College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences

Fundamental Goal of Doctor of Pharmacy APPE Experiences

To provide practical, closely supervised, intellectually stimulating, and professional experiences, which will enable students to develop fundamental capabilities to become highly motivated, self-directed, ethically minded professionals with the mission and skills to advance pharmacy practice in any desired practice setting.  Competency in clinical skills, knowledge, judgment, and communication provide the basis for the achievement of this fundamental goal.


Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences

The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) are an extension of the information and practices learned throughout IPPEs and coursework.  APPEs are completed during the P4 year and consist of 9 different month-long rotations at various pharmacies and pharmacy institutions.  Students must complete advanced clinical experiences in institutional, community, ambulatory care, and advanced inpatient pharmacy practice, as well as complete various elective experiences.

Students are expected to complete a minimum of 40 hours of experience time per week throughout each rotation. Rotations generally begin at the beginning of the month and continue through end of the month (ex. November 1st-November 30th). Rotations are established all throughout Ohio and Michigan (divided into 15 areas).  However, there are also opportunities to participate in out-of-state APPEs across the country.

General Core Rotation Objectives

Each student is required to complete nine (9) APPE rotations as follows:

One rotation in each of the following settings:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Advanced Inpatient
  • Community
  • Hospital/Health System
  • Drug Information Longitudinal APPE 

Four elective rotations that may be of any rotation type except Drug Information Longitudinal APPE (some examples listed below):

Administration Anticoagulation
Drug Information Home Health
Geriatrics Hospice
Nuclear Pain Management
Toxicology Research
Medical Mission Long-Term Care
Cardiothoracic ICU Industry
Medication Therapy Management  


Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns:

Megan Kaun, PharmD, BCACP
Director, Experiential Education Program
Phone:  419-383-1579

Kristin Kamcza
Program Accreditation Specialist
Phone:  419-383-1951

Last Updated: 6/9/16