The Office of Experiential Education is responsible for the Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience for our Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy students. The department aims to provide outstanding pharmacy practice experiences that allow students to utilize the knowledge obtained in the classroom and apply it in actual patient care settings. These experiences not only deepen the students' understanding of the pharmacy profession, but also help create meaningful and lasting relationships with our dedicated preceptors.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

The IPPE course series is intended to expose students to Community and Institutional pharmacy practice settings and prepare them for APPEs. Students participate in activities and practice skills, gaining competency in Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA).


Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) = 330 hours

P1 = 122 hours

  • Community I - 122 hours (14 weeks)
  • Reflections - 10 hours

P2 = 144 hours

  • Institutional I - 56 hours (7 weeks)
  • Community I - 80 hours (2 weeks)
  • Reflections - 8 hours

P3 = 144 hours

  • Institutional II - 56 hours (7 weeks)
  • Reflections - 8 hours

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)

The APPE course series is intended to provide robust training for our students to make them accountable, competitive, and entrustable clinicians in variety of pharmacy practice areas in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Every rotation is an opportunity to network and prepare for residency/post graduate opportunities. LLU pharmacy students display integrity in their work and are committed to improve patients’ care.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) = 1440 hours

Required Rotation Types (6 weeks, totaling in a minimum of 240 hours each)

  • Hospital Practice
  • Community
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Acute Care Medicine
  • 2 Electives

How the Office of Experiential Education Supports Students

Our office is here to provide students with support and ensure the transition from the classroom to the clinical field is smooth and stress-free.The Office of Experiential Education assists student pharmacists with the below processes:

  • Intern licensure application review and submission
  • Exam eligibility application process to sit for state and national board exams
  • Clinical placement for all rotations
  • Certification-record compliance for training
  • Health-record compliance for training
  • Onboarding for assigned clinical practice sites
  • Networking opportunities
  • State and national board exam preparation

Locations and Practice Settings

To provide rotation experiences that meet the objectives as prescribed by the University and the program curriculum and meets all standards of recognized agencies or accrediting bodies. The Office of Experiential Education has maintained a high quality of unique and well-established practice sites within and outside California. Rotation experiences available within these settings are, but not limited to:

  • Academia DEI
  • Business Ownership
  • Emergency Medicine/Trauma
  • Critical Care
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Infectious Disease
  • Inpatient Oncology
  • Introduction to Infectious Disease Clinical Research
  • Long Term-Care
  • Managed Care
  • Nutrition
  • Outpatient Oncology
  • Pain and Addiction Management
  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Pediatric Transplant
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Pharmacy Systems/Technology
  • Specialty Infusion Services
  • Specialty Pharmacy Practice
  • Etc.

Dennis and Carol Troesh Medical Campus

Dennis and Carol Troesh Medical Campus

Students will also have the opportunity to train on campus at the Dennis and Carol Troesh Medical Campus. In addition, Loma Linda University Health has several affiliated institutions nearby including Loma Linda University East Campus Hospital, Behavioral Medicine Center, and Surgical Hospital. The Medical Center operates some of the largest clinical programs in the United States in areas such as neonatal care and outpatient surgery. It is also recognized as the international leader in infant heart transplantation and proton treatment centers for cancer. Each year, the institution admits more than 33,000 inpatients and serves roughly half a million outpatient visits. 

Chair

Alireza Hayatshahi, PharmD, BCPS
Chair
Associate Professor
Tel: 909-651-5917
Fax: 909-558-0234
Email: ahayatshahi@llu.edu

Director of APPE

Alireza FakhriRavari, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, AAHIVP
Assistant Professor
Tel: 909-558-7530
Fax: 909-558-7927
Email: afakhriravari@llu.edu

Director of IPPE

Farnoosh Zough, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Professor
Tel: 909-558-7548
Fax: 909-558-0234
Email: FZough@llu.edu

Staff

Jessica Gray, BA
APPE Coordinator
Tel.: 909-558-7548
Fax: 909-558-0234
Email: jessicagray@llu.edu

Cherrie Martin, BS
IPPE Coordinator
Tel.: 909-558-5817
Fax: 909-558-0234
Email: chlmartin@llu.edu