Office of Experiential Programs

The Office of Experiential Programs (OEP) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Pharmacy is responsible for the oversight, coordination, and assessment of the experiential components within the pharmacy curriculum. The curriculum is comprised of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE), which occur throughout the first three years of the pharmacy program, and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) which occurs during the fourth year.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)

Students complete 300 hours of IPPEs in community pharmacy practice, health system/hospital pharmacy, and drug information, all of which highlight the importance of the pharmacists’ involvement in patient care. Participation in direct patient care and educational activities further develop our students’ self-awareness and professionalism (e.g., life-long learning, community service, and societal responsibility). The interactions with patients, health care professionals, and the public, allow our students to grow personally and professionally.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)

Students complete ten, 4-week APPEs, for a total of 1600 hours, during their fourth year of pharmacy school. These APPEs begin in May and end in April of their fourth year. Required experiences include community, acute care I and II, ambulatory care I and II, and hospital pharmacy. One of these APPEs must be in a rural area. Students have the opportunity to select four electives APPEs which can be tailored to their pharmacy interests. While most of these APPEs occur within Nebraska, OEP offers APPEs in surrounding states and internationally.

Our office recognizes high-quality pharmacy practice experiences cannot occur without the dedication of our preceptors. We are thankful for our preceptors’ contribution to the success of our student pharmacists.