Program Overview

The Experiential Education program is the part of the curriculum that sends students to practice sites. Our students participate in a variety of experiences.

P1 Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (120 hours) (PhPr 7105)

This course provides structured practical experience in the community setting. Students are assigned a three-week experience at the end of their 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 and 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 3.0 hour, pass/fail course.

P2 Institutional Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (160 hours) (PhPr 7202)

This course provides a structured professional experience in institutional pharmacy practice. Students are assigned a four-week practice experience at the end of their spring semester in May, June, or 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 and 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 4.0 credit hour, pass/fail course.

P3 Longitudinal Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience – Patient Assessment & Application (40 hours) (PhPr 7307)

The longitudinal 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 experiences 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 and 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 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.

P4 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

During their fourth professional year, students participate in the Advanced Experiential Education Program. The program consists of ten one-month experiences. These experiences are offered from May 1 through April 30. No rotations occur during the month of December, unless special permission is granted by the Associate Dean of Experiential Education. 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. For more information, please refer to the APPE manual.