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 PharmD program, students devote a total of 1,784  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 (IPPE)

Students complete their IPPEs during a mid-semester two-week break from their academic classes. The P1 and P2 rotations consist of 40 hours over one-week or 80 hours over two-weeks. The Long Term Care and Practice rotations during the P3 year are longitudinal - they take place over the entire semester. The Intraprofessional rotation involves simulations with the other health professional programs at D'Youville (Nursing, Physical Therapy, Physicians Assistant, Occupational Health, Dietetics, Chiropractic).

The IPPE rotations are structured as follows:

First Professional Year (P1) Fall Community Pharmacy 80 Hours
  Spring Hospital Pharmacy 40 Hours

Second Professional Year (P2) Fall Community Self Care 40 Hours
    Hospital Pharmacy 40 Hours
  Spring Community Management 40 Hours

Third Professional Year (P3) Fall Long-term Care 40 Hours
    Practice 20 Hours
  Spring  Compounding "Boot Camp"* 40 Hours
    Intraprofessional 4 Hours
    Service Learning 40 Hours
      344 Hours

The order of the rotations within each professional year may vary.

*The Compounding "Boot Camp" hours don't count towards the IPPE total hours.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)

During their fourth professional year (P4), students complete six, six-week long APPE rotations. The APPE rotations are structured as follows:

APPE rotations
Four Core Rotations Ambulatory Care 240 Hours
  Advanced Community 240 Hours
  Institutional Operations 240 Hours
  Institutional - Clinical 240 Hours
Two Elective Rotations Patient Care Elective 240 Hours
  General Elective  240 Hours
    1440 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 344 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.
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