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Experiential Learning

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience

The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program consists of community, hospital and geriatric pharmacy practice required in semesters 2, 3, 4 and 5. Semester 6 completes the IPPE cycle with PHRM 169, the health-care outreach course.

  • Community I IPPE is an 80-hour practice-based introductory experience in the second semester which is focused on the role of the pharmacist/pharmacy intern in a community pharmacy practice. This course is designed to allow students to participate in the delivery of pharmaceutical care.

In semesters 3, 4 and 5, the class is split evenly into thirds and rotates through:

  • Community II IPPE, is an 80-hour intermediate practice-based experience to enhance each student's understanding of the role and responsibilities of pharmacists in the community setting, and to gain experiences with the medication use system within a community pharmacy, expanding the abilities developed in Community I.
  • Hospital IPPE, which enhances each student's understanding of the various means of medication distribution in an institutional setting through 60 experiential hours, offering content with other health-care providers within a hospital, and helping to understand the role and responsibilities of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in an institution.
  • Geriatric IPPE, which gives students knowledge in long-term care, senior care, and working with geriatric patients over 40 hours. They learn about the role and responsibilities of pharmacists in the long- term care and other geriatric care settings through the provision of pharmaceutical care to patients.
  • Health Care Outreach, where students can work on the 40 hours required for these projects their first five semesters, and the class takes place the sixth semester, where the service component of the pharmacy profession is emphasized. Community involvement takes place through participation in health fairs, offering advice in Medicare Part D prescription programs, overall health education workshops, immunizations, diabetes, blood pressure, poison control, fund-raising for health-care initiatives and legislative activities.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

After the 300-hour IPPE, students are submersed in a minimum of 1,440 hours of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) during semesters 7 and 8. Together, IPPE and APPE represent one-third of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. Pacific has been a pioneer in the decentralized APPE model, placing 13 full-time and 4 part-time faculty (Regional Coordinators) in critical locations (regions) to more effectively support students and preceptors in our advanced practice programs. Our decentralized APPE experiential model was touted as exemplary from our accrediting body, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Our APPE includes four core rotations in internal medicine, ambulatory care, hospital practice and community practice, and two elective rotations.

  • Internal Medicine APPE: A clinical pharmacy practice rotation at an affiliated health care facility with emphasis on the medical management of disease states, rational drug therapy, and patient monitoring using the pharmaceutical care practice model in acute care settings. Students develop and explore their roles as part of an interprofessional healthcare team sharing responsibility with patients, caregivers and other health care professionals. (240 hours)
  • Ambulatory Care APPE: A clinical pharmacy practice rotation at an affiliated health care facility with emphasis on providing pharmaceutical care for ambulatory care patients, including the medical management of disease states, rational drug therapy, and patient monitoring. Students develop and explore their roles as part of an interprofessional healthcare team sharing responsibility with patients, caregivers and other health care professionals. (240 hours)
  • Hospital Pharmacy APPE: A hospital pharmacy practice rotation at an affiliated health care facility with enhanced experience in contemporary institutional practice as well as understanding pharmacy operations and administration, quality assurance, program development, communicating with patients and other health professionals, and providing drug information. (240 hours)
  • Community Pharmacy APPE: The Community Pharmacy Practice APPE is designed to provide students hands-on experience in the contemporary community practice, including but not limited to selecting drug products, compounding, dispensing, monitoring and evaluating, communicating with patients, communicating with other health professionals, drug information, public health, and pharmacy operations and management. (240 hours)
  • Elective APPE I & II: Two elective APPEs that allow the student to explore and develop abilities in an area of interest within the health care settings or industry. This experience may be in a variety of biomedical settings including patient care, administrative, health care system, public health, governmental agency, professional organization, research, academic, pharmaceutical company, and other biomedical or health related settings. (480 hours)