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Experiential Learning Services

What is experiential learning?

Experiential learning 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.

What are Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)?

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. These guided experiences follow standard U.S. practice models and help you gain confidence while building practical pharmaceutical and patient-focused communication skills.

What are Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)?

In the program's final year, you will complete at least 1,440 hours of advanced, experiential-based learning. 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 you can focus on your education and the competencies you need to become an accomplished pharmacist.

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