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The educational programs and facilities of the College of Pharmacy are among the best in the country. The faculty are enthusiastic and on the cutting edge of pharmacy practice. With over 600 clinical sites and over 800 preceptors, experiential education is very diverse and comprehensive. These include sites ranging from the clinic pharmacy at Davie where faculty practice disease state management to the 1550-bed Jackson Memorial Hospital, as well as medical centers in Tampa, Orlando, and West Palm Beach.


Experiential Education Overview

Welcome Experiential Education Preceptors

The curriculum at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy (COP) includes introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences.  Students are introduced to community, hospital, and expanded clinical practices that pharmacists with the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree are involved with. To accomplish these experiences, we have over 800 pharmacist preceptors in various practice settings througout the United States and Puerto Rico.  Our preceptors are truly dedicated professionals that educate, nurture, and train our student pharmacists and provide expertise in their professional specialty area. The preceptors act as Clinical Affiliate Professors for the courses included in the curriculum of Experiential Education.

Second year student pharmacists are assigned to a community pharmacy with a community pharmacy preceptor. The "classroom" for these students is located in a community pharmacy for half a day a week during the second didactic 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. On-site experience provides basic knowledge of the drug distribution process in a community pharmacy. Legal, ethical and practice issues in the pharmacy are also discussed with their preceptors.

Third year student pharmacists are assigned to a hospital pharmacy with a hospital pharmacy preceptor. The "classroom" for these students is located in a hospital pharmacy for one day a week during the third didactic year. During the first half of this experience, students participate in various aspects of institutional pharmacy practice including drug storage, drug security, and policies and procedures. The experience will also provide basic knowledge of the drug distribution process in hospital setting. Activities include prescription preparation, using a unit dose system, use of references and inventory management. During the second half of this experience the students begin the application of the skills, concepts and knowledge acquired in the didactic component of the curriculum in the institutional pharmacy. This course promotes the development of the pharmacy practice skills and furthers the development of communication skills. On-site experience enables students to prepare for advance pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs).

Fourth year student pharmacists are assigned each month to an APPE site with an approved NSU preceptor. The "classroom" for these students is located in a various pharmacy practices each month for a total of 9 months at 160 hours per month throughout the final year. The assignment of sites is based on preceptor availability and student preference and includes 6 required direct patient care experiences, plus 3 selective experiences in specialty health care areas. The required APPEs includes: Internal Medicine, Ambulatory Care, Community Patient Care I, Community Patient Care II, Acute Patient Care I and II.

Pharmacists interested in becoming an NSU experiential education preceptor should review the requirements and complete the Preceptor Application Form (at left).

Thank you for your interest in becoming a preceptor for the Experiential Education Program.