PHAR 1001: Orientation to Pharmacy

Course Details

Overview

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

Prerequisites
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
Email: phar1001@umn.edu

Course Description

You may know that pharmacists are responsible for dispensing medications, but did you know that pharmacists 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 course will introduce you to this exciting profession and help you gain an understanding of the impact of the pharmacist in the patient care process. This course explains the role a pharmacist can have in patient care, research, and academia; explores the various settings in which pharmacists work; and examines what training is necessary for success in the pharmacy field.

Objectives

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

Topics

  • Patient Care and the Role of the Pharmacist
  • Drug Costs, Drug Pricing, and Prescription Insurance
  • Pharmacy Practice Settings
  • Pharmacist Training and Licensure
  • Post-Graduate Opportunities