Experiential Pharmacy Education

Welcome! The Office of Experiential Pharmacy Education creates and coordinates the clinical and pharmacy practice experiences as part of the PharmD program at North Dakota State University in the College of Health Professions, School of Pharmacy. The School of Pharmacy relies heavily on its partnerships with working pharmacists throughout the region to serve as pharmacy preceptors in delivering real life pharmacy practice experiences for students to become practice ready pharmacists.   

Interested in becoming a pharmacy preceptor?  

The goal of experiential pharmacy education is to integrate and apply knowledge taught in the classroom to clinical and pharmacy practice through interactions with peers, patients, preceptors, and other healthcare professionals. Visit our Pharmacy Preceptor Information page for more info.

Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) consists of a total of over 300 hours throughout the P1 – P2 – P3 years. First year professional students will complete 160 hours of IPPE in a community pharmacy setting during the summer between their P1 and P2 year. Second year professional students will complete 120 hours of IPPE in an institutional pharmacy setting during the summer between their P2 and P3 year. Additional IPPE hours are integrated throughout the curriculum and include reflection, simulation, and direct patient care. 

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) is comprised of 8 five-week rotations during the fourth professional year. Five of the eight rotations are required rotations including; ambulatory care, acute care, institutional, community advanced, and rural health. The remaining three rotations are considered elective rotations and are chosen based on student personal and professional preferences.

Experiential Education Faculty and Staff

Located in Sudro 20 

  • Rebecca Brynjulson, Director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Assistant Professor of Practice
  • Jane Dickerson, Experiential Assistant
  • Lisa Richter, Director of Experiential Outreach and Assessment and Associate Professor of Practice
  • Teri Undem, Director of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) 
  • Rachel Zachariason, Experiential Education Administrative Coordinator

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