Office of Experiential Programs

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the Office of Experiential Programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  As part of the professional program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) mandates that student pharmacists participate in (IPPE) Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences and (APPE) Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) based on a sound educational philosophy and coordinated with the didactic portion of the curriculum enables students to develop the attitudes, abilities, skills and competencies needed for contemporary and future pharmacy practice.  The first three years of the professional program serve as the foundation for the clerkship year of the curriculum.  They establish the requisite knowledge bases in the pharmaceutical, biomedical and clinical sciences.  The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) Program brings together aspects of professionalism (e.g., life-long learning, community service, and societal responsibility) that can be best obtained through direct interactions with patients, health care professionals, and the public.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) is an extension of the knowledge base and skills students develop in IPPE as well as their didactic coursework.  APPEs are completed during the P4 year and consist of 10, 4 week rotations at various pharmacies and pharmacy institutions.  Students are required to complete advanced clinical experiences in Community, Ambulatory care I & II, Acute care I & II, and a non-patient care rotation.  Additionally, students must select four elective rotations to fulfill the 1600 hour requirement.

The Office of Experiential Programs (OEP) is responsible for the oversight and administration of the experiential components of the pharmacy curriculum.  Under the direction of the Director, John Ridgway, R.Ph., the Office of Experiential Programs is overseen by the Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Science, Daren Knoell, Pharm.D.

Send request to:
UNMC College of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
Office of Experiential Programs
986145 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-6145
Email: Kimberly Norman or call (402) 559-4047