The objective of the four-year experiential program, in combination with all other courses in the curriculum, is to educate students to think and act as independent, competent pharmacy practitioners. The primary strategy used in experiential training to achieve this objective is to give students increasing levels of responsibility for patient care throughout the program in a variety of practice settings.
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) begin in the P1 year and continues in a progressive manner to prepare students for the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) in the fourth professional year.
Success in experiential training is largely measured by the way in which the student pharmacist demonstrates the characteristics of an independent and active learner. The benefit gained by each student from experiential education is directly related to the responsibility that the student takes for her/his own learning.
IPPE site assignment takes into account driving time from the residence of the student, the Georgia campus and the IPPE Site. PCOM School of Pharmacy attempts to limit the drive time from the site to campus to 60 minutes or less when classes are in session; however, due to the variability inherent in traffic flow in a large metropolitan area, this is not guaranteed.
For additional information, consult the School of Pharmacy Experiential Handbook.