PA 2700 Sociology of Medicine (3 Cr.):
Issues in health care are examined including practitioner-patient relationships, financing health care, the ethics of practice and the trend to health promotion and disease prevention. The profession of pharmacy is analyzed from the view of a sociology of the professions. Professional elective.
PA 2720 Introduction to Computers and the Internet (2 Cr.):
Students expand their understanding of a microcomputer, graphical user interface, the College network, word processing, spreadsheets, graphical applications, electronic mail and the Internet in preparation for use in pharmacy practice settings. Professional elective. (Prerequisite: EN 1001, or equivalent computer experience as approved by the instructor)
PA 5120 Health Systems Management: Economic Aspects (4 Cr.):
Basic principles of financial and economic analysis are applied to the management of health systems with special emphasis given to community and hospital pharmacies. Topics include financial analysis, inventory control, break-even analysis, cost allocations, reimbursement, health economics, health insurance, managed health care and pharmacoeconomics. Case studies are used to encourage active learning and critical thinking.
PA 5130 Health Systems Management: Social Aspects (3 Cr.):
An introduction to management, the health care system and behavioral pharmacy. The managerial functions of planning, organizing and influencing human behavior are explored utilizing current behavioral science topics including motivation, leadership, group behavior and performance evaluation. The health care system is introduced in the context of these organizational behavior principles, with special emphasis on pharmacy’s unique roles (industry, managed care, patient behavior, government and health care organizations).
PA 5140 Pharmacy Law & Ethics (3 Cr.):
A study of the laws regulating the pharmaceutical industry and the individual practice of pharmacy with emphasis on legal principles as applied by pharmacists in their daily decision-making processes. Students will acquire an understanding of the laws, regulations, and the ethical responsibilities applicable to pharmacists so that they will be able to protect the public and ensure patients’ well being. (Prerequisite: fifth year standing)
WE 3720 Biomedical Ethics (3 Cr.):
The ultimate goal of this course is for students to develop and refine ideas relating to contemporary issues in biomedical ethics through class participation (discussion of case studies and role plays) critical thinking and writing. The foundation for these processes is a description of various ethical theories and ethical principles. The application of those principles to pharmacy practice and the provision of pharmaceutical care are emphasized. Professional, writing emphasis elective.
WE 4730 Leadership in Health Care Organizations (3 Cr.):
This course is designed to develop students’ leadership skills by building a strong foundation in traditional and contemporary leadership theory. These skills are developed through self-assessment, group discussions, case studies and written exercises in health care settings. Writing is used in this course as a tool to learn course content. Writing emphasis elective. (Prerequisite: PA 3001)
WE 4750 Geriatric Pharmacy Perspective (3 Cr.):
This course is designed to prepare the student to serve the pharmaceutical needs of a rapidly growing older population. The psycho-social as well as the pathological aspects of aging are studied. Emphasis is placed on evaluative and monitoring criteria as well as legal and professional requirements for serving both ambulatory and institutionalized elderly patients. Professional, writing emphasis elective. (Prerequisite: Fourth year standing)
WE 4770 Introduction to Pharmacy Entrepreneurship (3 Cr.):
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the requirements for small business ownership and prepare the student for the practical problems associated with initiating a retail enterprise. Emphasis is placed on the establishment of appropriate management procedures, estimates of capital requirements and the mechanics involved with the initial operation of a small business. Professional, writing emphasis elective. (Prerequisite: PA 3002)
WE 4780 Strategic Planning: Pharmaceutical Care and Change (3 Cr.):
Students study the set of decisions and actions that are necessary for the formulation and implementation of management strategy. The course teaches the strategic planning process within the context of pharmacy’s change to the model of pharmaceutical care. Students’ skills are developed through self assessment, group discussions, case studies and written exercises in pharmacy settings. Professional, writing emphasis elective. (Prerequisite: PA 3001)
WE 5700 Scientific Literature Evaluation (2 Cr.):
This course is designed to teach critical thinking skills for evaluating scientific papers to determine their quality and reliability as a basis for drawing conclusions. Both prospective and retrospective papers will be evaluated. Professional, writing emphasis elective.