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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
  • Ambulatory Care – Required
  • Inpatient / Acute Care – Required
  • Elective One
  • Elective Two

Out of the six APPE rotations, there are four required APPE rotation practice areas, which are community pharmacy, health-system pharmacy, ambulatory care, and inpatient / acute care. In addition, there are two elective APPE 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 students will travel to Colorado to complete the six APPE rotations. In addition, all APPE rotations are six weeks in length and are completed on a full-time basis, which means students will complete 40 rotation hours per week at the rotation site.

Students do have the opportunity to complete one 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.