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University of Colorado Denver


North American-Trained PharmD Program

Experiential Training


The NTPD Program experiential training curriculum includes 30 weeks or 1200 hours of advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) in the following practice areas:

  • Drug Information – Required for students admitted prior to the 2014 fall semester.
  • Ambulatory Care – Required
  • Health-System Pharmacy/Inpatient – Required
  • Elective One
  • Elective Two
  • Elective Three

The required APPE rotation practice areas are drug information (for students admitted prior to the 2014 fall semester), ambulatory care and health-system pharmacy/inpatient. In addition, there are three elective APPE rotations. Elective APPEs may be selected from a variety of medicine subspecialties, such as neurology, oncology, nutrition, infectious disease, critical care, psychiatry and pediatrics. Students can choose from other elective rotation choices including: pharmaceutical care projects, community pharmacy, education, administration, industry, managed care and clinical research.

The APPEs can be accomplished by performing live rotations on a full- or part-time basis and in cooperation with the rotation preceptor.

In addition, the APPEs may also be completed through a combination of live rotations and challenging some APPEs for academic credit through a credit-by-challenge submission, within the APPE guidelines of the program. All students must perform two live APPE rotations.

Beginning summer semester 2014, students will have increased flexibility in how they complete the APPE rotations. Students should read through the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience policy to learn more about this upcoming change. Students can locate more information about rotations and credit-by-challenges within the Current Students section.