Program Info

Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (CIPPE)

Students are required to complete a four-week experience in a community practice setting, under preceptor supervision, during the summer semester following the successful completion of their first year.

The primary intent of the CIPPE is to facilitate students’ continuing professional development in the context of the community pharmacy practice setting. Through structured activities and assignments, students will build upon knowledge and skills developed in the first year of the didactic curriculum.  Students will continue to explore the concepts of professionalism and shared accountabilities for health care outcomes; formulate a personal philosophy of and approach to professional practice; expand drug and disease knowledge; and develop practical, critical thinking and life-long learning skills. This experience seeks to provide students with direct exposure to the dynamics of the community pharmacy workplace and to guide them to a realistic assessment of the challenges and opportunities that exist therein.

Activities of the CIPPE focus on clarifying distinguishing characteristics of community pharmacy practice and developing fundamental skills necessary to practice effectively in the community pharmacy setting.


Hospital Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (HIPPE)

Students are required to complete a four-week experience in a hospital practice setting, under preceptor supervision, during the summer semester following the successful completion of their second year.

The primary intent of the HIPPE is to facilitate students’ continuing professional development in the context of the hospital pharmacy practice setting. Through structured activities and assignments, students will build upon knowledge and skills developed in the first and second years of the didactic curriculum. Students will continue to explore the concepts of professionalism and shared accountabilities for health care outcomes; formulate a personal philosophy and approach to professional practice; expand drug and disease knowledge; and develop practical, critical thinking, and life-long learning skills. This experience seeks to provide students with direct exposure to the dynamics of the hospital pharmacy workplace and to guide them to a realistic assessment of the challenges and opportunities that exist therein.

Activities of the HIPPE will emphasize the responsibilities of the pharmacy department and its support of other inpatient departments. The focus of this IPPE should be the medication use process and systems based experience with a limited introduction to the clinical pharmacy setting.


Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs)

APPEs are 6-week rotations offered in the final year of the College of Pharmacy curriculum. These rotations emphasize continuity of care in both the community and health system settings, which will expose students to diverse patient populations as part of an interprofessional team. APPEs allow students to apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world practice setting under the supervision of a preceptor encompassing all aspects of patient care. Students are required to complete seven rotations, totaling 1,680 hours. All students are required to take four specific rotations:  Community Practice, Ambulatory Care, Hospital Practice, and General Medicine.  Of the seven rotations, students are required to complete at least two patient care electives and no more than one non-patient care electives.

Required rotations include:

  • Community Practice
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Hospital Practice
  • General Medicine
  • Three Electives

Out-of-state and international rotations are offered to interested students. Out-of-state rotations offered include Aegis Sciences Corporation, Avella Specialty Pharmacy, Several Indian Health Services across the country  as well as competitive rotations offered at the FDA, CDC, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Proctor and Gamble NCPA, ASHP, APhA, and many others.