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Preceptor Center | School of Pharmacy

Students and faculty in a compounding lab at D'Youville College's DAC Building

Experiential Education for PharmD Students

As of March 2014, the D’Youville College School of Pharmacy (DYCSOP) has 170 signed affiliation agreements with a variety of pharmacy practice sites, including community, institutional, ambulatory and long term care facilities.

Those wishing to participate as a preceptor should complete a Preceptor Eligibility Form and submit it to the Office of Experiential Education. After receiving the completed Preceptor Eligibility Form and vetting the potential pharmacy practice site, the Office of Experiential Education will contact the preceptor with further information.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)

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.

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) Rotation Hours
Fall Community Pharmacy 80
Spring Hospital Pharmacy 40
Second Professional Year (P2) Rotation Hours
Fall Community Self Care 40
Fall Hospital Pharmacy 40
Spring Community Management 40
Third Professional Year (P3) Rotation Hours
Fall Long-term Care 40
Fall Practice 20
Spring Compounding boot Camp* 40
Spring Intraprofessional 4
  Service Learning** 40

The order of the rotations within each professional year may vary.
*The Compounding "Boot Camp" hours do not count towards the IPPE total hours.
**Students have the first three years of the program (P1, P2 and P3 year) to complete 40 hours of service learning.

Total IPPE Hours: 344

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:

  Type Hours
Four Core rotations Ambulatory Care 240
  Advanced Community 240
  Institutional Operations 240
Two Elective Rotations Patient Care Elective 240
  General Elective 240
  TOTAL 1440

D'Youville Distinctions: experiential Education

  • 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.

Program Forms

Preceptor Eligibility Form

Contact Us

Dr. Michael S. MacEvoy
Director of Experiential Education
Phone: 716-829-7726
Fax: 716-829-7904


Dr. Karen Mlodozeniec
Interim Assistant Director of Experiential Education
Phone: 716-829-8364
Fax: 716-829-7746

Pharmacist's Letter

D'Youville College SOP provides its preceptors with the Preceptor Training & Resource Network and automatic registration in the National Preceptor Database.