Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)


Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)



The Pre-APPE curriculum provides a rigorous foundation in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, social/administrative/behavioral, and clinical sciences. It incorporates the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and inculcates habits of self-directed lifelong learning to prepare student pharmacists for the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE). As part of the pre-APPE didactic curriculum, all student pharmacists must enroll in the Pre-APPE Performance Skills and Lab course during the Spring of their Professional Year 3 (P3). This course has been designed to ensure that the student pharmacists have achieved competency in educational concepts integrated throughout the curriculum and assess their readiness to enter APPE. In essence, the course will guide the student through active learning activities to build confidence and achieve the competencies needed to enter advanced pharmacy practice experiences. The focus is to assure readiness to integrate into inter-professional collaborative health care settings and serve diverse patient populations. Knowledge, skills, attitudes, and professional values are assessed and developed by utilizing a mixture of benchmark assessment tools, small case discussions of complex patient cases, peer-to-peer conversations, integration of the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process (PPCP), and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) that evaluate clinical competence and stimulates student responsibilities during an APPE. Formative and summative feedback delivered through faculty, peer, and self-evaluation help guide the student pharmacist for advanced experiences and life-long learning.


Accreditation guidelines mandate that the APPE curriculum comprises a variety of required and elective experiences of the scope, intensity, and duration to support the accomplishment of the Educational Outcomes created to prepare practice-ready graduates. These APPEs should allow for the integration, application, reinforcement, and advancement of the knowledge skills, attitudes, abilities, and behaviors that the student pharmacist should develop in the pre-APPE curriculum in conjunction with the co-curricular activities. More specifically, most APPEs should include direct patient interaction with diverse populations in various practice settings. They should consist of opportunities to collaborate with other health care professionals to promote interprofessional growth and development.

The ultimate result of the didactic and the experiential component of the curriculum is to produce a graduate who is equipped to provide patient-centered care as the medication expert who is knowledgeable in the essentials for practice and care in the areas of:

  • Patient-centered care
  • Medication use systems management
  • Health and wellness
  • Population-based care


2021 – 2022  CALENDAR

  Start End
Block 1 05/10/2021 06/18/2021 
Block 2 06/21/2021 07/30/2021
Block 3 08/02/2021 09/10/2021
Block 4 09/13/2021 10/22/2021
Block 5 10/25/2021 12/03/2021
Block 6 01/03/2021 02/11/2021
Block 7 02/14/2022 03/25/2022


A complete handbook of instructions, guidelines, and a detailed curriculum that will guarantee success during the course of the Pre-Advanced & Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Program.