Experiential Education Program

Experiential EducationThe Experiential Education Program is the practice component of the Pharmacy Professional Program curriculum. Its goal is to enhance students' attitudes, skills and knowledge through experiential learning to prepare them to provide pharmaceutical care.

The program is divided into introductory experiential and advanced practice components. The introductory components are completed throughout the students’ first three professional years. The fourth professional year consists entirely of advanced practice rotations. Students are placed around the state of Minnesota for both introductory and advanced practice rotations. Students will complete at least one APPE rotation in a Medically Underserved Area (MUA), two APPE rotations in rural settings (outside of Duluth and the Twin Cities area) and may be assigned to a rural site for one or both of their IPPE rotations.  

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) Year 4

 

Acute Care/ Institutional

The Acute Care / Institutional Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience is a pharmacy school requirement that includes supervised clinical pharmacy experience in an adult inpatient setting. Through observation and practice, students will develop and explore their roles in an interdisciplinary health team. Students will attend clinical rounds, take medication histories, monitor drug therapy, provide patient education, and research patient-specific drug information questions.

Students will interact with a number of different health care providers and participate in a variety of patient care activities with the pharmacy preceptor and medical team. The student will be provided with many opportunities to apply academic and didactic clinical coursework to patient care in the hospital setting. The student shall actively participate in the health care decision-making process, especially as it pertains to drug therapy.

Ambulatory Patient Care

The Ambulatory Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience is a required supervised clinical pharmacy experience in an outpatient setting. Through observation and practice, students will develop and explore their roles in an interdisciplinary health team. Students will participate in clinical care conferences, take medication histories, monitor drug therapy including performing physical assessments, provide patient education, and research patient-specific drug information questions.

Students will interact with a number of different health care providers and participate in a variety of patient care activities with the pharmacy preceptor and often, the medical team. The student will be provided with many opportunities to apply academic and didactic clinical coursework to patient care in the ambulatory setting. The student shall actively participate in the health care decision-making process, especially as it pertains to drug therapy.

Community Practice

The Community Pharmacy Practice Experience is a required experience in a community (retail) pharmacy. Students are involved in community practice activities at least 40 hours per week. Emphasis will be placed on integrating principles of pharmaceutical care and pharmaceutical sciences with practice situations (prescription processing, pharmacy administration, OTCs, pharmacy law, etc). Learning outcomes focus on both distributive and patient care activities.

Elective

Students are required to complete three of these Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. The sites vary widely from governmental agencies to pharmacy associations to specialized practices. Most APPE sites for the core APPE types also offer Elective APPEs.


Patient Care

The Patient Care Elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience is a required supervised clinical experience in a patient care setting. This APPE can take place in inpatient or outpatient pharmacy practices where direct patient contact and care occurs.

Students may participate in rounds, clinical care conferences, take medication histories, monitor drug therapy including performing physical assessments, provide patient education, and research patient-specific drug information. Many of the sites providing Patient Care APPEs also provide either Ambulatory Care, Community Practice or Acute Patient Care APPEs.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) Years 1-3

Community IPPE

The Community Practice IPPE is three weeks, with the student spending at least 40 hours per week in a community pharmacy setting. It occurs in the summer following the first professional year at sites throughout Minnesota. This experiential learning experience is designed to familiarize pharmacy students with the fundamentals of pharmacy practice in the community pharmacy setting.

Institutional Practice IPPE

The Institutional Practice experience is three weeks, spending at least 40 hours per week in a hospital pharmacy setting, designed to familiarize pharmacy students with the fundamentals of hospital pharmacy practice. It occurs in the summer following the second professional year at sites throughout Minnesota. Institutional IPPE pharmacy students will be familiarized with the fundamentals of pharmacy practice in the institutional pharmacy setting.

Students will be required to complete worksheets and reflection related to their experiences in Institutional Practice. A patient safety project and report required at the practice site.