Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) are experiential courses designed to provide pharmacy students with the opportunity to become a member of the pharmacy healthcare arena/team. Depending on the type of course, APPEs rotations take place in a variety of settings in order to expose our students to both traditional and nontraditional career opportunities within the profession.

The APPE program is designed to focus on clinical aspects of pharmacy practice. Required experiences build the student’s core competencies through involvement in patient care activities.  The courses overall provide highly focused experiences in those areas.  There are a total of seven, six-week rotations at various practice sites with different preceptors. The remaining three of seven rotations are electives selected at the student’s choosing. Each rotation is scheduled to end on Thursday of the sixth week with Seminar on-campus that Friday.

Components of APPE: 4 Required APPEs, 3 Electives and Seminar

4 Required APPEs

  • Community Practice
  • Institutional/Hospital Practice
  • Ambulatory Care Practice
  • General Medicine Practice

3 Elective APPEs Seminar

  • Research Seminar I
  • Research Seminar II
  • Research Seminar III


Required experiences build the student’s core competencies through involvement in patient care activities. Required experiences provide the student with highly focused experiences in the following areas: Community pharmacy, Hospital or Health-System pharmacy, Ambulatory care, and Inpatient/ Acute care (General Medicine). Experiences in these required experiences are designed to provide more depth of knowledge and participation than can be provided in a general experience. Therefore, it is understood that the focus of the required experiences is on the need for continuity of care throughout the health care system including the availability and sharing of information regarding the patient’s condition, medications, and other therapies.

Students should be given the opportunity to practice as a member of an inter-professional team. Given the variability of required experiences and sites, the day-to-day activities of the student will depend on the preceptor, but must include patient care and interaction with other health care professionals Core rotation objectives have been obtained for a variety of experiences and can be viewed in E*value.

APPE PharmD Rotations