What Makes Touro’s College of Pharmacy Program Unique?
Program Design: The Two-Plus-Two Curriculum
During the first two years, TUC’s College of Pharmacy curriculum employs four 19-week semesters, which provide 76 weeks of didactic instruction. This allows us to present the same amount of material during the first four semesters that usually requires six typical 13- to 15-week semesters, or three years.
Didactic material is presented in four content-based tracks - Biological sciences; Pharmaceutical sciences; Social, Behavioral, and Administrative sciences; and Clinical sciences. All four tracks address the same body system during each five-week block. Each block concludes with a one week examination period concerning that body system, and utilizes a grading system with 70% as passing. A fifth Track based on clinical skill competencies, called Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs), runs concurrently through the first two years. At the end of each semester, an integrated, cumulative, three-part evaluation called the Triple Jump Exam (TJE) is given on material to date. Students are required to pass the four progressively weighted TJEs with a final grade of 2.5 out of 4 after their P2 spring semester in order to progress to Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in the third year.
The rationale for extending the experiential APPE component of the curriculum through both the third and fourth years is that it gives students more opportunities to practice using the acquired knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become competent professionals. The eleven 6-week rotations (7 required and 4 elective) allow pharmacists to perform more clinical responsibilities and receive more patient care experiences in a wider variety of pharmacy settings. We have tried to locate our IPPE and APPE sites within a 45-mile radius of the Vallejo campus to enhance the quality and coordination of the experiential rotations. We therefore focus on the North Bay counties of Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, and Contra Costa, since those areas have not traditionally been highly utilized for pharmacist training.
Graduates of this curriculum will be critical thinkers who are able to meet the increasing expectations of the workplace. They will be empowered to adapt throughout their careers, to use their capabilities to solve problems, educate themselves and others, and to pursue their commitment to life-long learning.
Touro University California College of Pharmacy
1st Place CSHP Quiz Bowl
Top 10 APhA National Patient Counseling Competition
1st Place CPhA Patient Counseling Competition
Previous Awards 2008-2010
Highest pass rate on California State Board Exam (2010)
1st Place CSHP Quiz Bowl (2009 & 2010)
1st Place CSHP Clinical Skills Competition (2009 & 2010)
1st place tie for research poster (2010)
1st Place CSHP Student Chapter Size (2009)
1st Place CSHP Student Chapter Retention (2009)
1st Place CPhA Quiz Bowl (2008)
CSHP = California Society of Hospital Pharmacists
APHA = American Pharmacists Association
CPhA = California Pharmacists Association
10 Reasons to come to Touro COP!
Opportunity to be a part of the Touro University College of Pharmacy's accredited Pharm.D. Program.
2 + 2 curriculum provides an additional year of clerkships to produce a clinically mature graduate.
Small class size creates strong personal relationships with professors and classmates.
Each incoming class is organized into teams that work together on active learning projects.
Unique Pharmacy Learning Center combines interactive and technologically advanced classroom and discussion spaces.
Bay Area location provides easy access to San Francisco and other Bay Area cultural, sports, and outdoor attractions.
Close-by pharmacy practice experiences occur within a 45-mile radius of the campus.
Integrated curriculum makes the connections between scientific knowledge and pharmacy practice.
Extended 19-week semesters decompress the learning experience.
Laptop program promotes the widespread use of the Internet and other computer-based educational resources.
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