Introduction to Experiential Education

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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 of Experiential Education:  Provide students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and develop the skills required of a practicing pharmacist.

Why is Experiential Education Important?

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

Where and How does Experiential Education fit into Pharmacy School?

IPPE: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience

SOAR: Student and Older Adult Relationship Project for first-years

  • 2 hours per week at a long-term care facility with geriatric patients
  •  Follow a 4th year student on rotations

Community and Institutional (Hospital) for second- and third-year students

  • 120 hours each 
  • Longitudinal, summer or winter

APPE: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

  • Seven (six-week long) rotations for fourth-year student (225 hours minimum)
  • Four required rotations (Community, Hospital/ Health-Systems, Adult Acute Care, and Ambulatory Care) and three elective rotations

Unique Experiential Education opportunities: 

Arizona-wide and out-of-state APPE rotations (and IPPE rotations on a limited basis)

International APPE rotations

Rural Health Professions Program

Originally posted: August 29, 2013
Last updated: August 16, 2016
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