Experiential Education Overview

Welcome Experiential Education Preceptors

The curriculum at College of Pharmacy at NSU includes introductory and advanced practice experiences for the student.  The program allows for students to be introduced to community, hospital and expanded clinical practices that pharmacist with the Doctor of Pharmacy degree are involved with. To accomplish these experiences for our students, we have over 800 pharmacist preceptors in various practice settings.  Our preceptors are truly dedicated professionals that educate, nurture and train our student pharmacists during their curriculum.  The preceptors serve the students as their 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 P2 year.  Students are exposed to the role and responsibilities of the professionally oriented community pharmacist and the importance of effective communication between pharmacist, 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 P3 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. One-site experience enables student to prepare for advance pharmacy practice experiences.

Fourth year student pharmacists are assigned each month to an Advanced Pharmacy Practice site with an 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 P4 year.  The assignment of sites is based on preceptor availability and student preference and includes 6 required direct patient care experiences and 3 selective experiences in specialty health care areas.  The required coursework includes: Internal Medicine, Ambulatory Care, Community Patient Care I, Community Patient Care II, Acute Patient Care I and A.  Of all of the APPE’s there must be a majority of direct patient care.