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School of Pharmacy


In developing the curriculum of the School of Pharmacy, the faculty recognizes that an educated person should be prepared to assume a responsible and rewarding role in society. The new paradigm of pharmaceutical care guides the school’s curriculum committee and faculty in the design and implementation of the curriculum. Pharmaceutical care is the responsible provision of drug therapy by the pharmacist for the purpose of achieving definite outcomes that improve a patient’s quality of life. In professional practice pharmaceutical care focuses on the pharmacist’s attitudes, behaviors, commitment, concerns, ethics, functions, knowledge, responsibilities and skills in the provision of drug therapy, which achieve outcomes that yield improvement in a patient’s quality of life. The educational program is designed to provide a sound, scientific and professional background for both those who will enter the practice of pharmacy directly and those who wish to continue graduate education in the pharmaceutical sciences. It also includes courses in the arts and humanities in order to provide the student with a broad educational base that will permit participation in community life, not only as a professional, but also as an informed, concerned citizen. The professional curriculum is rigorous and highly demanding of the student’s time; employment must not be allowed to interfere with the educational process. The faculty has adopted a document entitled “Expected Competencies of Doctor of Pharmacy Graduates” and has expanded these competencies into knowledge, skills and attitudes that have been implemented in the curriculum.


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