Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) are essential and required for all students entering the professional pharmacy curriculum. They provide a broad overview of pharmacy practice and the various roles and responsibilities that pharmacists play within the health care system. The educational outcomes for these courses are professional socialization of the student, development of a practice philosophy focused on the provision of pharmacist-delivered patient care, and an appreciation for the importance of life-long learning as a health professional.
The IPPE courses were designed to provide students access to pharmacy practice in health promotion, community, hospital, and clinical settings and verify they have attained the basic knowledge needed to work in any venue of pharmacy practice. The majority of the student’s time will be spent away from the School of Pharmacy in actual community pharmacies, clinics, institutions (hospitals), and service learning activities. Preceptors will engage students in active,and clinically relevant, learning activities that require critical thinking and communication skills. [Preceptors are mentors responsible for coaching students rather than providing instruction.] The benefit gained by each student from experiential education is directly related to the extent the student takes direct responsibility for her/his own learning “active learning.” Over these courses, students will be required to learn and remember vital general pharmacy practice information.
Students enrolled in the IPPE courses are required to obtain 100-120 hours per year during the summer, fall, and/or spring semesters (P1, P2, & P3) in a specific pharmacy practice setting for a total of 300 hours by the completion of the P3 year. It is expected that students will complete IPPEs in both community and institutional practice settings as specified by the course coordinator and as required by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE.)