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Experiential Education for PharmD Students

As of March 2014, the D’Youville 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 1,740 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, Practice, and MTM rotations during the third professional year are longitudinal in nature.

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 Pharmacy 80
Spring Hospital Pharmacy 40
Third Professional Year (P3) Rotation Hours
Fall or Spring Long-term Care 20
Fall and Spring Practice 20
Fall and Spring Medication Therapy Management 20

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

Total IPPE Hours: 300

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
  Institutional Clinical Rotation 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 students experience a great diversity of pharmacy workplaces.

Program Forms

Preceptor Eligibility Form: Sign up code: DYSOPPRECEPTOR

Contact Us

Dr. Mario Beccari
Interim Director of Experiential Education | Clinical Assistant Professor


Dr. Karen Mlodozeniec
Assistant Director of Experiential Education
Phone: 716-829-8364
Fax: 716-829-7564