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
- ambulatory care clinics
- research laboratories,
- managed care facilities
- 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?
- 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?
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
- 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)