Experiential Training

Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE I)

You will begin your experiential training during your first year of the professional program at the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy in the community pharmacy practice setting. Each week for twelve weeks, you will have the opportunity to work with a community pharmacist practicing locally.
During this introductory practice experience, you will develop fundamental skills and learn foundational knowledge needed to practice in a community pharmacy. In addition, you will be enrolled in Professional Development I class. During this class, concepts you have been exposed to during your time at the pharmacy are reinforced through topic discussions, self-learning exercises and group projects.

 Institutional Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE II)

You continue your experiential training in your second year of the program in the hospital pharmacy practice setting. For two weeks during the summer prior to your second year, you will have the opportunity to work with a hospital pharmacist.

During this practice experience, your fundamental skills will be developed further while learning the foundational knowledge needed to practice in a hospital pharmacy setting. In the fall, you will be enrolled in Professional Development II class. In this class you will have the opportunity to learn about other hospitals and their practices through classroom discussions based on the weekly homework assignment. Then, as a group, you will compare how each of the other hospitals deals with this component and decide the strengths and weaknesses in each of their systems.

Third Year Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE III)

During your third year of pharmacy school you will participate in a variety of experiences targeted to provide practice in specific skills and expose you to expectations during the fourth professional year. These experiences include a health-system experience in the summer prior to your third year and a geriatric and a community experience during your spring semester. All of these experiences will provide you with the opportunity to participate in patient centered care and assist in your transition to being a fourth year student. In addition, you will be enrolled in the Professional Development III class during the spring semester. In this class you will continue to be introduced to these practice settings and share your experiences with classmates through discussions and presentations.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)

During your fourth professional year in the pharmacy program, you participate in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. These experiences consist of nine 4-week rotations in which you will spend at least 40 hours per week at a facility. 

There are five required experiences: ambulatory care, community practice, drug information, hospital practice and internal medicine. In addition, you will select four electives geared to your interest preferences (see the list of APPE electives currently offered below).

We place you throughout the state based on rotation availability and student preferences. If you prefer to complete an APPE rotation elsewhere within the United States, this may be approved based on a facility’s ability to provide unique or celebrated experience in addition to availability for precepting.

 Current Elective Rotations

  •  Academia
  • Advanced Ambulatory Care
  • Advanced Community Practice
  • Advanced Internal Medicine
  • Anticoagulation
  • Aseptic Compounding
  • Association Management
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Research
  • Community Administration
  • Community Management
  • Compounding
  • Critical Care
  • Drug Treatment
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Home Infusion
  • Hospital Administration
  • Indigent Care
  • Industry
  • Infectious Disease
  • Investigational Drugs
  • Managed Care
  • Missions
  • Nuclear
  • Nutrition
  • Oncology
  • Pain Management/Palliative Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Psychiatry
  • Public Health
  • Senior Health
  • Surgery
  • Toxicology
  • Transplant
  • Veterinary Medicine

 APPE students are evaluated based on the Florida SUCCESS program. SUCCESS is a tool developed by four of the Florida Schools of Pharmacy. The SUCCESS program is based upon the evaluation of student competency in rotation-specific skills, abilities and knowledge.