Distance Master of Science Degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology Program Requirements

 

The Distance M.S. Program requires 30 total hours; 14 credit hours of didactic coursework that are offered on-line plus 16 credit hours of research activity, research proposal and final written thesis. In order to conduct research for a Master's thesis project, Distance M.S. students need to have access to a "wet" lab in which they can perform biologically-based experiments. The research activity is normally conducted at the student’s workplace under the supervision of the off-site advisor in collaboration with, and guidance from a willing KU research advisor selected from the Pharmacology and Toxicology faculty.

 

REQUIRED DISTANCE COURSE OFFERINGS:

P&TX 750, P&TX 785 and P&TX 751 should be the first three courses completed in that order.

 

P&TX 750: Pharmacology I- Introduction to Pharmacology and Biotechnology. 3 credits.

An introduction to the basic principles of biochemistry and molecular biology as well as pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drug action. Additional lectures will introduce students to principles of genomics, transgenic technologies and microscopy.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

 

P&TX 751: Pharmacology II- Endocrinology & Diabetes. 2 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamental concepts of endocrinology with an emphasis on the pathophysiologic details of diabetes and the pharmacology of treatment. Brief discussions on hypothalamic/pituitary, reproductive, thyroid and adrenal endocrinology and pharmacology will be presented.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX 750 and P&TX 785.

 

P&TX 752: Pharmacology III- CNS and ANS. 3 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamental concepts of the autonomic nervous system, central nervous system, and select diseases of the CNS and their pharmacology.  

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX 750, P&TX 785 and P&TX 751.

 

P&TX 753: Pharmacology IV- Cardiovascular and Renal System.  2 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamental principles of the cardiovascular system, renal system and their associated pharmacology.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX 750, P&TX 785, P&TX 751 and P&TX 752.

 

P&TX 754: Pharmacology V- Immunopharmacology, Infectious Diseases and Gastrointestinal Pharmacology. 2 credits.

This course is a detailed study of the fundamental concepts of immunology, inflammatory-related diseases and immunopharmacology, infectious diseases and gastrointestinal pharmacology.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX 750, P&TX 785 and P&TX 751.

 

P&TX 755: Molecular Toxicology. 2 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamentals of the toxicology, drug transformations and the mode of toxicity of various drug classes.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX 750, P&TX 785 and P&TX 751.

 

REQUIRED On-LINE RESEARCH OFFERINGS:

 

P&TX 785: Research Proposal.  2 credits.

To satisfy the research requirement for the on-line distance M.S. program in Pharmacology and Toxicology, the aspiring student must define a research project and prepare a written proposal describing the nature and goals of the project.  It is suggested that the student in conjunction with their distance research mentor collaborate in the selection of and the definition of the proposed research.  The proposal should be 4 pages (0.5 in margins, 11-12 point Arial, Times Roman or Calibri font) that states the overall goal of the project, the hypothesis to be tested, 2-3 specific aims, a statement of significance and impact of the research and the research approach. 

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX 750.

 

P&TX 885: Research in Pharmacology and Toxicology.  12 credits (up to 3 per semester).

Original investigations at an advanced level in the areas of pharmacology or toxicology or related fields. This research will be performed by graduate students in collaboration at their place of off-site mentoring in collaboration with the faculty mentor.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of P&TX 785.

 

P&TX 889: Master's Thesis. 2 credits. (during final semester thesis is to be completed).

Independent investigation of a research problem of limited scope, leading to the preparation of a written Master’s Degree thesis.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and completion of 12 credits in P&TX 885.

 

RESEARCH PROPOSAL PREPARATION GUIDELINES:

To satisfy the research requirement for the on-line distance M.S. program in Pharmacology and Toxicology, the aspiring student must define a research project within the first semester.  The student will be expected to prepare a written proposal describing the nature and goals of the project.  It is suggested that the student work in conjunction with their distance research mentor and collaborate with the KU Pharmacology and Toxicology Faculty Mentor in the selection of and the definition of the proposed research.  The proposal should consist of the following elements: an overall goal or hypothesis, a statement of significance of the research, and a research plan consisting of several specific aims.  The following description serves to define expectations regarding proposal preparation.

Project Title

An appropriate title should be created that describes the overall research topic.

Overall Goal

A short statement is to be written wherein the scope of the project is clearly defined.

Background and Significance

The student should familiarize themselves with published work that is related to the chosen research area.  A short summary of this background should be provided in a manner that indicates knowledge of the area and goes on to describe the significance of the proposed research in adding to and extending knowledge.

Specific Aims

The overall project should be envisioned as a series of sub-goals, which as they are individually accomplished, allows achievement of the overall goal.  The specific aims should include a description of the experiments to be conducted.  It should be clearly stated what is to be accomplished in each specific aim and how these results relate to the achievement of the overall research goal.

Bibliography

Appropriate literature citations should be provided in each section of the proposal, as justification for the proposed research, and to clearly indicate that the student has familiarized themselves with the research topic.

Length

The M.S. research proposal should be limited to approximately four pages, excluding the bibliographic section.

Credit

The Thesis preparation and oral defense will satisfy two credit hours of the research requirement.


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