Experiential Education

Welcome! The Office of Experiential Education creates and coordinates the clinical experiences that are an integral part of pharmacy education in the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This is an important and valuable part of professional preparation and every effort is made to ensure preparedness and success along the way for both student and preceptor.

Experiential Program Overview

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)

Drake students participate in 300+ contact hours during their first three professional years, which are designed to introduce students to the technical and professional expertise required to be effective in each environment and to prepare students for their final year of rotations and for their practice beyond graduation.


Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)

The entire final year of the professional program (P4 students) is spent involved in APPE rotations:  four required experiences (hospital practice, community practice, ambulatory care, acute care) and four elective experiences (specialty or non-patient care), all five weeks in durations.  ACPE accreditation standards require 36 weeks of APPEs.  Drake University requires their graduates to have 40.