Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)


Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)

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Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) fourth-year students

The goal of APPE is to continue to develop high-quality pharmacists by educating students to optimize drug therapy, apply problem-solving skills and provide excellent patient care. Students complete APPEs in their final year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program with a minimum of 1440 hours in a variety of practice settings.

APPE enables students to develop the fundamental capabilities needed to be independent, ethically-minded and self-motivated practitioners, creating the mission and drive to advance the pharmacy profession.

Students are assigned to a minimum of nine calendar months of APPE between May 1 and April 30.


APPE required experiences include:

  • Seven months of required rotations with a patient-care focus:
    • Two months of community pharmacy
    • One month of ambulatory care pharmacy
    • One month of hospital/health system pharmacy
    • One month of inpatient general medicine patient care pharmacy
    • Two additional one-month, patient-care, experiences in an approved patient care setting, with most of the rotations located in community, ambulatory, or hospital sites
  • Two months of elective rotations with either a patient-care focus or non-patient care focus (e.g., research, management, teaching, etc.)

During APPE rotation months, PharmD students will also be completing coursework for Pharmacy 7007 (APPE Professional Activities). Pharmacy 7008 requires students to complete pharmacy-related projects such as creating a professional portfolio and completing the steps to earn a certificate from the American Pharmacists Association's (APhA) Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services program.


If you have any questions about the APPE program at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, contact Julie Legg, PharmD, Director of Experiential Education.