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Experiential Learning

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience

A major component of the Doctor of Pharmacy program is the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE), with components 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 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, which teaches methods over 80 practice-based hours 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, 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, 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.