P4 Students

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences

An Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) is defined as a structured, college-directed teaching and learning experience whereby the student apply their knowledge and demonstrate proficiency in the skills required for professional practice.  Students in their final professional year complete 8-5 week APPEs (40 hours per week) in a variety of practice settings.

Of the eight rotation blocks assigned, four are required:  hospital practice, community practice, ambulatory care and acute care.  The remaining four rotation blocks are elective and may be selected from these areas or from other specialty care or non-patient care sites.  One of these electives may be completed at an additional ambulatory care site.

Hospital and Community Practice

Both community and hospital practice experiences are carried out under the guidance of a licensed pharmacy practitioner.  Emphasis is placed upon development and demonstration of skills required in planning, organizing, directing and controlling pharmaceutical care systems.  Consequently the majority of the students’ time will be devoted to professional practice functions related to maintenance of drug products, provision of drug products to patients, computer utilization, management of human and financial resources, and the business aspects of pharmacy practice.  Students are required to counsel patients, provide appropriate drug information and participate in the identification, resolution and prevention of drug-related problems for specific patients.

Ambulatory Care

Ambulatory Care experiences occur in a variety of practice settings including but not limited to community retail pharmacies, hospital outpatient pharmacies and clinics and physician offices. These experiences focus almost exclusively on the identification, resolution and prevention of drug related problems in settings dealing primarily with general medicine issues.  Practice functions related to pharmaceutical care system management may be incorporated into the rotation depending upon the practice site and individual practice characteristics of the experiential faculty in charge of the rotation.

Emphasis is placed on the drug use decision-making process, monitoring of individual patient's drug therapy and the communication of ideas, information and analysis to health professionals and patients.‌

Acute Care

Acute Care experiences typically occur in an inpatient setting. These experiences focus almost exclusively on the identification, resolution and prevention of drug related problems in settings dealing primarily with general medicine issues.  Practice functions related to pharmaceutical care system management may be incorporated into the rotation depending upon the practice site and individual practice characteristics of the experiential faculty in charge of the rotation.  Emphasis is placed on the drug use decision-making process, monitoring of individual patient's drug therapy and the communication of ideas, information and analysis to other health professionals, colleagues and patients.

Non-Patient Care

Non-Patient Care Elective experiences give the student the opportunity to gain insight and knowledge in the areas of pharmacy management, association management, law, research or other academic pursuits. While each elective rotation possesses a variety of characteristics, students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the practice functions required and the professional contribution provided by the environment.

Other Specialty Care

Specialty Care experiences give the student an opportunity to gain insight and knowledge in the application of pharmaceutical care principles in focused practice settings. Specific attention is given to the identification, resolution and prevention of drug related problems. While each Specialty Care rotation possesses a variety of characteristics, students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the practice functions required and the professional contribution provided by the specialty care environment. Examples of this type of experience include pediatrics, oncology, infectious disease, custom compounding and home health care.

CPHS Upcoming Events
Doctor of Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony
Saturday, May 17 @ 4 p.m.
[Knapp Center]
Undergraduate Commencement [B.S., Health Sciences]
Sunday, May 18 @ 10 a.m.
[Knapp Center]
Graduate and Doctoral Commencement [PharmD]
Sunday, May 18 @ 2:00 p.m.
[Knapp Center]
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