Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

IPPE refers to the first three years of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Doctor of Pharmacy program. At The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, the first year (P1), second year (P2), and the third year (P3) as “Introductory” Pharmacy Practice Experience.


First year professional students have little to no experience in pharmacy. They are required to complete 65 hours of community pharmacy experience the initial academic year, occurring at two different times throughout their academic year.  Students come to their rotation with checklists and worksheets that are used to guide the learning experience during the rotation.


Second year professional student experiences are primarily focused in institutional health system pharmacy practice. Students complete 60 hours of experiences at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC).  Students are matched with a preceptor for a one week 40 hour intensive and additionally complete a 20 hour medication reconciliation rotation in the inpatient setting.


Third year professional students are required to participate in a variety of activities including community, institutional health system, and ambulatory care hours. Students complete 50 hours of community pharmacy activities, 60 hours of institutional pharmacy activities, and 16 hours ambulatory care during their final IPPE year. 

Some activities include:
• Engaging in intermediate activities with pharmacy practitioners/mentors in community, institutional, ambulatory care, and other practice settings.
• Enhancing communication skills.
• Applying practice skills: Immunizations, blood pressure monitoring, blood glucose screening/monitoring, medication therapy management (MTM) and monitoring safe medication usage, literature review/drug information.

In addition to activities mentioned above, students participate in professional development and community health service activities each academic year.