The Experiential Programs Office within the Division of Clinical Affairs and Outreach oversees and manages the experiential curriculum, interprofessional education and the co-curriculum. The experiential curriculum accounts for approximately 30 percent of the school’s Practice Ready Curriculum and includes the introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) and advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). IPPEs occur beginning in the summer after the P1 year and continue through the P3 year. APPEs occur in the final professional year (P4). Experiential training also includes interprofessional education and the co-curriculum.
In keeping with the overall mission of the Harrison School of Pharmacy the experiential curriculum prepares students to be highly-competent primary care practitioners who deliver pharmacy care in collaboration with other health care providers. The practice experiences allow student pharmacists to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to actual patients in real practice settings. These practice experiences give student pharmacists opportunities to develop and demonstrate achievement of this endpoint by practicing with pharmacist preceptors who serve as role models.
As a student progresses through the experiential curriculum, they will have the opportunity to train in a variety of pharmacy practice settings. Each student develops the ability to independently resolve both routine and complex patient care problems. Special emphasis is given on developing the student's ability to resolve pharmaceutical-related problems with professional character, confidence and decisiveness.