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Rotations – North American-Trained PharmD Program

North American-Trained PharmD (NTPD) students must perform 30 weeks or 1200 hours of advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) rotations. The APPEs may be completed through a combination of rotations and credit-by-challenge submissions provided the NTPD student has the appropriate work experience.

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

For Canadian NTPD students, ACPE accreditation standards specify the three required APPE rotations, which are drug information, ambulatory care and health-system pharmacy/inpatient, to be performed in the United States if the student joined the NTPD Program after July 1, 2007. However, elective APPE rotations can be completed in Canada.

The Distance Degrees and Programs (DDP) Office will make every attempt to arrange rotations at sites near the student’s workplace, and rotations may be available on a part-time basis in cooperation with the preceptor. Some rotations may receive approval if a conflict of interest is not present at the student’s practice site. Students are asked to remain flexible, as some regions of the country, including rural areas, have limited rotations sites. In those cases, NTPD students will complete their rotations in Colorado. All Colorado rotations are six weeks in length, or 240 hours, and completed on a full-time or 40 hour per week basis.

*Drug Information Rotation – The drug information rotation is a required rotation for NTPD students admitted prior to the 2014 fall semester. The drug information is the first rotation students complete, and this rotation provides students with skills, which are essential to be successful in subsequent rotations. Students may complete the drug information rotation through a traditional rotation site, such as a drug information center, or through the NTPD Program’s online drug information rotation. Students work one-on-one with an experienced drug information preceptor by email and phone, and have similar learning experiences to those offered in an on-site university-based drug information center, such as responding to questions, preparing newsletters and drug formulary monographs, and participating in journal clubs. The online drug information rotation is offered every semester. In addition, the online drug information rotation is considered as one of the two required live rotations.

Manual and Policies – The DDP Office recommends all NTPD students read through the documents linked below to learn more about the APPE rotations, including the pre-requisites to begin rotations.

APPE Rotation Manual – Updates coming soon!

Experiential Planning Policy

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Rotation Policy - NTPD Program​

Elective Rotations Completed Outside the United States and Canada Policy

Rotation Site Availability and Drop Policy