APPE – Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations are required components of both the entry-to-practice PharmD program and the PharmD for Pharmacists (PFP) program. APPE rotations occur over 12 months starting in May of each year.

PharmD Students:

Prior to commencing APPE rotations, students in the PharmD program will have completed three years of undergraduate pharmacy education, including a Preparation for APPE course. Each student will be scheduled into 7 of 10 5-week blocks. These 35 weeks consist of 25 weeks of required direct patient care (one 10-week community rotation, two 5-week institutional rotations, and one 5-week direct patient care rotation in any approved setting) and two 5-week elective rotations. The direct patient care rotations (25 weeks) will provide experience in a variety of practice settings such as institutional, community and ambulatory care. The elective rotations can be Direct Patient Care (DPC) and/or Non -Direct Patient Care (NDPC) placements. Students will be expected to travel to placement sites across Ontario. Students will have the remaining 3 x 5 weeks defined as study blocks scheduled throughout their final year.

Type Duration
Community Pharmacy (DPC) 1 x 10 weeks
Institutional ROtation (DPC) 2 x 5 weeks
Selective Rotation (DPC) 1 x 5 weeks
Elective Rotations (DPC or NDPC) 2 x 5 weeks


1x 5 weeks

1 x 5 weeks

Total 35 weeks

Students in APPE rotations are assessed according to the educational outcomes of the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) for First Professional Degree Programs in Pharmacy. These educational outcomes are care provider, communicator, collaborator, leader-manager, health advocate, scholar and professional. Please visit the website for more information.

In each rotation, the student is guided, supervised, and assessed on a day to day basis by a preceptor. Experiential Course Coordinators, working with the Office of Experiential Education (OEE) staff, Director of the OEE and Program Directors, provide academic oversight on all aspects related to experiential course delivery, and monitoring and assessment of students during rotations.

PharmD for Pharmacists:

The PharmD for Pharmacists (PFP) program is designed for experienced pharmacists and recent graduates who have a Bachelors’ (or equivalent) Pharmacy degree and wish to obtain a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Students complete a minimum of four (20 weeks) or a maximum of five (25 weeks) APPE rotations. PFP students need to achieve the same learning outcomes (AFPC 2017) and objectives as PharmD students while on their rotations. However, students are encouraged to use the Learning Contract to help achieve personal and professional learning outcomes.  Preceptors are encouraged to review the student’s resume to maximize learning opportunities based on their past experiences.