Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs)

CARE ProgramIntroductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) occur in the context of required courses during the P1, P2 and P3 years. Students must be registered as intern-trainees (P1 year) or student interns (after P1 year) with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) in order to participate in these courses. IPPEs primarily occur in pharmacy practice sites, but also may include simulation, volunteer activities related to pharmacy practice, and reflection on these experiences.

IPPEs that occur beginning in the summer of the P2 year and following occur in Austin/Temple, San Antonio, and the Rio Grande Valley. Students assigned to these regions either by virtue of the region assignment process, or because they are part of the cooperative programs with The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will participate in IPPEs and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in their assigned campus/region.


studenthospitalIPPE hours are gained through the following courses, calculated for the graduating class of 2019:

Introduction to Patient Care (14 hours)
All first year pharmacy students are required to participate in an academic yearlong program which teaches Care and Respect for the Elderly (CARE). Students visit an assigned resident at an assisted living facility over the course of two semesters.  During this time, using the Pharmacists Patient Care Process, students collect information from their patient’s medical chart, collate information gathered into written and verbal case presentations, and begin to assess the appropriateness of their resident’s treatments.  The also observe med pass and discuss patient cases in small group sessions.

Foundations of Professional Development (FPD) (formerly known as Professional Development Convocation or PDC) (16.5 hours)
This course sequence, offered over six semesters during the P1-P3 years, provides 12 experiential hours, 1.5 hours simulation, and 3 hours of reflection in total.  Experiential and reflection hours are derived from community service.  Simulations focus on ethics and palliative care  scenarios.

Nonprescription Pharmacotherapy II Lab and Self-Care (28.5 hours)
Experiential hours are conducted in the over-the-counter section at selected pharmacies.  Students counsel patients on all over-the-counter products.  Simulation hours come from the OSCE at the end of the course, and reflections occur over time spent in the pharmacy.

Introduction to Clinical Skills (6 hours)
Simulation hours are earned through the AHA CPR course, and through a local community college’s paramedic program through the use of medium fidelity mannequins in cardiac arrest situations.

Patient Assessment Skills Lab (0.5 hours)
Hours occur during the two OSCEs using standardized patients on which students conduct a physical exam.

Experiential Pharmacy Practice and Patient Counseling (21 hours)
Students counsel patients about their prescription medications in the Forty Acres Pharmacy on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

Institutional Clinical Skills (120.5 hours)
This course is a three week, full time rotation designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of pharmacy practice in the hospital setting. Under the supervision of a preceptor, the student participate in medication order processing, demonstrate basic use of a unit does system and intravenous admixture system, articulate current institutional pharmacy standards of practice, participate in a medication safety exercise, and demonstrate cultural and social competency. This rotation occurs during the summer between the P2 and P3 years. A half hour of IPPE credit is derived from the reflection component of the course.

Clinical Skills Community Care (94 hours)
This activity-based experience in a community or ambulatory care pharmacy practice setting  occurs over the course of one long semester. The student spends an average of six hours per week at the practice site participating in patient care and patient safety exercises. The majority of time is spent in Medication Therapy Management (MTM) through the American Pharmacists Association’s MTM certificate program. Other activities include drug utilization reviews, answering drug information requests, and a public health project that involves direct patient education in the community.  Two of the 94 hours are reflection.

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