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Experiential Programs


Rotations are an important part of the PharmD curriculum. They begin the summer following completion of the third year of studies and include real-life clinical experiences. Working under the supervision of preceptors, senior pharmacy students rotate through hospitals, pharmacies, and specialty clinics throughout the state. Spending six weeks at each rotation site, fourth year pharmacy students receive essential on-the-job training and experience and are exposed to a variety of fields.

Matched with rotation sites in February of their third year of studies, students must complete one ambulatory rotation, one community pharmacy rotation, one three-week community pharmacy medication therapy management rotation, two hospital rotations and two electives. At their own expense, students may complete up to two out of state rotations as electives. Out of these two electives, one may be located outside of the United States occurring in block 4 (October) or later in the P4 year. The Office of Experiential Programs will engage with interested students to identify sites of interest.

Rotation Requiremen​​ts

In order to start rotations, students must pass their P-3 year. You must also provide the following documentation.

  • Current immunizations. You must show documentation of up-to-date immunization for several vaccinations. See the Required Immunizations. The specific immunizations required are subject to change based on changing CDC recommendations and University policy. 
  • Current CPR certification. You must show current certification for adults, children, and infant CPR. No online courses accepted.
  • Criminal background checks. Required of all students enrolled at the School of Pharmacy. All students must complete and submit the UCD Student Background Investigation Consent and Release form.
  • Drug Screening. The University of Colorado Denver School of Pharmacy will require, as a matter of routine, all matriculating P-4 students assigned to P-4 rotation sites to submit to a drug screen. The student will comply with directions given regarding the designated vendor and any appropriate follow up that may be required.

Certain sites have more stringent requirements. You must adhere to the specific guidelines of each site.​​