APPE Overview

The final professional year consists of seven Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) 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.

2018-2019 APPE Manual


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)

APPE Duration

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.


APPE 2018-2019 Schedule

Block 1 Summer May 28 – July 6, 2018
Block 2 Summer July 9 – Aug. 17, 2018
Block 3 Fall Aug. 20 – Sept. 28, 2018
Block 4 Fall Oct. 1 –  Nov. 9, 2018
Block 5 Fall Nov. 12 – Dec. 21, 2018
Block 6 Spring Jan. 7 –  Feb. 15, 2019
Block 7 Spring Feb. 18 – Mar. 29, 2019
Block 8 Spring April 1 – May 9, 2019

APPE 2019-2020 Schedule

Block 1 Summer May 27 - July 5, 2019
Block 2 Summer July 8 - August 16, 2019
Block 3 Fall August 19 - September 27, 2019
Block 4 Fall September 30 - November 8, 2019
Block 5 Fall November 11 - December 20, 2019
Block 6 Spring January 6 - February 14, 2020
Block 7 Spring February 17 - March 27, 2020
Block 8 Spring March 30 - May 7, 2020

Resgistering for APPE Classes

Semester Register for your rotations in:
Summer Blocks 1, 2
Fall Blocks 3, 4, 5
Spring Blocks 6, 7, 8
  • Rotation names correspond to the name of the rotation in CORE ELMS
  • You will only register for “APPE Elective” if the clerkship is not also available as a core clerkship
  • If you are registering for the same course name more than once, register for different sections (Section 001, 002, etc.)
  • If your rotation is with core faculty, register for the course under their name
  • If your rotation is not with core faculty, register for the course listed under Krystal Moorman's name

Academic Year Calendar with registration deadlines.


APPE Grading

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:

A 4.67 to 5.00
A- 4.34 to 4.66
B+ 4.00 to 4.33
B 3.67 to 3.99
B- 3.34 to 3.66
C+ 3.00 to 3.33
Any grade less than a 3.00 (C+) is considered a failed rotation, requiring the student to repeat a clerkship in the same category.

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