Experiential education is the practice component of the University of Findlay’s Distance PharmD program. You will participate in interactive learning experiences in your community under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. These practical learning hours complement the online didactic coursework and are divided into introductory and advanced programs.
IPPE Program – Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences
During the program's first 3 years, you will complete 300 hours (100 each year) of supervised and structured training on-site with a licensed pharmacist. IPPE hours are designed to correlate with didactic online learning. These guided experiences follow standard U.S. practice models and help you gain confidence while building practical pharmaceutical and patient-focused communication skills.
APPE Program – Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences
In the program's final year, you will complete a minimum of 1,440 advanced, experiential-based learning hours. An assigned preceptor directs these experiences at a designated site near you. A minimum of 160 hours is required in each APPE area, including community practice, ambulatory patient care, hospital/health system pharmacy, and inpatient general medicine. The remaining hours include specialty and elective areas.
Where will my experiential learning rotations take place?
Findlay’s placement team helps you find experiential learning sites and preceptors within driving distance of your residence. The practical experience you’ll gain during your IPPE and APPE hours complements classroom learning and prepares you to develop and refine practical pharmacy competencies.
How do I benefit from Findlay’s experiential learning support services?
Finding preceptors and sites near you for your experiential learning rotations can be time-consuming. We manage the logistics of this process so that you can focus on your education and the competencies you need to become an accomplished pharmacist.