» Experiential Curriculum

  • Experiential education is integrated and sequenced with the didactic curriculum and is mapped to the CUSP student learning outcomes (SLOs).
  • Experiential learning occurs throughout the 3 years at CUSP, during which students refine their skills involved in the patient care process.

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Year 1 - Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

T1 Immunization IPPE (Trimester 1)

  • Students are assigned to a local community pharmacy where they administer a minimum of 10 immunizations to patients during the flu season.
  • This IPPE is embedded into the Immunization course offered during Trimester 1.

Community Pharmacy IPPEs (Trimester 2 and 3)

  • Students are assigned to a retail and indepenedent community pharmacy.
  • Students are at their assigned site for 8 hours a week for 5 weeks and accumulate a minimum of 40 hours each trimester.

Year 2 - Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

Community and Health-System IPPEs (Trimester 4 and 5)

  • Students are assigned to a community pharmacy and a health-system pharmacy site during Trimester 4 and 5.
  • Students are at their assigned site for 8 hours a week for 14 weeks and accumulate a minimum of 112 hours each trimester.

Year 3 - Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)

Students are required to complete six, 6-week rotations during Year 3 prior to graduation.  They must complete 4 required rotation types and 2 elective rotations.  A broad overview of the rotations is below.

Acute Care/Medicine
Students provide direct patient care to hospitalized patients by monitoring and adjusting medication treatment plans.  The rotation may focus on a specialty area, such as infectious disease or emergency medicine.
Students work within a centralized and/or satellite pharmacy to promote efficient medication distribution and to understand pharmacy operations.  Students may participate in medication reconciliation, patient discharge education and transitions of care consultations.
Students working with patients in the community pharmacy setting to review, fill, and counsel patients on their prescription and over-the-counter medications.  Students may also administer vaccines and provide disease state education. 
Ambulatory Care
Students manage patients in an outpatient clinic setting where they generallyl monitor and adjust medication treatment plans and provide patient education. 
An array of electives is offered to our students, including:
Managed Care
Pharmaceutical Industry
Specialty Areas:
Infectious Disease
Critical Care
Drug Information