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Curriculum and Co-Curriculum

The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy launches a new Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum and co-curriculum starting in Fall 2019.

To continue Pacific's legacy of innovation, we are excited to announce the launch of our newly updated curriculum. The redesigned curriculum will engage and better prepare the next generation of pharmacists. We have intentionally integrated active learning techniques in our courses to help you gain the knowledge and skills needed to become a well-rounded, highly competent health care provider.

Our curriculum also offers extensive development of clinical case management and interprofessional collaboration. Over the course of eight semesters, you will be immersed in an extensive array of pharmacy practice experiences including community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, ambulatory care, internal medicine and numerous elective options. Our capstone courses help solidify concepts, shaping you into a practice-ready pharmacist. Our co-curriculum offers numerous leadership opportunities and the ability to provide vital heath care services to members of the community through health care outreach events.

This new curriculum and co-curriculum

  • build on the strengths of prior curricula
  • use evidence-based educational strategies
  • meet the needs of future graduates and the future of pharmacy practice
  • assure the holistic development of all students

The new curriculum provides

  • Active learning techniques throughout the curriculum including team projects, team-based learning, flipped classroom, and classroom assessment and pause-for-learning strategies.
  • A solid foundation in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, social-behavioral-administrative and clinical sciences;
  • Extensive development of skills, clinical case management and interprofessional collaboration;
  • Emersion learning of disease topics through integration of pathophysiology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and therapeutics;
  • Early and sustained introductory pharmacy practice experiences in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, ambulatory care, and health care outreach settings; and
  • An extensive array of advanced pharmacy practice experiences and capstone courses that bring it all together and prepare students for licensure and practice.

The co-curriculum provides

  • The guided development of the student in a manner that complement the formal curriculum; and
  • Numerous opportunities to engage in activities that lead to further development of professional, leadership, communication, educator, advocacy, collaboration, inclusivity, creativity and innovation, and self-awareness skills and abilities.