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Approved Electives

Doctor of Pharmacy Electives

PharDSci 499 Special Problems variable 1 to 4 cr. May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. (Offered Fall and Spring) Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences.

Pharmacy 499 Special Problems variable 1 to 4 cr.  Contact Pharmacotherapy Faculty for project list (Offered Fall and Spring) Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. Topics include: Personal Finance 1 cr. (Spring only)

Pharmacy 570 Pain: Processes and Treatment 2 cr. (Offered Fall only) Course Prerequisite: PharDSci 512. Skills, education, and awareness in topics related to pain processes, pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments, legal processes and resources, and inter-professional communication for improved patient outcomes.

Pharmacy 572 Physical Activity Prescription in the Pharmacy 2 cr. (Offered Online) This elective is designed to provide student pharmacists with the knowledge and skill set to apply evidence-based guidelines to recommend and promote physical activity in their patients.

Pharmacy 573 Family Medicine and Pharmacy 2 cr. (Offered Fall, Yakima only) Course Prerequisite: Pharmacy 544 or 554. Wide range of both inpatient and outpatient family medicine topics including but not limited to, anticoagulation, diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, polypharmacy, atrial fibrillation, COPD and asthma; serves as a bridge between therapeutic courses and experiential APPE rotations

Pharmacy 574 Veterinary Pharmacy 2 cr. (Offered Spring only) Course Prerequisite: Pharmacy 534. Basic pathophysiology of diseases in small and large animals and current treatments likely to be dispensed by community pharmacists.

Pharmacy 577 Diseases Complications and Drug Therapy in Obstetrics 2 cr. Course prerequisite: admission to the pharmacy program and PharDSci 532. (Offered online fall only) Medical and pharmacological issues common in obstetrics.

Pharmacy 578 Leadership and Professional Development  2 cr. (Offered Fall Only) Skills, traits, and values required by leaders seeking to influence change in the pharmacy profession and health care.

Pharmacy 580 Practical Politics and Pharmacy 1 cr. Course Prerequisite: admission to the pharmacy program. (Offered spring only) Study of government and legislation to better assist patients in navigating the political process.

Pharmacy 588 Special Topics V 1-4 cr. May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 10 credits. Contemporary issues in pharmacy. Recommended preparation: Completion of one year in the Pharmacy program. Typically offered Fall and Spring. H, S, F grading.

Pharmacy 589  Special Topics V 1-4 cr. May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 10 credits. Contemporary issues in pharmacy. Recommended preparation: Completion of one year in the Pharmacy program. Typically offered Fall and Spring. S, F grading.

  • Advances in Clinical Pharmacogenomics: this is a 2 credit hour course that will be offered virtually via zoom (hybrid class with both in-class and online sessions) to interested PY2s and PY3s on both Yakima and Spokane campuses weekly on Wednesdays between 3:10-5pm starting January 13, 2021.

Pharmacy 590 Advanced Infectious Disease Elective 2 cr. (Offered Spring only) Course Prerequisite: PHARMACY 544. Advanced knowledge of infectious disease topics covered in therapeutic pharmacy coursework. S, F grading.

Pharmacy 591 Advanced Elective in Critical Care 2 cr. Course Prerequisite: PHARMACY 554. (Offered in the PY3 year spring semester) Explores in greater depth the pharmacology and pharmacotherapy encountered in the critical care setting.

Pharmacy 592 Mental Health First Aid 2 cr.  (Offered Fall Only) Exposure and discussion regarding the impact of mental health in the community and mental health first aid skill development.

Pharmacy 593 Residency Preparation 2 cr. Course prerequisites: Admission to Pharmacy Program; PY3 students who have successfully completed Pharmacy 554 and 566. An introduction to the residency experience and methods to succeed in attaining a pharmacy residency. Typically offered Spring. H, S, F grading.

Pharmacy 594 Comprehensive Diabetes Management 3 cr. (Offered Online Fall) Multidisciplinary foundation for future health professionals in the principles of diabetes management, using self-paced, modular and internet-based alternative format for delivery.

Pharmacy 595 HIV – Advanced Therapeutics 2 cr. (Offered Fall only) Course Prerequisites: PHARDSCI 510; PHARDSCI 512; PHARMACY 514. Broad range of HIV related topics covered from the origin of HIV through the current status of HIV vaccines. H, S, F grading.

Pharmacy 596 Entrepreneurship in Pharmacy 1 cr. (Offered Spring only) Entrepreneurship and innovative pharmacy business plan development.

Pharmacy 597 Advanced Diabetes Management 2 cr. (Offered Spring only, Spokane only) Course Prerequisite: Pharmacy 554 and 566. This course provides students an in depth experience in the holistic management of patients with diabetes. During this course, students will be provided with the opportunity to increase their knowledge, skills, and confidence in relation to treating patients with diabetes. The components of this course will include case-based discussions, case-presentations, and greater understanding of diabetes self-management.

Pharmacy 598 (pending faculty senate approval) Advances in Clinical Pharmacogenomics 2 cr. (Offered Spring only) Course Prerequisite: PharDSci 510 The Advances in Clinical Pharmacogenomics elective course covers a broad range of new topics including gene-environmental interactions and application of knowledge of PGx to numerous different disease states such as hypersensitivity reactions, neurology, diabetes, transplantation and infectious diseases as well as a much greater in depth discussion of common disease states such as cardiology, pain management, mental health and oncology. H, S, F grading

Pharmacy 599 Special Projects 2 cr. Contact Pharmacotherapy Faculty for project list (Offered Fall and Spring) Laboratory research, clinical research, or comprehensive review of selected subjects.

PharDSci 599 Special Projects 2 cr. Contact Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty for project list (Offered Fall and Spring) Laboratory research, clinical research, or comprehensive review of selected subjects.

Areas of interest

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences offers multiple electives that fit within an area of interest. Below are categories and courses that fit within that interest.

Leadership

HPA 515: Health Care Management

MBA Dual Degree Program
PharDSci 499 & 599: Special Projects
Pharmacy 499 & 599: Special Projects
Pharmacy 578: Leadership and Professional Development
Pharmacy 580: Practical Politics and Pharmacy
Pharmacy 596: Entrepreneurship in Pharmacy

Ambulatory/Community Pharmacy

PharDSci 499 & 599: Special Projects
Pharmacy 499 & 599: Special Projects
Pharmacy 578: Leadership and Professional Development
Pharmacy 580: Practical Politics and Pharmacy
Pharmacy 594: Comprehensive Diabetes Management
Pharmacy 596: Entrepreneurship in Pharmacy

Acute Care Pharmacy

PharDSci 499 & 599: Special Projects
Pharmacy 499 & 599: Special Projects
Pharmacy 577: Disease Complications and Drug Therapy in obstetrics
Pharmacy 578: Leadership and Professional Development
Pharmacy 591: Advanced Elective in Critical Care

Management

PharDSci 499 & 599: Special Projects
Pharmacy 499 & 599: Special Project
Pharmacy 594: Comprehensive Diabetes Management
Pharmacy 596: Entrepreneurship in Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical sciences and Molecular Medicine graduate courses

PharmD students can enroll in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Molecular Medicine graduate courses as electives, with instructor permission. Check schedules.wsu.edu for offerings.

PharmSci 512 Topics in Pharmacology 3cr. (Scheduling varies) Topics of current interest in pharmacology and closely related disciplines.

PharmSci 520 Foundation of Molecular Regulation 3 cr. (Typically offered in the fall) Principles of molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry used to develop therapeutic approaches to the treatment and prevention of human disease.

PharmSci 530 Foundations of Cellular Regulation 3 cr. (Typically offered in the spring) Fundamentals of pharmacology and toxicology; signal transduction; cellular effects of diet and exercise; action and regulation of dietary supplements.

PharmSci 540 Fundamentals of Chronopharmacology 3cr. (Typically offered every other spring) Role of the circadian clock in pharmacology as it relates to therapeutic efficacy with a special emphasis on anti-cancer drug treatment.

PharmSci 560 Molecular and Cellular Methods in Biomedical Sciences 3cr. (scheduling varies) Basic experimental methods and approaches in cell and molecular biology, with an emphasis on practical skills and their appropriate application.

PharmSci 565 Drug Delivery 3cr. (Typically offered in the fall) Comprehensive overview of drug delivery at the molecular, cellular, and organ level; concepts and approaches as applied to multiple diseases.

PharmSci 572 Fundamentals of Oncology 3 cr. (Offered every other spring). Thorough overview of cancer biology encompassing basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis and tumor progression, treatment and prevention.

PharmSci 573 Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics 3cr. (Scheduling varies) Pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, and toxicokinetic systems; mathematical model development utilizing common kinetic systems.

PharmSci 575 Receptor-ligand Interactions 3 cr. (Scheduling varies) Interactions of drugs with biological macromolecules constituting the physicochemical basis of drug action.

PharmSci 576 Biophysical Methods 3 cr. (Offered every other spring) Biophysical methods separating or detecting analytes based on their physical interactions with a support matrix or energy.

PharmSci 577 Responsible Conduct in Biomedical Research 3 cr. (Typically offered in the fall) Training in biomedical research ethics consistent with NIH requirements; introduction to literature searching and analysis, scientific writing, and oral presentations.

PharmSci 578 Applied Statistics 3 cr. (Typically offered in the fall) Research process; techniques for conducting health sciences research and evaluation; critique published health sciences research and collect, utilize, and evaluate primary and secondary data.

PharmSci 579 Advances in Pharmaceutical Sciences 3cr. (scheduling varies) Introduces entering graduate students to diverse concepts regarding advances in pharmaceutical sciences in the areas of drug discovery, targeted drug actions and reactions, molecular mechanisms of drug actions and nutraceuticals.

PharmSci 581 Stem Cell Biology, Therapeutics and Regenerative Medicine 3 cr. (Offered every other spring) Provides information on the latest cutting edge research in the areas of stem cell biology and tissue regeneration; covers stem cell therapeutics, gene transfer vectors and methods for isolating, characterizing, and generating stem cells.

Approved WSU courses

Check schedules.wsu.edu for offerings. These courses require Registrar enrollment. Email pharmacy.studentservices@wsu.edu if you are interested in enrolling in Global Campus courses.

COM 561 Professional Multimedia Content Creation

COM 562 Crisis Communication in Global Contexts

COM 563 Ethics for Professionals

COM 564 Research Methods for Professionals

COMHLTH 570 Health Communication and Behavior Change (available Sum 2020)

COMHLTH 571 Communicating Health in Practice (available Fall 2019)

COMHLTH 572 Communicating Health to Specialized Populations (available Spr 2020)

COMHLTH 573 Communicating Health in a Digital Landscape (available Spr 2020)

COMHLTH 574 Health Message Design and Effectiveness (available Sum 2020)

COMSTRAT 701 Master’s Independent Capstone Project and /or Examination

E M 501 Management of Organizations 3 cr. Exploration of issues related to individual behavior in work organizations, including motivation, leadership, team-building, and team management skills.

E M 508 Legal Concepts for Engineering and Technical Managers 3 cr. Basic legal obligations of engineering/technical managers; identify, minimize and recognize risks and liability; contemporary legal environment and business law.

E M 520 Contract Project Management 3 cr. Contract project bids, proposals, contracts, project delivery/organization; estimating, scheduling, resource loading, project monitoring and controls, safety and quality.

E M 522 Leadership, Supervision, and Management 3 cr. Strategies of supervision with practical application techniques presented to create individual and organizational motivation. Credit not granted for both E M 422 and 522. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

E M 526 Constraints Management 3 cr. Identifies factors that block improvements in any system; effective breakthrough solutions; continual systems improvements for manufacturing, administration, projects.

E M 530 Applications of Constraints Management 3 cr. Understanding and applying proved solutions developed by the theory of constraints in areas of production, project management, finance, and distribution.

E M 534 Contemporary Topics in Constraints Management 3 cr. May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Course Prerequisite: E M 526; E M 530. Contemporary teaching tools, software packages, current techniques and thought in managing complex systems using the theory of constraints.

E M 538 Lean Tools for Systems Improvement 3 cr. Integration of the best of Lean, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints to accelerate the continuous improvement process.

E M 555 Enterprise Resource Management 3 cr. Focusing the flow of quality, timely products and cooperative supply chain operations and planning using simulation and effective enterprise resource management.

E M 560 Integrated Supply Chain Management 3 cr. Concepts and techniques for design and managing manufacturing and service, operations intended to develop a world class organization.

E M 564 Project Management 3 cr. Technical tools, Critical Path Method (CPM), Program Evaluation Review Technique (PERT), cost/schedule control systems, behavioral issues and organizational structure.

E M 565 Introduction to systems management 3 cr. This course is designed to assist students in knowledge essential for the management of new and modified complex system development.

E M 566 Systems engineering analysis and practice 3 cr. The course covers: a) models and approaches for system analyses, b) design for operational feasibility, and c) evaluation and comparison of a set of feasible system design alternatives early in the system development life cycle.

E M 567 Systems Supportability and Logistics Management 3 cr. Supportability and logistics engineering and management in a system life cycle, from concept to retirement.

E M 568 Risk assessment and management 3 cr. This course covers the principles and applications of risk assessment and management in the context of engineering management and systems engineering.

E M 569 Systems Architecting 3 cr. Students will apply architectural principles and practices to the development of a system architecture that will provide insight to the linkages between stakeholder requirements and their translation to system requirements, early architectural decisions, and system deployment, operation and sustainment phases, and associated development, operation and support costs.

E M 570 Systems Improvement: Integrating TOC, Lean, and Six Sigma 3 cr. Leveraging Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Six Sigma to achieve integrated systems level improvement. Credit not granted for both E M 470 and 570. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

E M 580 Quality Control and Reliability 3 cr. Quality analysis, modeling process, product quality, statistical process control, process capability studies; sampling concepts, reality models, predictions, design testing.

E M 585 Design of Experiments 3 cr. Design for quality improved products; processes and services using designed experiments, including robust/parameter design.

E M 590 Leading Design and Innovation 3 cr. Techniques and tools to optimize cost, quality, time to market, and to improve comprehensive product design, manufacturability and service components.

Engl 402 [W,M] Technical and Professional Writing 3 cr. Prereq: Engl 101, junior standing. **offered through Global Campus and requires approval.  Research writing: defining, proposing, reporting progress; presenting a final product; other professional writing needs.

MedS 600 Special Projects Variable cr. Independent study

Nurs 478 Plateau Tribes: Culture and Health 3 cr. requires instructor approval. History, culture, and health care needs of the Plateau Indian tribes; both classroom and practicum experience.

Nurs 492 Essential Disaster Management For Nurses 3 cr. Prereq: requires instructor approval. Implications for disaster management across the health professions; mental health and ethical issues and concerns related to vulnerable populations.

Nurs 498 Special Projects Topics vary

Nurs 499 Community Organizing for Health Equity. 1 cr. Facilitates learning of community organizing skills through participatory exercises, discussion, and short lectures. The course provides a foundation to understand the world through a different lens needed to work on “upstream” issues. Students are drawn from across professional programs providing a setting for inter-professional collaboration and shared learning.  The course promotes community engagement by connecting students with existing community organizations, campaigns and other socially active individuals.

SHS 201 American Sign Language I 4 cr. Fall only. Instruction and practical training in sign language for communication with persons who are deaf; deaf culture; beginning conversation skills.

SHS 202 American Sign Language II 4 cr. Prereq: SHS 201 or concurrent enrollment; completion of SHS 201 recommended. (spring only) Sign language systems; vocabulary and skill development in signing and interpreting signs; intermediate conversation skills.

Health Policy and Administration (HPA) courses are not being offered as of Summer 2019 for the foreseeable future. The following are the past HPA courses that were available to PharmD students:

  • HPA 500 Introduction to the Health Care System 3 cr. Orientation to history and organization of the health care system.
  • HPA 501 Health Care Policy and Politics 3 cr. History, methods, results and evaluation of health-care-related policy and politics.
  • HPA 502 Law and Ethics of Health Management 3 cr. Private health law and ethics, including professional liability, relationship of physician and patient, malpractice reform, health institutions, and health access.
  • HPA 509 Health Care Economics 3 cr. The economics of allocating, financing and delivering health care services. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.
  • HPA 510 Health Care Cost Accounting 3 cr.  Basic cost-accounting concepts, principles, and applications in the health care setting.
  • HPA 511 Health Care Finance 3 cr. Aspects of health care financial management fundamentals and managerial accounting for strategic financial management.
  • HPA 515 Health Care Management 3 cr. Introduction to the knowledge, skills, and values associated with the practice of health management.
  • HPA 519 Biostatistics and Epidemiology for the Health Sciences 3 cr. Application of quantitative methods to problems in the health sciences; statistical analysis software.
  • HPA 520 Research and Evaluation Methods 3 cr. Basic research and evaluation methods for health care professionals.
  • HPA 530 Health Care Information Systems 3 cr. Key attributes of health care information systems and their evolution in health care environment.
  • HPA 570 Marketing for Health Care Organizations 1 cr. Basic marketing concepts, principles, and issues related to marketing public and private health care.
  • HPA 590 Strategic Management and Marketing 3 cr. Key components and processes in strategic planning.

PharmD/MBA dual degree foundation courses

MBA business foundation courses are approved pharmacy electives for students enrolled in the PharmD/MBA dual degree. Contact pharmacy.studentservices@wsu.edu or Mitch Swanger for more information.

ACCTG 550 Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting 2-3 cr. **offered through Global Campus. Fundamentals of financial and managerial accounting; primarily for graduate students who wish to meet the MBA core requirements in accounting.

BA 501 Foundations in Marketing 2-3 cr. **Offered through Global Campus. Foundation topics in marketing for MBA students.

BA 502 Foundations in Operations Management 2-3 cr. **Offered through Global Campus. Foundation topics in operations management for MBA students.

BA 503 Foundations in Business Law 2-3 cr. **Offered through Global Campus. Foundation topics in business law for MBA students.

BA 504 Foundations in Finance 2-3 cr.  **Offered through Global Campus. Foundation topics in finance for MBA students.

BA 600 Introduction to Statistics (currently listed as an independent study). **Offered through Global Campus.

ECON 555 Managerial Economics for Decision Making 3 cr. **Offered through Global Campus. Optimal economic decision making for business in a global environment. Not open to economics graduate students.

Courses available from other universities and programs

Please note, tuition for the following courses varies and is in addition to your WSU Pharmacy tuition you currently pay. Please check with each institution to verify the course listed is still being offered and/or prerequisites have not changed.

University of Florida

Students enroll in the online course via University of Florida.  Cost is $650/credit hour.  Students interested in enrolling for these courses should contact the Program Registrar, Ms. Nicole Hudson at hudson@cop.ufl.edu.  Then fill out the online registration form also at the web site: http://pharmacyelectives.pharmacy.ufl.edu/ University of Florida will bill the students for the tuition and assign them a username and password to access the course web site. University of Florida grants the academic credit and students transfer the academic credit to WSU via transcript.

PHA 6935 Pharmaceutical Crimes Practice and Procedure* 3 (online course, requires fee)

PHA 6935 Veterinary Therapeutics* 2 (requires extra fee).

PHA 6935 Herbal and Dietary Supplements* 3 (requires extra fee)

Mercer University

PHA 505 Community Pharmacy Ownership 2 credits (requires extra fee) developed by Richard A. Jackson, PhD, a well-known expert in community pharmacy from Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (jackson_r@mercer.edu). The course is offered for transfer credit and is available every semester beginning with the summer term of 2011.

Professional Compounding Centers of America

Interested students are encouraged to visit PCCA’s student website to learn more about the course (including the course schedule) and register for the course: Please visit www.pccainstitute.com, point to “Courses” in the blue menu bar along the top of the page, then click on “Course Catalog” and “Course Schedule.” Students who have completed the prerequisite Boot Camp course and have current PACK membership can sign in to their account by clicking on the “PACK” link on the homepage, then using their sign-in information. Once logged in, the student can enroll in the course of his/her choice. Students who have not completed the prerequisite Boot Camp course must contact the course instructor to determine if their prior experiences have prepared them for this advanced-level coursework. Please contact Bindhu Batra, PharmD, by email: bbatra@pccarx.com. Enroll in Pharmacy 599 and credit will be granted upon proof of successful completion of course.

Veterinary Compounding* 2 (requires extra fee).

PCCA Advanced Compounding* 2 (requires extra fee)

Creighton

Advance Ambulatory Cardiovascular Therapeutics 2 Credits. $965.00 per credit. Questions concerning the course should be directed to one of the course instructors: Dr. Daniel Hilleman (402-280-4288, hilleman@creighton.edu), Dr. Katie Packard (402-280-2668, kpackard@creighton.edu), or Dr. Mikayla Spangler (402-280-3861, mikaylaspangler@creighton.edu). We will be able to guide you through the registration process and answer any other questions you may have about the course.

Procedure for approval of additional electives

Students may petition the curriculum committee for approval of electives of their choice. The student should send an email to the curriculum committee chair providing the following information:

  1. course prefix and number
  2. Personal or career goals met by the course
  3. semester the student would like to enroll

The curriculum committee chair will research course description, learning outcomes and availability to PharmD. Students, and the committee will consider the course using the following criteria:

  1. Does the course fulfill curricular learning outcomes
  2. If the student would like to take the course for personal or career goals, is the course suitable for professional study

Procedure for approval of a Pharmacy 499 continuing education courses

Students interested in requesting approval to complete continuing education courses for elective credit must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the Pharmacy 499 CE Elective Request form. (Requires faculty advisor signature)
  2. Submit form to the curriculum committee chair

The committee chair will research the CE course and the curriculum committee will consider the course using the following criteria:

  1. Does the course fulfill curricular learning outcomes
  2. If the student would like to take the course for personal or career goals, is the course suitable for professional study.

Note: It is the student’s responsibility to check the schedule of courses for course offerings and availability.

 

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