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OEE Student Resources

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 spring (third) 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 (IPPE) I - Community
PPRA 1530
This course will allow students to gain an appreciation of the knowledge, skills, and socialization needed to practice in the community setting. Students will meet weekly to observe and discuss the role of the community pharmacist and participate in daily operations that focus on the distributive aspects of practice. Guided exercises and an introduction to the basics of community practice will serve as a foundation for advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience II - Health Systems
PPRA 1650
This course will provide students exposure to the fundamentals of pharmacy practice in a healthy system or hospital setting. The format will be a combination of didactic lectures, simulations, and on-site experiences. Students will gain practical experience with systems used to manage the medication use process and be introduced to drug distribution systems, pharmacy operations, sterile product preparation, medication reconciliation, medication safety, and drug information.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience III - Clinical
PPRA 1721
This course allows students to practice clinical skills in pharmacy through practical experiences, practice simulations, and workshops. Site visits to various clinical environments allow the student to experience and apply lessons learned from didactic courses in patient care settings.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Longitudinal I, II, III
PPRA 1651, 1652, 1653
A three course sequence designed to provide students opportunities to communicate, deliver patient care, and develop drug information skills. Emphasis will be placed on the changing needs of patients and ensuring continuity of care. These courses will not only provide students opportunities to apply didactic knowledge to patients, but will also cultivate their affective attributes necessary to becoming a caring pharmacist.

Community Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
PPRA 1886
This practice experience will enable students to develop their skills and gain experience in a variety of patient-oriented services in community practice. In addition to medication dispensing, students will focus on drug therapy assessment and intervention, identification, resolution, and prevention of drug-related problems, education, and communication with patients and other healthcare professionals. Students may participate in additional services such as administration of immunizations, blood pressure screenings, and medication therapy and disease state management.

Hospital Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
PPRA 1887
This practice experience will enable students to develop their skills and gain experience in hospital practice or other system of integrated pharmacy services. Emphasis is placed on systems to promote safe and effective medication use to optimize patient outcomes. In addition to medication order processing, preparation, and distribution, students will focus on drug-use decision-making processes, individual patient drug therapy monitoring, formulary management, and communication with patients and other healthcare professionals.

General Medicine Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
PPRA 1888
This practice experience will enable students to develop their skills and gain experience related to general medicine in an acute care setting. Emphasis is placed on participating in an interprofessional healthcare team, drug therapy assessment, patient care activities, and monitoring of outcomes in various patient populations. In addition, students will participate in drug therapy interventions, identify drug related problems, develop therapeutic care plans, and effectively communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals.

Ambulatory Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
PPRA 1889
This practice experience will enable students to develop their skills and gain experience related to ambulatory care practice. Emphasis will be placed on participating in an interprofessional healthcare team, and sharing responsibility with patients, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals to achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes. In addition, students will participate in drug therapy assessment and intervention, identify drug related problems, develop therapeutic care plans, and effectively communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals.

Clinical Specialty Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
PPRA 1890
This practice experience will enable students to develop their skills and gain experience related to practice in a specific clinical specialty. Emphasis will be placed on participating in an interprofessional healthcare team, drug therapy assessment and intervention, patient care activities, and monitoring of outcomes in various patient populations. In addition, students will participate in drug therapy interventions, identify drug related problems. develop therapeutic care plans, and effectively communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals.

Elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
PPRA 1885
This is an experience where students will gain an adequate breadth of knowledge, skills, and experiences specific to their chosen elective area. Pharmacy students may select from a list of electives with a variety of patient-care or non-patient care experiences such as an additional clinical specialty (when available), managed care pharmacy, academia, or pharmacy administration.

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.