The final professional year consists of seven advanced pharmacy practice experiences in a variety of pharmacy practices. The emphasis is becoming proficient in direct patient care and problem-solving skills. In addition, students complete a medical information retrieval clerkship as one of the required seven experiences.
APPE objectives, assignments, and evaluations are based on the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Standards.
APPE Rotation Types
- Acute Care
- Advanced Community
- Advanced Health-Systems
- Ambulatory Care
- Clinical Information Services (CIS)
- Elective – any category except CIS
- One of the scheduled rotations during the IPPE or APPE year is required to be in a rural setting (see map of rural areas)
They are each six weeks in length and require a minimum of 240 hours. The total clock hours required for all 7 APPE rotations is 1680 hours.
- Grade/Point Scale
- Students receive a letter grade for each rotation.
- The grading rubric uses a five-point grading scale. An average of points received on the rubric will have the following grades:
- 4.67 to 5.00 A
- 4.34 to 4.66 A-
- 4.00 to 4.33 B+
- 3.67 to 3.99 B
- 3.34 to 3.66 B-
- 3.00 to 3.33 C+
- Students who achieve less than 3 as an average will receive a grade less than C+. Students who receive less than C+ will be required to repeat a clerkship in the same category as the failed rotation.