The Advanced Pharmacy Professional Experience Program (APPE) is an important and integral part of the pharmacy curriculum. It consists of a variety of four, required and five, elective, one-month experiential rotations. Students will gain experience by applying their coursework and laboratory training in the basic pharmaceutical sciences to solving drug-related problems in practice. The preceptor for the experiential site will provide the student with various practice experiences to help them develop their problem solving and practice skills.
The APPE rotations run from June through April and consist of ten, one-month experience cycles. Each student will have one, randomly assigned month and the month of December off.
The Office of Experiential Education provides the annual rotation schedule to students during the spring semester, prior to the first rotation month of June. While there are certain holidays observed by the university, the student is expected to schedule their time at the experiential site consistent with the holidays observed by the rotation site. Occasionally, the university may have closures, delays or early dismissals based on adverse weather conditions. Since weather conditions are often variable throughout the region, students and preceptors are advised to modify their schedule as deemed appropriate, and not based on the university’s closings/delays.
The student is responsible for scheduling activities required for completion of the rotation in conjunction with the preceptor. The student is required to adjust his/her schedule so that the majority of time spent at the pharmacy site is under the primary preceptor’s direct supervision. Preceptors are encouraged to create a schedule that offers students the opportunity to benefit from a full range of activities present during the course of the day. The experiential rotations will begin on the first day of each month and end on the last day of the month and will be a minimum of 160 hours. There is flexibility in creating the schedule; students, however, are expected to spend a minimum of eight hours per day, five days per week at the site, or at approved alternate site completing required activities. Because the benefits students gain from APPE rotations are heavily dependent upon learning from experiences, it is important that APPE rotations afford students a variety of active experiences and require studying and preparation work be reserved for off rotation times. Each month, field coordinators will visit students who are not assigned to UConn faculty members. Students are responsible for notifying their field coordinator of any schedule outside routine times (i.e., 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday). Any absences from a rotation must be reported and approved by the preceptor utilizing the RxPreceptor system.
From June through April (experiential year) three days will be excused for job and/or residency interviews. Interview days must be discussed in advance with preceptor. It will be up to the preceptor’s discretion how the student will fulfill the requirements of the rotation. Interview days must be electronically documented via the RxPreceptor system.