Table 1.

Curriculum Comparison Before and After Standards 2007

BeforeStandards2007AfterStandards2007Specific Major ChangeStandard/Guideline
Curriculum Credits, Content, and Requirements
 Pharmaceutical Sciences40 credits41 credits- Biomedical Sciences added.Standard 13Appendix B
 Pharmacy Practice31 credits29 credits- New integrated approach for practice aspects. (communication, calculations, drug information, research design).- Integration decreased contact time (reduced material by 2 credits primarily in the area of communication, research design and pharmaceutical calculations).- Coordination of Pharmaceutical Science and Therapeutics Courses.- “Patient Assessment and Self-care” expanded to include complementary and alternative medicine (increased 1 credit).- Consolidated professional resources management concepts (1 credit).- Seminar course was deleted (1 credit).Moved 2 credits for IPPE and biomedical sciences
 Therapeutics24 credits23 credits- Select topics were eliminated or condensed based on relevance.- Content moved to P2 year.Move 1 credit to IPPEsProvide P2 therapeutic knowledge to facilitated participation in IPPEs
 IPPEs0 credits8 credits total(2 credits embedded in Pharmacy Practice above)- IPPEs involved 6 credit hours during the P1 and P2 summer (3 per summer).- IPPEs were also integrated into the P3 Pharmacy Practice course for 80 contact hours (2 credits).Standard 10
 APPE44 credits40 credits- Reduced 10 weeks of Community Pharmacy APPEs to 5.- Converted 4 week APPEs to 5 week duration- Changed requirements from internal medicine II or ambulatory care to just ambulatory care.- Elective APPE weeks remained the same.- Required APPEs decreased by 4 credits.Move 4 credits to IPPEs.
 Miscellaneous a13 credits13 credits
 Total152 credits152 credits7 total credits moved to IPPEs and Biomedical Sciences.
 PortfolioNoneElectronicPortfolio artifacts coordinated with Assessment Plan revision.Standard 15
 Life-long learningNot specificallyaddressedIPPE and APPEs- Activities added that helped students recognize their weakness, create a plan for improvement, and monitor success.Standard 11
 Content- Increased infectious disease, genetic information, toxicology, pharmacogenomics, patient centered care, continuous quality improvement, patient assessment.Standard 13Appendix B
Curricular Outcomes
Outcomes85 specific outcome statements27 outcome statements- Added public health and wellness.- Made explicit the pharmacist's responsibility to oversee medication management.- Created broader statements of expectations.Standard 12Appendix A
Assessment Plan
PlanFocused assessmentFully integrated assessmentPrevious plan had focused on select outcomes to measure. The new plan addressed all outcomes at least twice.Standard 15
  • a Nonpharmacy electives, pharmacy electives, pathophysiology.

  • Abbreviations: APPE = advanced pharmacy practice experience; IPPE = introductory pharmacy practice experience.