In common with the academic training of other health care professionals, candidates for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree are expected to complete a significant amount of experiential training. These experiential rotations provide students with an early opportunity to begin applying successively acquired pharmaceutical science and pharmacy practice knowledge in actual clinical and professional settings.
Each student is required to complete at least 320 hours of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences during the first three years; a minimum of 160 hours each are required from community pharmacy and institutional/health-system settings. Under appropriate supervision and as permitted by practice regulations, these experiences permit students, to develop, integrate, and apply further knowledge from the foundational sciences to evaluate the scientific literature, explain drug action, and solve therapeutic problems, and advance population health and patient-centered care. Additional experiences in other types of settings and medication use systems are provided. Students are introduced to the role of the pharmacist as a promoter of health and wellness and as a provider of care.