IPE Curriculum

Students in the UW School of Pharmacy are among few who are educated side by side and train in the same building as students in medicine, nursing, dentistry, physician assistants, social workers and public health practitioners.

We are unique in how we train our student pharmacists with other health science disciplines.  We match our students based on the start of the heavily clinical portion of the curriculum and then build backward and forward from there. In their third year, our pharmacy students are beginning to go deep into therapeutics and it’s at that point we  pair them with third year medical students as they are at similar points in their programs. Each has learned most of the knowledge gained from the classroom so they have the ability to apply that knowledge in simulations of patient care. Earlier in the program, students participate in student-organized cross training activities to gain understanding of the other disciplines and how they approach the patient care.

Year Autumn Winter Spring Credits
PY1 Informal, student-driven activities with students on other schools/programs (often as part of student organizations and service learning opportunities) 0
PY2 PharmP 521 (1cr) Foundations of IPP I 1
PY3 PharmP 522 (1cr) Foundations of IPP II 1
PY4 Intentionally embedded IPP in at least 2 core APPEs:
acute care general medicine, ambulatory care


Currently, the curricular thread for IPE begins in the first year with informal and student-driven opportunities for engagement and outreach that involve students from other health professions across campus.


In their second year, our students take a course that includes small group activities with students from dentistry, dietetics, health administration, medicine, nursing, social work and the physician assistant program to discuss patient cases and other healthcare issues.


In their third year, our students take a course  where they partner with medicine, nursing, and physician assistant students for simulations of patient care scenarios.

Across both courses students also shadow other health professionals in practice and meet with pharmacist mentors to be coached in team performance and discuss general professional development.


In their fourth year, our students complete at least two (of nine) Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) that include team collaboration as a required competency:

  • Acute Care General Medicine
  • Ambulatory Clinic Pharmacy

Additional Information

A visual outline of the IPE curriculum and individual courses is available at UWSOP IPE Curriculum.