What is Experiential Education?
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) Education Program and the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) Education Program together augment students’ classroom education by providing rotations in many aspects of contemporary pharmacy practice, and represent approximately one-third of the four-year program. 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.