Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences

Your final year at STLCOP will consist of eight five-week rotations, advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). Through your APPEs, you will gain firsthand experience in hospitals, clinics, community and other practice settings—close to home or possibly abroad.

APPE rotations fully immerse students in the roles and responsibilities of a pharmacist. Students work full-time serving as a community resource and building relationships with a wide variety of patients and other health professionals.

APPE Settings

Acute Care/General Medicine

In these rotations, students work in a hospital or inpatient care setting, helping provide direct patient care for a wide range of patients as part of an interprofessional team.

Ambulatory Care

Working in an outpatient care setting—such as a clinic or a physician's office—students help promote patient health and manage chronic medical conditions. In these rotations, students experience much one-on-one time with patients and their caregivers, conducting interviews, performing physical assessments, and providing recommendations and education on pharmacotherapy.

Community Care

This rotation enables students to practice at a community pharmacy, where accessibility will give them a chance to build patient relationships and serve as a community resource.

Health System Management

Working in a hospital or health system pharmacy, students learn about basic hospital pharmacy functions, other areas/departments that interact with pharmacy, and medication policy issues.

Patient Care Selective

Students have the opportunity to learn from a pharmacist who specializes in particular diseases or conditions, focusing on areas such as infectious disease or cardiology in either an inpatient or outpatient setting.

Elective Rotations

Students have the opportunity to select three elective rotations. Students can choose specialized practice areas—such as psychiatry, organ transplant, pediatrics, hospice, or long-term care. They may also try areas of pharmacy that don’t involve direct patient care, such as research, industry, or managed care.

In your APPEs, you will apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities you have gained to real-world situations and patients. By broadening the understanding of pharmacy settings, APPE rotations help you learn to care for patients wherever you will practice pharmacy in the future.