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Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) provide out-of-classroom experiences in community and hospital settings and opportunities to integrate information and knowledge acquired in labs and in the classroom. Students are exposed to the role and responsibilities of the professionally oriented clinical pharmacist, and the importance of effective communication between pharmacists, patients, and other health care providers. Successful completion of all didactic coursework and IPPEs is required before being allowed to begin Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs).
In the final year students complete seven APPEs. Each APPE consists of a six-week, full-time (minimum 40 hours per week), out-of-classroom experience in a supervised pharmacy practice environment. Students will apply didactic instruction, develop competencies, and enhance their knowledge of pharmacist-provided patient care, interprofessional collaboration, utilization of evidence-based medicine, communication, and patient education. There are 4 required and 3 elective experiences in specialty health care areas. Required experiences include internal medicine, ambulatory care, advanced hospital, and community pharmacy.
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 or home location.