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Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

College
College of Pharmacy
Department
Pharmacy
Level
Masters
Study System
Coursework, Clinical Training
Total Credit Hours
72 Cr.Hrs. over two years
Duration
4 Semesters
Intake
Spring
Location
Sharjah Main Campus
Language
English
Study Mode
Full Time

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Introduction
Pharmacy is becoming a key player in primary and preventive health care and is defined as the science of the composition, use, and dispensing of drugs. The study and practice of Pharmacy have evolved and expanded considerably over the years due to the exponential growth of the health care and pharmaceutical industry.

The College of Pharmacy (CoP) was established in 2004, seven years after the foundation of the University of Sharjah (UoS). The first batch of the college students was awarded the Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm.) degree at the end of the academic year of 2008/2009. Since its foundation, the CoP is continuously updating its curriculum, to keep pace with the rapidly evolving pharmacy profession. Considering the facts related to the shortage in the qualified pharmaceutical scientists worldwide, to keep up with the developments of various pharmacy fields in the UAE and across the Gulf region, and to answer the repeated inquiries regarding graduate programs, CoP proposes a program of doctor of pharmacy (PharmD).

The academic aim of the program is to prepare students for professional roles in the area of pharmacy, with the knowledge and skills to advance the discipline from the academic, research, and practical standpoints. The PharmD program will prepare the students to address the current and future challenges in disciplines such as patient care, health promotion, research and development, management and investment in patient health, and academic positions. The intent is also to prepare students to engage in independent and collaborative clinical and outcomes research. During this educative process, students will participate in knowledge generation and improvement, and knowledge/technology transfer to the healthcare system.

There is only one Graduate PharmD program offered in the UAE, the existence of CoP within the medical campus of the UoS and having the Sharjah Institute of Medical Research inside this campus will make the program highly attractive for pharmacy graduates looking for graduate patient care related programs.

 
Program Objectives
Program Description

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum is designed to produce a scientifically and technically competent pharmacist who can apply this education in such a manner as to provide maximum health care services to patients. During the two years at UoS, students will complete a total of 72 semester hours of credit: 18 hours in required courses during the first year (Fall semester), and 18 credit hours during the spring semester of the first year. A total of 36 credit hours in clinical/experiential education has to be completed by every registered student in the second year of the program.

Program Vision

We aspire to be a nationally and internationally recognized Doctor of Pharmacy program with a reputation for excellence amongst students, alumni, and peers.

Program Mission

Our Mission is to create and disseminate knowledge through world-class, integrated, and multidisciplinary PharmD, innovative scholarly training and education of graduate students of the highest caliber, to become outstanding Clinical Pharmacist of benefit to the community at large. Furthermore, it promotes the health and well-being of the public, locally and globally.

PharmD Program Goals

  1. Provide students with advanced knowledge and techniques in clinical related and outcomes research.
  2. Train students and enhance their ability to providing pharmaceutical care to patients and promoting public health.
  3. Develop student's ability to effectively communicate scientific information both orally and in writing to provide drug information and education.
  4. Provide a challenging and innovative learning environment to prepare the students for further advanced graduate or professional programs or scientific careers in the clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice.
  5. Develop the students' ability to engage in life-long learning and exhibit professionalism with the highest ethical standards.
  6. Foster problem-solving and decision-making skills applied to facilitate employment in scientific careers that contribute to the growth and development of society.

Program Learning Outcomes:

By the end of completing the Pharm D program students will be able to:

  • Implement the principles of pharmaceutical care in disease management.
  • Apply professional and social responsibility in managing all aspects of pharmacy-related activities.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and other health care providers in all matters related to providing pharmaceutical care.
  • Engage in self-directed, life-long learning, and continuous professional development programs.
  • Integrate research in recent developments in pharmaceutical care.
  • Participate actively as a member of the primary health care team and promote public health, provide drug information, and act as an educator for both patients and other health care providers
  • Solve problems concerning pharmaceutical care
  • Use evidence-based medicine for the informed decision in therapeutic drug monitoring and disease therapy.
  • Apply ethical issues related to pharmaceutical care in medication supply and patient care.


Special Admission Requirements
The Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) is available to students who meet the requirements for admission. Every candidate student must pass the Placement Examination conducted by the college of pharmacy for evaluation of the candidate's background in pharmaceutical sciences. Candidates with deficiencies will be required to take, within the first year, all remedial courses for which no credit will be given towards the PharmD degree.

Per the University requirements for graduate degrees, a candidate to be admitted into the PharmD program must fulfill the following minimum requirements:

  1. To hold a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from a UAE-recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3 out of 4 or its equivalence.
  2. The undergraduate degree must have been achieved by attending no less than 75% of the required period. Students with degrees obtained by distance learning will not be considered.
  3. To achieve the required English Proficiency score. A minimum of 550 in TOEFL or 6 in IELTS (or its equivalence) is required. A student may be admitted conditionally if he/she obtained 530 points or better on the TOEFL provided that the student must enroll in an English language course and receive a TOEFL score of 550 at the end of his first semester of study. The student will be expelled from the program if these two conditions are not met.
  4. The undergraduate degree should be in a subject that would qualify the student for the graduate major he/she wants to pursue. Students with different majors in their undergraduate degrees may be admitted upon the recommendation of the department after studying the prerequisite courses assigned by the department.
  5. The student must submit a letter of approval by his/her employer if he/she is employed.
 

Degree Completion Requirements

Completion of 72 credits is required for the program. The course work includes 36 credit hours of specific compulsory courses and 36 credit hours of Advanced Professional experiential Placement in different specialties.


Program Structure & Requirements
Program Structure
Components
Credit hours
Didactic Courses 36
Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 36
Total 72
 

Academic course (Compulsory):

Course Code Course Name CH

Hours
1104611  Clinical Pharmacokinetics & Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 3 (1/1/1)
1104612  Pharmacy Practice I 3 (1/1/1)
1104613  Infectious Disease Therapeutics 3 (1/1/1)
1104614  Public Health in Pharmacy 3
1104615  Oncology and Hematology Disorders Therapeutics

 
3 (1/1/1)
1104616  Nephrology-Renal Disorder Therapeutics 3 (1/1/1)
1104621  Pharmacy Practice II 3 (1/1/1)
1104622  Advanced Literature Evaluation and Biostatistics

 Evaluation and Biostatistics
3 (1/1/1)
1104623  GIT and Metabolic Disorders Therapeutics 3 (1/1/1)
1104624  Neurology and Psychiatric Therapeutics 3 (1/1/1)
1104625  Cardiovascular Therapeutics 3 (1/1/1)
1104626  Respiratory Therapeutics 3 (1/1/1)
1104711  Internal Medicine Experiential Placement 6
1104712  Critical Care/ICU/ER Experiential Placement 6
1104713  Ambulatory Care Experiential Placement 6
 

Electives Experiential Placements

Course Code Course Name CH
1104721  ID Advanced Experiential Placement 6
1104722  Oncology Advanced Experiential Placement 6
1104723  Psychiatry Advanced Experiential Placement 6
1104724  DIC Advanced Experiential Placement 6
1104725  Surgery Advanced Experiential Placement 6
1104726  Special Population (Geriatrics and Pediatrics) 6
 


Course Description
 

1104611 Clinical Pharmacokinetics
Clinical Pharmacokinetics describes the basic concepts to adjust the medications dosage regimen for different patients' scenarios. Besides, these concepts will be used to specify the methods and timings for therapeutic drug monitoring of these medications and how to target the required therapeutic plasma concentration.

 

1104612 Pharmacy Practice I
This course will introduce the students to the concept of patient care and their medication history. The course will also include pharmacy professional communication and patient counseling. Pharmacovigilance, medication-related problems, interpretation of laboratory data, and management of drug interactions will be discussed in this course.

 

1104613 Infectious Disease Therapeutics
The infectious disease therapeutic course aims to discuss the different infectious diseases and their causative microorganisms. The course will also discuss the different therapeutic options including antibiotics, antifungal, antiviral and anti-parasitic medications. The role of pharmacists in caring for patients with different infectious diseases will be of a focus of this course.

 

1104614 Public Health in Pharmacy
This course will focus on providing students with a solid foundational understanding of what public health is and how pharmacists play a role as a public health provider. The course content includes a basic knowledge base of public health issues, an exploration of the various roles that pharmacy can provide in offering public health services, and examples of applications to pharmacy practice. Issues in public health care are examined from both the pharmacy perspective and the traditional public health viewpoint.

 

1104615 Oncology and Hematology Disorders Therapeutics
This course introduces the student to patient care concepts, patient assessment, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, therapeutics, and therapeutic drug monitoring for patients with oncology & hematology disorders. The learning activities emphasized during this course include gathering and processing information, identifying and prioritizing problems, planning therapeutic interventions, patient communication and counseling, and communicating with health care providers. Oncology & hematology disorders including but not limited to Breast and Prostate cancer, Lymphoma, leukemia, Gynecologic cancers, GU cancers, and their treatment will be studied. The course will consider the disease processes in cancer conditions, including an introduction to relevant pathology, the rationale underlying the treatment of these conditions, and the choice of therapy for individual patients. This will include the use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies and the evidence base underpinning the choice of treatment for individual patients. Tests and investigations used to monitor these conditions will be also be tackled.

 

1104616 Renal Disorders Therapeutics
This course introduces the student to patient care concepts, patient assessment, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, therapeutics, and therapeutic drug monitoring for patients with renal disorders. The learning activities emphasized during this course include gathering and processing information, identifying and prioritizing problems, planning therapeutic interventions, patient communication and counseling, and communicating with health care providers. Renal disorders including but not limited to chronic kidney disease, acute kidney injury, acid-base disorders, transplantation, and their treatment will be studied. The course will consider the disease processes in renal conditions, including an introduction to relevant pathology, the rationale underlying the treatment of these conditions, and the choice of therapy for individual patients. This will include the use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies and the evidence base underpinning the choice of treatment for individual patients. Tests and investigations used to monitor these conditions will be also considered.

 

1104621 Pharmacy Practice II
This course introduces concepts and skills for ambulatory pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical care, and patient self-care. The concepts of advocacy, personal, and leadership development are discussed in detail. The physical assessment techniques for different body systems are covered. Another major focus in this course is the fundamentals of geriatrics and pediatric pharmacy practice, and how to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines in these vulnerable groups. Finally, hospital management processes are described.

 

1104622 Advanced Literature Evaluation and Biostatistics
The course is describing a different research design with basic and advanced sitting. The course is also explaining the basic and advanced techniques for critically appraise different clinical literature. The different methods of bio-statistical analysis will be explained and used in the analysis of different study designs.

 

1104623 GIT and Metabolic Diseases Therapeutics
The course provides a fundamental understanding of gastrointestinal physiology and pathophysiology of different diseases. Topics include conditions such as peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, gastrointestinal reflux disease, and drug-induced peptic ulcers and liver diseases will be discussed through the course with emphasis on therapeutic options, the drug of choice, and significant drug interaction and patient counseling.

 

1104624 Neurology and Psychiatric therapeutics
This course will introduce students to patient care concepts, patient assessment, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, therapeutics, and therapeutic drug monitoring for patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders. The learning activities emphasized during this course include gathering and processing information, identifying and prioritizing problems, planning and effecting therapeutic interventions, patient communication and counseling, and communicating with health care providers.

 

1104625 Cardiovascular Therapeutics
Cardiovascular therapeutics is designed to focus on the anatomy, development, and physiological characters of a system. It also includes the pathological and biochemical changes during disease and explains the pharmacological treatment and possible prevention of disease. The course will emphasize on some common cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, ischemic heart disease and arrhythmia, heart failure, stroke, and hyperlipidemia.

 

1104626 Respiratory Therapeutics
Respiratory disease areas (including asthma, COPD, and chest infections) and their treatment will be studied. The course will consider the disease processes in common clinical conditions, including an introduction to relevant pathology, the rationale underlying the treatment of these conditions, and the choice of therapy for individual patients. This will include the use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies and the evidence base underpinning the choice of treatment for individual patients. Tests and investigations used to monitor these conditions will be considered.

 

1104711 Internal Medicine Advanced Professional Experiential Placement
The goal of the Internal Medicine experience is to provide the student with experience in the pharmacotherapeutic management of adult patients with common acute and chronic medical illnesses. The activities of the experience are to build upon information acquired in a student's didactic education and develop skills related to assessment and drug therapy management of the hospitalized patient in an internal medicine environment. The student will professionally complete all activities under the facilitation of a preceptor.

 

1104712 Critical Care/ICU/ER Advanced Professional Experiential Placement
The rotation includes providing clinical pharmacy services to the Intensive Care Unit under the preceptorship of a clinical pharmacist who practices daily in this setting. The practice environment will require daily interactions with the physician, attending physicians, subspecialty physicians, physician assistants, pharmacy staff, critical care nursing staff, and other healthcare professionals as required to optimize pharmacotherapy for these critically ill patients. In addition to monitoring and consulting on pharmacotherapy issues, the student may be asked to provide educational presentations to other health care staff. The rotation allows for the provision of pharmaceutical care to complex critically ill adults with multiple medical problems. Interns are exposed to a variety of disease states and pharmacotherapy management experiences occur during the rotation. The resident must assume responsibility and accountability for all pharmacotherapy management issues for their assigned patients.

 

1104713 Ambulatory Care Advanced Professional Experiential Placement
The goal of the Ambulatory Care rotation is to provide the student with experience in the pharmacotherapeutic management of adult patients with common chronic medical illnesses. The activities of the experience are to build upon information acquired in a student's didactic education and develop skills related to assessment and drug therapy management of the patient in an ambulatory care setting. The student will professionally complete all activities under the facilitation of a preceptor.

 

1104721 Infectious Disease Advanced Professional Experiential Placement
The goal of the Infectious Disease rotation is to provide the student with experience in the pharmacotherapeutic management of patients with common infectious diseases. The activities of the experience are to build upon information acquired in a student's didactic education and develop skills related to assessment and drug therapy management of the patient seen on the infectious diseases consult service. The student will professionally complete all activities under the facilitation of a preceptor.

 

1104722 Oncology Advanced Professional Experiential Placement
The goal of the Oncology Rotation is to provide the student with experience in the pharmacotherapeutic management of patients with cancer. The activities of the experience are to build upon information acquired in a student's didactic education and develop skills related to assessment and drug therapy management of patients in the oncology ward. The student will professionally complete all activities under the facilitation of a preceptor.

 

1104723 Psychiatry Advanced Professional Experiential Placement
The goal of the Psychiatry Rotation is to provide the student with an understanding of the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric disorders, and monitoring the safe and effective use of psychotropic medications. The activities of the experience are to build upon information acquired in a student's didactic education and develop skills related to assessment and drug therapy management of patients in the psychiatry ward. The student will professionally complete all activities under the facilitation of a preceptor.

 

1104724 Drug Information Center Advanced Professional Experiential Placement
The goal of the Drug Information Center (DIC) Rotation is to provide the student with an enhanced understanding of the systematic approach to retrieving and evaluating drug information along with an appreciation of the role of the drug information specialist utilization in the multidisciplinary patient care needs. The rotation will facilitate student learning and critical thinking skills in a DIC to understand, manage, distill, and communicate the vast amount of medical information for the health care professional and consumers. The student will professionally complete all activities under the facilitation of a preceptor.

 

1104725 Surgery Advanced Professional Experiential Placement
The goal of the Surgery Rotation is to provide the student with an understanding of the medications involved with a surgery service, with emphasis on antibiotic therapy, nutritional support, and pain management. The activities of the rotation will familiarize the student with the clinical pharmacy services provided to surgery patients and enable the students to provide accurate and timely drug information to surgeons and other relevant healthcare professionals. The student will professionally complete all activities under the facilitation of a preceptor.

 

1104726 Special Populations Advanced Professional Experiential Placement
The goal of the Special Populations Experience is to provide the student with experience in the pharmacotherapeutic management of elderly and pediatric patients with common acute and chronic medical illnesses. The activities of the experience are to build upon information acquired in a student's didactic education and develop skills related to assessment and drug therapy management of elderly and pediatric patients, who require special pharmacotherapeutic considerations. The student will professionally complete all activities under the facilitation of a preceptor.