PHAR 1001: Orientation to Pharmacy

Course Details


  • Online course
  • Accelerated 10-week schedule
  • 2 credits
  • Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course is open to any student with an interest in the subject.

Course Materials
There is no required textbook for this course.

Course Director
Kristyn Williamson, PharmD

Course Description

You may know that pharmacists are responsible for the dispensation of medications, but did you know that pharmacists actually play a critical role in the health care process by ensuring that their patients receive the best overall care? Designed to help you better understand the world of pharmacy, this online pharmacy course will introduce you to this exciting profession and help you gain an understanding of the profound impact of the pharmacist in the patient care process. This course examines what training is necessary for success in the pharmacy field, demonstrates the roles a pharmacist can have in patient care, research and academia, and provides virtual tours of various settings in which pharmacists work.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the role of the pharmacist
  • Describe pharmacy career opportunities and settings where pharmacists work
  • List several drug-related health care issues important to the profession of pharmacy
  • Describe the pharmacy educational process from admissions to advanced training
  • Discuss pharmacists' impact on patient care


  • The Role of the Pharmacist
  • Pharmaceutical Care
  • Patients’ Rights
  • Insurance/Drug Pricing
  • Rural Pharmacy and Workforce Trends
  • Pharmacy Settings
  • Independent/Rural Pharmacy and Chain Pharmacy
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Hospital Pharmacy and Homecare Pharmacy
  • Pharmacists in Industry and in Healthcare Management
  • Academic Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Education and Training
  • Pharmacist Training and Licensure
  • Colleges of Pharmacy in the United States
  • Graduate Education and Residencies
  • Student Perspectives