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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



Last Published: Dec 8, 2017