting the goals of personal and professional development.
  • 8.2 (Characterization by a Value) Actively participate in local, state and national professional societies.
  • 8.3 (Characterization by a Value) Accept responsibility for personal and professional development throughout the professional career.