The pharmacy curriculum is divided into program blocks. Students who matriculate together will take these blocks of courses as a group. The courses in each block are designed to offer a comprehensive pharmacy education that prepares the student for the subsequent block of courses. The only courses that students will not take as a group are the electives. During their final three academic terms, PharmD candidates complete two of the six Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) each term, for a total of 48 credit hours (16 credit hours per term). Course registration and course withdrawal policies can be found in the Student Handbook.
A major component of the PharmD curriculum is experiential education, which is normally defined as practical experience in a variety of pharmacy settings. Experiential education, often referred to as “rotations,” bridges the classroom and pharmacy practice environment. During these off-site experiences, students work with practicing pharmacists and faculty members known as “preceptors.”
The Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy has three levels of experiential education incorporated over the course of the program: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE), Inter-Professional Practice Experiences (IPE), and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). The IPPE and IPE rotations allow pharmacy student to develop practice skills. During APPE rotations, students are expected to demonstrate their achievement of the skills needed to practice pharmacy.
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE): The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) occurs during the first year of the pharmacy curriculum. Students participate in five different IPPE rotations and complete over 320 hours in both community and institutional settings.
Interprofessional Practice Experiences (IPE):The Interprofessional Practice Experiences (IPE I & II) occurs during the second year of the pharmacy curriculum. Students complete approximately 160 hours in a variety of experiences in such areas as medicine, nursing, psychology, physical therapy, outpatient therapy, and social work that allows for integrating and applying knowledge in more complex settings.
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE): The entire P3 year is comprised of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs). Students will complete six rotations, each lasting approximately six weeks, for a minimum of 1440 APPE hours. There are four required experiences, Community Pharmacy, Hospital Pharmacy, Ambulatory Care and Acute Care, and General Medicine Pharmacy, and two elective rotations that take place in a wide variety of pharmacy sites. These sites will be local, regional and national. A computerized matching process is used to place students with preceptors and in practice sites based on student preference rankings.
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