Experiential Education

Welcome! The Office of Experiential Education creates and coordinates the pharmacy practice 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 student pharmacists participate in at least 300 experiential 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 experiences and for their practice beyond graduation.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)

The entire final year of the professional program (P4) is spent involved in APPEs:  four required experiences (hospital practice, community practice, ambulatory care, acute care) and four elective experiences (specialty or non-patient care), all five weeks in duration.  


May 15, 2017
Graduates of three Historically Black Colleges and Universities will be guaranteed scholarships upon admission to Drake's law and pharmacy programs as part of an ongoing effort to increase diversity among Drake’s student body.