Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)


Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

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Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) occur in the first three years of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. 

IPPEs provide the student pharmacist with an opportunity to practice the skills they are learning in the classroom while receiving direct feedback and coaching from pharmacists. 


Students begin in the P1 year with community-focused experiences through IPPE. First year professional students are required to complete 65 hours of community pharmacy experience the initial academic year, occurring at two different times during their academic year. Throughout the P1 Community IPPE, students experience a community pharmacy rotation that fosters their understanding of the workflow and medication dispensing process. Additionally, students are able to use basic drug information skills and review applicable laws with onsite preceptors. Students come to their rotation with checklists and worksheets that are used to guide the learning experience during the rotation.


During P2 year, the experiential focus moves towards institutional health systems, where students observe and participate in activities that embody health system pharmacy. Students complete 60 hours of experiences at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC). Students obtain complete medication lists from preceptor-identified patients, review these lists with a clinical preceptor, and engage in conversation about appropriateness of medication therapy and potential need for interventions. Students are matched with a preceptor to complete a one week intensive institutional rotation where they attend clinical rounds and utilize the Pharmacist’s Patient Care Process worksheets to follow their preceptor-assigned patients throughout their experiences.


Third year professional students are required to participate in a variety of activities including community, institutional health system and ambulatory care hours. In the institutional setting, students are given a variety of opportunities from which they can choose to complete their clinical hours. Activities may include medication reconciliation, overnight observation opportunities, and targeted observation with institutional health system pharmacists. The community rotation builds on the P1 community experience with opportunities for advanced direct patient contact through the performance of point of care testing, health screenings, administration of immunizations, and completion of Medication Therapy Management reviews with preceptor oversight. Students educate patients on drug delivery devices and the proper use of prescription and OTC medications. In the ambulatory care setting, students work with pharmacists who care for diverse patient populations, all while working interprofessionally with physicians, nurses, social workers and other health professions students. P3 IPPE students answer drug information questions, perform chart reviews, write SOAP notes, present patient cases, and provide patient education.

Students complete 50 hours of community pharmacy activities, 60 hours of institutional pharmacy activities and 16 hours ambulatory care during their final IPPE year. 

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