PharmD Experiential Education & Curriculum

What is Experiential Education? 

  • Structured learning under the supervision of preceptors (pharmacists and other licensed professionals) in a real pharmacy setting outside of the classroom
  • Augments classroom education by providing experiences in many contemporary aspects of pharmacy practice
  • Practice sites include: 
    • community pharmacies
    • hospitals
    • ambulatory care clinics
    • research laboratories
    • managed care facilities
    • academia 
    • government agencies 
  • Goals: to provide students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and develop the skills required of a practicing pharmacist. 

Why is Experiential Education Important? 

It provides the opportunity to:

  • apply what you have learned in the classroom and in the laboratory to real-world settings
  • problem solve, develop skills, and provide patient care services 
  • make decisions based on professional knowledge and judgment
  • interact with diverse patient populations 
  • network and collaborate with established clinical practitioners 

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

Student and Older Adult Relationship (SOAR) Project
  • First-year students
  • Follow a 4th year student on rotations
  • 2 hours per week at a long-term care facility with geriatric patients
Community and Institutional (Hospital)
  • Second-and Third-year students 
  • 120 hours each
  • Longitudinal, summer or winter 

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)

  • Seven rotations (6 weeks long) for fourth-year students (225 hours minimum)
  • Four required rotations
  • Three elective rotations

Unique Experiential Education Opportunities

Where and How does Experiential Education fit into Pharmacy School?