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College of pharmacy and health sciences
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Pharmacy Practice Experiences

Pharmacy Practice Experiences are provided throughout the professional 4-year curriculum to enhance development of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values of our students, in tandem with didactic education.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

Curriculum

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) represents a student’s first hands-on opportunity to experience the profession of pharmacy. The purpose of IPPE is to begin the translation of didactically acquired knowledge and apply it in the professional workplace.

Community IPPE

The Community IPPE is a 160 hour, on-site rotation in a community setting designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of pharmacy practice in this setting. Students are provided opportunities to enhance their technical, clinical, and professional skills introduced to interprofessional practice, which includes patient care decision-making, professional ethics and expected behaviors, and direct patient care activities.

Students complete their community IPPE in the summer between their P1 and P2 year. Students are assigned a block by the Experiential Education Office (within blocks 1-4) based on their preference and preceptor availability.

Institutional IPPE

The Institutional IPPE is a 160 hour on-site rotation in a hospital/institutional setting designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of pharmacy practice in this setting. Students are provided opportunities to enhance their technical, clinical, and professional skills introduced to interprofessional practice, which includes patient care decision-making, professional ethics and expected behaviors, and direct patient care activities. 

Students complete their institutional IPPE in the summer between their P2 and P3 year or in the fall of P3 year.  Students are assigned a block by the Experiential Education Office (within blocks 1-4) or a summer or fall longitudinal rotation.

Longitudinal rotations include a week (40 hrs) of orientation followed by a weekly 8 hr shift on the weekend (Friday 2nd shift, Saturday 1st shift, Saturday 2nd shift, Sunday 1st shift, Sunday 2nd shift). Rotations are assigned in E*value during the block that the rotation will be completed (i.e. block 4 for summer and block 8 for fall)

Schedules

2018-2019 Academic Year

  • Block 1: May 7 — June 1, 2018
  • Block 2: June 4 — June 29, 2018
  • Block 3: July 2 — July 27, 2018  
  • Block 4: July 30 — August 24, 2018

2019-2020 Academic Year

  • Block 1: May 6 – May 31, 2019
  • Block 2: June 3 – June 28, 2019
  • Block 3: July 1 – July 26, 2019
  • Block 4: July 29 – Aug 23, 2019

Grading

IPPE will be graded on a pass or fail basis. The student must “meet standard” on all learning objectives before advancement to Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE). Students who do not “meet” learning objectives will be required to develop a plan for improvement of any unmet learning objectives with the assistance of the preceptor and the Experiential Education Office. This may require additional classroom or site-based activities. Students who are unsuccessful in the remediation of unmet learning objectives will be required to repeat the IPPE prior to advancement to APPEs.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)

Curriculum

The purpose of the Advanced Practice Experiences (APPE) is to allow students to demonstrate acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes in a professional setting. Students are required to complete and pass all the practice experiences in order to qualify for graduation.

Rotation Requirements

For dual degrees or students not on tracks

Ten 4-week rotations (minimum of 40 hours and maximum of 60 hours per week) are required. The ten rotations consist of the following:

  • 1 General Medicine
  • 2 Acute Care Inpatient
  • 1 Ambulatory Care
  • 2 Community Practice
  • 2 Patient care elective (in-patient or out-patient)
  • 2 Elective rotations (either patient care or non-patient care)

Medical Spanish Track

Same requirements as above.

1 patient care elective will be at an underserved site that is Spanish-speaking (i.e. Alivio clinic, Shalom, Timmy Foundation Trip)

Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Track and Patient Care Research Track

  • 3 Pharmaceutical Sciences Research or Patient Care Research
  • 1 General Medicine
  • 2 Acute Care Inpatient
  • 1 Ambulatory Care
  • 2 Community Practice
  • 1 Patient Care elective (inpatient or outpatient)

Pharm-D/MBA

  • 1 General Medicine Rotation
  • 2 Acute Care Inpatient
  • 2 Community Pharmacy Rotation
  • 1 Ambulatory Care Rotation
  • 2 Administrative/Management Rotations (can be in hospital, community, managed care, or industry)
  • 2 Patient Care Elective Rotations

 Currently Offered Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences

  • RX 650—Academic Experience
  • RX 651—Administration, Law, and Management
  • RX 652—Advanced Ambulatory Care*
  • RX 655—Compounding**
  • RX 656—Alternative and Complementary Medicine*
  • RX 657—Ambulatory Care*
  • RX 658—Cardiology*
  • RX 660—Clinical Research
  • RX 661—Community Practice*
  • RX 662—Critical Care*
  • RX 664—Drug Information
  • RX 665—Emergency Medicine and Trauma*
  • RX 666—General Medicine*
  • RX 667—Geriatrics*
  • RX 670—Home Healthcare*
  • RX 671—Industrial Pharmacy
  • RX 672—Infectious Disease*
  • RX 674—Long Term Care**
  • RX 675—Managed Care/Health Policy**
  • RX 677—Neurology*
  • RX 678—Nutrition Support*
  • RX 679—Oncology*
  • RX 680—Pharmaceutical Sciences Research
  • RX 681—Neonatology*
  • RX 682—Pediatrics*
  • RX 686—Pharmacy Systems and Technology
  • RX 687—Poison Control and Toxicology**
  • RX 688—Pulmonary*
  • RX 690—Psychiatry and Neuropsychology*
  • RX 691—Radiopharmaceuticals**
  • RX 692—Underserved Clinic Experience*
  • RX 693—State Board/Associations of Pharmacy
  • RX 694—Surgery*
  • RX 695—Transplantatin*
  • RX 696—Women’s Health*
  • RX 699—Special Topics/ Elective in Pharmacy Practice**

*denotes direct patient care rotation

**denotes either direct patient care or non-patient care rotation, depending on assigned site

Schedule

2018-2019 Academic Year

  • Block 1: May 7—June 1, 2018
  • Block 2: June 4—June 29, 2018
  • Block 3: July 2—July 27, 2018  
  • Block 4: July 30—August 24, 2018
  • Block 5: Aug 27—Sept 21, 2018
  • Block 6: Sept 24—Oct 19, 2018
  • Block 7: Oct 22—Nov 16, 2018
  • Block 8: Nov 19—Dec 14, 2018   
  • Block 9: Dec 31—Jan 25, 2019
  • Block 10: Jan 28—Feb 22, 2019
  • Block 11: Feb 25—March 22, 2019
  • Block 12: March 25—April 19, 2019

2019-2020 Academic Year

  • Block 1: May 6 – May 31, 2019
  • Block 2: June 3 – June 28, 2019
  • Block 3: July 1 – July 26, 2019
  • Block 4: July 29 – Aug 23, 2019
  • Block 5: Aug 26 – Sept 20, 2019
  • Block 6: Sept 23 – Oct 18, 2019
  • Block 7: Oct 21 – Nov 15, 2019
  • Block 8: Nov 18 – Dec 13, 2019
  • Block 9: Jan 6 – Jan 31, 2020
  • Block 10: Feb 3 – Feb 28, 2020
  • Block 11: March 2 – March 27, 2020
  • Block 12: March 30 – April 24, 2020

Student Evaluation Scales

Exceeds Expectations

  • Asks questions that display critical thinking skills consistent with a practicing pharmacist
  • Does not require prompting to complete routine practice activities
  • Displays all attributes needed to enter practice
  • Completes objective accurately and on time; seeks additional opportunities for learning
  • Displays decision making skills that reflect breadth and understanding of knowledge/topics consistent with a practicing pharmacist
  • Excels throughout the course of the rotation

Meets Expectations

  • Asks appropriate questions to obtain relevant information
  • Requires minimal supervision/guidance to complete routine practice activities   
  • Generally displays attributes needed to enter practice but may need maturity and refinement
  • Completes objective with a good level of accuracy and in a timely manner
  • Displays decision making skills that reflect acceptable breadth and understanding of knowledge/topics
  • Makes satisfactory progression throughout the course of the rotation

Does Not Meet Expectations

  • Asks inappropriate or  irrelevant questions or does not ask questions to obtain information
  • Requires significant supervision/guidance to complete routine practice activities   
  • Does not display attributes needed to enter practice and needs significant maturity and refinement
  • Does not complete objectives or does not complete objectives accurately or in a timely manner
  • Displays decision making skills that lack acceptable breadth and understanding of knowledge/topics
  • Does not progress satisfactorily throughout the course of the rotation

Grading Scale

Pass

  • Performs at a level consistent with expectations or at least is displaying developing habits, skills, abilities, and/or knowledge areas that are improving.
  • Demonstrates consistent professionalism and communicates effectively with preceptor and other health care professionals.

Fail

  • Breaches patient confidentiality or violates policies of the site
  • Did not meet requirements and expectations outlined by the preceptor
  • Displays skills, abilities, and/or knowledge areas that require significant improvement and are a concern for patient care
  • Professional behavior is inappropriate and/or unethical (e.g. exceeds absences allowed, inappropriate language or communication)