• School of Pharmacy Students
  • UCSF Aerial View
  • student pharmacists working in a pharmacy

Pharmacy Practice Experiences

Real-life, hands-on clinical experiences are key to UCSF doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree education. Guided by expert preceptors, students gain skills serving a richly diverse patient population.

UCSF doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences  – IPPEs
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences – APPEs


Faculty preceptors
Preceptor teaching student activities, instruction and assessment information, and the appointment process for becoming a without salary faculty member.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences – IPPE

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) run throughout the first year and most of the second year of the UCSF doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum. Students learn contemporary pharmacy practice inside community pharmacies in year one, and in health systems organizations in year two.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences – APPE

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) run throughout the third and final year of the UCSF doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum.

Preceptor Teaching

The preceptor guides an IPPE student through the medication, ordering, dispensing, and administration process. They also assess student report accuracy and provide feedback to the student.



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