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Experiential Education


VCU School of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education (ACPE). VCU shares the mutual goal with ACPE of assuring the optimal preparation of pharmacists for current and future practice, and ultimately to improve the healthcare outcomes of the patients and populations that they serve. According to ACPE Standards, the VCU School of Pharmacy must provide a continuum of required and elective pharmacy practice experiences throughout the curriculum, from introductory to advanced, of adequate scope, intensity, and duration to support the student’s achievement of professional competencies.

Experiential education provides students with real-life active participation and in-depth exposure in a variety of pharmacy settings. The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) Program of 300 hours is for students in their first three (3) years of pharmacy school (P-1, P-2, and P-3). The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) Education Program of 1,600 hours is for students in their 4th year of pharmacy school (P-4). IPPEs and APPE s augment students’ classroom education by providing experiences in many aspects of contemporary pharmacy practice, and together represent approximately one-third of the four-year curriculum. Knowledge, practice skills, and professional attitudes and values must be integrated and applied, reinforced, and advanced throughout the curriculum, including the pharmacy practice experiences. To gain these experiences, students are assigned throughout the four-year program to pharmacist-preceptors at affiliated practice sites throughout Virginia and beyond for required and elective experiential education courses/rotations.

The School’s Office of Experiential Education (OEE) is responsible for the overall programmatic planning and oversight of the experiential education programs. In collaboration with preceptors and advisory committees, OEE strives to ensure that experiential programming is meeting ACPE Standards and the goals and objectives of the school’s mission statement and curriculum goals. Learning objectives for each course (rotation), requirements of students, and criteria and responsibilities of preceptors and practice sites are all defined on these Experiential Education web pages.