Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Pharmacogenomics

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What is pharmacogenomics?

The field of pharmacogenomics involves the study of the relationship between an individual’s genetic makeup and his or her response to a drug. Pharmacogenetics, a component of pharmacogenomics, is the study of the relationship between a single gene and its response to a drug.

How can physicians and other clinicians use pharmacogenomics to help treat their patients?

Pharmacogenomics can help physicians and other clinicians identify the optimal drug and the optimum dose with maximum efficiency and ideally no adverse effects.

How will pharmacogenomics affect the development of new medicines?

Pharmacogenomic knowledge will enable pharmaceutical companies to design, develop and market drugs for people with specific genetic profiles. Testing a drug only in those likely to benefit from it could streamline its development and maximize its therapeutic benefit.

How will pharmacogenomics affect the quality of health care?

Pharmacogenomics will increasingly enable physicians and other clinicians to prescribe the right dose of the right medicine the first time for everyone. This would mean that patients will receive medicines that are safer and more effective, leading to better health care overall. Also, if scientists can identify the genetic basis for certain toxic side effects, drugs can be prescribed only to those who are not genetically at risk for those effects. This could maintain the availability of potentially lifesaving medications that might otherwise be taken off the market.

What challenges face the field of pharmacogenomics?

As with most new medical advances, there will be barriers to overcome. Physicians and other clinicians will unlikely be able to rely on the information provided by pharmacogenomics alone. There are other factors that will remain important when implementing therapy such as the patient’s diet, weight, lifestyle and other medicines. It may also take time for pharmacogenomics to enter the mainstream because most medicines work well for most people. The number and complexity of interactions between a drug and the body’s biological molecules is another challenge. The field could involve intricate and time-consuming scientific work. Pharmacogenomics is an exciting industry with world-changing potential.

What will I be able to do with this degree?

When you complete this degree, you will be able to pursue several options. You can seek employment as an applied scientist in the genetic testing or pharmaceutical industries. You can pursue a Ph.D. or a professional degree in fields such as medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. You can expand your professional role in genetic counseling.

Can you go over the timeline? How long will it take to complete the program?

The program will last one year. Classes will begin in Summer and conclude the following Summer.

How much does the program cost?


Tuition and fees are listed here.

Where do classes and labs take place?

Classes and labs will take place at the Manchester University Fort Wayne campus. Maps and directions

How often will I meet with an advisor? How available and supportive is the program staff? 

Program staff, including the program director who serves as the primary advisor to the program’s students, will meet with enrolled students on a regular basis to assist in each student’s progression.

How would you describe the class environment? 

The class sizes are small. The program’s goal is to remain small to ensure that there is significant interaction, collaboration and team-work among all faculty and students.

What academic support is available if I’m struggling in a class? 

All instructing faculty will have office hours.

How can I go on a campus tour?

Campus tours can be arranged through the Office of Student Affairs. Please call 260-470-2703 for more information.

Curriculum

What does the curricular structure look like?

The curriculum consists of three four-month semesters. Each semester consists of 14 credit hours of coursework for a program total of 42 credit hours. Additionally, there is a program-long project required that allows students to apply their knowledge in realistic scenarios. You may review the curriculum by clicking here.

Are graduate assistantships available?

There are no graduate assistantships available for this program.

Are there internships or jobs available?

This is a full-time program, and in the best interests of the students, working during the program is not recommended.

Can I take other courses at the same time as I am enrolled?

This program is a full course load in an accelerated format. We advise that you do not take courses outside of the program.

Admissions

Who is this program for?

This unique opportunity is for individuals looking for a specialized field of health care poised for exciting growth and world-changing potential. It is a graduate program, so a science degree (e.g., chemistry, biology, medical technician, etc.) or a professional degree (e.g., medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, master of science in genetic counseling, etc.) is required.

What’s the timeline to apply? Is it best to apply early, or is it OK to apply at the deadline? 

The program has rolling admissions. Applications will be reviewed and admission will be offered on a rolling basis until approximately two months prior to the beginning of classes.

Application

What are the application requirements?

  1. The application form
  2. $25 application fee (collected online after application submitted)
  3. A statement of intent (included on the application form)
  4. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended
  5. 2 letters of reference submitted on the applicant's behalf
  6. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred (on a 4.0 scale)

How do I submit my official undergraduate and graduate transcripts?

Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts should be mailed from your former institution to the Manchester University Admissions, Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics Program, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962.

How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation should be sent from your references directly to the Manchester University Admissions, Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics Program, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962.

Online Program - beginning in the Spring of 2018

 

How long will it take me to earn the online degree?

Two years, three semesters each year

What is the difference between the traditional program on the Fort Wayne campus and the online program?

The main difference is the length of time. The traditional program in Fort Wayne enrolls full-time students for one year. The online program is spread out over two years.

What is the difference between the two tracks- laboratory and clinical?

With the laboratory track, the Patient Genome Project is completed during the final semester and for the clinical track that course is spread throughout two years. Also, the laboratory track has two weeks of onsite training in Fort Wayne, while the clinical track does not require any onsite laboratory training.

The laboratory track is designed for current laboratory technicians or students with a bachelor’s degree who are interested in PGx but can’t come to Fort Wayne for a year.

The clinical track is designed for health care providers such as pharmacists and genetic counseling who use PGx in their practice but lack training. The clinical track also will include Collaborative Intuitional Training Initiative (CITI) which is used to train researchers regarding ethics and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). 

How much does the program cost?

Tuition and fees are listed here.

Who can I contact with questions about the program?

You can click here: Inquire Now
You can also contact Dr. David Kisor via email at pgx@manchester.edu or by calling 260-470-2747.