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College of Pharmacy


Core Curriculum

Your professional-level course work in the University of South Carolina's College of Pharmacy is a blend of classroom and experiential learning. Whether you’re interested in the retail, consulting or research setting, you’ll be well prepared for a rewarding career in pharmacy.

The University of South Carolina's Pharm.D. program is a four‑year professional degree program that includes classroom instruction and hands-on learning through introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Pharmacy school coursework, in combination with clinical training, prepares students for the technical, scientific and patient-care requirements of a practicing pharmacist.

Professional Year One (P1)

Fall Semester

Course Credit Hours
PHMY 602 Foundations of Pathophysiology & Pharmacology I 2
PHMY 607 Dosage Forms & Drug Delivery Systems 4
PHMY 615 Pharmaceutical Biochemistry 3
PHMY 621 Foundations of Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Pharmacogenomics I 3
PHMY 650 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice 2
PHMY 656 Pharmacy Calculations 1
PHMY 657 Medical Terminology 1
SCCP/PHMY 671 Compounding & Applied Pharmaceutics Lab 1
PHMY 680 Introduction to Drug Information 1
TOTAL 19 Hours

Spring Semester

Course Credit Hours
PHMY 603 Foundations of Pathophysiology & Pharmacology II 3
PHMY 616 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 2
PHMY 622 Foundations of Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Pharmacogenomics II 4
PHMY 661 Clinical Applications II 1
SCCP/PHMY 670 Intro. to Community Pharmacy Lab I 1
PHMY 690 Transforming Health Care 2
PHMY 750 Self-Care & Complimentary Medicines 4
TOTAL 18 Hours

Summer Semester

Course Credit Hours
PHMY 699 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience - Community 4

 

Professional Year Two (P2)

Fall Semester

Course Credit Hours
PHMY 610 Microbiology & Immunology 4
PHMY 710 Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics 3
PHMY 722 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology I 3
PHMY 760 Clinical Applications III 1
PHMY 772 Pharmacotherapy I 4
PHMY 790 Introduction to Health Systems Lab 1
Elective* 1-3
TOTAL 17-19 Hours

Spring Semester

Course Credit Hours
PHMY 723 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology II 3
PHMY 761 Clinical Applications IV 1
PHMY 773 Pharmacotherapy II 4
PHMY 780 Outcomes Design and Assessment 3
PHMY 890 Clinical Pharmacokinetics 3
PHMY 791 Applied Health Systems Lab 1
Elective* 1-3
TOTAL 16-19 Hours

Summer Semester

Course Credit Hours
PHMY 798 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience - Hospital 4

 

Professional Year Three (P3)

Fall Semester

Course Credit Hours
PHMY 771 Applied Community Pharmacy Lab 1
PHMY 822 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology III 3
PHMY 850 Health Care Systems and Management 4
PHMY 860 Clinical Applications V 1
PHMY 873 Pharmacotherapy III 4
PHMY 880 Advanced Drug Information 2
Elective* 1-3
TOTAL 16-18 Hours

Spring Semester

Course Credit Hours
PHMY 823 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology IV 2
PHMY 861 Clinical Applications VI 1
PHMY 874 Pharmacotherapy IV 5
PHMY 885 Pharmacy Law & Ethics 3
PHMY 895 Clinical Assessment 3
Elective* 1-3
TOTAL 15-17 Hours

Summer Semester

Course Credit Hours
PHMY 9XX APPE x 1-4 4-16

 

Professional Year Four (P4)

Fall and Spring Semesters

Course Credit Hours
PHMY 9XX APPE x 3-4 12-16
PHMY 9XX APPE x 3-4 12-16
PHMY 999 Clinical Seminar/Grand Rounds 1
TOTAL (including Summer P3) 37 Hours

PROGRAM TOTAL: 148 hours (214 including pre-pharmacy)

 

REQUIREMENT NOTES

*Electives — Each student must complete 8 hours of electives by the end of the third year. Electives range from 1 to 3 credit hours.

IPPE ACPE Requirement — Minimum 300 hours of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE), as required by ACPE, will be satisfied by two 4-credit (one month) rotations in the summers of professional years one and two.

APPE ACPE Requirement — Minimum 1440 hours of Advanced Practice Experiential Experience (APPE) (as required by ACPE) will be satisfied by nine 4-credit (one month) rotations in the P4 year. Refer to the APPE Rotation Manual for PHMY 9xx requirements for rotation hours for each month. Rotations include: 2 acute/general medicine rotations (critical care, pediatrics, psychiatry, general medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, nephrology, transplantation, etc.), 1 ambulatory care rotation, 1 community rotation, 1 hospital/health system rotation, and 4 elective rotations.

GRAND ROUNDS — One 1-credit Clinical Seminar/Grand Rounds (PHMY 999) will be required during professional year four.


GENERAL NOTES

Clinical Applications II-V are recitations designed to bring clinical relevance to basic and applied pharmaceutical science principles in a case-based format.

Clinical Applications VI is a recitation designed as a capstone course where case studies of complex patients will bring together concepts learned throughout the previous professional years.

Students may be required to submit a criminal background check and/or drug test prior to beginning an introductory or advanced pharmacy practice experience.

All students are required to complete Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers training prior to the summer IPPE in professional year two.