IPPE Description

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) are designed to expose students to contemporary pharmacy practice models. This includes interprofessional practice involving shared decision-making, professional ethics and expected behaviors, and direct patient care activities. IPPEs should help students understand what constitutes exemplary pharmacy prior to beginning Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs).

IPPE objectives, assignments, and evaluations are based on the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Standards

IPPE Rotation Types:

  • Core Community (community pharmacy)
  • Core Institutional (hospital pharmacy)
  • One of the scheduled rotations during the IPPE or APPE year is required to be in a rural setting (see map of rural areas)

IPPE Duration: Each IPPE rotation is 4 weeks long and requires a minimum of 160 clock hours. The total clock hours required for both IPPE rotations is 320 hours.  IPPE's occur the summer between your P2 and P3 year.

IPPE Grading: Students receive credit or no credit. There is no letter grade given for IPPEs. 

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