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Advanced Standing Pharm.D.

Experiential Education

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Pharmacy pactice experiences in community, hospital, and other traditional pharmacy settings facilitate real-life application of the material, and provide opportunities to integrate information and knowledge acquired in the classroom. In the first year students are exposed to the role and responsibilities of the professionally oriented community pharmacist, and the importance of effective communication between pharmacists, patients, and other health care providers. 

In the second year students are exposed to various aspects of institutional pharmacy practice including drug storage, drug security, and policies and procedures.  Students apply skills, concepts and knowledge acquired in the didactic component of the curriculum in institutional pharmacy settings which will prepare them for advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs).

In the final year students complete 9 APPEs.  Each APPE consists of a 4-week, forty-hours per week, experience in a supervised pharmacy practice environment.  In these settings students apply didactic instruction, develop competencies, and enhance their knowledge of patient care management.  There are 6 required experiences plus 3 selective experiences in specialty health care areas.  Required experiences include internal medicine, ambulatory care, community patient care, and acute patient care.  Successful completion of all didactic coursework is required before being allowed to begin APPEs. 

Students are assigned to approved on- and off-campus facilities and must have reliable transportation as sites may not be in close proximity to the college. 

The curriculum stresses innovative delivery and assessment methods. All lectures, handouts, reading materials and exams will be in English. This prepares students for the national practice of pharmacy and board examinations.

This 3-year, full-time program requires a student's full and committed effort.

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