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Pharmacy 2015, 3(4), 355-363;

The Offering, Scheduling and Maintenance of Elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences

Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN 38163, USA
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Academic Editor: Keith A. Wilson
Received: 10 September 2015 / Revised: 11 November 2015 / Accepted: 24 November 2015 / Published: 4 December 2015
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The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) provides standards for colleges of pharmacy to assist in the provision of pharmacy education to student pharmacists. An integral part of all college educational programs includes the provision of experiential learning. Experiential learning allows students to gain real-world experience in direct patient care during completion of the curriculum. All college of pharmacy programs provide several Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs), which include a balance between the four required experiences and a number of other required or elective APPEs. Required APPEs include advanced community, advanced institutional, ambulatory care, and general medicine. The elective APPEs include a myriad of opportunities to help provide a balanced education in experiential learning for student pharmacists. These unique opportunities help to expose student pharmacists to different career tracks that they may not have been able to experience otherwise. Not all colleges offer enough elective APPEs to enable the student pharmacist to obtain experiences in a defined area. Such an approach is required to produce skilled pharmacy graduates that are capable to enter practice in various settings. Elective APPEs are scheduled logically and are based upon student career interest and site availability. This article describes the offering, scheduling and maintenance of different elective APPEs offered by The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. View Full-Text
Keywords: pharmacists; experiential education; electives; advanced pharmacy practice experience pharmacists; experiential education; electives; advanced pharmacy practice experience
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Brown, R.O.; Patel, Z.V.; Foster, S.L. The Offering, Scheduling and Maintenance of Elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Pharmacy 2015, 3, 355-363.

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