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A. General IPPE Rotation Information

IPPE is an acronym for the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Program. At SWOSU COP the IPPE program consists of a four-component program occurring throughout the early part of the curriculum.


  1. Provide students practical experience in the operation and drug distribution systems of various pharmacy practice environments;
  2. Enhance students’ development of communication skills with patients and health care professionals;
  3. Introduce students to the application of scientific knowledge in the daily practice of pharmacy; and
  4. Encourage self-assessment of student learning and life-long learning skills.

The IPPE program consists of more than 300 hours of experiences (IPPE credits) in the practice of pharmacy. The first (1) component of the IPPE program at SWOSU consists of the Integrated IPPE experiences. Integrated IPPE activities involve patient care activities and occur as components of, and are associated with, several didactic and laboratory courses for tracking purposes. The integrated IPPE experiences involve activities such as: measuring and documenting patient blood pressures; interacting with patients during patient interviews and screenings; performing patient physical assessments; documenting patient information; interacting with other health care professionals in mini-rotation experiences at emergency room facilities.

The second (2) component of the IPPE consist of a series of simulations of pharmacy practice experiences. These simulations will take place at various times during the curriculum and involve structured activities that are intended to replicate or simulate selected activities/duties/processes that occur in pharmacy practice.

At SWOSU COP the third (3) and fourth (4) components of IPPE consists of two rotations in authentic pharmacy practice sites, one at a community pharmacy site and another at an institutional pharmacy site. Each of these rotations is scheduled to occur during the summer months and consists of a three-week on-site experience at a designated pharmacy. These IPPE rotations are separate rotations, one occurring each of the first two summers after admission to the College of Pharmacy. These two courses involve on-site activities and have required off-site assignments/responsibilities as well.


  1. Hours of IPPE experience credit toward the 300-hour minimum requirement
  2. Course credit hours
  3. Hours of pharmacist intern credit with the Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy

All IPPE credits include elements of self-assessment of learning, reflections on progress towards learning goals, discussions with colleagues and faculty, and other structured activities that enhance the development of professionalism.

All experiential education activities are unpaid experiences! Students must not receive remuneration for any experiential education rotations.

Experiential education courses, both introductory and advanced, utilize the ELMS electronic management system for site preferences, site assignments, and many other areas of experiential education management.

1. Student Responsibilities

  1. Respect and maintain the highest standards of confidentiality related to matters of patient care and practice site procedures
  2. Exhibit loyalty to both the COP and to the pharmacy practice sites to which she/he is assigned
  3. Attend and work diligently the assigned days of the rotation
  4. Adhere to both COP and other site-specific dress codes
  5. Adhere to the codes of professional pharmacist conduct
  6. Register as a pharmacy intern with the State Board of Pharmacy during the first semester of the pharmacy curriculum
  7. Complete and maintain Healthcare Provider CPR certification at the BLS level
  8. Maintain professional liability insurance ($1,000,000/$3,000,000)
  9. Refuse monetary compensation from any preceptor or experiential site for the IPPE courses
  10. Maintain up-to-date immunization status appropriate for a health care professional and have current records of same on file with the University Health Services office
  11. Obtain yearly TB skin testing (or meet other state guidelines for tuberculosis screening)
  12. Refrain from any use or possession of any illicit drugs


  1. Function as positive role models for pharmacy students
  2. Practice the profession of pharmacy ethically, legally and with compassion or patients
  3. Possess professional training, experience and competence in the practice of pharmacy
  4. Utilize clinical and scientific publications to make patient care decisions and provide evidence-based level of practice
  5. Maintain an attitude and aptitude that facilitates student learning
  6. Provide verbal feedback to the students on rotations
  7. Agree to document and assess student performance during rotations
  8. Maintain a systematic, self-directed approach to his/her own continuing professional development
  9. Collaborate with other health care professionals as a member of the healthcare team
  10. Commit to the organization, to the profession of pharmacy, and to the larger community


  1. For Community IPPE, successful completion of 3311 Pharm Care Lab I and 3813 Community Pharmacy
  2. For Institutional IPPE, successful completion of 4331 Pharm care lab III and 4142 Health Systems Pharmacy
  3. As previously listed: Successful completion of other required activities including: TB skin testing up-to-date, immunizations up- to-date, valid professional liability insurance coverage, valid pharmacy intern license, completion of on-line blood- borne pathogen training, completion of on- line HIPAA training, valid CPR certificate, completion of criminal background check, completion of urine drug testing, etc.


Students will obtain in advance, approval for any planned absences from both their preceptor and from their assigned Experiential Education faculty member, if applicable (i.e., for IPPE and non-clinical APPE rotations). These planned absences would include appointments for job interviews, physician appointments, etc.

In the event of an unplanned absence, for example, illness or car trouble, the student must notify both their preceptor and Experiential Education faculty member in a timely manner. Documentation of the event may be required.

Any student who seeks medical attention due to an accident or illness must provide a health care provider’s note documenting the time missed and a release stating when the student may resume the rotation. The documentation should be submitted to their preceptor and Experiential Education faculty member.

In order to satisfactory complete the rotation, students should make up missed hours per an approved plan with their preceptor and Experiential Education faculty member. Missed hours may be made up by arriving early staying late, taking shorter breaks, substituting non-scheduled rotation days, or fulfilling hours in other approved ways.

A student’s failure to comply with the policies outlined above may result in an unexcused absence(s) that can result in failure of the rotation.

Excessive absences and inability to make up hours in an approved manner may result in failure of the rotation.

Failing a rotation will result in a delay of graduation.


  1. Grading for the IPPE rotation courses is Pass/Fail. The major elements involved in the Pass/Fail grading process include:
    1. Preceptor Evaluation: students must receive a score of “2” or better (on a scale of 1 to 3 with 3 being the highest level of performance and 1 being an unacceptable level of performance) on all assessed items on the preceptor evaluation form
    2. On-line discussion board topics: students must meet all posting guidelines described in the discussion board guidelines (minimum number of postings, minimum number of words per posting, deadlines for posting, following “Netiquette” standards for posting, etc). Students must earn 75% or better of the total grade points allocated to discussion board topics
    3. Calculations quiz: students must score a minimum 75% for the on-line calculations quiz. A maximum of two attempts to earn the required score is allowed
    4. Other on-line quizzes: must be completed as instructed by the OEE
    5. Pharmacist Letter quizzes: students must earn a 90% or better score to pass
    6. Completion and submission of IPE Log assignment into Canvas
    7. Completion of IPPE Reflections on ELMS platform
    8. Laws relating to the practice of pharmacy: any violation of any state board of pharmacy law or any other law or regulation relating to the practice of pharmacy is grounds for failure in the IPPE course
    9. Experiential Policies: students must comply with all published OEE policies and timelines
    10. HIPAA Regulations: any breach of HIPAA rules and regulations is grounds for failure in the IPPE course


  1. Adhere to the required dress code as outlined in the Appearance Policy section of this manual
  2. Show appropriate professional respect for the preceptor, other staff, and patients at the rotation site
  3. Adhere to the tenets expressed in the Pharmacist’ Code of Professional Ethics and the Oath of a Pharmacist
  4. Adhere to all applicable HIPAA guidelines related to the privacy of patient information
  5. Adhere to the standards for disease prevention, including the recommendations for prevention of blood-borne pathogens
  6. Complete tasks assigned by the preceptor
  7. Adhere to rigorous stands so as to avoid plagiarism
  8. Function as a valued ambassador of the SWOSU College of Pharmacy to the rotation site, staff, and to patients who have relationships with the rotation site


  1. Computer access to the websites used in the IPPE program (e.g. SWOSU Canvas system, Pharmacist’s Letter, ELMS, and others.)
  2. Appropriate attire in accordance with the dress code as outlined in the Appearance Policy section of this manual
  3. Transportation to get to and from the site is each student’s responsibility
  4. Costs of possible temporary relocation required for rotation site placement are the responsibility of the individual student