Experiential Education ​​

The University of Findlay's College of Pharmacy strives to offer our students pharmacy practice experiences that complement the Pharm. D. curriculum by providing students with the opportunity to improve their skills through real-life application and increase their depth of pharmacy knowledge through interaction with patients and other health care providers.

The college relies on a body of dedicated preceptors to provide high quality experiences to our students at all levels. If you are currently a University of Findlay preceptor, or if you are interested in becoming a preceptor, click here for more information. 


Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)

What's an IPPE?

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) education is incorporated into the Pharm. D. curriculum of P3 through P5 students. All colleges of pharmacy are required to offer early pharmacy practice experiences by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Each School or College of Pharmacy may structure their early experience program differently or may use different terms to define it.

The Goal of IPPEs

The goal of The University of Findlay College of Pharmacy's IPPE program is to provide practical, supervised, intellectually stimulating professional experiences which will enable students to develop a fundamental understanding of the healthcare system and learn how the pharmacist integrates into various settings.

At The University of Findlay College of Pharmacy, students complete 50 hours of unpaid, supervised experience with a pharmacist practitioner during each semester of their P3, P4 and P5 years. Examples include, but are not limited to, community pharmacy, institutional pharmacy, long-term care, mail order pharmacy and compounding pharmacy.

Throughout the curriculum, students will complete academic service-learning in addition to their 50 IPPE hours each semester. These service-learning experiences allow students to use the unique knowledge and skills they’ve acquired in pharmacy school to give back to Findlay and the surrounding community.


Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)

What's an APPE?

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) encompass the entire curriculum of the sixth and final year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program. The University of Findlay's APPE program provides nine one-month rotations for students. These rotations are experiential-based, integrated, problem-solving experiences designed to train the students to become active participants in providing patient care.


The Goal for APPEs

The goal for The University of Findlay's APPE program is to educate students to apply problem-solving skills to assess patient parameters, optimize drug therapy and provide quality patient care in various practice settings.


The student, under the direction of various faculty and preceptors, will integrate his or her knowledge of physical assessment, pharmacology, pharmacotherapy, pathophysiology, pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in assessing patients, creating therapeutic plans and evaluating drug therapy. At each site, learning will be directed by an assigned preceptor, but the student is expected to become a functioning member of the health care team and contribute to patient care services. As rotations progress, the students are expected to gain more independence and direct their own learning in preparation for their future as practicing pharmacists.

College of Pharmacy APPE Requirements

The following rotations are required for sixth year APPE students:

  • Two ambulatory care/community rotations

  • Two general medicine/inpatient pharmacy rotations

  • Two special population rotations

    • “Special population” refers to any population of patients with a specific trait or disease state in common.  Examples of special populations students may work with include geriatric patients, pediatric patients, diabetic patients and many others.

The students also select three one-month elective rotations in any of the above areas or in other areas specific to their career goals. Elective rotation opportunities include management, nuclear medicine, veterinary medicine, medication safety, and medical mission trips among many others.


Hub Site Model
The University of Findlay has developed a unique APPE curriculum. In this program, students entering their sixth year are assigned to one of our "hub" sites for the completion of their required APPEs. Hub sites may be a large health-system or a geographic area with several smaller sites working together. Students complete required rotations at their hub site, and they may choose to complete up to three elective rotations "off- site."
The University of Findlay has a close relationship with over 30 hub sites and because of this, the students benefit from preceptors who are well trained, familiar with the unique needs of students, and experienced in teaching and working with students on a daily basis.  
The hub site model also offers several advantages to the student. Instead of rotating to nine different locations during the sixth year of pharmacy school, University of Findlay students have the opportunity to remain in one location. This alleviates the need to secure room and board in several different cities.
In traditional programs, students usually spend the first week of each one-month rotation being introduced to staff, orienting to the policies and procedures of the site, and learning the site’s computer systems. In The University of Findlay’s APPE program, this orientation period is only necessary during the very first rotation of the year and the student can focus on learning instead of orienting. Students are also able to develop relationships with their preceptors and other healthcare professionals which allows them to become an integral part of the healthcare team instead of just an outside observer.