Welcome from Dr. Jodoin

The Office of Experiential Education is committed to facilitating the highest quality clinical training for our student pharmacists.  Pharmacy practice experiences are an essential part of our curriculum, which allow for direct application of classroom education through interaction with patients and health care providers.  We offer diverse experiences in both Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) which provide you with real-life opportunities to develop and expand the extent of your pharmacy knowledge and skills.  The Office of Experiential Education invites you to read on to learn more about our practice experience program structure and opportunities.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience

The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program consists of 160 hours of community and 160 hours of hospital pharmacy practice.  IPPEs are provided during the first year of the curriculum, allowing for early exposure to the profession of pharmacy.  IPPEs will allow you to develop a fundamental understanding of the healthcare system and learn how pharmacist integrate into various settings.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

After the 320-hour IPPE, you will be immersed in 1,680 hours of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) during your final academic year.  Together, IPPE and APPE represent one-third of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum and look to further enhance student learning by exceeding the minimum hour requirements set forth by Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

APPEs include four core rotations in internal medicine, ambulatory care, hospital practice and community practice, and three elective rotations to allow you to discover areas that align your individual interests. Larkin University offers a unique 6 week rotation structure which allows our students to maximize hands-on learning time, provide more time to establish a professional relationship with preceptors and increase efficiency by minimizing frequent transitions.

Under the direction of various faculty and preceptors, you will build upon your IPPE rotations and classroom education by assimilating your knowledge to assess patients, design therapeutic treatment and monitoring plans, evaluate and optimize drug therapy.  This will strengthen your problem solving skills and ultimately, prepare you for a future as practicing pharmacist and life-long learner.


Dr. Kathleen Jodoin


To prepare our graduates for the practice of pharmacy with practical, active learning opportunities that foster a lifetime of learning.



For the Office of Experiential Education to continually strive to meet the needs of our students by providing the highest quality learning opportunities to prepare our graduates for practice within an evolving pharmacy profession.