Lebanese American University
School of Pharmacy

Programs of Study

B.S. in Pharmacy

The B.S. in Pharmacy program extends over five years with 174 credits to complete, including two years of pre-pharmacy followed by three professional years (P1, P2 and P3) of pharmacy education.

B.S. in Pharmacy Curriculum

The B.S. in Pharmacy curriculum includes didactic and laboratory courses, and practical experiences (Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences) as described below.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences

The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) are laid out progressively throughout the first three professional years. They provide students with an introduction to the profession of pharmacy and prepare them for the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) that are scheduled for the professional year 4 (P4). IPPEs provide balanced experiences between community pharmacy and hospital practice, and are under the supervision of qualified preceptors. During IPPEs, students observe the real-world practice of healthcare professionals, participate in the daily activities of the practice site, gain hands-on experience by applying their knowledge to patient care and pharmacy operations, and further the development of their professional skills and behaviors.

Professional Year 1

Fall Semester (18 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
PHA308 Pharmaceutical Analysis & Biotechnology 2
PHA309 Pharmaceutical Analysis & Biotechnology, Lab 1
PHA312 Medicinal Chemistry I 3
PHA314 Dosage Forms I 3
PHA315 Dosage Forms I, Lab 1
PHA320 Physical Assessment 2
PHA322 Professional Communication 1
PHA333 Pharmacy Management 3
PHA567 Professional Elective 2

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
PHA313 Medicinal Chemistry II 3
PHA316 Dosage Forms II 3
PHA317 Dosage Forms II, Lab 1
PHA325 Pharmacy Practice & Ethics 2
PHA330 Pharmacology I 4
PHA340 Pharmacotherapeutics I 2

Summer Semester (3 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
PHA398 Pharmacy Practice Management I (IPPE) 3

Professional Year 2

Fall Semester (18 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
PHA421 Drug Information & Literature Evaluation 2
PHA422 Pharmacokinetics & Biopharmaceutics 4
PHA430 Pharmacology II 4
PHA441 Pharmacotherapeutics II 3
PHA442 Pharmacotherapeutics III 3
PHA567 Professional Elective 2

Spring Semester (17 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
PHA435 Pharmacognosy & Evidence-Based Herbal Medicine 2
PHA443 Pharmacotherapeutics IV 3
PHA444 Pharmacotherapeutics V 3
PHA445 Pharmacotherapeutics VI 3
PHA449 Dispensing & Pharmaceutical Care 3
PHA452 Toxicology 3

Summer Semester (3 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
PHA497 Introduction to Professional Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) 1
PHA499 Pharmacy Practice Management II (IPPE) 2

Professional Year 3

Fall Semester (19 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
PHA523 or PHA567

Clinical Pharmacokinetics or Professional Elective

1
PHA550 Introduction to Pharmacoeconomics 1
PHA557 Pharmacoeconomics 3
PHA560 Clinical Nutrition & Diet Therapy 2
PHA570 Professional Pharmacy Practice-Hospital/Drug Information Center Experience (IPPE) 6
PHA571 Professional Pharmacy Practice-Community Experience (IPPE) 6

Spring Semester (17 credits)

Number Course Name Cr.
PHA510 U.S. Pharmacy Law & Regulation 2
PHA512 Lebanese Pharmacy Law & Regulation 1
PHA515 Pharmacy Seminar 1
PHA567 Professional Elective 1
PHA572 Professional Pharmacy Practice-Inpatient Care Experience (IPPE) 12

A total of six credits of professional electives (as one-credit or two-credit courses) should be completed before graduation.

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Academic Rules and Procedures

In addition to LAU’s undergraduate academic rules and procedures, students enrolled in the B.S. in Pharmacy program must observe the following regulations:

Academic Probation and Dismissal from the Professional Program

A student can register in a course up to three times, including withdrawals. A student is dismissed from the School if he/she fails to score at least a letter grade C in the same PHA course after three attempts.

A student is placed on probation if his/her cumulative GPA is below 2.00 at the end of a semester for all courses taken at LAU during that semester, irrespective of incomplete grades or withdrawals.

A student on probation may not carry more than 13 credits in a regular semester and is advised to repeat as soon as possible the courses with a letter grade F or D.

A student who does not come off academic probation within two consecutive semesters of enrolment at LAU (Summer modules excluded) will be suspended regardless of any incompletes and semester withdrawals.

A student suspended after academic probations must submit a petition to the Registrar’s Office. Readmission into LAU is not guaranteed and each case is carefully reviewed for its own merit.

A student readmitted after suspension will be placed on probation and given two semesters, excluding summer semesters, to remove the probation. Failure to remove the probation will lead to the student’s dismissal from the University.

Advancing to the Next Year

A student must pass all professional program courses with a minimum letter grade C in order to advance to the next professional year.

A student may carry over to the next professional year only one course with a letter grade D, D+ or C- after securing the approval of the School Academic Council. Courses from which students have withdrawn or scored a letter grade F may not be carried over. A carried over course must be completed with a minimum letter grade C within the next academic year or Summer semester in order to be promoted to the next professional year.

A student must successfully complete all P1 and P2 didactic courses of the program prior to enrolling in the P3 Pharmacy Practice Experience courses (PHA570, PHA571, and PHA572).

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