An online elective course for undergraduate students on common prescription medications

Amy L Pittenger, Kristin K Janke, Melissa A. Bumgardner

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Abstract

Objectives. To design, implement, and evaluate an online elective course on common prescription medications for undergraduate (pre- and non-health professional) students. Design. An 8-module online course on common prescription medications was designed following the ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation) instructional design model and offered to students for 8 consecutive semesters. Assessment. Following each offering, performance data were analyzed and a course review conducted, including evaluation of entrance survey data and course evaluations. Direct analysis of data over 2 offerings and grade distribution comparisons over all 8 offerings, demonstrated consistent knowledge gains. Feedback from course evaluations and a continual increase in enrollment over the 8 semesters indicated student satisfaction with the course. Conclusion. Systematic design and quality assurance/improvement strategies resulted in the successful establishment of an online pharmacotherapy course for undergraduate, nonpharmacy students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number69
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Volume73
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Internet
  • Online learning
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Quality improvement
  • Undergraduate students

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