Experiential Education Program - Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
A strength of our Doctor of Pharmacy program is the experiential training obtained as
part of our professional curriculum. This experience is commonly supplemented
by intern work experiences as well as co-curricular activities including
engagement in our professional pharmacy organizations and student involvement
in professionally focused community service.
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)
Our Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience courses enable students to engage in both
community and institutional/hospital pharmacy practices with the option to
further develop their competency and insights when picking an additional
introductory “selective” rotation. Selective rotations include:
Practice in an ambulatory patient
- Practice in a non-traditional setting such as
long term care, home infusion, compounding, pharmacy management, specialty
pharmacy, medical communications or managed care
- Partnering with a faculty member to complete a
practice based project
Interprofessional Education (IPE)
A growing program available to approximately 30
students per class that spans the first three professional years of the
curriculum is available in conjunction with Cooper Rowan Medical School. PCP
Pharmacy students are partnered with medical students for an alternative IPPE
experiences, which take place at Cooper University Medical Center and other
settings associated with Cooper Rowan Medical School.Additional IPE opportunities are available
within the University and with other local Universities and healthcare
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)
Our introductory experience rotations and
completion of the campus based curriculum prepares students for their final
year of education devoted to 36 weeks of full time rotation experiences as part
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE). These rotations are available in many sites in
the immediate Philadelphia area, throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.
In addition to the option of rotations with over twenty five full time faculty
that have established patient focused pharmacy practices in hospital,
ambulatory care and community pharmacy settings, a wide variety of additional
required and many elective options are offered by over 400 preceptors, many of
which are PCP alumni.
APPE rotation options include
research and teaching rotations with full time faculty, a number of academic
medical centers including blocks of rotations in Philadelphia, New York City
and Baltimore, rotations with the Indian Health Service and the FDA, a range of
options and locations in the pharmaceutical industry and many more settings.
New in 2015 was our first international APPE
rotation in Jamaica (6 student pharmacists, 3 faculty) as part of an
interdisciplinary medical mission serving 3500 patients in 7 clinic days. The
goal was to provide medical education to medically indigent and underserved
patients, acknowledging cultural differences and health literacy issues, and to
approach patients with professional attitudes and behaviors.
Experiential education at PCP is not only a
valued component of our professional education. These learning experiences, and
the positive relationships developed with site based pharmacists, contributes
to an excellent track record of employment for our graduates; many, in fact,
secure post-graduation positions during their APPE rotations. This includes a
remarkable number of our grads, averaging about 25% in recent years, who pursue
postgraduate training in highly completive industry fellowships or ASHP-accredited
pharmacy practice residencies.
College of Pharmacy Preceptors - A Tradition of Excellence
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) initiated
our first full time/full semester experiential “pharmacy clerkship” program in
1979. We now refer to that as our Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE).
Today, we offer rotation sites at hundreds of locations, not only in the
Tri-state area, but literally nationwide. Students also complete Introductory
Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) rotations during their first three
professional years. Many preceptors host both APPE and IPPE students while some
are devoted only to IPPE student experiences.
preceptors make our experiential educational program the
success that it is. Hours of hard work on the part of each preceptor goes into
providing our students with an optimal learning experience. It is the preceptor
dedication to guiding our students that affords them the opportunity to apply
knowledge and sharpen their skills in diverse practice settings and help
validate that they are competent to enter pharmacy practice. Preceptors play a
key role in helping to instill in our students the professionalism and work
ethic upon which our pharmacy profession prides itself.
Experiential Education Team strives to offer our preceptors guidance and
support through orientation as a new preceptor to our experiential education
goals and objectives, task list, through routine communications and with
educational and growth learning opportunities.