Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Degree Option


Pediatric Pharmacy Degree Option

The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy remains notable as a professional college with four clinicians specialty trained in pediatrics. The practitioners maintain active practice sites in acute care and ambulatory care settings. While most professional programs lack any trained practitioners in this specialty, the OU College of Pharmacy is able to provide both didactic and experiential training within this area of study. The college has made a significant commitment to serving children as well as to support post-graduate residency and fellowship training in pediatrics on both the Oklahoma and Tulsa Health Sciences Center campuses.

Completion of the Pediatric Pharmacy Degree Option will provide the student with additional skills and experiences in the pediatric population to translate into the hospital setting, community setting, and other areas of pharmacy practice. In addition, the track will provide a foundation for students interested in advanced training experiences through post-graduate residencies and fellowships.



The Importance of Pediatric Pharmacy

Pediatrics is a heterogeneous field composed of patients ranging from newborn infants to adolescents. It is estimated that approximately 27% of the U.S. population is less than 18 years of age. Evidence suggests that many pharmacists report filling a prescription for a pediatric patient on a daily basis. Furthermore, parents often seek the advice of pharmacists regarding over-the-counter medications for this population. Children are at significant risk for medication errors, including medication dosing errors, compared to other populations. Pharmacists can play a vital role in preventing medication errors in this population.



What is required to apply for the track? What classes are required in the track?

Students can apply in their 2nd or 3rd professional year. To apply for the track, students must submit an application, curriculum vitae, letter of intent, and 3 letters of reference. These materials are due by October 1 of each academic year, and should be submitted to Dr. Pete JohnsonFollowing review of application materials qualified students are offered interviews. Selected candidates officially start in the track in the spring of their 2nd professional year.

Once accepted into the track, students are assigned a mentor to help facilitate their growth and provide direction during the next 2 years in the professional program. The track is individually tailored to meet the specific needs of every student. Furthermore, on a semester basis all students in the track and pediatric faculty meet to discuss student development in the track and areas for growth of the track.

Table 1 highlights the available didactic and experiential opportunities in pediatrics. The required coursework can be accomplished by completion of any one of the following: 6 hours of didactic coursework and 3 APPE rotations or 8 hours of didactic coursework and 2 APPE rotations. A few of the experiential opportunities offered include: Pediatric Ambulatory Care, General Pediatrics In-Patient, Pediatric Critical Care, and Pediatric Research.



Track Director

Peter (Pete) N. Johnson, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS, FPPAG: Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy; Oklahoma City Campus



Didactic and Experiential Course Options

  • Didactic

    Pediatric Medication Safety (Fall Semester)*
    Course builds knowledge base of Pharm.D. students regarding healthcare needs of children. Students will become proficient in determining the appropriateness of pediatric prescriptions.

    Introduction to Pediatric Pharmacotherapy (P2/P3 Fall Semester)+
    Course introduces students to needs of children and prepare students to provide effective pharmacotherapy.

    Pharmacotherapy Considerations in Pediatrics (P3 Spring Semester)
    Course makes students aware of health care needs of children and gives them knowledge and skills to positively impact pediatric patients.

    Independent Study for Self-Directed Learning (Fall and Spring Semester)
    Course is to provide students an opportunity to participate in a quality improvement or research project to improve healthcare needs of children.

  • Experiential Rotations

    Supervised clinical practice experience involving the analysis of pharmacotherapeutic and pharmacokinetic applications, evaluation of drug utilization, and synthesis of rational drug regimens in the context of pediatrics.

    • Pediatric Ambulatory Care Practicum
    • General Pediatrics In-Patient
    • Neonatal Intensive Care
    • Pediatric Critical Care
    • Pediatric Nephrology/Transplant  
    • Pediatric Diabetes Camp
    • Pediatric Research Rotation