Office of Professional Pharmacy Education

The Office of Professional Pharmacy Education (OPPE) coordinates professional learning experiences for students, advises the Dean on issues relating to professional practice, facilitates Interprofessional Education events, organizes the assessment and accreditation process for the School of Pharmacy, and provides service to more than 800 clinical and affiliate faculty members and practicum preceptors.

OPPE coordinates Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice experiences and provides practicum and career-related student advising. OPPE places students in health systems, hospitals, and community pharmacies to provide Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs).

The first IPPE is a community experience that occurs in the summer after completing the first year of courses.

The second IPPE is conducted in an institutional setting and generally occurs the summer after the second year.

Fourth-year students will spend nine months doing Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in a variety of settings throughout the state, country, and world. Our IPPEs and APPEs are only made possible through the hard work and dedication of our preceptors who direct these unique experiences to help our students become exceptional practitioners.

Assessing, evaluating, and improving the School of Pharmacy’s performance is also critical for our continuing success. Under the direction of the School’s Chief Assessment Officer, OPPE manages the assessment and accreditation process focusing on information management and process improvement.


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