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Appalachian College of Pharmacy

Experiential Education

The experiential curriculum is designed to provide students with the confidence, knowledge, skills, and attitude required to function as competent and professional pharmacy practitioners.

The experiential curriculum is divided into three parts of sequentially increasing levels of sophistication in competencies and outcomes expectations – Early Pharmacy Practice Experience (EPPE), Core Pharmacy Practice Experience (CPPE), and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE). Both EPPE and CPPE comprise the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences for ACP.

Course syllabi can be found in our manuals located under Forms and Manuals. The syllabi provide preceptors and students with consistent course goals, objectives, and activities while allowing for preceptor and practice site flexibility.

For more information about ACP’s experiential program, please contact us at:

Office of Experiential Education
Appalachian College of Pharmacy
1060 Dragon Road
Oakwood, Virginia 24631
Phone: Regina Horn at 276-498-5234 or Sherry Clevinger at 276-498-5214
Fax: 276-498-5211

Richard Nicholas, PharmD, ND, CDE, BCPS, BCACP
Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Sharon Deel, RN, MSN, CDP
Director of Experiential Education & Community Outreach

The following links provide preceptors with orientation to the ACP mission, vision, experiential curriculum, and evaluation methods, and highlight precepting pearls and strategies.

ACPE 2016 Standards

The mission of ACPE is to assure and advance quality in pharmacy education. Standard number 13 focuses on experiential education and has shaped and guided the development and quality assurance processes of our experiential education program

Preceptor Training Presentations
Preceptor Orientation  (March 2017)

Library Privileges

Preceptors are issued instructions on how to access the ACP library’s electronic resources and other services during their first year of precepting.  Please contact the Experiential Education office for more information.

Pharmacist’s Letter

The Office of Experiential Education is pleased to announce that the Appalachian College of Pharmacy has made special arrangements to provide you with the Preceptor Training & Resource Network from Pharmacist’s Letter.

Your access to Preceptor Training & Resource Network includes the following:

  • Preceptor CE (home-study courses and live webinars)
  • Sample student syllabi, activities, assignments, and schedules
  • Targeted professionalism, patient safety and practice-based teaching resources
  • PL Journal Club -teaching tools for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)
  • Pharmacy 101 -teaching tools for Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)
  • Preceptors Interact -preceptor discussion board


Here’s how to set up your access:

If you already have access to Pharmacist’s Letter, it is important that you follow the link below to log in. This will ensure that Preceptor Training CE and other tools included in Preceptor Training & Resource Network will be added to your subscription. If you do not have access to Pharmacist’s Letter, you need to set up an Appalachian College of Pharmacy Preceptor CE ID #. Your CE ID # will be automatically created and you’ll be able to use it from any internet-connected computer to access the Preceptor Training & Resource Network.

APHA’s Preceptor Central

APhA’s Preceptor Central provides more than 20 modules in four different educational tracks to help preceptors develop quality educational experiences for their student pharmacists on IPPE and APPE rotations. One contact hour of continuing pharmacy education credit (1.0 CPE) is awardable per module. To request credit, click on the section entitled Continuing Education Credit in each module you complete. If you are an APhA member, there is no fee to obtain credit; for non-APhA members, there is a $25.00 fee per module to obtain CPE credit.


Along with your eBooks and other course documents, there are a number of rotation manuals and evaluation forms for introductory (EPPE and CPPE) and advanced practice experiences (APPE). Below is the list of all required manuals, with links to download. The manuals contain rotation policies and procedures, course syllabi and learning activities, evaluation and assessment documents, and tools to assist you in patient care.