Practice Experiences

Learning by doing: practice experience is essential to your education

In the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, we supplement your classroom education with extensive experiences in a variety of practice settings. There is no substitute for these hands-on experiences.


We have two primary practice programs:

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)+

Gain experiences in both community pharmacy and institutional settings.

  • P1 students: Learning medication distribution in a community pharmacy setting

    The P1 clinical is divided into three sections. In the fall (IPPE I), students work for four hours each week, ideally in an independent community pharmacy, learning the distribution process. In the spring (IPPE II), you'll work five hours a week, ideally in a chain community pharmacy setting. In May (IPPE III), you will spend one 40-hour week at a community pharmacy site. 

  • P2 students: Learning medication distribution in an institutional setting

    At the end of your second year, you'll spend a full two weeks in an institutional setting. Your role is to learn about institutional pharmacy and drug distribution systems, including processes for dealing with medication errors.

  • P3 students: focusing on public health in a community pharmacy setting

    In the fall (IPPE V), you'll spend a full 40-hour week in a community pharmacy setting, with a concentrated public health focus. You will be responsible for providing immunizations and other activities related to health and wellness. In the spring (IPPE VI), you'll participate in simulations to enhance your critical thinking and communication skills, as well as engage in patient care activities in preparation for your Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE).

If you have questions about the IPPE program, please contact:
Dr. Jennifer Beall

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)+

Individualize your fourth year based on your career goals!

Each student in the McWhorter School of Pharmacy completes 1,600 hours of clinical experience in their P4 year. The experiences include:

    • Primary/Ambulatory Care
    • Community Pharmacy
    • General Medicine
    • Institutional/Healthcare Systems Pharmacy
    • Selective (medicine specialty)
    • Electives (3)

McWhorter School of Pharmacy is located in Birmingham, one of the leading health care cities in the country.  Students will have the opportunity to tailor their fourth year experientials which will give them access to a wide variety of clinical sites. Students will be able to not only have experiences in Birmingham in both community pharmacy and institutional pharmacy sites but also in other areas of Alabama including north Alabama and the gulf coast region,  the southeast and internationally.  In addition, we have long standing partnerships with leading health care institutions and state of the art community based pharmacies.  Students benefit from the excellent instruction from outstanding faculty and affiliate faculty or preceptors who practice in these facilities

To view the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience schedule timeframes for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, please access the link HERE

If you have questions about the APPE program, please contact:

Dr. Patricia B. Naro
Director, Experiential Program

Preceptor Information+

Preceptors are a vital part of our pharmacy program at the McWhorter School of Pharmacy. Without our pharmacy preceptors we could not function and we are truly grateful for your service.

Our preceptors hold the appointment of “Affiliate Clinical Instructor of Pharmacy Practice”.

Becoming a Preceptor:

Our preceptors oversee students in their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). We are seeking pharmacy practitioners who enjoy teaching, wish to give back to the profession, and desire to share what they know with our students.

If you would like to become a preceptor for the MSOP, please complete this application form (link) and return it to us. Our process for becoming a preceptor is described here.

The site and preceptor quality criteria for the MSOP experiential program are found here.

If you have any questions about being a preceptor or our program, please contact us.

Current Preceptors:

Thank you so much for all you have done for our students! If there is anything that we can do to support you in the role of preceptor, please do not hesitate to contact us.

E*Value is our online management system for pharmacy practice experiences. If you have misplaced your login/password, please contact us and we will send those to you.

We have numerous live and home study continuing education programs. For more information about this, please refer to our Continuing Education Program page here.

IPPE/APPE dates for the 2015 Fall semester are:

APPE Block 3:     July 27-August 28

APPE Block 4:     August 31-October 2

APPE Block 5:     October 5-November 6

APPE Block 6:     November 9-December 11

IPPE I:                  October 6-December 3 (dates students are in sites)

IPPE V:                 October 5-October 9