Advanced Experiential Rotations (APPEs)
Following the completion of the third academic year, the student begins Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). APPEs are offered in community pharmacies, hospitals, outpatient clinics and a variety of other practice settings.
Students are required to successfully complete all P1, P2, and P3 didactic and experiential courses before advancing to APPE courses. Throughout APPEs, the student applies formal classroom training to pharmacy practice while clinical skills are developed to function effectively in a variety of pharmacy and patient care settings.
The APPE program is comprised of at least seven experiential rotations that allow students to be directly involved in pharmacy operations as well as in patient care in specific clinical areas (e.g., internal medicine, oncology, cardiology, pediatrics, etc.). Five of which will be mandatory (community, hospital or health systems, inpatient/acute care medicine, ambulatory care and prescriber led) and two elective rotations (student can choose from offered electives). Some of these rotations may not have direct patient care (e.g., drug information, pharmaceutical industry, research, education, etc.).
APPE Time Expectations
Each APPE consists of no less than 240 hours (40+ hours/week) over six weeks. Each student must complete a full six-week block as defined by the preceptor or Director. The student must be flexible with their schedules to accommodate a variety of learning activities. Learning activities include projects, community service and special events that may occur during business hours, nights and weekends. Primary Projects and outside studies will add significantly to the expected time demands.