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Chicago College of Pharmacy


Licensure
Experiential Education Courses
Out-of-State Rotations

The mission of the Office of Experiential Education (OEE) is to provide students with the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in quality, contemporary practice settings that provide positive, supportive, and challenging environments. The pharmacy practices experiences will allow enhancement of students' professional socialization, knowledge, and skills in order to prepare them to be caring and competent pharmacists, able to contribute to the profession and to deliver optimal patient-centered care now and in the future. Pharmacy students begin their experiential education, referred to as "rotations," in the winter (second) quarter of their first year.


Licensure

All students are required to be registered pharmacy student technicians in the state of Illinois by the end of the first quarter of enrollment. This registration must be maintained for the entire enrollment period. To obtain this license, please visit the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Web site.

Experiential Education Courses

Introduction to Pharmacy Practice Experience I - Community
PPRA 1552
This course introduces the student to the philosophy, socialization, and practice of the profession of pharmacy through experiences in a community pharmacy practice environment. This course will meet for a weekly eight hour site visit to an assigned community pharmacy for an introductory pharmacy practice experience. Guided exercises in the community practice environment will introduce the student to the basics of practice and serve as a foundation for advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience II - Health Systems
PPRA 1622
Students will explore the philosophy and practice of health system pharmacy through didactic lectures, workshop assignments and on-site experience at an assigned practice site under the guidance of a preceptor. Students will be introduced to technical pharmacy skills, hospital pharmacy management, distributive systems, quality assurance and the role of the pharmacist in the health care team. Students will explore career options within healthcare systems.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience III - Clinical
PPRA 1721
This course provides students the opportunity to practice the principals and skills in clinical pharmacy through practical experiences, practice simulation, and workshops. Site visits to various hospitals and choice care sites allow students to experience and apply the lessons learned in the complementary didactic course in real practice environments.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Longitudinal I, II, III, IV
PPRA 1523, 1621, 1623, 1624
In the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Longitudinal, the student participates in the longitudinal care of four patients over the four quarter sequence. Emphasis will be placed on the changing needs of the patients and insuring continuity of care. The student will learn to effectively communicate with the patient and other health care providers while collecting relevant health care information about the patient. The student will develop affective components necessary to become a caring pharmacist. All four courses in this sequence must be taken sequentially.

Community Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
PPRA 1886
Pharmacy students under the supervision of an adjunct faculty member will gain experience in community pharmacy practice including dispensing procedures, pharmacy law, practice management and OTC pharmacotherapy assessment. The student will assess drug therapy, monitor clinical interventions, practice counseling and patient care skills, and complete a journal club and a case presentation. The students will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the health care team.

Hospital Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
PPRA 1887
Pharmacy students under the supervision of an adjunct faculty member will gain experience in hospital pharmacy practice including drug distribution systems, intravenous product preparation, drug usage evaluation and practice management. The student will assess patient drug therapy, monitor clinical interventions, and complete a journal club and a case presentation, and contribute to a quality improvement program at the site. The student will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the health care team.

General Medicine Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
PPRA 1888
Pharmacy students under the supervision of a full or adjunct faculty member will gain experience in general medicine pharmacy practice including practice management and interactions with other health care providers, participate in drug therapy assessment, patient care activities and monitor outcomes in various patient populations. The student will complete a journal club, a case presentation and drug information paper. The student will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the health care team.

Ambulatory Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
PPRA 1889
Pharmacy students under the supervision of a full or adjunct faculty member will gain experience in ambulatory care pharmacy practice, including practice management, interactions with other health care providers, participating in drug therapy assessment, patient care activities, and monitoring outcomes in various patient populations. The student will complete a journal club, a case presentation and drug information paper. The student will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the health care team.

Clinical Specialty Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
PPRA 1890
Pharmacy students under the supervision of a full or adjunct faculty member will gain experience in clinical specialty pharmacy practice, including practice management, interactions with other health care providers, participating in drug therapy assessment, patient care activities, and monitoring outcomes in various patient populations. The student will complete a journal club, a case presentation and drug information paper. The student will develop a philosophy of practice regarding the role of the pharmacist as a member of the health care team.

Elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
PPRA 1885
Pharmacy Students may select an additional APPE or choose from a selected list of non-patient care electives.

Out-of-State Rotations

Distant Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) are defined as 6-week PS-IV APPEs that are at practice sites outside the greater Chicago area. The greater Chicago area is defined as sites within Chicago and the surrounding counties of Cook, Will, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Kendall, and Grundy, as well as parts of DeKalb and Winnebago Counties, Northwestern Indiana and Southeastern Wisconsin. Students in good academic and disciplinary standing as determined by the College may participate in distant APPEs. Distant APPEs are subject to final approval on an individual basis by the Director of the Office of Experiential Education (OEE). Students may apply to be considered for placement on distant APPEs during their PS-II year. Students must attend all mandatory distant APPE meetings and adhere to all assignment deadline dates. All requests will be considered, but placement priority will occur in the following order:

  1. Students requesting distant APPEs in the same city as their permanent (family) address within the United States.
  2. Students requesting distant APPEs administered by the United States Public Health Services e.g. Indian Health Services, Bureau of Prisons.
  3. Students requesting distant APPEs in cities within the United States where relatives will provide housing for the student.
  4. Students requesting distant APPEs in a state they may be moving to after graduation.

All distant APPE sites and preceptors must be approved by OEE, and the standard University affiliation agreement must be completed prior to the student beginning the rotation. There is no guarantee that requested distant APPEs will be approved and scheduled. Schedule changes resulting from preceptor changes may result in a denied distant APPE request. Students doing distant APPEs are also responsible for contacting the Board of Pharmacy in the state where they are placed to determine the licensure requirement(s) for students on rotation in that state. The student must comply with the requirements for that state and provide proof of compliance to OEE. All travel and living expenses are the student's responsibility.


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