Along with a PharmD degree, KGI graduates receive a certificate in one of four areas:

MTO
Medication Therapy Outcomes

The MTO certificate program provides opportunities to develop skills to provide care for patients in rural settings, from underserved populations, in accountable care organizations, and throughout the continuum of care process.

HCM
Healthcare Management

The HCM certificate program offers management training and experience in dynamic healthcare settings. The curriculum emphasizes analytical and problem-solving skills in conjunction with a deep understanding of the healthcare environment.

HIT
Health Information Technology

The HIT certificate program will provide student pharmacists with the necessary skills to become leaders in healthcare technology and to understand the value technology brings to improving patient wellness and healthcare quality while reducing cost and enhancing the patient’s experience.

MCA
Medical and Clinical Affairs

The MCA certificate program will provide student pharmacists with the skills needed to provide strategic, tactical, and operational direction within medical affairs to expedite the development and delivery of safe and effective healthcare products.

Details on the four PharmD certificates

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    Pharmacists need to have specialized skills in chronic disease areas or practice settings to provide optimal patient-centered care. Skills in providing medication therapy review and patient education and consultation; developing practice-related business models or interprofessional approaches; and utilizing evidence-based medicine and safe use of healthcare products are needed to provide optimal pharmacotherapy outcomes. Additionally, graduates need to have in-depth understanding of population-based or specialty area of practice and the regulatory and safety issues associated with these various practice settings.

    Suggested Topics:

    • Developing and utilizing evidence-based medicine and guidelines
    • Managing the seven major chronic diseases
    • Utilizing pharmacogenomics and diagnostics in providing personalized medicine
    • Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and other managed care organizations
    • Medication therapy management or APhA certificate training in “Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services”
    • Medication safety
    • Specialty Pharmacy
    • Home Infusion care
    • Consulting Pharmacy
    • Emergency Medicine and Clinical Toxicology
    • Hematology-Oncology Pharmacy
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    Driving down costs by achieving operational excellence is an essential skill in all areas of pharmacy practice including health-systems, community pharmacies and chains, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, and government organizations. Operations management integrates quantitative and qualitative aspects of management to determine the most efficient and safe means of supporting health and patient care delivery while improving the organizations financial health. Pharmacists trained in this area can combine their expertise in medications and pharmacy practice with the principles of effective operations management to enhance the delivery of healthcare in fiscally responsible manner. They can use lean management principles to increase the value stream by reducing or eliminating defects in the system and enhancing steps that add value.

    Suggested Topics:

    • Continuous Quality Improvement
    • Patient Safety and Risk Management
    • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    • Integrated Technology Strategies
    • Biopharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Control
    • Fundamentals of Commercial Biotech
    • Business Operations
    • Global Supply Chain
    • Electronic Health Records
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    Medical and clinical affairs professionals play critical roles throughout the lifecycle of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biologics, and gene therapy. These professionals provide expertise in research and development, product approval and commercialization, clinical trials, manufacturing, labeling and advertising, and post-market surveillance. Pharmacists trained in these areas can combine their expertise in medications and pharmacy practice with clinical trial management, and regulatory affairs knowledge and skills to enhance the development and commercialization of healthcare products. The MCA certificate program will provide student pharmacists with the skills to provide strategic, tactical, and operational direction within medical affairs to expedite the development and delivery of safe and effective healthcare products.

    Suggested Topics:

    • US Food and Drug law
    • Medical Device regulatory affairs
    • Biologics Regulatory affairs
    • Drug Regulatory affairs
    • Biopharmaceuticals Quality Assurance and Control
    • Clinical Trials Design, Conduct, & Strategies
    • One of the following:
      • Medical Device Development and Market Release or
      • Marketing Assessment or
      • Risk Management Tools and Techniques
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    Health IT—the advancement in interactive technology—and the availability of electronic health information are changing the way healthcare is delivered, managed, monitored, and assessed. Acknowledging a rapidly changing healthcare environment and accommodating the growing demand for pharmacists who are knowledgeable in both pharmacy practice and patient-centered healthcare technology.

    The pharmacist can assist in developing ways to utilize data and design interactive technology to support/enhance clinical decision making to improve quality outcomes, increase treatment/medication adherence ,and safety.

    The certificate program will provide pharmacists with the skills to be healthcare technology leaders and to understand the value of personalized technology to improve patient wellness and healthcare quality, lower cost, increase access, improve health literacy, and impact health behavior.

    Suggested Topics:

    • Databases
    • Telecommunications and Computer Networks
    • HIT Integration, Interoperability, & Standards
    • Decision Support Systems and Health Care
    • Ethical Use of Technology
    • Statistics and Project Management Applied to Healthcare Informatics
    • Medical Technology Acquisition and Assessment