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University of Colorado Denver


International-Trained PharmD Program

Experiential Training


The experiential training curriculum for the ITPD Program includes six, six-credit hour advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs), or rotations, in the following practice areas:

  • Community Pharmacy – Required
  • Health-System Pharmacy* – Required - *​ITPD students complete two of these rotations.
  • Ambulatory Care – Required
  • Elective One
  • Elective Two

There are two elective APPE rotations and four required APPE rotations, which are community pharmacy, ambulatory care, and two (2) health-system pharmacy/inpatient rotations. Elective APPE rotations may be selected from a variety of medicine subspecialties, such as neurology, oncology, nutrition, infectious diseases, critical care, psychiatry and pediatrics. Students can choose from other elective rotation choices including: pharmaceutical care projects, education, administration, industry, managed care and clinical research.

All APPE rotations are six weeks in length or 240 hours completed on a full-time basis, which represents a total of 36 weeks or 1440 APPE rotation hours. ITPD students must complete all required APPE rotations and at least one (1) elective APPE rotation in the United States. ITPD students do have the opportunity to complete one (1) elective APPE rotation at an international rotation site. To be considered for this opportunity, the student will submit a request for review and approval. Students can locate more information about rotations within the Current Students section.