Introductory Practice (IPPE)

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs)

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) occur in the context of required courses during the P1, P2 and P3 years. Students must be registered as student interns with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) to participate in these courses. IPPEs primarily occur in pharmacy practice sites, but also may include volunteer activities related to pharmacy practice.

IPPEs that occur beginning in the summer of the P2 year and following occur in Austin/Temple and San Antonio. Students assigned to these regions by virtue of the region assignment process will participate in IPPEs and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in their assigned campus/region.


IPPE hours are gained through the following courses:

Foundations of Professional Development (FPD)

This course sequence, offered over six semesters during the P1-P3 years, provides experiential hours through community service.

Experiential Pharmacy Practice and Patient Counseling

P2 students counsel patients about their prescription medications in local pharmacies.

Nonprescription Pharmacotherapy II Self-Care

Experiential hours are conducted in the over-the-counter areas of selected pharmacies. Students in their second professional year counsel patients on over-the-counter products in the pharmacy.

Institutional Clinical Skills

This course is a three week, full time rotation designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of pharmacy practice in the hospital setting. Under the supervision of a preceptor, students participate in medication order processing, demonstrate basic use of a unit dose system and intravenous admixture system, articulate current institutional pharmacy standards of practice, and participate in a medication safety exercise, among other activities. This rotation occurs during the summer between the P2 and P3 years.

Community-Based IPPE

The community-based IPPE is a longitudinal experience that takes place in either the fall semester or the spring semester of the P3 year. It occurs in both a traditional community pharmacy and an ambulatory setting. Within the community setting, students participate in a variety of activities to prepare them for the community pharmacy APPE, and also achieve Medication Therapy Management certification through APhA. Students are also introduced to pharmacy practice in an ambulatory setting, providing them with an overview of services in a practice environment outside of community and hospital sites.