As part of the Pharm.D. curriculum, students are required to complete both introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPE) and advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE). The Office of Experiential Education (OEE) in the College works closely with PharmD students to match students with introductory and advanced practice experiences that align with their prior work experience and future career goals.
Dr. Brett Feret, IPPE Coordinator
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) are essential for students in the professional curriculum to acquire an overview of pharmacy practice and its role and responsibility in health care. Students will complete IPPE experiences in 3 different areas, service learning, community practice, and institutional practice for a total of 252 hours. Additional introductory experience hours (48 hours) will be awarded in the integrated laboratory sequence through the use of simulation.
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For the APPE portion of the Pharm.D. curriculum, students are placed in 6 rotations, each lasting 6 weeks (40 hours per week) for a total of 1440 hours during their final year. APPE rotations occur after students have finished all course work and typically begin in the summer following the P3 year.
Of the 6 APPE rotations, the following 4 are required: community, institutional, general medicine and ambulatory. The remaining 2 are electives that allow students to gain practical experience in their area of interest or explore something new.
Student placements are matched through a lottery system during their P3 year. Although we have partnerships with clinical sites throughout the country, the majority of them are located in Rhode Island and the southern New England area.
We recognize that hands-on experience is just as important as the knowledge-based learning gained in the classroom. Required laboratory courses will provide broad and consistent training for all students. Experiences in companies or faculty research labs are optional, but highly encouraged and supported by the program. More information on B.S.P.S experiential opportunities can be found here.