Pharmacists working together in a clinic.

Experiential Education

Real-world experiences required of a practicing pharmacist

Where & How Does Experiential Education Fit in Pharmacy School?

PharmD Year One

Student and Older Adult Relationship (SOAR) Project
  • First-year students
  • Weekly visits with an older adult 

PharmD Year Two

Practice in a Community or Institutional Setting
Interprofessional Education Activity

PharmD Year Three

Practice in a Community or Institutional Setting
Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)

PharmD Year Four

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations are completed in the fourth year of the PharmD curriculum. Students work with a variety of preceptors in four required rotations and three elective rotations. 

Prepare for Your Rotation

Before beginning their rotations, students must meet and complete several requirements, including: 

  • Updating Immunization Records
  • Obtaining Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Registering for their Pharmacy Intern License 
  • Trainings related to HIPAA, CPR and Bloodborne Pathogens Safety

Rotation Information & Policies

  • University of Arizona Policies Specific to the Experiential Education Program
  • How to Report Rotation Hours
  • Rotation Calendars
  • Disability Related Accomodations

Broaden Your Hands-On Experience

Unique opportunities are available for PharmD students interested in a non-traditional rotation experience. 

A unique opportunity for students to practice in rural settings across Arizona. Students will receive a stipend to defray costs of traveling to and from their rotation site and receive housing assistance as needed. Students will also have priority selection for their rural IPPE and APPE rotation sites and dates. 

Explore this Opportunity to make a difference in underserved communities across Arizona. 

Fourth-year PharmD students can complete one of their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience rotations in a country outside of the United States. The international rotation is six weeks and students will learn about pharmacy practice and healthcare systems in different countries. 

Explore this Opportunity to learn the various pharmacy and health care practices of other countries. 

Interested in becoming a Preceptor?