Course Descriptions

Level 600

SCCP 600 Integrated Physiology-Pathophysiology I
The study of integrative regulatory mechanisms responsible for maintenance of homeostasis in the normal human and the alterations which occur in these mechanisms leading to specific disease processes. Understanding the mechanisms of disease is essential to the role of the professional pharmacist in determining the appropriate pharmcotherapeutic treatment of the patient.

SCCP 601 Integrated Physiology-Pathophysiology II
The study of integrative regulatory mechanisms responsible for maintenance of homeostasis in the normal human and the alterations which occur in these mechanisms leading to specific disease processes. Understanding the mechanisms of disease is essential to the role of the professional pharmacist in determining the appropriate pharmcotherapeutic treatment of the patient. 
Course Format: 5 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisites: SCCP 600; first professional year standing.

SCCP 607 Dosage Forms and Drug Delivery Systems 
A study of the physiochemical principles of the formulation, preparation, properties, and performance of the pharmaceutical dosage forms including: aqueous and 
nonaqueous liquids, suspensions, emulsions, solid unit oral dosage forms, sustained and controlled delivery preparations as well as rectal, parenteral, and biological 
delivery systems. Clinical application of the various dosage forms in patient care will be discussed. Course Format: 4 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute 
sessions. Prerequisites: first professional year standing. 

SCCP 610 Microbiology/Immunology
Introduction to pathogenic organisms and the role of immunology in human disease. 
Course Format: 4 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisite: first professional year standing.

SCCP 615 Biochemistry/Biotechnology I
First semester of two in a sequence of Biochemistry and Biotechnology. The course covers the molecular basis of human biology and physiology.
Course Format: 3 cred it hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisite: first professional year standing.

SCCP 616 Biochemistry/ Biotechnology II
Second semester course in a two-semester sequence of Biochemistry and Biotechnology. The course covers the molecular basis of human biology and physiology.
Course Format: 2 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisites: SCCP 615; first professional year standing.
 

SCCP 620 Introduction to Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry
An introduction to the basic principles and concepts of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology including the relationship of molecular structure to drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and receptor interactions; receptor organization and function, signal transduction, drug response variables, drug evaluation, and drug discovery. 
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisite: first professional year standing.

SCCP 650 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice
Introduction to the professional issues relevant to the practice of pharmacy. 
Course Format: 2 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisite: first professional year standing.

SCCP 655 Pharmacy Calculations and Medical Terminology
Principles of pharmacy mathematics and medical terminology relevant to the pharmacy practice environment.
Course Format: 1 credit hour. Recitation format in two-hour session. Prerequisite: first professional year standing.

SCCP 660 Clinical Applications I
Case-based discussions that integrate and demonstrate applicability of other course material. 
Course Format: 1 credit hour. Recitation format in two-hour session. Prerequisite: first professional year standing.

SCCP 661 Clinical Applications II
Case-based discussions that integrate and demonstrate applicability of other course material. 
Course Format: 1 credit hour. Recitation format in two-hour session. Prerequisite: first professional year standing.

SCCP 670 Community Lab I
Interactive laboratory session designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of community pharmacy practice skills, to include the knowledge of prescription and drug order processing necessary to function in community pharmacy practice at a basic level.
Course Format: 1 credit hour. Laboratory format in three-hour session. Prerequisite: first professional year standing.

 SCCP 671 Pharmacy Compounding Lab
The art, science, and technology of pharmacy compounding.
Course Format: 1 credit hour. Laboratory format in three-hour session. Prerequisite: first professional year standing.

SCCP 680 Introduction to Drug Information
Basic principles of access and utilization of drug information resources. 
Course Format: 1 credit hour. Lecture format in 50-minute session. Prerequisite: first professional year standing.

SCCP 699: Early Community Practice Pharmacy Experience
Introduction to the practice of the pharmacy in the community pharmacy setting. Forty hours of directed experience per week for four weeks.
Course Format: 4 credit hours. Practice experience of 4 weeks, 40 hours per week. Prerequisite: first professional year standing. Pass/Fail

SCCP 710: Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
Study of the pharmacokinetics of drug absorption, distribution, and elimination (metabolism and excretion).  Introductory application of pharmacokinetics to drug interactions and dosage regimen design and adjustment, selected disease states, and special populations.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in two 50-minute sessions; recitation format in 2-hour session. Prerequisite: SCCP 606; second professional year standing.

SCCP 720: Pharmacology II
Mechanism and site of action(s), prototypic examples, and therapeutic applications of cholinergic agents; neuromuscular blockers; adrenergic agents; local anesthetics; cardiovascular agents; diuretics; hypolipidemic agents, antithrombolytic, anticoagulant, and thrombolytic drugs, agents for respiratory tract disorders and antihistamines, and Ca++/endocrine hormones.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisites: SCCP 620; second professional year standing.

SCCP 721: Pharmacology III
Mechanism of action, biological effects, and therapeutic applications of CNS-acting agents, anti-inflammatory agents, immunomodulating agents, agents for gastrointestinal tract disease, hormonal agents, antimicrobial agents, and cancer chemotherapy.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisites: SCCP 720; second professional year standing.

 

 

 

700 Level

SCCP 710: Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
Study of the pharmacokinetics of drug absorption, distribution, and elimination (metabolism and excretion). Introductory application of pharmacokinetics to drug interactions and dosage regimen design and adjustment, selected disease states, and special populations.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in two 50-minute sessions; recitation format in 2-hour session. Prerequisite: SCCP 606; second professional year standing.

SCCP 717 Cancer: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention
An overview of basic concepts in cancer epidemiology, genetics, and biology, and the therapeutic approaches utilized in the prevention and treatment of cancer.
Course Format: 2 credit hours. Lecture format in 110-minute sessions. Prerequisite: second or third professional year standing. Distance Education. Fall semester.

SCCP 720: Pharmacology II
Mechanism and site of action(s), prototypic examples, and therapeutic applications of cholinergic agents; neuromuscular blockers; adrenergic agents; local anesthetics; cardiovascular agents; diuretics; hypolipidemic agents, antithrombolytic, anticoagulant, and thrombolytic drugs, agents for respiratory tract disorders and antihistamines, and Ca++/endocrine hormones.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisites: SCCP 620; second professional year standing.

SCCP 721: Pharmacology III
Mechanism of action, biological effects, and therapeutic applications of CNS-acting agents, anti-inflammatory agents, immunomodulating agents, agents for gastrointestinal tract disease, hormonal agents, antimicrobial agents, and cancer chemotherapy.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisites: SCCP 720; second professional year standing.

SCCP 725: Medicinal Chemistry II
The first course in a two-semester sequence describing the molecular basis for pharmacotherapy; a complementary course to Pharmacology II, including automomic nervous system, cardiovascular and CNS agents with emphasis on the chemical rationale for drug therapeutic actions and side effects with the pharmacogenomic basis for individualized drug therapy.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisites: SCCP 620; second professional year standing.

SCCP 726: Medicinal Chemistry III
The second course in a two-semester sequence describing the molecular basis for pharmacotherapy; a complementary course to Pharmacology III, including CNS agents, agents acting on localized hormonal (autacoidal) pathways, agents acting on hormonal pathways, and antimicrobial, antineoplastic, and antiviral agents, with an emphasis on the chemical rationale for drug therapeutic actions and side effects with the Pharmacogenomics basis for individualized drug therapy.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisites: SCCP 725; second professional year standing.

SCCP 750: Self-Care and Complementary Medicines
A review of indications, contraindications, and cautions involved with the recommendation and dispensing of nonprescription (OTC) drug items and complementary medicines.
Course Format: 4 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisite: second professional year standing.

SCCP 755 History of Pharmacy
This course reviews the history of pharmacy from the pre-historic roots to the present. Special emphasis on South Carolina’s pharmacy history, including evolution of education. Students will have access to historical artifacts and equipment. Three field trips to area museums and collections are included.
Course Format: 2 credit hours. Lecture format in 110-minute sessions. Prerequisite: second or third professional year standing. Fall semester. Offered only on MUSC Campus.

SCCP 756 Clinical Immunology and Transplant
The course will build upon principles of immunology covered in microbiology/immunology (SCCP 610) to include monitoring the immune system, hypersensitivity reactions, and the principles of solid organ transplantation and role of a pharmacist in transplantation.
Course Format: 2 credit hours. Lecture format in 110-minute sessions. Prerequisite: second or third professional year standing. Distance Education. Fall semester.

SCCP 757 Special Project, Dept of Pharmacy and Outcome Sciences
An individualized program of study or research arranged by consultation between student and faculty member. Credit is variable and the course may be repeated for credit.
Course Format: 1-4 credit hours. Independent study format. Prerequisite: second or third professional year standing. Fall or Spring semester.

SCCP 758 Health Systems Pharmacy: Policy and Practice
An overview of the provision of pharmacy services in various health systems is provided. Approaches to organizational structure, pharmacy services, pharmacist practice roles are reviewed. Selected concepts of personnel management associated with pharmacists and technical personnel.
Course Format: 2 credit hours. Lecture format in 110-minute sessions. Prerequisite: second or third professional year standing. Spring semester. Offered only on MUSC Campus.

SCCP 759 Health Systems Pharmacy: Pharmacy Systems and Services
Introduction to the pharmaceutical care delivery system for drug products, related pharmaceutical goods and clinical services.
Course Format: 2 credit hours. Lecture format in 110-minute sessions. Prerequisite: second or third professional year standing. Fall semester. Offered only on MUSC Campus.

SCCP 760: Clinical Applications III
Case-based discussions that integrate and demonstrate applicability of other course material in patient care.
Course Format: 1 credit hour. Recitation format in 2-hour session. Prerequisite: second professional year standing.

SCCP 761: Clinical Applications IV
Case-based discussions that integrate and demonstrate applicability of other course material in patient care.
Course Format: 1 credit hour. Recitation format in 2-hour session. Prerequisite: second professional year standing.

SCCP 762 Creating Pharmacy Leaders
At the completion of this course, the pharmacy student will have developed an awareness for historic and current pharmacy leaders, and will be able to identify characteristics common among productive leaders
Course Format: 2 credit hours. Lecture format.
Prerequisite: second or third professional year standing. Fall semester. Offered only on USC Campus.

SCCP 763 Introduction to Pharmacy Pathways and Careers
The course will emphasize aspects of pharmacy career development, to include understanding of the role of a professional, strategies in dealing with various types of patients, development of professional presentations, and familiarity with career pathways in pharmacy.
Course Format: 2 credit hours. Lecture format.
Prerequisite: second or third professional year standing. Fall semester. Offered only on USC Campus.

SCCP 764 Personal Finance
This course is designed to provide the health care practitioner with the knowledge and skills to manage their personal finances in an effective manner. After successfully completing this course, the student will be able to understand the process for making personal financial decisions; establish personal financial goals; evaluate the factors that influence personal financial planning; and apply strategies for attaining personal financial goals.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in 110-minute sessions. Prerequisite: second or third professional year standing. Spring semester.

SCCP 766 Survey of Herbal Medicine and Healing Practice
This course is designed to expose the student to a wide variety of herbal medicines and dietary supplements. Discussions will also include regulation of herbal supplements, evaluation of the alternative medicine literature, and disease-directed discussions with case studies.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in 110-minute sessions. Prerequisite: second or third professional year standing. Spring semester. Offered only on MUSC Campus

SCCP 768 Geriatric and Long Term Care Pharmacy Practice
The course will introduce students to various topics related to the care of older patients in the community, hospital, and/or long term care settings. Course content will compliment the curriculum with regard to geriatric pathophysiology, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapeutics. It will expand upon the practice of long-term care consulting. In addition to class discussions and lectures, students will participate in a consultant pharmacist shadowing experience, develop a presentation related to medication safety in older patients, and complete a project related to healthy aging.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in 110-minute sessions. Prerequisite: second or third professional year standing. Spring semester. Offered only on MUSC Campus.

SCCP 770: Pharmacotherapy I
Consists of 60 hours of didactic lecture. Builds upon the prerequisites of the basic sciences, particularly anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, microbiology, medical terminology, and pharmacokinetics. Provides an organ-based approach to pharmaceutical care and disease management. Second professional year students will learn about disease prevention and health promotion, as well as the drug and non-drug therapy of acute and chronic diseases seen in both hospitalized and ambulatory patients. Emphasis is placed on solving patient problems. Pharmacotherapy I covers the following areas: infectious diseases, fluid and electrolyte management, nutrition, oncology, toxicology.
Course Format: 4 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisite: second professional year standing.

SCCP 771: Community Laboratory II
Provide students with an advanced knowledge of prescription and drug order processing, and assist them in the development of appropriate skills necessary for provision of pharmaceutical care to patients in the community setting, through the use of medication profiles, patient counseling, personal interviews, and appropriate prescription and nonprescrepton drug information.
Course Format: 1 credit hour. Laboratory format in 3-hour session. Prerequisites: SCCP 670; second professional year standing.

SCCP 780: Outcomes Design and Assessment
Common statistical methods and study designs used in pharmacoepidemiology and outcomes research, as well as to issues related to the measurement, analysis, and interpretation of results of clinical trials and outcomes studies.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute session. Prerequisite: second professional year standing.

SCCP 790: Hospital Laboratory I
Expose students to the practice of pharmacy while also illustrating how theoretical concepts from the basic pharmaceutical sciences relate to daily pharmacy practice, especially in the institutional settings. This lab focuses on understanding of medical chart evaluation with emphasis on drug therapy monitoring and developing skills in different aspects of hospital pharmacy (sterile product preparation, unit dose, prepackaging and compounding, order entry, and cart-fill).
Course Format: 1 credit hour. Laboratory format in 3-hour session. Prerequisite: second professional year standing.

SCCP 791: Hospital Laboratory II
Expose students to the practice of pharmacy while also illustrating how theoretical concepts from the basic pharmaceutical sciences relate to daily pharmacy practice, especially in the institutional setting. This lab focuses on the understandings of clinical nutrition support, chemotherapy, anesthesia, pain management, controlled substances, and crash carts, as well as interpretation and preparation of such medical orders. Students must successfully complete media fill IV preparation.
Course Format: 1 credit hour. Labo ratory format in 3-hour session. Prerequisites: SCCP 790; second professional year standing.

SCCP 799: Early Institutional Practice Pharmacy Experience
Introduction to the practice of the pharmacy in the institutional setting. Forty hours of directed experience per week for four weeks.
Course Format: 4 credit hours. Practice experience of 4 weeks, 40 hours per week. Prerequisite: second professional year standing. Pass/Fail

Level 800/900

SCCP 850: Health Care Systems and Management
This course provides insight and understanding of the U.S. health care system and pharmacy's role within that system. Managerial skills and concepts are taught to allow pharmacists to maximixe their contribution to this health care system and to the patients it serves.
Course Format: 4 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisite: third professional year standing.

SCCP 851 Acute Care Therapeutics
A disease oriented approach and organ integrated approach to the care of patients with acute illnesses managed in the in-patient hospital setting. Students will learn common disease processes that affect the acutely ill hospitalized patient and the appropriate pharmacotherapy to treat these patients. This course focuses on developing critical thinking and problem solving skills, and integrating material from this course and previous courses in a case-based format.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in 110-minute sessions. Prerequisite: third professional year standing. Spring semester. Offered only on MUSC Campus

SCCP 852 Track Conference I
A skills development course intended to prepare students for optimal performance on clinical rotations. Students will review and practice various skills commonly utilized in the provision of clinical pharmacy services.
Course Format: 1 credit hour. Lecture format in a 50-minute session. Prerequisite: third professional year standing. Spring semester. Offered only on MUSC Campus

SCCP 853 Track Conference II
Designed to provide the student with the opportunity to learn about and discuss special topics related to pharmacy and health care. This conference is intended to help students prepare for their future careers, which may include post-graduate clinical training. Conference will be combined with RITE (resident interactive teaching experience) as applicable.
Course Format: 1 credit hour. Lecture format in a 50-minute session. Prerequisite: fourth professional year standing. Fall semester. Offered only on MUSC Campus.

SCCP 854 Track Conference III
Designed to provide the student with the opportunity to learn about and discuss special topics related to pharmacy and the professional work environment. Conference will be combined with RITE (resident interactive teaching experience) as applicable.
Course Format: 1 credit hour. Lecture format in a 50-minute session. Prerequisite: fourth professional year standing. Spring semester. Offered only on MUSC Campus

SCCP 860: Clinical Applications V
Case-based discussions that integrate and demonstrate applicability of other course material in patient care.
Course Format: 1 credit hour. Recitation format in 2-hour session. Prerequisite: third professional year standing.

SCCP 861: Clinical Applications VI
A capstone course, where case studies of complex patients will bring together concepts learned throughout the previous semesters in the professional program.
Course Format: 1 credit hour. Recitation format in 2-hour session. Prerequisite: third professional year standing.

SCCP 870: Pharmacotherapy II
Consists of 75 hours of didactic lecture. Builds upon the prerequisites of the basic sciences, particularly anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, microbiology, medical terminology, and pharmacokinetics, as well as PCT I. Provides an organ-based approach to pharmaceutical care and disease management. Third professional year students will learn about disease prevention and health promotion, as well as the drug and non-drug therapy of acute and chronic diseases seen in both hospitalized and ambulatory patients. Emphasis is placed on solving patient problems. Pharmacotherapy II covers the following areas: cardiology, women’s health, and pulmonary, bone, and joint diseases.
Course Format: 5 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisite: third professional year standing.

SCCP 871: Pharmacotherapy III
Consists of 105 hours of didactic lecture. Builds upon the prerequisites of the basic sciences, particularly anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, microbiology, medical terminology, and pharmacokinetics, as well as Pharmacotherapy I and II. Provides an organ-based approach to pharmaceutical care and disease management. Third professional year students will learn about disease prevention and health promotion, as well as the drug and non-drug therapy of acute and chronic diseases seen in both hospitalized and ambulatory patients. Emphasis is placed on solving patient problems. Pharmacotherapy III covers the following areas: neurology, psychiatry, endocrinology, gastroenterology, and drug-related issues specific to pediatric and geriatric patient populations.
Course Format: 7 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisite: third professional year standing.

SCCP 880: Advanced Drug Information
This course is designed to provide students with advanced drug information practice and critical literature evaluation skills. This course provides students with the requisite skills to facilitate life-long learning.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisites: SCCP 680; third professional year standing.

SCCP 885: Pharmacy Law and Ethics
Federal and state laws and regulations governing the practice of pharmacy and introduction to the professional and ethical issues relevant to the practice of pharmacy.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in two 50-minute sessions; recitation format in 2-hour session. Prerequisite: third professional year standing.

SCCP 890: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
Clinical application of basic pharmacokinetic principles to safe and effective patient management with emphasis on design of dosage regimens, therapeutic monitoring, and adjustment of threapy. Application illustrated and practiced through discussions and case examples.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in 50-minute sessions. Prerequisites: SCCP 710; third professional year standing.

SCCP 895: Clinical Assessment
Development of clinical assessment skills necessary in the provision of pharmaceutical care to patients with a variety of disease states.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in two 50-minute sessions; laboratory format in 3-hour session. Prerequisite: third professional year standing.

SCCP 900-998: Advanced Practice Experiences nine at 4 credit hours each = 36 hours
During summer, fall, and spring of professional year 4, students will complete a total of nine advanced practice experiences, each 4 credits, and each one month in length. Prerequisite: fourth professional year standing.

SCCP 999: Clinical Seminar/Grand Rounds 1 credit hour
One 1-credit seminar/grand rounds will be required during the P4 year. Prerequisite: fourth professional year standing.

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South Carolina College of Pharmacy Elective Course Descriptions
SCCP 715 Environmental Health and Toxicology
Environmental exposure to a myriad of natural and man-made substances is unavoidable. Exposure can occur through contact with food, air, and water that contain solvents, pesticides, smoke/soot, bacteria, fungi, viruses, medications, hormones, etc. This course will use specific examples of environmental toxicants, their routes and consequences of exposure, mechanisms of actions, and therapeutic strategies to prevent/minimize their toxicity.
Course Format: 3 credit hours. Lecture format in 90-minute sessions. Prerequisite: second or third professional year standing. Distance Education. Fall semester.