Program Goals and Objectives

Our program consists of both Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). IPPE takes place in the P1 through P3 years, preparing the student for APPE, which takes place in the fourth and final professional year.

IPPE Goals and Objectives

  • Accurately dispense medications 
  • Conduct sufficiently thorough and accurate patient assessments
  • Explain and properly dispense commonly used medications, formulations, and drug products
  • Identify and assess drug related problems relative to specific patient cases 
  • Appropriately utilize pharmaceutical and pharmacokinetics mathematics to perform accurate medication calculations.
  • Demonstrate appropriate ethical and professional behavior, and comply with all federal, state, and local laws related to pharmacy practice
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal, oral, and written communications skills with other health care professionals and patients.
  • Effectively communicate health and medication information to patients and/or care givers and provide effective counseling services as warranted
  • Accurately assess the literature and other research resources to provide evidence-based drug information that meets the needs of patients and other health care providers. 
  • Explain and utilize principles of health and wellness as appropriate to the provision of specific individuals’ and populations’ health and wellness information
  • Discuss how patients and care givers can obtain the most cost-efficient medications and related para-pharmaceuticals per patient-specific health insurance coverage options

APPE Goals and Objectives

  • Cultural sensitivity (Includer) - Recognize social determinants of health to diminish disparities and inequities in access to quality care
  • Self-awareness (Self-aware) – Examine and reflect on personal knowledge, skills, abilities, beliefs, biases, motivation, and emotions that could enhance or limit personal and professional growth
  • Professionalism (Professional) - Exhibit behaviors and values that are consistent with the trust given to the profession by patients, other healthcare providers, and society
  • Learner (Learner) - Develop, integrate, and apply knowledge from the foundational sciences (i.e., pharmaceutical, social/behavioral/administrative, and clinical sciences) to evaluate the scientific literature, explain drug action, solve therapeutic problems, and advance population health and patient centered care
  • Medication use systems management (Manager) - Manage patient healthcare needs using human, financial, technological, and physical resources to optimize the safety and efficacy of medication use systems
  • Health and wellness (Promoter) - Design prevention, intervention, and educational strategies for individuals and communities to manage chronic disease and improve health and wellness
  • Educator (Educator) – Educate all audiences by determining the most effective and enduring ways to impart information and assess understanding
  • Interprofessional collaboration (Collaborator) – Actively participate and engage as a healthcare team member by demonstrating mutual respect, understanding, and values to meet patient care need
  • Communication (Communicator) – Effectively communicate verbally and nonverbally when interacting with an individual, group, or organization
  • Patient-centered care (Caregiver) - Provide patient-centered care as the medication expert (collect and interpret evidence, prioritize, formulate assessments and recommendations, implement, monitor and adjust plans, and document activities)
  • Population-based care (Provider) - Describe how population-based care influences patient centered care and influences the development of practice guidelines and evidence-based best practices
  • Problem Solving (Problem Solver) – Identify problems; explore and prioritize potential strategies; and design, implement, and evaluate a viable solution
  • Patient Advocacy (Advocate) - Assure that patients’ best interests are represented