The CI-1 curriculum is a semester based, 4 year academic length program. Year 1 courses have a foundational science emphasis and include Foundations of Pharmaceutical Care, Foundations of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, Integrated Biomedical Sciences, Drug Delivery, Principles of Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Calculations and Applied Pharmaceutical Care. The Pharmaceutical Care Skills course sequence begins in fall of year 1 and lasts 5 semesters. Year 2 further builds on the foundational sciences with Pharmacokinetics, Cellular Metabolism and Nutrition and Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology of Cardiovascular Agents. The year also advances into Pharmacotherapy with a focus on Cardiovascular, Endocrine, Kidney, and Pulmonary Pharmacotherapy. Year 3 includes Neurology, Psychiatry, Evidence-Based Practice, Oncology, and Biopharmaceutics. Throughout, IPPE rotations begin in fall of year 1 and continue through spring of year 3. APPE rotations begin in May and students are required to complete eight 5 week rotations and an online longitudinal didactic course.
Through the CI1 curriculum, the College of Pharmacy aims to prepare graduates to enter into the health care system to lead change and improve patient outcomes in any setting. The following areas, derived from the IOM and CAPE outcomes, are woven throughout the curriculum and used to measure student success:
- Provide patient centered pharmaceutical care. Graduates use a consistent patient care process to identify, respect, and care about patients' differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs. They listen to, clearly inform, communicate with, and educate patients. They share decision making and management while continuously advocating for disease prevention, wellness, and promotion of healthy lifestyles.
- Work in interprofessional teams. Graduates learn to cooperate, collaborate, communicate, and integrate care in teams to ensure that care is continuous and reliable.
- Employ evidence-based practice. Graduates integrate best research with clinical expertise and patient values for optimum care, and participate in learning and research activities to the extent feasible. The senior paper and seminar provides students the opportunity to actively engage in the generation and/or discovery of evidence in support of best practices.
- Apply quality improvement. Graduates identify errors and hazards in care. They continually understand and measure quality of care in terms of structure, process, and outcomes in relation to patient and community needs.
- Utilize informatics. Graduates communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making using information technology.
- Manage healthcare systems. Graduates manage and use resources of the health care system in cooperation with patients, prescribers, and others to promote health and quality of life, to provide and coordinate safe, accurate, and timely medication distribution, and to improve therapeutics outcomes of medication use.
- Promote public health. Graduates promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention in cooperation with patients, global and local communities, at-risk populations, and other members of an interprofessional team of health care providers.
- Lead health care change. Graduates are prepared to lead change at a grass-roots level and to grow into positional leaders of the profession and their communities.
Below are links to typical fall and spring course schedules for our students in CI1.
As you will see, our curriculum is designed to give students some room to pursue their interests in the profession via elective coursework – please take a look at our Elective Courses page for more information!