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Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)

The IPPE program serves as one of the cornerstones in a student pharmacist’s education. It composes at least 5% (~300 hour) of the curricular length and consists of a variety of early learning activities that begin in the fall semester of the first professional year and conclude in the fall semester of the third professional year.

The program consists of experiences in both the community and institutional settings and permits students, under appropriate supervision and as permitted by practice regulations, to assume direct patient care responsibilities. The program involves activities that have been created to develop a student pharmacist who is committed to professional attitudes and behaviors and has developed a level of practice skills and patient care experiences that will enable them to be successful in the APPE portion of the curriculum.

The IPPE program consists of activities incorporated into a variety of required courses as described in the table below.

Core Component


PHCY 1106    IPPE I: Introduction to Patient Care

  • Complete the Medical Terminology online module.
  • Paired with a P2 student, P1 students will conduct patient interviews and use a medical record to orally present a patient case to a group of peers and the assigned preceptor.
  • Prepare for/participate in case discussions to gain practical knowledge of medical terminology.






PHCY 2106     IPPE II: Applied Therapeutics I

  • Complete the ASHP Laboratory Competencies online module.
  • See and communicate with patients and apply therapeutic knowledge in order to solve problems.
  • Reinforce and enhance the didactic learning experience through patient care.
  • Increase knowledge of disease states covered in didactic curriculum.
  • Refine communication skills by interactions with patients and pharmacy faculty/residents/students.


PHCY 3106     IPPE III: Applied Therapeutics II

  • Use the skills learned in IPPE II: Applied Therapeutics to enhance the student’s ability to conduct a comprehensive medication review, organize patient data, identify potential problems, and develop a pharmacist’s care plan. Groups will participate in oral presentations of multiple patients.
  • Identify and report an adverse drug reaction.


PHCY 4000    IPPE Community Pharmacy Rotation

  • Complete a 2 week experiential rotation in Community Pharmacy


PHCY 4001    IPPE Institutional Pharmacy Rotation

  • Complete a 2 week experiential rotation in Institutional Pharmacy



Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)

The APPE portion of the curriculum composes more than 25% of the curricular length.  All students are required to take a minimum of 11 APPEs. Each rotation is a minimum of 4 weeks in duration. The majority of APPE rotations (≥ 7) must involve direct patient care (PC) and may occur in various clinical areas. There are four required rotations, of which three are PC APPEs (Advanced Community, Ambulatory Care, and Medicine) and the 4th (Advanced Institutional) is considered an other professional experience (OPE). Students may complete the remaining seven rotations in the various PC (e.g., Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Oncology, Medication Therapy Management) or OPE (e.g., Compounding, Management, Medical Information) areas, with the total OPEs being limited to four or less.

The College is fortunate to be associated with over 80 community pharmacies and 60 hospitals across the state of Tennessee.  Experiential sites are located in over half of the counties in Tennessee, in five other states, and in 12 other countries. Our full-time and part-time faculty exceeds 500 members.


We offer a variety of APPE opportunities across Tennessee as described below:

Required APPEs

Elective APPES (PC)

Elective APPEs (OPE)

Advanced Community (PC)

Advanced Institutional (OPE)

Ambulatory Care (PC)

Medicine (PC)


Chemical Dependency

Clinical Pharmacogenetics

Critical Care

Emergency Medicine


Home Infusion

Infectious Disease

Integrated Pharmacy Practice

Long Term Care

Medication Therapy Management

Mental Health




Nutrition (Adult, Pediatric)


Oncology (Adult, Pediatric)

Palliative Care




Transitional Care

Veterinary Pharmacy



– Clinical Pharmacy

– Pharmaceutical Sciences

Clinical Toxicology


Health Care Policy



– Community Pharmacy

– Advanced Institutional

– Institutional Clinical

– Pharmacy Association

Managed Care

Medical Information

Medication Safety

Nuclear Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Industry


Specialty Pharmacy & Therapeutic Management

Veterinary Compounding

PC = Patient Care

OPE = Other Professional Experience


We also offer a number of opportunities outside the state and internationally as described below:

Government APPEs

International APPEs


Air Force (Alaska)

Indian Health Service (Arizona, Montana, Wyoming)

US Army (Kentucky)

Australia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Thailand (2 sites), Turkey, United Kingdom (3 sites)

University of Kentucky Healthcare (Advanced Institutional)

Mississippi State (Veterinary Pharmacy)


catherine crill

Catherine M. Crill, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCNSP
Director of Experiential Learning
Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science

laverne jones

Laverne Jones
Administrative Coordinator, Experiential Learning 
Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science

Rachel Moore

Rachel Moore
Administrative Coordinator, Experiential Learning 
Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science

Last Published: Nov 16, 2017