PHA 011: Pharmacists Refresher Course, Module One

Preparing you for Community Pharmacy Practice

This course is designed for pharmacists who wish to return to community pharmacy practice after an absence from practice for three to five years or more. It is also a great course for practicing pharmacists who want to update their knowledge. The course is offered in three modules for a total of 110 ACPE approved contact hours.

Module one is web-based and addresses the most commonly prescribed prescription drugs, the most commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) medications, nutritional supplements, and herbal products.

The first 5 weeks and part of week 6 of Module One focus on on the “Top 200” prescription drugs as well as commonly prescribed new drugs. Weeks 6 through 8 focus on Over-the-Counter Drugs that are frequently used. The primary objective of all lectures is to refresh you on the properties of OTC and prescription medications and their uses.

Christopher Lopez, PharmD will be your primary instructor for the course.

At the end of the course, please remember to fill out the ACPE evaluation form (at the bottom of the Lectures page) if you would like ACPE credit. Also be sure to complete the Charter Oak course evaluation. These are to be completed within 10 days of the end of the course.

Test Information

There will be a weekly quiz to complete for credit. Please complete the quizzes by midnight on the Sunday of the week it is due. You may take the quiz earlier, but you may not re-take it if you do not get the grade you wanted. Each quiz is worth 10% of your grade.

There will also be a final exam that must be completed by the last day of class. This is in lieu of the week eight quiz. The final exam is worth 20% of your grade.

Grading Policies

The instructors will grade your assignments and tests/quizes as they are turned in. You can check on your grade in the "Check Grade" option under the Student Tools button.

70% of your grade is based on the weekly quizzes assigned.

10% of your grade is based on your particpation in the weekly Case Scenario discussions.

20% of your grade is the final, due the last day of class (available Monday of the last week of class).

Attendance Policies

There is no attendance policy outside of turning in your work and participating in the discussion boards on a weekly basis.

Exceptions to deadlines will only be made with advance approval of the instructor.

The course has a weekly schedule (Monday to Sunday) in which you must review the lectures for the week and complete assignments.

You must also complete a weekly quiz by midnight on Sunday of the week it is assigned. Weeks will run from Monday to Sunday except for Week 8 (the last week) which will end on Saturday.

Course Materials

Optional Textbooks (most resources will be free and web-based, this is for your future reference only):

2004 Pocket Drug Facts and Comparisons (8th Edition), Facts and Comparisons (Editor) / Paperback / Facts and Comparisons / June 2003

APhA Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs, Loyd V. Allen Jr. (Editor), Rosemary R. Berardi / Hardcover / APhA Publications / May 2002

Complete Guide to Prescription and Non-Prescription Drugs (2002), H. Winter Griffith,
Stephen W. Moore / Paperback / Berkley Publishing Group / November 2001

Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs, Rosemary R. Berardi, Loyd V. Allen (Editor) / Paperback / American Pharmaceutical Association / June 2002

Nonprescription Product Therapeutics, W. Steven Pray / Paperback / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishers / March 1999

Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2002, Steven M. Green, Steven M. (Ed.) Green / Paperback / Tarascon Publishing / December 2001

The Merck Manual, 17th Edition, Robert Berkow (Editor), Mark H. Beers (Editor), Mark Burs (Editor) / Hardcover / Merck & Company, Incorporated / March 1999

Tyler's Herbs of Choice: The Therapeutic Use of Phytomedicinals, James E. Robbers, Varro E. Tyler / Hardcover / Haworth Press / January 15, 1999

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COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.