Program Overview

The Experiential Education program is the part of the curriculum that sends students to practice sites. Throughout their time at the UAMS College of Pharmacy students will participate in a variety of different experiences.

P-1 Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (120 hours) (PhPr 3603)

This course is will provide structured practical experience in community pharmacy practice. Students are assigned a 3 week experience at the end of the P1 Spring semester in May or June.  Through utilization of competency-based objectives, students gain a greater appreciation for the profession of pharmacy and develop professional attitudes, judgment and technical skills needed to function in the community setting.  Students observe/discuss the role of the community pharmacist and actively participate in daily operations that focus on the distributive aspects of practice.  To enter this course, a student must be eligible for advancement to the P2 year. This is a three credit hour, pass/fail, course.

P-2 Institutional – Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (160 hours) (PhPr 4604)

This course will provide a structured practical professional experience in institutional pharmacy practice. Students are assigned a four week practice experience at the end of the spring semester (May, June, July). Through utilization of competency-based objectives, students gain a greater appreciation for the profession of pharmacy and develop professional attitudes, judgment and technical skills needed to function in the institutional setting.  Students observe/discuss the role of the health-system pharmacist and actively participate in daily operations that focus on the distributive aspects of practice.  To enter this course, a student must be eligible for advancement to the P3 year. This is a four credit hour, pass/fail course.

P3 Longitudinal IPPE – Patient Assessment & Application 1 credit hour (40 hours) (PhPr)

The introductory pharmacy practice experience (IPPE) of the third professional year is a longitudinal, self-directed experience designed to provide multiple opportunities to perform patient-centered care activities in a variety of settings. Each student is responsible for accumulating 40 hours of IPPE over approximately one year (completion of P2 Spring through April of P3 Spring) excluding the month during the assigned P2 Institutional IPPE. The P3 IPPE provides opportunity for students to explore/develop personal interests as well as broaden their perspective of pharmacy practice. Longitudinal exposures should expand on the experience gained in the previously completed Community and Institutional IPPEs. Activities appropriate for P3 IPPE hours may include but are not limited to: shadowing of pharmacy practitioners; providing patient services and/or education at health fairs or screenings; MTM/medication reviews; volunteering at free medical clinics; participating in medical mission trips; student pharmacy exchange programs; or other pharmacy-based activities with prior approval from the course coordinator.

P-4 Advanced Experiential Education Requirements

During their fourth professional year at the UAMS College of Pharmacy, students participate in the Advanced Experiential Education Program. The program consists of nine one-month experiences. These experiences are offered from June 1 through April 30. There will be no rotations conducted during the month of December except with special permission. Each experience must be completed within the calendar month in which it is assigned. A minimum of 160 hours is required to complete a rotation. The preceptor, in consultation with the student, will determine rotation hours.

In order to complete the Experiential Education Program and graduate from the College of Pharmacy, students must meet specific rotation requirements. These are: Direct Patient Care Rotations (5) – every student will be assigned to five direct patient care experiences:

  • Two (2) Acute/Primary Care Experience
  • One (1) Ambulatory Care Experience
  • One (1) Either Acute/Primary Care Experience or Ambulatory Care Experience
  • One (1) of the following: Advanced Community Pharmacy Clerkship in either Medication Therapy Management or Nonprescription Drugs.

Indirect Patient Care Rotations (2) – every student will be assigned to two rotations:

  • One (1) Hospital/Health System Management Experience
  • One (1) Community Management Experience

Elective Rotations (2) – every student will be assigned to two elective rotations

  • To be assigned from any approved rotations.