Student Practice Experiences

Patient care has long been at the heart of the pharmacy profession. As the demand for patient-centered treatments and care grows, we draw upon our traditional pharmaceutical roles and values to meet the needs of today’s health care teams. But how will future generations of pharmacists learn the lessons of responsibility and commitment to service that makes patient-centered care a reality?

Our answer: Through personal, hands-on experience working with patients. We believe patient care must be at the center of your pharmaceutical education, and we’re not leaving it to chance.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences

As a student, you will take a practice experience class every academic year and during the summer. During each of your first three years in the program—typically, starting in your fourth year at STLCOP—you’ll take an introductory pharmacy practice experience (IPPE) course that will expose you to real patients with real health concerns. In it, you’ll learn pharmaceutical care practice skills as well as how to develop professional relationships with your patients. Specifically, you’ll study:

  • Foundations of Pharmacy, in which you’ll work with a student in their final year at the College or a pharmacy resident at two or three practice settings to learn firsthand the foundations of pharmacy practice and patient care responsibilities;
  • Safe Medication Practices in the Community Pharmacy, in which you’ll learn how to function as part of a pharmacy team to prepare prescriptions in a community pharmacy setting;
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health, where you’ll learn how pharmacists can improve the health of different patient populations;
  • Safe Medication Practice in Health-System Pharmacy, where you’ll apply your pharmaceutical knowledge and skills to health-system pharmacy practice; and
  • Interprofessional Patient Care, through which you and a student partner will visit a senior patient throughout an academic year to come up with health recommendations.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences

During your final year at STLCOP, you’ll complete eight five-week advanced rotations to fulfill your advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) requirements. You’ll work alongside practicing pharmacists in hospitals, clinics, and at community pharmacies, developing expertise and gaining a broader understanding of the profession.

You may choose to practice out of state, or try an advanced practice site closer to home. Advanced practice locations include:


  • Alaska Native Medical Center
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Christian Hospital
  • Memorial Hospital
  • Mercy hospitals and clinics
  • Metropolitan St. Louis Psychiatric Center
  • Missouri Baptist Medical Center
  • Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis
  • Saint Louis University Hospital
  • SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center
  • SSM DePaul Health Center
  • SSM St. Mary’s Health Center
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital
  • St. Louis VA Medical Center
  • St. Luke's Hospital
  • Swedish American Hospital

Community Pharmacies

  • Copper Bend Pharmacy
  • CVS
  • Lindenwood Drug
  • Schnuck's Pharmacy
  • Scott's Family Pharmacy
  • Target
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart

Government Agencies

  • FDA--Office of Generic Drugs
  • St. Louis County Justice Center
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center