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Experiential Program

Prospective Students


The University of Colorado School of Pharmacy implemented its first professional doctor of pharmacy program in 1999 in response to changes in ACPE accreditation standards. The historical baccalaureate degree in pharmacy was based on a knowledge-based curriculum whereas the new doctoral degree emphasizes a competency-based curriculum (i.e. it is not what you know that's important but what you can do with that knowledge). More than a decade later, we continue to evolve our curriculum for the benefit of individual patients and for students to take leadership roles and serve society in the pharmacy profession.

Our dedication to curricular redesign aligns with the school's vision that our outcomes become ability-based, assessment driven for the purpose of continual improvement, incorporate self-directed learning, utilize technology to enhance learning, provide a component of scholarship and advance opportunities for interprofessional education.

It is the school's goal to train pharmacists who have the self-confidence and competency which define an independent pharmacy practitioner. To achieve that goal, students are placed in community, hospital and other innovative pharmacy practice settings and given increasing patient care responsibilities throughout the program. The benefit gained by each student from these experiential education opportunities is directly related to the extent the student takes direct responsibility for his or her own learning.

Papers describing our experiential courses have been published in peer-reviewed journals and the school's experiential program has been recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Please read more about our local and national successes!

Selected Publications

The following articles are available on-line at www.ajpe.org:

Turner CJ, Ellis S, Giles J, Maffeo C, Hansen L, Saseen J, Ulrich H, Valdez C, Altiere R, Bainbridge J, Page R, Sintek C, Vondracek S, Zadvorny E, Fish D. A Strategy to Develop Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Am J Pharm Educ. 2007; 71(3) Article 46.

Turner CJ, Ellis S, Giles J, Altiere R, Sintek S, Ulrich H, Valdez C, Zadvorny E. Student-Administered Vaccinations: a Description and Evaluation of an Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience. Am J Pharm Educ. 2007 (1) Article 03.

Turner CJ, Altiere R, Fish D, Giles J, Page R, Sintek C, Ulrich H, Valdez C, Vondracek S, Zadvorny E. An Assessment System which Maps CAPE Outcomes in an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Program. Am J Pharm Educ. 2006;70(3), Article 60.

Turner CJ, Altiere R, Clark L, Maffeo C, Valdez C. Competency-based introductory pharmacy practice experiential courses. Am J Pharm Educ. 2005;69(2), Article 21.

Jarvis C, James VL, Giles J. and Turner CJ. (2004) Nutrition and nurturing: a service-learning nutrition pharmacy course. Am J Pharm Educ. 2004;68(2), Article 43.

Turner CJ, Altiere R, Clark L, Dwinnell B, Barton AJ. An interdisciplinary introductory pharmacy practice experience course. Am J Pharm Educ. 2004;68(1), Article 10.

Turner CJ, Jarvis C, Altiere R, Clark L. A patient focused and outcomes-based experiential course for first year pharmacy students. Am J Pharm Educ. 2000;64, 312-319.

Program Recognition

2004 First Place Award. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Innovations in Teaching Competition. Submission titled "A Description and evaluation of three in a series of six competency-based introductory pharmacy practice experiential courses".
2003 Honorable mention. AACP Innovations in Teaching Competition. Submission titled "PHRD 5350: Experiential Practice VI. An interdisciplinary introductory pharmacy practice experience course.
2001 Total Learning Environment - Innovations in Education Award: University of Colorado Denver. Submission titled "PHRD 3300: Experiential Practice I".
2001 Honorable mention. AACP Innovations in Teaching Competition. Submission titled "Nutrition and nurturing: a service-learning nutrition pharmacy course."
2000 Honorable mention. AACP Innovations in Teaching Competition. Submission titled "A patient-focused and outcomes-based experiential program for first year pharmacy students"

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