Pharmacy Practice Experiences

Pharmacy Intern Certificate

All accepted students will be required to obtain a Pharmacy Intern Certificate from the South Carolina Board of Pharmacy. This certificate will need to be obtained, at minimum, no later than October 1st of the 1st Professional year. If a student’s Pharmacy Intern Certificate is suspended, revoked, or voluntarily surrendered, the student may be suspended from the College of Pharmacy.

Pharmacy Practice Experience Policies

  • Pharmacy students complete a minimum of 11 pharmacy practice experiences (rotations) which represent approximately 1/3 of the total pharmacy curriculum. Students must abide by both the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy Academic Bulletin and Student Handbook and the respective IPPE or APPE rotation manuals.
  • Each student is required to complete two Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs), one in Community Pharmacy and the other in a Hospital/Health System which take place during the summer months following the P1 and P2 curriculum years, respectively. During the P4 year of the program, each student completes 9 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) with 5 rotations being in ACPE-required experiential categories and 4 being electives in a variety of settings. A minimum of 160 hours must be completed for each of the 11 rotations. A student who does not complete the required number of hours for any rotation could receive a failing grade for that rotation and be required to remediate that entire experiential course.

  • Rotations are scheduled by a computerized assignment process using an experiential rotation management system. Students may enter preferences for physical location, rotation sites, and preceptors, but preferences are not guaranteed. The Office of Experiential Education makes the final determination on each student’s rotation schedule.

  • The Office of Experiential Education will attempt to place students at a site that is approximately one hour driving distance each way from their permanent or temporary residence in South Carolina. Students may be provided the opportunity to coordinate out of state rotations according to the policies provided by the Office of Experiential Education.

  • Students must maintain current immunizations, health insurance and pharmacy intern certificates while enrolled in the College of Pharmacy. Students are responsible for associated costs for meeting and maintaining these requirements in addition to other rotation site requirements which may include, but are not limited to, other immunizations and health screenings, drug screens, and additional background searches.

  • Students must be prepared to arrange and pay for their own travel and housing for IPPEs and/or APPEs, due to limited rotation sites.