Office of Experiential Education

Doctor of Pharmacy program practical experiences - the hands-on learning component - are an essential part of the curriculum and account for nearly 45% of the program. The Temple University School of Pharmacy Office of Experiential Education coordinates and oversees these experiences. Our staff are committed to facilitating the highest quality preceptor and patient experiences for our student pharmacists.

About Experiential Education

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences
During the first three years of the PharmD program, student pharmacists participate in Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE), which integrate guided learning from faculty members with experiences in real practice environments. 

Student pharmacists will complete ~314 contact hours, which are designed to develop the technical and professional practice skills needed to be effective in various practice environments. These experiences help ensure success in their advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE) and in practice beyond graduation. 

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences
The final year of the professional program is spent completing advanced pharmacy practice experiences: four required rotations (community practice, ambulatory care, inpatient, institutional) and two elective rotations (specialty care or non-patient care), all six weeks in duration.

Advanced Electives
It is during the APPEs that student pharmacists have the opportunity to learn and participate in a wide variety of pharmacy practice settings and discover the area of pharmacy practice they wish to enter upon graduation. Student pharmacists have the opportunity to gain specialized skills and knowledge in an area of pharmacy by selecting an elective track in Clinical Trials, Business, Drug Safety, or Advanced Clinical Practice.









Delores V. Banks
Administrative Assistant
Office of Experiential Education







Lisa Becker, RPh
Director of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)
Office of Experiential Education
Adjunct Clinical Faculty







Marissa Cavaretta, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, PGY2 Internal Medicine Residency
Director of the Office of Experiential Education







Britney Day
Department Administrative Specialist
Office of Experiential Education







Melissa E. Rotz, PharmD, BCPS
Director of Interprofessional Education
Clinical Associate Professor