Rotations

Please visit the Experiential Rotation Manual page to review students’ rotation policies.

Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (CIPPE)

Students are required to complete a four-week experience in a community practice setting, under preceptor supervision, during the summer semester following the successful completion of their first year.

The primary intent of the CIPPE is to facilitate students’ continuing professional development in the context of the community pharmacy practice setting. Through structured activities and assignments, students will build upon knowledge and skills developed in the first year of the didactic curriculum.  Students will continue to explore the concepts of professionalism and shared accountabilities for health care outcomes; formulate a personal philosophy of and approach to professional practice; expand drug and disease knowledge; and develop practical, critical thinking and life-long learning skills. This experience seeks to provide students with direct exposure to the dynamics of the community pharmacy workplace and to guide them to a realistic assessment of the challenges and opportunities that exist therein.

Activities of the CIPPE focus on clarifying distinguishing characteristics of community pharmacy practice and developing fundamental skills necessary to practice effectively in the community pharmacy setting.


Hospital Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (HIPPE)

Students are required to complete a four-week experience in a hospital practice setting, under preceptor supervision, during the summer semester following the successful completion of their second year.

The primary intent of the HIPPE is to facilitate students’ continuing professional development in the context of the hospital pharmacy practice setting. Through structured activities and assignments, students will build upon knowledge and skills developed in the first and second years of the didactic curriculum. Students will continue to explore the concepts of professionalism and shared accountabilities for health care outcomes; formulate a personal philosophy and approach to professional practice; expand drug and disease knowledge; and develop practical, critical thinking, and life-long learning skills. This experience seeks to provide students with direct exposure to the dynamics of the hospital pharmacy workplace and to guide them to a realistic assessment of the challenges and opportunities that exist therein.

Activities of the HIPPE will emphasize the responsibilities of the pharmacy department and its support of other inpatient departments. The focus of this IPPE should be the medication use process and systems based experience with a limited introduction to the clinical pharmacy setting.


Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs)

UF College of Pharmacy APPEs emphasize continuity of care in both the community and health-system settings, and expose students to diverse patient populations. Students gain an in- depth experience as part of an interprofessional team. APPEs allow students to apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world practice setting under the supervision of a preceptor encompassing all aspects of patient care.

Students complete seven rotations over a 12-month span. Each rotation is six weeks in length and requires 240 hours for completion, or 40 hours per week. This totals 1,680 hours over the seven rotations. Of the seven required rotations, four are considered core while the remaining three are electives.

Core rotations include:

  • Community Practice
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Hospital Practice
  • General Medicine

Students are required to complete at least two patient care electives and no more than one non-patient care electives. Students may elect to take one additional rotation for a total of eight rotations.

Out-of-state and international rotations are offered to interested students. Out-of-state rotations offered include Aegis Sciences Corporation, Avella Specialty Pharmacy, and Indian Health Services, as well as competitive rotations offered at the FDA, CDC, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Proctor and Gamble, NCPA, ASHP, APhA, and many others. Core APPE rotations must be completed in the United States, its territories, or possessions. However, elective rotations may be completed internationally. All out-of-state and international rotations are subject to the same quality assurance expectations as U.S.-based APPEs.