At D'Youville's School of Pharmacy, students begin experiential learning in their first semester, allowing them to directly apply their classroom knowledge to real-world pharmacy practice.
Over their four years of study in the Pharm.D. program, students devote a total of 2,160 hours to experiential education, with the final year of the program devoted entirely to rotations.
Pharmacy Experiential Education is divided into Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs), which are completed during the students' first 3 professional years, and the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs), which are completed during the students' fourth professional year.
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences
Students complete their IPPEs during a mid-semester 2 week break from their academic classes. Students complete 80 hours of IPPEs over those 2 weeks each semester. The IPPEs are structured as follows:
|1st Professional Year:||Fall||Community Pharmacy||80 Hours|
|Spring||Hospital Pharmacy||80 Hours|
|2nd Professional Year||Fall||Community Self Care||40 Hours|
|Long Term Care||40 Hours|
|Spring||Community Management||40 Hours|
|Long Term Care Follow-Up||40 Hours|
|3rd Professional Year||Fall||Acute Care||40 Hours|
|Ambulatory Care||40 Hours|
|Spring||Interdisciplinary Care||40 Hours|
|Service Learning||40 Hours|
Note: the order of the rotations within each professional year may vary.
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences
Students complete 6 week long APPE rotations during their fourth professional year. The APPE rotations are structured as follows:
|4 Core Rotations||Ambulatory Care||240 Hours|
|Advanced Community||240 Hours|
|Advanced Institutional||240 Hours|
|Acute Care||240 Hours|
|2 Elective Rotations||Elective 1||240 Hours|
|Elective 2||240 Hours|
|1 Health and Wellness Project||240 Hours|
What differentiates D'Youville's Experiential Program?
- Because experiential education is introduced so early into the curriculum of the program, students are well prepared for the demanding advanced rotations in their final year.
- Locating the IPPE rotations mid-semester allows easier integration of the didactic coursework and experiential education.
- Our 480 hours of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience rotations exceeds the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) requirement of 300 hours.
- Our students experience a great diversity of pharmacy workplaces.