Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) are the final component of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. APPEs, commonly referred to as "rotations", allow student pharmacists to gain experience, apply knowledge and skills, and gain professional competence and confidence by delivering contemporary pharmaceutical care and completing other profession-related experiences under the supervision of preceptors.  Students are required to complete 8 to 10 five week practice experiences (4 required and 4-6 elective). Rotations occur at practice sites throughout the state, country, and world.

Required Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences


  • Ambulatory Care: Clinical experience in providing pharmaceutical care in outpatient clinic settings
  • Acute Care Medicine: Clinical experience applying therapeutic skills for the pharmacotherapeutic management of patients on general medicine or specialty inpatient areas
  • Hospital Pharmacy: Instruction and practical experience in various components of hospital pharmacy with an emphasis in hospital organization, inpatient and outpatient services, IV admixtures, unit dose and clinical services
  • Community Clinical Pharmacy: Clinical experience in the community setting emphasizing the delivery of pharmaceutical care

Elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences


Students complete four to six elective APPEs.  Electives are selected from but not limited to the following categories. 

  • Academic
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Community Management
  • Compounding/Complementary Alternative Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Drug Information
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Home Health Care
  • Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Hospital Management
  • Infectious Disease
  • Informatics
  • International Pharmacy
  • Long Term Care
  • Managed Care
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Neurology
  • Nuclear Pharmacy
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacy Industry
  • Pharmacy Regulatory
  • Pharmacy Practice Underserved Population
  • Professional Association
  • Psychiatry
  • Research
  • Surgery
  • Transitions of Care
  • Veterinary Pharmacy