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I3 Curriculum

The PharmD curriculum, Inquire, Innovate, Involve (I3) takes an innovative approach to education by structuring classes in modules so students can experience the integration of science and practice.

I3 allows students to get hands-on pharmacy training earlier in the program and develops the interpersonal skills that are critical to patient interactions.

The curriculum focuses on helping students develop a comprehensive problem-solving approach through increased incorporation of active learning strategies, integration of pharmaceutical and clinical sciences, and earlier introduction of integrated practical experiences that could be simulated and then practiced.

What to expect

In year one of our graduate program (P1), students start with a module that helps them make the transition into professional school. Next steps include receiving training in the basics of pharmacy law and a foundation in the administrative and management sciences of the practice of pharmacy. Students learn skills in providing patient care, such as counseling patients, administering immunizations, and taking blood pressures. They will practice these skills and more in an integrated patient care laboratory where they get direct feedback and coaching from pharmacists. Throughout the year, students will spend time in community pharmacies with a pharmacist preceptor, practicing the skills they learn through the curriculum. The academic year ends with an assessment of each student’s proficiency of skills and knowledge. During the summer, students complete a 40 hour immersion experience where they apply the skills, knowledge and attitudes they developed in their first academic year.

The second and third years of the program (P2 and P3) afford students the opportunity to continue to develop and practice skills that are critical to becoming an exemplary pharmacy practitioner. These two years include a four course sequence where students learn how the pharmaceutical sciences integrate with clinical sciences and how this relates to the treatment of patients. Students also take a four-course sequence designed to teach them how to advance collaboration and quality of patient care by providing interprofessional opportunities for students to learn about, from, and with other members of the healthcare team.  At the end of the second and third years there are comprehensive assessments of knowledge and skills. The summer between the second and third years include a 40 hour immersion experience in an institutional pharmacy setting.

The fourth and final year of the PharmD program (P4) includes nine one month rotations in multiple pharmacy practice settings. These rotations are called Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE), and enable students to hone and improve their skills to become exemplary patient care providers.

Required P1 (first year) courses

Required P2 (second year) Courses

Required P3 (third year) Courses

Required P4 (fourth year) Courses