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Bachelor of Pharmacy

Introduction

This is a four-year undergraduate program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy. The study program and curriculum is at par with that of renowned international universities and pharmaceutical institutes.

Program Mission

The Bachelor of Pharmacy- BSc Degree Program vision and mission stem from the vision and mission of the City University College of Ajman.

Mission

The Department of Pharmacy offers a competitive and sustainable program to enrich educational experience and fulfill market needs by providing a conducive and diversified learning environment. It also encourages a research culture and innovation. The Department will graduate competent professionals to engage in the health care system and implement pharmaceutical care services professionally and ethically.

Program Goals

The bachelor of Pharmacy BSc Program aims to:

  • Offer students with modern pharmacy courses to enrich their knowledge and experiences required for highly qualified pharmacists.
  • Provide multicultural environment by encouraging diversity in students, staff and faculty and observing equal opportunities for all.
  • Encourage and support high standard research activities to serve institutional and community needs.
  • Serve the community by spreading awareness campaigns regarding current health care issues.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the program, students should be able to:

 

KNOWLEDGE

K1. Discuss in detail the principles and concepts of biomedical, pharmaceutical, and clinical sciences.

 

SKILL

  • Develop problem solving, critical thinking, writing, and presentation abilities.
  • Apply knowledge in drug design and development, pharmaceutical calculations, drug preparation and analysis, dispensing, and pharmaceutical care.

 

COMPETENCE

  • Display leadership and decision-making abilities.
  • Contribute effectively as a member and leader in the health care system.
  • Demonstrate independent  life-long learning and continuous professional development while contributing to and observing ethical standards.

Program Curriculum and Study Plan

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree requires the completion of 150 Credit Hours, distributed according to the following plan:

 Program Requirements
Component Courses Credit Hours
General Education 8 24
Core Courses 44 124
Elective Courses 1 2
Total Required 53 150

 

6.1 General Education Requirements (24 Credit Hours)
General Education Requirements (24 Credit Hours)
No. Course Code Course Name Cr/H Prerequisite
1 ACS 101 Communication Skills in English Language * 3 None
2 CIS 101 Computer Applications 3 None
3 HUM 101 Critical Thinking 3 None
4 REL 201 Islamic Studies 3 None
5 ENV 201 Environmental Sciences 3 None
6 STE 201 Statistics 3 CIS 101
7 RME 301 Research Methods 3 STE 201
8 BUS 204 Innovation and Entrepreneurship 3 60 credit hours of completed coursework
Total 24

* This course is taught in Arabic for Arab students, and in English for non-Arab students.

 

6.2 Program Course Requirements (124 Credit Hours)
No. Course Code Course Title C.H. Contact hours Prerequisite
L T P Tot.
1 PSC 111 Orientation to Pharmacy 3 3 3
2 PSC 112 Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry I 2 2 2
3 PSC 113 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 2 2 4
4 PSC 114 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Analysis 2 2 2
5 PSC 121 Physical Pharmacy I 3 2 2 4 PSC 111
6 PSC 122 Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry II 3 2 2 2 PSC 112
7 PSC 123 Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 2 2 4 PSC 113
8 PSC 124 Pharmaceutical Chemical Analysis I 3 2 2 4 PSC 114
9 PSC 125 Pharmacognosy 3 2 2 4 PSC 114
10 PSC 126 Pharmaceutical Microbiology 3 2 2 4 PSC 113
11 PSC 231 Physical Pharmacy II 3 2 2 4 PSC 121
12 PSC 232 Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms I 3 2 2 4 PSC 121
13 PSC 233 Biochemistry I 2 2 2 PSC 122
14 PSC 234 Introduction to Pharmacology 3 2 2 4 PSC 123
15 PSC 235 Principles of Pharmaceutical Care 3 3 PSC 111
16 PSC 236 Pharmaceutical Immunology & Infectious Diseases 2 2 2 PSC 126
17 PSC 241 Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms II 3 2 2 4 PSC 231 & PSC 232
18 PSC 242 Pharmacology & Therapeutics I 3 2 2 4 PSC 234
19 PSC 243 Pharmaceutical Chemical Analysis II 3 2 2 4 PSC 124
20 PSC 244 Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry I 3 2 2 4 PSC 122 & PSC 234
21 PSC 245 Pharmacy Legislation & Ethics 2 2 2 PSC 235
22 PSC 246 Biochemistry II 3 2 2 4 PSC 233
23 PSC 351 Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics I 3 2 2 4 PSC 241
24 PSC 352 Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry II 2 2 2 PSC 244
25 PSC 353 Pharmacology & Therapeutics II 3 2 2 4 PSC 242
26 PSC 354 OTC Drugs & Products 3 2 2 4 PSC 235
27 PSC 355 Pharmacology & Therapeutics III 3 2 2 4 PSC 242
28 PSC 356 Pharmaceutical Quality Control 3 2 2 4 PSC 243
29 PSC 361 Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics II 3 2 2 4 PSC 351
30 PSC 362 Pharmaceutical Technology 3 2 2 4 PSC 241
31 PSC 363 Pharmacology & Therapeutics IV 3 2 2 4 PSC 355
32 PSC 364 Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy 3 3 3 PSC 236
33 PSC 365 Drug Information & LiteratureEvaluation 3 3 3 PSC 235
34 PSC 471 Pharmacy Management & Marketing 3 3 3 PSC 245
35 PSC 472 Principles of Toxicology 2 2 2 PSC 363 & PSC 245
36 PSC 473 Phytotherapy 3 3 3 PSC 243
37 PSC 474 Pharmacology & Therapeutics V 3 2 2 4 PSC 363
38 PSC 475 Pharmacogenomics in PharmacyPractice 2 2 2 PSC 363
39 PSC 481 Professional Community PharmacyRotation I 3 120 PSC 354
40 PSC 482 Professional Community PharmacyRotation II 3 120 PSC 354
41 PSC 483 Professional PharmaceuticalTechnology Rotation 3 120 PSC 356 & PSC362
42 PSC 484 Professional Hospital PharmacyRotation 3 120 PSC 354 & PSC 474
43 PSC 485 Professional Clinical PharmacyRotation 3 120 PSC 354 & PSC 474
44 PSC 500 Graduation Project(After completing 120 C.H.) 3 PSC 365, RME 301,and after completing 120 C.H.

 

6.3 Program Elective Courses

Student must take one of the following elective courses:

Elective Course (2 Credit Hours)
No. Course Code Course Title Cr/H Prerequisite
1 PSC 476 Phytochemistry 2 PSC 243
2 PSC 477 Drug Design 2 PSC 352
3 PSC 478 Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety 2 PSC 365, RME 301
4 PSC 479 Cosmetic Science and Technology 2 PSC 354, PSC 241

 

6.4 Faculty-Student Ratio for Practical Courses

Program details regarding qualifications and workloads are described in the Revised Hiring Plan submitted as of the required documents for initial accreditation.

With respect to the Student-to-faculty ratio, it the annual new enrollment, as recommended by the CAA, is 50 students. Assuming annual attrition rate of 5% and that 48 students would be graduate at the end of the fourth year, the cumulative sum of students during the first five years of the program is illustrated in raw 5 (Total Enrollment). Based on the number of B-Pharm Full-time faculty, the Student to B-Pharm Full-time faculty is expected to be between 25:1 in the first semester of the first year and 15:1 in the fifth year, with an average 16:1 during the five years period.

6.5 Suggested Course Plan

Students must complete all courses listed in the following study plan in the sequence shown.

Year 1 / Level 1
Course Code Course Title C.H. Contact hours Prerequisite
L T P Tot.
PSC 111 Orientation to Pharmacy 3 3 3
PSC 112 Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry I 2 2 2
PSC 113 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 2 2 4
PSC 114 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Analysis 2 2 2
ACS/E 101 Communication Skills in Arabic 3 3 3
CIS 101 Computer Applications 3 3 3
HUM 101 Critical Thinking 3 3 3
Total Semester Credit Hours: 19 C.H.

L: Lecture; T: Tutorial; P: Practical; Tot.: Total; C.H.: Credit hour
P: 2 practical hours = 1 credit hour.

 

Year 1 / Level 2
Course Code Course Title C.H. Contact hours Prerequisite
L T P Tot.
PSC 121 Physical Pharmacy I 3 2 2 4 PSC 111
PSC 122 Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry II 3 2 2 2 PSC 112
PSC 123 Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 2 2 4 PSC 113
PSC 124 Pharmaceutical Chemical Analysis I 3 2 2 4 PSC 114
PSC 125 Pharmacognosy 3 2 2 4 PSC 114
PSC 126 Pharmaceutical Microbiology 3 2 2 4 PSC 113
Total Semester Credit Hours: 18 C.H.

 

Year 2 / Level 3
Course Code Course Title C.H. Contact hours Prerequisite
L T P Tot.
PSC 231 Physical Pharmacy II 3 2 2 4 PSC 121
PSC 232 Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms I 3 2 2 4 PSC 121
PSC 233 Biochemistry I 2 2 2 PSC 122
PSC 234 Introduction to Pharmacology 3 2 2 4 PSC 123
PSC 235 Principles of Pharmaceutical Care 3 3 PSC 111
PSC 236 Pharmaceutical Immunology & Infectious Diseases 2 2 2 PSC 126
STE 201 Statistics 3 3 3 CIS 101
Total Semester Credit Hours: 19 C.H.

 

Year 2 / Level 4
Course Code Course Title C.H. Contact hours Prerequisite
L T P Tot.
PSC 241 Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms II 3 2 2 4 PSC 231 & PSC 232
PSC 242 Pharmacology & Therapeutics I 3 2 2 4 PSC 234
PSC 243 Pharmaceutical Chemical Analysis II 3 2 2 4 PSC 124
PSC 244 Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry I 3 2 2 4 PSC 122 & PSC 234
PSC 245 Pharmacy Legislation & Ethics 2 2 2 PSC 235
PSC 246 Biochemistry II 3 2 2 4 PSC 233
REL 201 Islamic Studies 3 3 3
Total Semester Credit Hours: 20 C.H.

 

Year 3 / Level 5
Course Code Course Title C.H. Contact hours Prerequisite
L T P Tot.
PSC 351 Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics I 3 2 2 4 PSC 241
PSC 352 Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry II 2 2 2 PSC 244
PSC 353 Pharmacology & Therapeutics II 3 2 2 4 PSC 242
PSC 354 OTC Drugs & Products 3 2 2 4 PSC 235
PSC 355 Pharmacology & Therapeutics III 3 2 2 4 PSC 242
PSC 356 Pharmaceutical Quality Control 3 2 2 4 PSC 243
RME 301 Research Methods 3 3 3 STE 201
Total Semester Credit Hours: 20 C.H.

 

Year 3 / Level 6
Course Code Course Title C.H. Contact hours Prerequisite
L T P Tot.
PSC 361 Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics II 3 2 2 4 PSC 351
PSC 362 Pharmaceutical Technology 3 2 2 4 PSC 241
PSC 363 Pharmacology & Therapeutics IV 3 2 2 4 PSC 355
PSC 364 Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy 3 3 3 PSC 236
PSC 365 Drug Information & Literature Evaluation 3 3 3 PSC 235
ENV 201 Environmental science 3 3 3
Total Semester Credit Hours: 18 C.H.

 

Year 4 / Level 7
Course Code Course Title C.H. Contact hours Prerequisite
L T P Tot.
PSC 471 Pharmacy Management & Marketing 3 3 3 PSC 245
PSC 472 Principles of Toxicology 2 2 2 PSC 363 & PSC 245
PSC 473 Phytotherapy 3 3 3 PSC 343
PSC 474 Pharmacology & Therapeutics V 3 2 2 4 PSC 363
PSC 475 Pharmacogenomics in Pharmacy Practice 2 2 2 PSC 363
——– Elective (student has to select one of the 4 elective courses) 2 Based on selected course
BUS 204 Innovation and Entrepreneurship 3 3 3 60 credit hours of completed coursework
Total Semester Credit Hours: 18 C.H.

 

Year 4 / Level 8
Course Code Course Title C.H. Contact hours Prerequisite
L T P Tot.
PSC 481 Professional Community Pharmacy Rotation I* 3 120 PSC 354
PSC 482 Professional Community Pharmacy Rotation II* 3 120 PSC 354
PSC 483 Professional Pharmaceutical Technology Rotation 3 120 PSC 356 & PSC 362
PSC 484 Professional Hospital Pharmacy Rotation 3 120 PSC 354 & PSC 474
PSC 485 Professional Clinical Pharmacy Rotation 3 120 PSC 354 & PSC 474
PSC 500 Graduation Project** 3 PSC 365, RME 301 (After completing 120 C.H.)
Total Semester Credit Hours: 18 C.H.

*Student can register for PSC 481 and PSC 482 during the summer semester (after level 6).
**Student can start his/her graduation project in level 7 and officially register for PSC 500 in level 8.

Course Description

General Education Courses
Computer Applications CIS 101

This course offers students exposure to basic personal computer operation and commonly-used programs. Included is familiarization with and practical use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, database, network, and internet software.

Statistics STE 201

This course is designed to understand common statistical computations and their practical uses in health care settings. Topics explored include the current health care industry, basic math and statistical computations, vital statistics and mortality rates, census and occupancy rates. The course includes theoretical and practical lectures to keep students engaged in the material, while ensuring a practical and discerning knowledge of key data and statistical concepts.

Islamic Studies REL 201

The Islamic Studies course introduces Islam in a manner that the students can relate it to their life and the society at large. The pillars of Eeman and Islam are taught with a view to explain what Islam stands for as a code of life. The culture of Islam is explained in detail in a comparative way with the other cultures. The course begins with the basics of Islam. The main teachings of Islam are imparted with a modern outlook, relating it to the current world and its challenges. It shows the great role of Islamic civilization on humanity. The course is taught with a view to provide solutions to the existing problems in the light of Islam.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship BUS 204

In this course, students explore the key theories and research on entrepreneurship and innovation, and then examine their application in the broader and contemporary context. This includes corporate and public services, emerging technologies and economies, sustainability and development, and creating and capturing value from entrepreneurship and innovation. Readings, case studies, and discussions help organize the course material with clear and essential links between entrepreneurship and innovation. Finally, students will develop a comprehensive business plan.

Environmental Science ENV 201

This interdisciplinary approach to our world emphasizes the history of environmental concerns, species interaction (both with each other and their environment), air, water, soil and biological resources, population dynamics, toxicology, energy sources, waste management, renewable energy, hazardous chemicals and other related topics. Basic principles of science are incorporated throughout the course

Critical Thinking HUM 101

This course explores the process of thinking critically and helps students think more clearly, insightfully, and effectively. Relevant examples drawn from student experiences and contemporary situations help students develop the abilities to solve problems, analyze issues, and make informed decisions in their academic, career, and personal lives. The course includes substantive readings, structured writing assignments, and ongoing discussions designed to help students develop language skills while fostering sophisticated thinking abilities.

Research Methods RME 301

The course is designed to introduce research process where students learn to understand the problems and formulate research questions and hypotheses. Students gain insight into choosing the right research design, construction of research instruments, sampling, both qualitative and quantitative data collection, data analysis and report presentation.

PSC Core Courses
Orientation to Pharmacy PSC 111

This course introduces students to the scope of pharmacy practice and the curriculum that is required in the B.Pharm. program to practice as a pharmacist. Students will be aware of the profession of pharmacy and the role of the pharmacist within health care delivery. With this introduction, pharmacy students should be able to confirm their career choice early in their curriculum. The course also includes an introduction to prescriptions and basic calculations needed for compounding and dispensing of medications.

Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry I PSC 112

This course presents the fundamentals of certain topics in organic chemistry. It covers some important areas in organic chemistry, which include aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, alkyl- and aryl halides, alcohols, ethers and epoxides. It emphasizes the pharmaceutical importance of these functional groups.

Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I PSC 113

The course provides basic knowledge of normal human body structure and function necessary for students of College of Pharmacy to be capable of understanding other related pathological and clinical medical courses. It also assists students to properly understand the pharmacology of drugs and its application in clinical pharmacy.

Introduction to Pharmaceutical Analysis PSC 114

This course introduces student to the field of pharmaceutical analysis by covering the theoretical basis and introductory to quantitative analysis techniques including chemical equilibrium, dissociation of acids and bases, pH calculations, and buffer solutions. It also covers different statistical methods to assess analytical data quality obtained from analytical methods to interpret their significance.

Physical Pharmacy I PSC 121

The course is designed to acquaint students with physical pharmacy principles in order to for them to have strong foundation in the physical sciences, which apply to pharmaceutical dosage forms and formulations. The course covers states of matter, phase equilibria and phase rule, electrolyte and nonelectrolyte solutions and their colligative properties and solubility and distribution phenomena. This course will be complemented by and is a prerequisite to Physical Pharmacy II.

Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry II PSC 122

This course is a continuation of Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry I. The course includes basic chemical reactions and mechanisms, stereochemistry, phenols, aldehydes, ketones, and carboxylic acid and their derivatives, properties and reactions of dysfunctional compounds, amines, aromatic and heterocyclic compounds, and an introduction to organic natural products.

Laboratory work concerning specific chemical reactions, organic synthesis, and identification of organic compounds is included.

Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II PSC 123

The course provides basic knowledge of normal human body structure and function necessary for students of Faculty of Pharmacy & Medical Sciences to be capable of understanding other related pathological and clinical medical courses. It also assists students to properly understand the pharmacology of drugs and its application in clinical pharmacy.

Pharmaceutical Chemical Analysis I PSC 124

This course covers the basic principle, practice, methodology, and applications of a several of volumetric quantitative chemical methods based on acid-base in aqueous and non-aqueous media, complex-formation, precipitation, and oxidation-reduction reactions. It also covers the basic fundamentals of gravimetric analysis and their applications in pharmaceutical field.

Pharmacognosy PSC 125

Pharmacognosy is the subject that deals with the general study of the important medicinal plants. The study includes their origin, morphology, histology, constituents and uses. The drugs are classified into groups according to their main therapeutic values.

Pharmaceutical Microbiology PSC 126

This course takes in consideration the microbiology as an explosive subjects with many ramification. It is designed to introduce the students to the microbes’ world exemplified by Prokaryotes, Eukaryotes and the unique properties of the viruses. Trying to give a brief and up-date presentation of those aspects of medical organisms that can inflict damages to human health.

Physical Pharmacy II PSC 231

This course aims to provide students with basic physicochemical principles needed to explain characteristics and behavior of pharmaceutical dispersions like colloids, suspensions, emulsions, ointments, creams and aerosols. It also covers rheological properties of both Newtonian and non- Newtonian systems.

Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms I PSC 232

The course comprised of principles and techniques involved in the formulation, preparation and evaluation of solid dosage forms. It covers physical properties of powders, preparation of bulk and divided powders, as well as effervescent and non- effervescent granules. Capsules and tablets types, methods of production/filling and storage are described. The course also covers rectal drug absorption, formulation and evaluation of suppositories.

Biochemistry I PSC 233

This course deals with the general aspects of Chemistry of carbohydrates, amino acids polypeptides and proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, vitamins and enzymes. This includes: their classification and biomedical importance.

Introduction to Pharmacology PSC 234

This course provides students with Basic Pharmacological Concepts and in- depth Pharmacological and Therapeutic knowledge about Autonomic Nervous System related diseases. The course aims to improve students’ ability to understand the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetic properties of drugs and identify how to assess the relevant factors for the management of patients with various Autonomic systems related conditions. Further, it is designed to help students integrate drug therapy into an overall nervous diseases management plan

Principles of Pharmaceutical care PSC 235

The purpose of this course is to provide students a comprehensive overview of pharmaceutical care principles.

Pharmaceutical Immunology and Infectious diseases PSC 236

This course discusses the main principles of mycology, bacterial resistance and principles of antimicrobial selection. It also emphasizes on the most common infections including upper and lower respiratory tract and urinary tract infections.

Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms II PSC 241

This course covers basic principles of drug stability, routes of drug degradation and various means of avoiding them. It also covers sterile products including parenteral and ophthalmic preparations; their advantages & disadvantages, formulations, quality control tests and various sterilization procedures. In addition, aseptic techniques applied during the preparations of sterile products shall be covered. The course also includes an introduction to sustained released products, as well as packaging materials.

Pharmacology and Therapeutics I PSC 242

This course provides students with in-depth Pharmacological and Therapeutic knowledge on cardiovascular diseases. The course aims to improve students’ ability to understand the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetic properties of drugs and identify how to assess the relevant factors for the management of patients with various cardiovascular conditions. Further, it is designed to help students integrate drug therapy into an overall Cardiovascular and Respiratory conditions management plan

Pharmaceutical Chemical Analysis II PSC 243

This course provides students with fundamentals and hands-on practice on essential instrumental techniques used in the pharmaceutical analysis. In the first part of the course, the basics of electrochemical, absorption spectrophotometric, and atomic spectroscopic methods of analysis will be covered. In the second part of the course the theory, instrumentation, and applications of a number of common chromatographic methods including thin layer liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, and high performance liquid chromatography, as well as common molecular spectroscopic techniques will be discussed.

Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry I PSC 244

This course covers the basic principle of medicinal chemistry. It deals with the relationship between chemical structure and biological activity. Topics covered include the effect of physicochemical properties on biological response, the effect of molecular modification on receptor binding and drug metabolism. The second part of the course is devoted to the study of chemotherapeutic agents.

Pharmacy Legislation and Ethics PSC 245

The purpose of this course is to introduce the students with the principles of law and ethics in pharmacy.

Biochemistry II PSC 246

The course emphasizes the importance of clinical laboratory investigations in the diagnosis of different diseases. It also discusses the clinical monitoring of certain narrow therapeutic window drugs.

Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics I PSC 351

This course focuses on biopharmaceutics aspects of how drugs get to the site of absorption, drug dissolution, membrane permeability, bioavailability and bioequivalence. More specifically, students are introduced to the importance of drug plasma levels, and the physiological and cell biology background related to gastrointestinal tract drug absorption. The routes of drug administration and formulation factors are covered as they influence its bioavailability. Emphasis is given to discuss bioavailability and bioequivalence along with the new drug development process.

Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry II PSC 352

This course covers synthesis, pharmacological mechanism/ classification, structural features and structure activity relationship (SAR) studies and metabolism of major classes of medicinal agents. The detailed knowledge and understanding about targets by various medicinal compounds are discussed with emphasis given on the chemical basis of drug action. The new approaches to tackle the disease/ disorders are looked at briefly. Topics covered include adrenergic and cholinergic drugs, CNS depressants, analgesics, antihistamines, local anesthetics and cardiovascular drugs.

Pharmacology and Therapeutics II PSC 353

This course provides students with in-depth Pharmacological and Therapeutic knowledge on Central Nervous System Diseases. The course aims to improve students’ ability to understand the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetic properties of drugs and identify how to assess the relevant factors for the management of patients with various Central Nervous System Diseases. Further, it is designed to help students integrate drug therapy into an overall Central Nervous Diseases management plan.

OTC Drug and Products PSC 354

This OTC course is designed to establish a strong knowledge of OTC drugs in all of its aspects and making pharmacist’s job to be patient oriented and not product oriented. This will include monitoring, screening and evaluating drug treatment regimens either in community or hospital settings. In particular, symptoms associated with: gastro-intestinal tract, respiratory, skin, central nerves system, pediatrics, women’s health, men’s health, eyes and ears, holiday healthcare will be considered with respect to: possible causes; symptoms and signs; treatment available; counseling points; and when to refer to doctors.

Pharmacology and Therapeutics III PSC 355

This course provides students with in-depth knowledge on pharmacotherapy of Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Diseases. The course aims to improve students’ ability to identify and assess the relevant factors for the management of patients with various Gastrointestinal (GIT) and Endocrine Diseases. Further, it is designed to help students integrate drug therapy into an overall Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Diseases management plan.

Pharmaceutical Quality Control PSC 356

This course provides students with an overview of pharmaceutical quality management system. Regulatory requirements during manufacturing and control of pharmaceuticals including various good practices will be covered. The course also focuses on the selection criteria for suitable methods of drug analysis, the organization of quality control laboratories, and quality control of drug substances and final pharmaceutical products. A selected number of drugs in various dosage forms will be experimentally characterized.

Biopharmaceutics& Pharmacokinetics II PSC 361

Pharmacokinetic concepts are introduced, including the concepts of pharmacokinetic models, linear and nonlinear pharmacokinetics, clearance and volume of distribution as they relate to drug concentration-time relationships for common routes of administration. Physiologic determinants of variability including age, body composition, renal and hepatic disease are also covered in relation to clinical application of pharmacokinetics.

Pharmaceutical Technology PSC 362

This course covers theoretical aspects & practical demonstration of different manufacturing unit processes like; heat transfer, filtration, particle size reduction, and particle size analysis. The course also examines preformulation studies and identify essential manufacturing steps, including powder mixing, powder flow, granulation, and drying that are applied in pharmaceutical industries. The course shall also cover the principles and guidelines applied in the design & operation of clean rooms.

Pharmacology and Therapeutics IV PSC 363

This course provides students with in-depth knowledge on pharmacotherapy of Autoimmune and Renal Diseases. The course aims to
improve students’ ability to identify and assess the relevant factors for the management of patients with various Autoimmune and Renal Diseases. Further, it is designed to help students integrate drug therapy into an overall Autoimmune and Renal Diseases management plan.

Antimicrobial agents and Chemotherapy PSC 364

and assess the relevant factors for the management of patients with various Infectious Diseases. Further, it is designed to help students integrate drug therapy into an overall Infectious Diseases management plan.

Drug Information & Literature evaluation PSC 365

“Drug Information and Literature Evaluation” is a course designed to allow the student to think creatively and to accept responsibility for his/her own learning. Students are expected to complete all required readings and assignments before the lecture is delivered. In addition, students are expected to actively participate in group discussions and to lead discussions when appropriate. Participation in assigned discussions will be evaluated based on the following: The student provides insightful comments. The student demonstrates knowledge acquired through assignments, etc. The student builds on thought processes from previous discussions and does not simply agree or disagree with previous statements. The student leads group discussions when appropriate

Pharmacy Management & Marketing PSC 471

The purpose of this course is to introduce the students with the principles of pharmacy management and marketing.

Principles of Toxicology PSC 472

This course is designed to give the student basic information about the general principles of clinical, heavy metals and environmental and occupational toxicology and the clinical management of poisoned patients

Phytotherapy PSC 473

Study of medicinal plants and their active constituents. The study includes pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic effects of these constituents, as well as the appropriate dosage forms for administration of their preparations. Monographs on Materia Medica of selected medicinal plants are included in the study.

Pharmacology and Therapeutics V PSC 474

This course provides students with in-depth knowledge on pharmacotherapy of pregnancy, family planning, pediatric, geriatric and respiratory conditions. The course aims to improve students’ ability to identify and assess the relevant factors for the management of patients with the above conditions. Further, it is designed to help students integrate drug therapy into an overall management plan.

Pharmacogenomics in Pharmacy Practice PSC 475

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how the genome affects the body’s response to drugs. This branch of science holds the promise that drugs might be tailored for individuals and adapted to a patient personal makeup, thus improving efficacy and safety. Pharmacogenomics combines traditional pharmaceutical sciences such as biochemistry with specific knowledge of genes, proteins, and single nucleotide polymorphisms. This course is designed to equip candidates with knowledge of the principles, concepts, and practical implications of pharmacogenomics that are relevant to clinical applications.

Professional Community Pharmacy Rotation I PSC 481

The objectives of this initial training is to develop students’ communication skills, knowledge of community pharmacy practice and to become familiar with different trade of the over- the- counter (OTC) and generic names of some drugs available in the market. In addition, students are expected to understand how to respond to commands in the different types of prescriptions.

Professional Community Pharmacy Rotation II PSC 482

Through the utilization of selected community pharmacies and competency- based objectives, the student will gain an appreciation for the profession of pharmacy as practiced in the community and develop professional attitudes, judgment and skills needed to function in this setting.

Professional Pharmaceutical Technology Rotation PSC 483

This training program was designed to provide pharmacy students with the main principle of drug industry and to understand the main role of pharmacists in such filed. Students during the training program will be asked to attend and to take part in all sections of drug industry such as: production line, quality control, quality assurance, raw material handling, and marketing department.

Professional Hospital Pharmacy Rotation PSC 484

This training course will familiarize the student to hospital pharmacy practice in the inpatient and outpatient settings. The training is designed to provide students with the preparation needed to understand the practice environments they will enter and to expose them to areas of pharmacy practice they may have not previously considered within the hospital environment.

The student will learn different concepts in the hospital pharmacy, the philosophy of pharmacy consultant services and how to implement pharmaceutical care services. Moreover, the student will develop professional attitudes, judgment and skills needed to function in this setting. He will learn methods used to monitor drug therapy in the patient, treatment of common disease states seen, and how to effectively communicate with patients and health professionals regarding drug utilization. Where available, the student will be involved in the different operations carried out in the inpatient setting.

Professional Clinical Pharmacy Rotation PSC 485

This training course (clerkship) will introduce the student to clinical pharmacy practice in the inpatient setting through clinically oriented patient-specific and non patient-specific activities. The student will learn clinical pharmacy concepts, the philosophy of pharmacy consultant services and how to implement pharmaceutical care. In addition, the student will be exposed to methods used to monitor drug therapy in the patient, clinical manifestations, treatment and monitoring parameters of common disease states seen, and how to effectively communicate with patients and health professionals regarding drug utilization.

Graduation Project PSC 500

By the time students reach this level (120 Crd.Hrs) they will have studied a range of pharmaceutical topics, and have gained some experience of the techniques used in research, through lecture and workshop. Students will initially undertake a period of open-learning time covering research methodology and then spend a period of time on a course of specialist study. The faculty project committee has recently decided that this project should be run across both semesters in the final year. This will enable students to investigate an area of clinical pharmacy in significant detail, under supervision.

PSC Elective Courses
Phytochemistry PSC 476

This course covers the study of the chemistry of crude drugs such as volatile oils, glycosides, alkaloids bitter principles, resins and saponins etc. The study covers the chemical and physical properties, identification tests, methods of isolation and methods of assays.

Drug Design PSC 477

This course introduces students to the modern approaches in the design and development of new pharmaceuticals based using computer aided drug design (CADD) modeling software and chemical drawing systems, and prediction of drug activity, physicochemical properties, and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of drugs. Also describes the importance of studying the receptor and enzyme structure in the design of suitable chemical scaffolds for agonist and antagonist activity.

Pharmacoepidemiology& Drug Safety PSC 478

This course discusses all of the epidemiological aspects of drug use including adverse drug reactions, post-marketing surveillances and the statistical approach to risks of medications errors.

Cosmetic Science and Technology PSC 479

The course provides basic terms and definitions used in the cosmetic industry. It provides overviews functions, product design, formulation and development, and quality control of cosmetic ingredients. The physiological, pharmaceutical, and formulation knowledge of decorative care products are covered with examples of OTC cosmetic products.

Career Opportunities

  • Chain pharmacy – dispensing and verifying medications, counseling patients on proper medication use and recommending OTC products; Medication therapy management (MTM) and vaccinations
  • Independent Pharmacy – business management of pharmacy or pharmacy ownership
  • Hospital Pharmacy – advising health care professionals, choosing, preparing, storing, compounding and dispensing medicines; implementing hospital regulations and other administrative tasks
  • Clinical Pharmacy – works directly with physicians and other health care professional and patients to evaluate appropriateness and effectiveness of medical use, consulting with health care professionals, monitoring patient therapeutic response to drugs
  • Managed Care – safety monitoring and provide highest quality drug therapy management
  • Industry Pharmacy– develop, produce, and market drugs or pharmaceuticals
  • Consultant Pharmacy – provide expert advice on proper medication use for patients within institutions on long-term settings
  • Academia – teaching, research, public services and patient care
  • Nuclear Pharmacy – compounding and dispending of radioactive materials for use in nuclear medicine procedures

Admission and Graduation Requirements

Admission Requirements

CUCA abides by the CAA Standards and recommendations, with respect to admission and graduation requirements for all its programs, as described in the Student Handbook submitted with this report.

With respect to the proposed program of Bachelor of Pharmacy, the relevant admission and graduation requirements are:

  • A secondary school certificate (Science Major) or equivalent, with a minimum score of 70%.
  • Priority is given to students with a score of 70% or above in Biology, Physics and Chemistry.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 500 or equivalent.
  • Interview: The interview will determine the applicant attitudinal, behavioral, physical, moral/ethical decision-making skills, communication skills, empathy, and motivation, as part of the admission requirements.
  • Health Certificate from one of the public Hospitals in the UAE
  • Good Conduct Certificate
  • Onsite Interview

 

Graduation Requirements

Students will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy upon fulfillment of the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of the required credit hours (150 Credit Hours), including the University requirement courses, with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) greater than or equal C (2.0 on a scale of 4.0).
  • Submitting & defending a research project before an academic committee of the department.
  • Successful completion of field training in community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, and pharmaceutical industry of not less than 600 contact hours which is equivalent to 15 credit hours.

Credit Hours

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
COMPONENT COURSES CREDIT HOURS
General Education 8 24
Core Courses 44 124
Elective Courses 1 2
Total Required 53 150

 

General Education Requirements (15 Credit Hours)
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE C.H. PREREQUISITE SUGGESTED LEVEL
STE 201 Statistics (Health Sciences) 3 None 1
REL 201 Islamic Studies 3 None 1
ACS 101 Communication skills in Arabic Language (For Arabs) 3 None 1
BUS 204 Innovation and Entrepreneurship (English) after completing 60 C.H. 3 Completion of 60 C.H. 6
RME 301 Research Methods 3 STE 201 7

 

University Elective Courses (9 C.H.)

Students have to study any three of the optional courses offered by the Unit of General Studies

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE C.H. PREREQUISITE SUGGESTED LEVEL
ENV 201 Environmental Sciences 3 None 3
HUM 101 Critical Thinking 3 None 4
CIS 101 Computer Fundamentals 3 None 5

 

College Elective Course (2 C.H.)

Students have to study one course of the following

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE C.H. PREREQUISITE SUGGESTED LEVEL
PSC 476 Phytochemistry 2 PSC 243 7
PSC 477 Drug Design 2 PSC 352
PSC 478 Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety 2 PSC 364
PSC 479 Cosmetic Science and Technology 2 PSC 354

 

BPharm Course Requirements (124 Credit Hours)
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE C.H. CONTACT HOURS PREREQUISITE
L T P P
Level 1
PSC 111 Orientation to Pharmacy 3 3 3
PSC 112 Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry I 2 2 2
PSC 113 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 2 2 4
PSC 114 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Analysis 2 2 2
Non-core courses: 9 C.H.
Total Semester Credit Hours: 19 C.H.
13

L: Lecture; T: Tutorial; P: Practical; Tot.: Total; C.H.: Credit hour

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE C.H. CONTACT HOURS PREREQUISITE
L T P P
Level 2
PSC 121 Physical Pharmacy I 3 2 2 4 PSC 111
PSC 122 Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry II 3 2 2 2 PSC 112
PSC 123 Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 2 2 4 PSC 113
PSC 124 Pharmaceutical Chemical Analysis I 3 2 2 4 PSC 114
PSC 125 Pharmacognosy 3 2 2 4 PSC 114
PSC 126 Pharmaceutical Microbiology 3 2 2 4 PSC 113
Total Semester Credit Hours: 18 C.H. 13
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE C.H. CONTACT HOURS PREREQUISITE
L T P P
Second Year / Level 3
PSC 231 Physical Pharmacy II 3 2 2 4 PSC 121
PSC 232 Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms I 3 2 2 4 PSC 121
PSC 233 Biochemistry I 3 2 2 4 PSC 122
PSC 234 Introduction to Pharmacology 3 2 2 4 PSC 123
PSC 235 Principles of Pharmaceutical Care 3 2 2 4 PSC 111
PSC 236 Pharmaceutical Immunology & Infectious Diseases 2 2 2 PSC 126
Non-core courses: 3 C.H.
Total Semester Credit Hours: 20 C.H.
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE C.H. CONTACT HOURS PREREQUISITE
L T P P
Second Year / Level 4
PSC 241 Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms II 3 2 2 4 PSC 231 & PSC 232
PSC 242 Pharmacology & Therapeutics I 3 2 2 4 PSC 234
PSC 243 Pharmaceutical Chemical Analysis II 3 2 2 4 PSC 124
PSC 244 Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry I 3 2 2 4 PSC 112 & PSC 234
PSC 245 Pharmacy Legislation & Ethics 2 2 2 PSC 235
PSC 246 Biochemistry II 2 2 2 PSC 233
Non-core courses: 3 C.H.
Total Semester Credit Hours: 19 C.H.
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE C.H. CONTACT HOURS PREREQUISITE
L T P P
Third Year / Level 5
PSC 351 Biopharmaceutics& Pharmacokinetics I 3 2 2 4 PSC 241
PSC 352 Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry II 2 2 2 PSC 244
PSC 353 Pharmacology & Therapeutics II 3 2 2 4 PSC 242
PSC 354 OTC Drugs & Products 3 2 2 4 PSC 235
PSC 355 Pharmacology & Therapeutics III 3 2 2 4 PSC 242
PSC 356 Pharmaceutical Quality Control 3 2 2 4 PSC 243
Non-core courses: 3 C.H.
Total Semester Credit Hours: 20 C.H.
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE C.H. CONTACT HOURS PREREQUISITE
L T P P
Third Year / Level 6
PSC 361 Biopharmaceutics& Pharmacokinetics II 3 2 2 4 PSC 351
PSC 362 Pharmaceutical Technology 3 2 2 4 PSC 241
PSC 363 Pharmacology & Therapeutics IV 3 2 2 4 PSC 355
PSC 364 Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy 3 3 3 PSC 236
PSC 365 Drug Information & Literature Evaluation 3 3 3 PSC 235
Non-core courses: 3 C.H.
Total Semester Credit Hours: 18 C.H.
Course Code COURSE TITLE C.H. CONTACT HOURS PREREQUISITE
L T P P
Fourth Year / Level 7
PSC 471 Pharmacy Management & Marketing 3 3 3 PSC 245
PSC 472 Principles of Toxicology 2 2 2 PSC 364
PSC 473 Phytotherapy 3 3 3 PSC 362
PSC 474 Pharmacology & Therapeutics V 3 2 2 4 PSC 363
PSC 475 Pharmacogenomics in Pharmacy Practice 2 2 2 PSC 364
Non-core courses: 5 C.H.
Total Semester Credit Hours: 18 C.H.
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE C.H. CONTACT HOURS PREREQUISITE
L T P Tot.
Fourth Year / Level 8
PSC 481 Professional Community Pharmacy Rotation I* 3 PSC 354
PSC 482 Professional Community Pharmacy Rotation II* 3 PSC 354
PSC 483 Professional Pharmaceutical Technology Rotation 3 PSC 356 & PSC 362
PSC 484 Professional Hospital Pharmacy Rotation 3 PSC 354 & PSC 474
PSC 485 Professional Clinical Pharmacy Rotation 3 PSC 354 & PSC 474
PSC 500 Graduation Project**(After completing 120 C.H.) 3 PSC 365
Total Semester Credit Hours: 18 C.H.

*Student can register for PSC 481 and PSC 482 during the summer semester (after level 6).
**Student can start his/her graduation project in level 7 and officially register for PSC 500 in level 8.

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Application fee (one time) AED 1,500
Activity Fee (per semester) AED 250
Registration Fee (per semester) AED 500
Tuition Fee (per credit hour) AED 1,500
Tuition Fee (per year approx.) AED 60,000
Computer Lab Fees (per semester) AED 650
Laboratory and Clinic fees (per semester) AED 2,600
Tutorial Fees per course (Year 3) There are 3 courses in year 3 AED 500
Tutorial Fees per course (Year 4) There is 1 course in year 4 AED 550
Training Fees per course (Year 4) for Community Pharmacy Training. There are 2 courses AED 500
Training Fees per course (Year 4), for training in hospital. There are 2 courses AED 500
Training Fees for pharmaceutical technology AED 1,500

** All fees are excluding (VAT 5%)