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Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)

Advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE) are academic learning experiences, conducted in patient care settings and are a vital component of the PharmD program. 

They involve students in providing advanced clinical pharmacy services in various medical sub-specialty environments and are designed to build on the previous academic base with major goals being the development of independent judgment and the integration of fundamental knowledge with clinical applications.  

During the fourth professional year, students practice in the field full-time for the entire year and are required to complete six 6-week modules.  Of these six, at least two must be core inpatient rotations (one in general medicine and the other in health systems pharmacy or a specialty) and two core outpatient rotations (one community rotation and one ambulatory clinical rotation), along with up to two elective experiences or additional core rotations. 

Rotational experiences are specific to the composition of the site with each rotation set up as its own course with either school provided, or preceptor established, goals and objectives and assignments.  This allows the preceptor and student the opportunity to engage in an enriching and meaningful rotational experience. 

While on rotations, our 4th year students are not spending time in a traditional classroom setting, therefore our preceptors serve as their primary educators.  This gives preceptors the opportunity to have significant positive impact on our future health care professionals by providing direct student feedback and tailoring specific rotation activities and projects to assist you and your site.

APPE Modules

PHM 820A-F: Inpatient Care (6 weeks, 6 credits) – (Core)

PHM 821A-F: Inpatient Care SP (6 weeks, 6 credits) – (Core)

These courses place the student directly in various practice sites.  Students will be given the opportunity to become reasonably proficient in the delivery of pharmaceutical care in the inpatient setting under the guidance of a site preceptor during the six week rotation.  Students will acquire and develop skills to effectively and efficiently collect and record patient-specific data; identify and assess drug-related problems; develop, record and implement pharmaceutical care plans; educate patients and health care providers regarding sound therapeutic principles; measure and document patient outcomes.

PHM 823A-F: Outpatient Care (6 weeks, 6 credits) – (Core)

PHM 824A-F: Outpatient Care SP (6 weeks, 6 credits) – (Core)

These courses place the students directly in various practice sites. Students will be given the opportunity to become reasonably proficient in the delivery of pharmaceutical care in the ambulatory care setting under the guidance of a site preceptor during the six week rotation.  Students will acquire and develop skills to effectively and efficiently collect and record patient-specific data; identify and assess drug-related problems; develop, record and implement pharmaceutical care plans; educate patients and health care providers regarding sound therapeutic principles; measure and document patient outcomes.

PHM 841A-F: Professional Experience Electives (6 weeks, 6 credits)

This advanced course places the P4 doctor of pharmacy student in direct contact with pharmacotherapeutic issues from the perspective of a clinical pharmacist, physician or health administrator at a variety of health care facilities that are not defined as a core rotation.  Pharm.D. Students can also gain experience in the area of pharmacoinformatics based upon their specific professional interests and tracks.  Specific required assignments will be tailored to the emphasis of the designated elective rotation which will give the student the opportunity to become reasonably proficient in the delivery of pharmaceutical care in a specific health care setting under the guidance of the assigned preceptor during this six week rotation. 

PHM 831A-F: Clinical Research Elective (6 weeks, 6 credits)

PHC 815A-F: Pharmaceutics Research Elective (6 weeks, 6 credits)

These advanced courses places students directly in various research sites.  Students will be given the opportunity to become reasonably proficient in clinical or basic research via the completion of a research project in close collaboration with a faculty member.  This guided experience is intended to familiarize the student with all aspects of the research process from the initial development of the idea, completion of data collection, data analysis, and presentation of the results.

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