PharmD Experiential Education

The Office of Experiential Education at the UCI School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences oversees the experiential portion of the Pharm.D. program. Preceptors, experiential sites, and students can find relevant documents and updates, including information on IPPE and APPE rotations.

What is Experiential Education? 

  • Structured learning under the supervision of preceptors (pharmacists and other licensed professionals) in an authentic pharmacy setting outside of the classroom
  • Augments classroom education by providing applied experiences in many contemporary aspects of pharmacy practice 
  • Practice sites include:
    • community pharmacies
    • hospitals
    • ambulatory care clinics
    • research laboratories
    • managed care facilities
    • academia 
    • government agencies 
  • Goals: to provide students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and develop the skills required of a practicing pharmacist. 

Why is Experiential Education Important? 

It provides the opportunity to:

  • apply what you have learned in the classroom and in the laboratory to real-world settings
  • problem solve, develop skills, and provide patient care services 
  • make decisions based on professional knowledge and judgment
  • interact with diverse patient populations 
  • network and collaborate with established clinical practitioners 

Our Team

Erin (2) (1)

Erin Knox, PharmD

Director of Experiential Learning
Phone: 949.824.2457 | Email:
Sarah (3) (1)

Sarah McBane, PharmD

Founding Associate Dean for Pharmacy Education
Phone: 949.824.8948 | Email:


  • Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience
    • IPPE Syllabus – Community
    • IPPE Syllabus – Institutional
    • IPPE rotations occur during the first three professional years of the Pharm.D. program, providing a total of 320 hours of direct pharmacy experience.
    • IPPEs include community practice, institutional practice, integrative health, and elective experiences.
  • Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
    • APPE Syllabus (coming soon)
    • APPE rotations occur during the final year of the Pharm.D. program. Students complete six rotations, 6-weeks each, providing 1440 hours of pharmacy practice experience across a range of practice sites.
    • Required rotations include: community, institutional, acute care, and ambulatory care.
  • Experiential sites:
    • The students will be exposed to rotation sites which offer a broad variety of experiences including UCI Medical Center, a Level I trauma center which offers a wide range of general and specialized pharmacy services. Our students will have additional learning opportunities at affiliated medical centers, Federally Qualified Health Center clinics (FQHCs), University of California healthcare locations, pharmaceutical companies, regulatory and government entities, as well as specialized pharmacy practice locations. 
    • Students are offered wide range of APPE rotations in order to allow a personalized experience while meeting or exceeding required educational objectives. In addition to required APPEs, students will select from a complement of rotations that meet their experiential goals in settings providing high-quality pharmacist services– Community

Preceptor Benefits

School Appointments

Applications must be submitted for consideration of affiliate preceptor or voluntary faculty appointment. Affiliate preceptors gain access to online resources, special rates for SPPS events, and are provided opportunities to participate in pharmacy student community health activities, such as health fairs and mentoring.

Library Access

Preceptors who maintain active status as affiliate or volunteer faculty will receive access to the University of California electronic library utilizing VPN (Virtual Private Network). These resources include clinical databases and online journal access. Scroll to the bottom of this page to view the VPN access details.

Continuing Education Events

Preceptors will be given opportunities for educational events, including independent study and/or live continuing education sessions, as well as annual preceptor development.

Conference Attendance

Volunteer faculty or affiliate preceptors may be eligible for registration reimbursement for attendance at national or regional conferences, and may also be eligible for sponsored poster printing. Applications must be submitted through the Office of Experiential Education prior to conference attendance.

  • Preceptor handbook (coming soon)

Summer IPPE Office Hours on Zoom

Preceptors: Tuesdays, 4 p.m. PT

Open to All: Wednesdays, 12 p.m. PT

Students: Thursdays, 7 a.m. PT

During these virtual office hours, Erin Knox will be available to meet with students or preceptors.

These office hours will run from 6/20 through 9/9.

IPPE Office Hours (no links)

Campus VPN

  • When you are not at UCI but need to access restricted campus resources (i.e. library), you need to use VPN


Need help? Please contact main campus OIT | Phone: (949) 824-2222 | Email: