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PRAC 156 Course Syllabus


Course Number:

Semester & Year:

Course Title:

Opportunities in Pharmacy Practice                                                                                              

Ed Sherman

1 to 2
Lecture Hours per Week:

Lecture Weeks per /Semester:

Up to 13
Total Number of Weeks:

14 weeks (1 semester)
Laboratory Hours per Week:

Laboratory Weeks per Semester:

Maximum Enrollment per section:

Discussion Hours per Week:

Discussion Weeks per Semester:

Up to 13
Experiential Hours per Week or per Semester:

Experiential Weeks per Semester:


Course Description:

This course is designed to provide the students the personal and business tools to make the transition from the academic environment to the daily practice of pharmacy now and in the future, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship.

Course Prerequisites:

Doctor of Pharmacy student

Teaching Methodology, Textbook, Teaching& Learning Resources:

All students must attend all class sessions and participate in class oral discussions

Oral presentations (article presentations)

  • Students taking the course for one unit will be required to give one oral presentation with documentation dealing with the Profession and / or Business of Pharmacy during the semester.
  • Students taking the course for 2 units will be required to present 2 oral presentations during the semester.
All students must complete and present a business plan.

  • Students taking the course for one unit can present as teams, with up to 4 members per team.
  • Students taking the course for 2 units can have no more than 2 members on Business Plan team.
Lecture on being emotionally, professionally and financially successful in a current pharmacy practice.

We will discuss what pharmacists will be doing in the future and how we can lead the way for the changes that are coming.

Students will have the opportunity to interact with guest speakers on business and professional issues.

Evaluation Methodology:

The University Honor Code is an essential element in academic integrity.  It is a violation of the Honor Code to give or receive information from another student during an examination, to use unauthorized sources during an examination, or to submit all or part of someone else's work or ideas as one's own.  If a student violates the Honor Code, the faculty member may refer the matter to the Office of Student and Professional Affairs.  If found guilty, the student may be penalized with failure of the assignment or failure of the course.  The student may also be reprimanded or suspended from the University.  A complete statement of the Honor Code may be found in the Student Handbook, "TIGER LORE".

Attendance is  required at all class sessions.

Class assignments may be retained by the instructor to assess how the learning objectives of the course are met.

The instructor may be contacted during office hours or by email.

Weighting of Assignments:

Class discussions                                 25%
Article presentations                           25%
Business Plan                                       50%
Attendance is required at each course session

Assignment of Grades:

Must attend each session of the course
Actively participate in discussions (70% or higher)
Presentations completed on time and competently (70% or higher)
Complete and present an appropriate business plan (70% or higher)

No Credit

Failure to satisfactorily complete any of the above requirements (at a level less than 70%)

Pagers, cell phones, programmable, alpha-numeric, and/or graphing calculators and any other devices able to hold alpha-numeric content are not allowed in any testing area.  No exceptions.  Violations will result in a course grade of "F".


Course Goals:

The goals of this course are to:

1.       To provide the tools and logic skills to help students ascertain their career path and goals.

2.       To acquaint the student with an overview of the structure or the profession in today's and tomorrows world.

3.       To acquaint the student with the various opportunities available to them in the profession now and in the future.

4.       To acquaint the student with the business dynamics affecting the workplace structure and culture.

5.       To acquaint the student with intrapreneur and entrepreneur mechanics in relation to traditional and non-traditional pharmacy roles.

6.       To equip student with the ability to effectively and confidently communicate their ideas with dialogue that will create a successful career path.


Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

1.       Identify personal qualities and attributes affecting career choices.

2.       Understanding of the entrepreneur and intrapreneur concepts.

3.       Identify career options current and future.

4.       Understand and recognize motivational theories affecting the daily and long term pharmacy practice.

5.       Construct a future pharmacy practice paradigm of innovative practices

6.       Describe, understand and design pharmacy marketing techniques.

7.       Understand and identify tools for professional and economic success as related to personal and ethical success.

8.       Describe the elements of effective communication

9.       Describe elements of managerial structure.

10.    Describe elements necessary to effectively participate in the pharmacy business culture.


 Topics, Activities, Tentative Schedule, etc.:

1. Where am I and where am I going a self analysis.
2  Business structure.

A.    Chain
B.    Independent
C.    On line
D.    Hospital
E.    Industrial
F.   Others

3. Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.
4. Coloring outside the lines

A. Innovative professional and business practices for the future of pharmacy
B. Safety zone (security, paycheck) vs. outside the line (risk takers)

5. Marketing techniques

Realistic goals, not limits, and how to attain them

6. Communication

A.    Techniques and management of staff.
B.    Dealing with patients and payers
C.    Communicating with other professions

7.             Guest speakers and class participation groups.

An updated, detailed schedule will be provided each semester.