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The curriculum of the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences prepares students to be leaders in the profession and provides the tools to practice in academia, hospitals, clinics, long-term facilities, home care, government, health policy, the pharmaceutical industry and innovative community practices.
The curriculum is dynamic and under frequent revision. Presently, the four-year Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum is as follows: Year 1 includes courses in anatomy, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutics, bioinformatics and an introduction to the practice of pharmacy. Year 2 is devoted to pre-clinical biomedical and biological subjects. In this unique environment, pharmacy students are enrolled in courses with first year medical students. These courses include cell biology and biochemistry, organ physiology, pharmacology, neurosciences and endocrinology, reproduction and metabolism. Supplementary courses specific to the needs of pharmacy students, such as additional cours ework in pharmacology, drug study design and pharmacy practice are also offered. Year 3 builds on the basic sciences provided in Year 2 with courses in microbiology, pathology, histology, laboratory medicine, pharmacology and biopharmaceutics. Portions of these courses are taken with medical students. A course in therapeutics begins the process of applying the knowledge gained in the basic sciences to the clinical management of patients.
Students are expected to engage in IPPEs in the areas of community pharmacy, institutional health-system pharmacy, health-related service learning, and simulated activities during the first three years of the pharmacy curriculum. These experiences are intended to serve as a bridge between didactic courses and fourth-year Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). Students must complete 300 IPPE hours by the end of the Winter Quarter of the P-3 year in order to progress to fourth-year APPEs.
Year 4 is devoted entirely to clinical clerkships where students learn to apply the skills and knowledge obtained in the curriculum in a variety of clinical settings. Many of these clerkship experiences take place at UCSD-affiliated medical centers, such as UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest, UCSD Medical Center - La Jolla, The Veteran's Administration Medical Center in La Jolla, and San Diego Children's Hospital and Medical Center. In addition, many other facilities throughout the region are utilized and clerkship experiences in the biotechnology companies and research facilities adjacent to the UCSD campus are being implemented.
Completing a research project is required of all students and is a prerequisite for graduation. Students are encouraged to consider potential projects beginning in their first year. Students will be allowed to complete their research project in any academic year. For Pharm.D./Ph.D. program students, completion of the Ph.D. thesis project will satisfy this graduation project requirement.
The common required and elective coursework taken by pharmacy and medical students and clerkship experiences where medical and pharmacy students work closely together have been created to foster the development of cooperation between the professions as well as develop an appreciation for the unique roles that each provides to the care of patients.
All students are enrolled in the full-time, 4-year program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. No students in advanced standing, transfer students from other schools of pharmacy or part-time students are accepted. All students enter in the first year.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Total||Bachelor's degree required||Bachelor's degree required|
|English with a Writing Component||6||8|
|General Chemistry with Laboratory||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with Laboratory||8||12|
|Biology (Cellular and Molecular and Whole Animal) with at least one Laboratory||8||12|
|Physics with at least one Laboratory||6||8|
|Calculus with Analytical Geometry||6||8|
|Public Speaking or Debate||3||4|
See the school website at http://pharmacy.ucsd.edu/prospective/admissions-reqs.shtml for additional information. All applicants must have completed the requirements for a BS or BA degree prior to matriculation. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required. In addition, an average GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for each category of science pre-requisite courses. Each non-science pre-requisite course must be passed with a grade of C or better. For all pre-requisite courses, survey and introductory science courses for non-science majors are not acceptable. If multiple courses are offered in the same subject area, the courses taken should be the most academically demanding courses available at the college or university attended. In addition to the required pre-requisite courses, students are strongly encouraged to consider taking courses in physiology, biochemistry, physical chemistry, immunology, genetics, anatomy, microbiology, and statistics. Students who have taken coursework at a foreign university must follow precisely the detailed instructions on the web page (http://pharmacy.ucsd.edu/prospective/admissions-intl.shtml) for their application to be considered.
The supplemental application is available at: http://pharmacy.ucsd.edu/prospective/admissions-sup.shtml.
UC San Diego requires applicants to submit original foreign transcripts directly to the school. All credentials are due by August 31, 2014. See the School website for specific information (http://pharmacy.ucsd.edu/prospective/admissions-intl.shtml). Follow the instructions precisely or the application will not be valid.
Following a review of all applicants, a limited number of applicants will be invited for an interview.