Experiential Education Program Overview
Experiential education at Cedarville University School of Pharmacy (CUSOP) is designed to provide the student with skill development in pharmaceutical and direct patient care during each year of the four-year program. The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) program begins in the first semester of the first professional year, with direct training in a community pharmacy for 50 hours each semester. One semester will be in a chain community pharmacy and the other semester will be in an independent community pharmacy. Students will then obtain direct training in a hospital pharmacy throughout both semester of the second professional year, 50 hours each semester. During the third professional year, the experiences will be pharmacy-focused service learning opportunities. These experiences will focus on learning outcomes No. 4 and No. 5 by:
- Allowing the student to integrate a biblical worldview into health care.
- Promoting health and preventing diseases in different communities and at risk populations.
- Providing opportunities to exhibit servant leadership. These experiences include medical missions trips, rural health promotion and screenings, indigent clinics and free pharmacy experiences, and education at local elementary and secondary education institutions.
The fourth year is devoted to nine months of full-time APPE rotations. Each rotation is one calendar month in length and includes advanced community practice, advanced health systems pharmacy, ambulatory care practice, and adult acute care practice. The students will also select a rotation in either advanced community practice or advanced health systems pharmacy and in either advanced ambulatory care practice or advanced adult acute care. There are also opportunities for three elective rotations to complement the program. Fourth-year APPE rotations allow the student to bridge didactic training and IPPE with real-life experiences in several areas of contemporary pharmacy practice emphasizing problem-solving, clinical skills, and critical thinking. Knowledge, practice skills, and professional attitudes and values must be integrated and applied, reinforced, and advanced throughout the curriculum, including the pharmacy practice experiences.