An online elective course for undergraduate students on common prescription medications

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

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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
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009


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


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