Chicago College of Pharmacy

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Pharmacy Practice Experiences in the Pharm.D. Program

Chicago College of Pharmacy

All students must successfully complete twelve credit hours of introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs) during the first, second, and third professional years. These must be completed in community, hospital, and clinical settings.

In addition, students must complete six full-time advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) during their fourth professional year including rotations in community advanced pharmacy, hospital advanced pharmacy, ambulatory care, general medicine, clinical specialty and one elective. APPEs build on the foundation of IPPEs through completion of competency-based objectives and demonstration of proficiency in general pharmaceutical skills. Emphasis is placed on in-depth experience in the provision of patient-centered care in a variety of patient care settings. While most IPPEs and APPEs are scheduled during the day there may be IPPEs and APPEs scheduled for weekends and evenings to provide maximum patient care and a maximum learning experience.

All students are required to be registered pharmacy technicians with student designation in the state of Illinois by the end of the first quarter of enrollment. This registration must be maintained for the entire enrollment period.

Students must be in full compliance with University requirements regarding student health insurance, criminal background checks, drug-free and substance abuse policies and immunizations prior to beginning any experiential course.