Experiential Program Information


The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Program is composed of 300 hours of practical experience for pharmacy students, including 120 hours in a community pharmacy and 120 hours in a hospital pharmacy.  The primary goal of the IPPE is to provide the student with experience in the drug distribution activities of the pharmacist.  Secondary goals include exposure to the patient care and administrative roles of the pharmacist.  The 120 hours of community pharmacy IPPE should include exposure to and experience in the dispensing process, patient counseling, and the management of the pharmacy.  The 120 hours of hospital pharmacy IPPE should include exposure to and experience with the drug distribution system, the IV admixture program, the management of the pharmacy, pharmaceutical care activities, and in patient care areas and other departments of the hospital.  The remaining 60 hours of IPPEs are distributed throughout the six semesters of the didactic curriculum to coordinate with coursework through a variety of activities, including health-related interviews, direct patient care activities, and a service learning project.


The Pharmacy Experiential Program is composed of 1,440 hours of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) for fourth professional year students in the entry-level Pharm. D. program.  There is an eight week required ambulatory care APPE, a four week community pharmacy APPE, a four week hospital pharmacy APPE, and a four week inpatient (general medicine) APPE for a total of 800 hours.  The remaining 640 hours are distributed in four four-week elective advanced pharmacy practice experiences that the student selects from those available according to his or her interests. Two of the electives must be in patient care APPEs.Elective experiences can include additional four-week rotations in inpatient (general medicine), hospital, community, or ambulatory care, and specific APPEs described below (drug information, specialty services, geriatric, administrative, research, education) or clinical specialty APPEs.  Clinical specialty APPEs are available in a variety of areas including nutrition, mental health, pediatrics/NICU, infectious disease, critical care, cardiology, oncology, pain management, and emergency department.  Elective APPEs are taken on a credit/no credit basis while required APPEs must be taken for a letter grade.The goal of the advanced pharmacy practice experience is to provide the students with opportunities to interact with patients, physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other health care professionals.  Interaction with these individuals will provide the students with opportunities to communicate drug information and apply their pharmaceutical knowledge to patient care situations.

Experiential Student Requirements

Click here for a list of student requirements, including required immunizations.

Contact Us

Donna Beall, Director, Experiential Education
Phone:  243-4080
Cherith Smith, Assistant Director, Experiential Education
Phone:  406-243-6263
Peggy Griffin, Program Manager, Experiential Education
Phone:  406-243-4226
Email:  peggy.griffin@mso.umt.edu

 updated 8/9/2019