The Office of Experiential Education develops and manages introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences. This integral part of pharmacy education represents 30% of the curriculum and provides students the opportunity to apply their classroom and laboratory training in the basic pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice and to solve drug related problems in practice. The Office of Experiential Education establishes practice sites and places students in appropriate rotations. They coordinate training for, and negotiate experience content with, the staff person at the rotation site, called a preceptor, who is responsible for providing the educational and training components for the student during their rotation.
This office also manages community service, service learning, and outreach activities that promote the profession and the School of Pharmacy. Functions of the Office of Experiential Education include: the establishment and management of rotation sites in acute care settings, community pharmacies, long term care facilities, HMO pharmacies, nuclear pharmacies, home care pharmacies, and other non traditional practice areas committed to patient care and student education; selection and development of preceptors; supervision of students by field coordinators and faculty; development of materials to evaluate student performance and assist preceptors in the use of these resources; and preparation of and submission of appropriate reports to the State Boards of Pharmacy.
The School of Pharmacy Experiential Education Advisory Board assists the office in fulfilling its mission as it relates to experiential education by providing advice and counsel to the dean and the director of experiential education in achieving their vision to provide educationally sound experience opportunities in all areas of pharmacy practice and by serving as advocates for School of Pharmacy with various practitioner groups in Connecticut and nationally.