Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences
In the final year of the curriculum, P-4 students are divided into five geographic areas to complete nine required advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE), also called rotations. These regions include:
- Buies Creek/Fayetteville/Lumberton
After geographical areas are established, students may enter preferences for clinical rotation sites and/or preceptors for each of the nine month rotations. Once these preferences are entered, the Office of Experiential Education uses an equitable placement process to assign students their APPE sites. Within the nine rotations, seven rotations are required and two are electives. A lottery is held to assist students in selecting their two elective practice experiences.
During experiential training, students are responsible for travel expenses and housing arrangements. In addition, incidental expenses such as parking at hospitals may be incurred. Information regarding expenses associated with each training site may be obtained from the Office of Experiential Education.
A fair and equitable lottery system is used when assigning both IPPE and APPE training sites; therefore, student pharmacists must be prepared to fulfill training requirements wherever they are assigned.
Clinical Rotation Sites
Within the five geographic regions there are numerous affiliated training sites ranging from large tertiary care hospitals, such as Duke University Medical Center and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, to smaller community hospitals, chain and independent community pharmacies, long-term care facilities as well as pharmaceutical manufacturers and clinical research companies.
Clinical rotation sites are established in the following areas of practice:
- Advanced Community Pharmacy*
- Advanced Hospital*
- Ambulatory Care*
- Community Management
- Drug Information*
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Practice
- Hospice Care
- Hospital Management
- Industrial Pharmacy
- Infectious Disease
- Intensive Care
- Internal Medicine I & II*
- Medical Missions
- Nuclear Pharmacy
- Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
- Patient Safety & Quality Assurance
- Pharmacy Administration
- Public Health
- Pulmonary Medicine
- Renal Medicine