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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
Fall & Spring
Location
Sharjah Main Campus
Language
English
Study Mode
Full Time

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Introduction

Clinical Pharmacy is becoming an essential branch of pharmacy that involves providing patient-centered care with a focus on the safe and effective use of medications to improve patients' health outcomes. Therefore, clinical pharmacy has become an integral component of the healthcare system in many countries. To keep up with the developments of various pharmacy fields in the UAE and across the Gulf region, the COP proposes a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program.

The program aims to educate and train students to ensure that they have the knowledge, skills, and capabilities to become experts in the therapeutic use of medicines and contribute to improving the health and wellness of patients. The PharmD program prepares the students in pharmacotherapy, therapeutic drug monitoring, clinical research, patient assessment and referral, and clinical skills. Through the PharmD program, students will be engaged in immersive, hands-on experiential training in hospitals under the direct supervision of their clinical preceptors.

This is the only Graduate PharmD program offered by a Pharmacy College in the UAE. In addition, the existence of COP within the Medical & Health Sciences campus of the UOS will make the program highly attractive for pharmacy graduates looking for graduate patient care-related programs.

As a PharmD graduate, you will embark upon an exciting journey with the possibility of working in many healthcare settings, including hospitals and affiliated outpatient clinics, emergency departments, community pharmacies, community-based clinics, elderly care facilities and managed care organizations.

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 must 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. 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 coursework 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 Credit hours
1104611 Clinical Pharmacokinetics & Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 3 (3+0)
1104612 Clinical Pharmacy Skills I 3 (2+3)
1104621 Clinical Pharmacy Skills II 3 (2+3)
1104614 Public health in Pharmacy 3 (3+0)
1104622 Designing Clinical Research 3 (3+0)
1104625 Advanced Pharmacotherapy I 3 (3+0)
1104615 Advanced Pharmacotherapy II 3 (3+0)
1104616 Advanced Pharmacotherapy III 3 (3+0)
1104626 Advanced Pharmacotherapy IV 3 (3+0)
1104613 Advanced Pharmacotherapy V 3 (3+0)
1104624 Advanced Pharmacotherapy VI 3 (3+0)
1104623 Advanced Pharmacotherapy VII 3 (3+0)
1104714 Internal Medicine 1  Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 4
1104715 Internal Medicine 2  Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 4
1104717 Ambulatory Care Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 4
1104718 Hospital Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration 1 2
1104719 Hospital Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration 2 2
1104716 Pediatrics Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 4

Electives Experiential Placements

Course Code Course Name Credit hours
1104732 Oncology Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 4
1104734 Psychiatry Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 4
1104733 Pediatric Oncology Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 4
1104735 Surgery Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 4
1104730 Geriatrics Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 4
1104727 Cardiology Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 4
1104728 Critical Care Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 4
1104729 Emergency Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 4
1104731 Nephrology Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 4
1104736 Solid Organ Transplant Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 4
1104737 Total Parenteral Nutrition and IV Admixtures APEP 4

Study Plan

Course Distribution

Year Semester Course Title Course code Credit hours Total







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Fall​
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Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
1104611 3 18
Clinical Pharmacy Skills I 1104612 3 (2+3)
Public health in Pharmacy 1104614 3
Advanced Pharmacotherapy I 1104625 3
Advanced Pharmacotherapy II 1104615 3
Advanced Pharmacotherapy III 1104616 3



​​​​Spring
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Clinical Pharmacy Skills II 1104621 3 (2+3) 18
Designing Clinical Research 1104622 3
Advanced Pharmacotherapy IV 1104623 3
Advanced Pharmacotherapy V 1104613 3
Advanced Pharmacotherapy VI 1104624 3
Advanced Pharmacotherapy VII 1104623 3







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​​​Fall

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Internal Medicine 1 Advanced Professional Experiential Placement
1104714
4

18

Internal Medicine 2  Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 1104715 4
Ambulatory Care Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 1104717 4
Pediatrics Advanced Professional Experiential Placement 1104716 4
Hospital Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration I 1104718 2



​​​Spring
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Hospital Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration II 1104719 2 18
Elective Experiential Placement 1 110472X 4
Elective Experiential Placement 2 110472X 4
Elective Experiential Placement 3 110472X 4
Elective Experiential Placement 4 110472X 4

 

Course Description

General Courses

1104611 Clinical Pharmacokinetics & Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

The focus of this three-credit hour course is clinical pharmacokinetics and therapeutic drug monitoring. Its clinically oriented approach will help prepare the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) candidates for the clinical training scheduled for the second, experiential year of the program. This course will help students to describe and use the basic concepts of pharmacokinetics in different clinical situations. The pharmacokinetics of different common medications will be discussed and used to adjust the medications dosage regimen for different patients' scenarios. Also, these concepts will be used to specify the methods and timings for therapeutic drug monitoring of these medications and how to target the required the therapeutic plasma concentration.

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 an advanced knowledge basis 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 pharmacy perspective and public health viewpoint.

1104622 Designing Clinical Research

The focus of this three-credit hour course is how to design clinical research with different research designs. The course also explains the basic and advanced techniques for critical appraisal of clinical literature. The different methods of bio-statistical analysis will be explained and used in the analysis of different study designs. This course will help students to develop core statistical skills for criticizing and interpreting clinical data.

1104625 Advanced Pharmacotherapy I

The focus of this three-credit hour advanced pharmacotherapy course is cardiovascular diseases. Its clinically oriented approach will help prepare the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) candidates for the clinical training scheduled for the second, experiential year of the program. This course covers normal physiology, pathophysiology, and epidemiology of the cardiovascular system and describes utilizing evidence-based medicine approaches to treat the most common cardiovascular diseases and integrates their management with preventive strategies. The course focuses on developing a comprehensive pharmaceutical care plan based on individual patient needs and comorbidities and consists of pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacotherapy options, monitoring for safety, adherence, and assessment of outcomes.

1104615 Advanced Pharmacotherapy II

The focus of this three-credit hour advanced pharmacotherapy course is oncology & hematology disorders. Its clinically oriented approach will help prepare the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) candidates for the clinical training scheduled for the second, experiential year of the program. This course covers pathophysiology & epidemiology of oncology & hematology disorders and describes utilizing evidence-based medicine approaches to treat the most common cancer diseases and integrates their management with preventive strategies. The course focuses on developing a comprehensive pharmaceutical care plan based on individual patient needs and comorbidities and consists of pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacotherapy options, monitoring for safety, adherence, and assessment of outcomes

1104616 Advanced Pharmacotherapy III

The focus of this three-credit hour advanced pharmacotherapy course is renal disorders. The clinically oriented approach will help prepare the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) candidates for the clinical training scheduled for the second, experiential year of the program. A comprehensive, patient oriented pharmaceutical care planning, based on individual patient needs, including pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacotherapy options, considering co-morbidities, age, clinical parameters, counseling needs, therapy adjustments and follow-up to assess outcomes as well as identify and solve drug-related problems and communicating with other healthcare professionals as needed to optimize their management.

1104626 Advanced Pharmacotherapy IV

The focus of this three credit hours advanced pharmacotherapy course is respiratory disorders and selected neurological diseases. Its clinically oriented approach will help prepare the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) candidates for the clinical training scheduled for the second, experiential year of the program. This course will consider normal physiology and relevant pathophysiology/pathology, epidemiology, and rationale for the treatment choice(s) of these conditions in individual patients. The disease management approach is a comprehensive pharmaceutical care plan utilizing pharmacological and non- pharmacological, individualized therapies using evidence-based medicine, patient monitoring for safety, adherence, and assessment of outcomes.

 

1104613 Advanced Pharmacotherapy V

The focus of this three-credit hour advanced pharmacotherapy course is infectious diseases. Its clinically oriented approach will help prepare the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) candidates for the clinical training scheduled for the second, experiential year of the program. This course covers pathophysiology & epidemiology of the infectious diseases and describes utilizing evidence-based medicine approaches to treat the most common infectious diseases and integrates their management with preventive strategies. The course focuses on developing a comprehensive pharmaceutical care plan based on individual patient needs and comorbidities and consists of pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacotherapy options, monitoring for safety, adherence, and assessment of outcomes.

1104624 Advanced Pharmacotherapy VI 

The focus of this three-credit hour advanced pharmacotherapy course is neurological and psychiatric disorders. The clinically oriented approach will help prepare the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) candidates for the clinical training scheduled for the second, experiential year of the program. A comprehensive, patient oriented pharmaceutical care planning, based on individual patient needs, including co-morbidities, age, clinical parameters, counseling, therapy adjustments and follow-up to assess outcomes as well as identify and solve drug-related problems and communicating with other healthcare professionals as needed to optimize their management.

1104623 Advanced Pharmacotherapy VII 

The focus of this three-credit hour advanced pharmacotherapy course is gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and metabolic diseases. Its clinically oriented approach will help prepare the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) candidates for the clinical training scheduled for the second, experiential year of the program. This course covers normal physiology, pathophysiology & epidemiology of the GIT & metabolic diseases and describes utilizing evidence-based medicine approaches to treat the most common GIT & metabolic diseases and integrates their management with preventive strategies. The course focuses on developing a comprehensive pharmaceutical care plan based on individual patient needs and comorbidities and consists of pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacotherapy options, monitoring for safety, adherence, and assessment of outcomes.

1104612 Clinical Pharmacy Skills I

This course will introduce the concept of patient care to students and develop their clinical skills including the proper technique to conduct a patient interview, take an accurate medication history, professionally communicate, and provide effective patient counselling. Other areas of emphasis in this course will include developing and implementing a successful adverse drug reaction reporting program (Pharmacovigilance), for their institution and identify patient populations a risk for polypharmacy and adverse medication related problems. The students will develop a thorough understanding of medication dosing basis and the use of clinical parameters, laboratory data and the proper interpretation of laboratory and patient parameters to accurately dose medications, particularly high alert intensive care medications and dosage adjustment for the neonatal, pediatric, and geriatric populations. This course will include a laboratory session to train the students in patient assessment.

1104621 Clinical Pharmacy Skills II

This course introduces the concepts and skills for advanced clinical pharmacy practice with emphasis on pharmaceutical care in hospital and ambulatory pharmacy practice settings. Evidence of the effectiveness of clinical pharmacy including patient outcomes and pharmacoeconomic impact is discussed including the strengths weakness and limitations of clinical pharmacy impact studies. The pharmaceutical care model use of patient and physical assessment, and the process of solving drug related problems will be described and practiced. In addition, the safe and effective use of medicines in vulnerable groups (Geriatric & pediatric patients), the preparation intravenous admixtures and parenteral nutrition compounding utilizing aseptic technique and clean room (USP 797 compliant facility)., hospital system management and practice process of patient clinical follow-up and monitoring via simulation will be covered. This course will include a laboratory session for hands on training in aseptic technique, intravenous admixture, and total parenteral compounding as well as physical assessment.

1104714 Internal Medicine 1 Advanced Professional Experiential Placement

The goal of the Internal Medicine experience is to provide the student with experience in the Pharmacotherapeutics management of adult patients with common acute and chronic medical illnesses in inpatient settings. 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 complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor.

1104715 Internal Medicine 2 Advanced Professional Experiential Placement

The goal of the Internal Medicine experience is to provide the student with experience in the Pharmacotherapeutics management of adult patients with common acute and chronic medical illnesses in inpatient settings. 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 complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor.

1104717 Ambulatory Care Advanced Professional Experiential Placement

The goal of the Ambulatory Care rotation is to provide the student with experience in the Pharmacotherapeutics management of adult patients with common chronic medical illnesses in outpatient settings. 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 complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor.

 

1104718 Hospital Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration I

The goal of the Hospital Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration rotation is to provide the student with experience in all necessary services presented by hospital pharmacists which include medications preparation and dispensing, prescribing and pharmacy dispensing errors interpretation, and professional communication with patients and health care professionals. 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 complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor.

1104719 Hospital Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration II

The goal of the Hospital Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration rotation is to provide the student with experience in all necessary services presented by hospital pharmacists which include medications preparation and dispensing, prescribing and pharmacy dispensing errors interpretation, and professional communication with patients and health care professionals. 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 complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor.

1104716 Pediatrics Advanced Professional Experiential Placement

The goal of the Pediatrics rotation is to provide the student with experience in the Pharmacotherapeutics management of pediatrics patients with acute and chronic 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 patients in critical care unit. The student will complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor.

1104728 Critical Care Advanced Professional Experiential Placement

The goal of the Critical Care rotation is to provide the student with experience in the Pharmacotherapeutics management of adult patients with critical 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 patients in critical care unit. The student will complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor.

 

1104727 Cardiology Advanced Professional Experiential Placement

The goal of the Cardiology rotation is to provide the student with experience in the Pharmacotherapeutics management of adult patients with common cardiovascular 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 hospitalized patient in an internal medicine environment. The student will complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor

1104732 Oncology Advanced Professional Experiential Placement

The goal of the Oncology Rotation is to provide the student with experience in the Pharmacotherapeutics management of cancer patients. 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 complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor.

1104734 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 complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor.

1104733 Pediatric Oncology Advanced Professional Experiential Placement

The goal of the Pediatric oncology rotation is to provide the student with experience in the Pharmacotherapeutics management of pediatrics cancer patients. 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 critical care unit. The student will complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor.

 

1104735 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 for preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative management of the medications used by patients who are candidates to surgery. The student will complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor.

1104730 Geriatrics Advanced Professional Experiential Placement

The goal of the Geriatrics rotation is to provide the student with experience in the Pharmacotherapeutics management of elderly 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 patients, who require special Pharmacotherapeutics considerations. The student will complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor.

1104729 Emergency Advanced Professional Experiential Placement

The goal of the Emergency Rotation is to provide the student with an experience related to treatment of emergency conditions and serving as part of interdisciplinary team to improve medication safety and reduce costs related to hospitalizations with special emphasis on selection of proper medications in concert with appropriate dosing recommendations, providing drug information for patients and staff, management of critically ill patients, management of boarded patients, and assistance with antimicrobial stewardship. 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 complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor.

 

1104731 Nephrology Advanced Professional Experiential Placement

The goal of the Nephrology rotation is to provide the student with experience in the Pharmacotherapeutics management of adult patients with common renal diseases. Special emphasis will be placed on hemodialysis. 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 complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor.

1104736 Solid Organ Transplant Advanced Professional Experiential Placement

The goal of the Solid Organ Transplant rotation is to train pharmacists to care for an organ transplant recipient. Training will be focused in immunology, infectious disease, primary care, and critical care, with opportunities to care for patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting. 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 critical care unit. The student will complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor.

1104737 Total Parenteral Nutrition and IV Admixtures APEP

The goal of the Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) and IV Admixtures Rotation is to provide the student with an understanding of different roles related to TPN services, including compounding of TPN formulations, design of TPN regimens, monitoring patients' response to therapy, educating home TPN patients and administrative roles. The student will complete all activities in a professional manner under the facilitation of a preceptor.