Experience Programs Information for Current Students
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences Curriculum (IPPE)
The IPPE program spans the first through third years of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum and is composed of a variety of exposures including community practice, health system practice, ambulatory care, immunization delivery, indigent care, disaster preparedness, and advocacy. Although the majority of IPPEs incorporate direct patient care with opportunities for interprofessional interaction, some simulated practice (e.g. standardized patient program) is included to ensure development and mastery of patient care skills and knowledge.
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Curriculum (APPE)
The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences Curriculum (APPE) program consists of eight 5-week experiences during the 4th year of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. Of these, five are required experiences while three are elective experiences. Required experiences include Advanced institutional Practice (1), Acute Medicine (2), Outpatient Medicine (1), and Community Practice (1). Elective experiences can be additional experiences in acute medicine, outpatient medicine, community or indirect /non-patient care areas (e.g. research, drug information, nuclear pharmacy, administration, academia, association management). Only 2 APPEs however can be classified as indirect /non-patient care.
Experiential Calendar Dates
Immunization / Health Testing / Physical Exams / Certification
Tuberculosis (TB) Testing
Student must provide TB testing documentation yearly. An IGRA test (either QuantiFERON-TB Gold or TSPOT) is preferred based on experiential site clearance processes, however, students may use an annual TST (note: must be preceded by a 2 step TST). In the event of a history of a positive tuberculin skin test or positive IGRA assay, the following items must be provided: positive tuberculin skin test result, current chest x-ray report (within 3 years), and a physician statement on the need for prophylactic or active treatment. Please be aware, IPPEs or APPEs requirements may differ based on institutional specific policies. This information will be provided to you during the clearance process for your various experiential assignments. Examples of specific requirements include more recent tuberculosis testing or more recent chest x-ray report (only if TST or QuantiFERON-TB Gold/ TSPOT positive).
The physical exam must be renewed every 12 months and be documented on our form above, unless it is completed at the UGA Student Health Center where students will instead be given a letter on letterhead with the UGA College of Pharmacy certification statement included (Note: Be sure to inform the UGA Student Health Center the physical is for the College of Pharmacy).
Students must receive annual influenza vaccinations each fall. Specific dates by which they must be received will be sent to students by email and vary based on the professional year due to scheduled IPPE and APPE site requirements. Students should base the date of the influenza vaccination on information provided by the UGA Experience Programs office and not by the expiration date in the E*Value database.
HIPAA and OSHA Training
Students must complete annual HIPAA and OSHA training provided through a College of Pharmacy resource. Specific information about the process and due dates will be communicated to students by the Division of Experience Programs.
In August and late April /early May, pharmacy students will be provided the opportunity to obtain their American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR certification free of charge through classes provided at the College of Pharmacy. Students will receive information on these opportunities as they are available. Students choosing not to attend these classes must locate and pay for a course on their own. Suitable courses must include a live practice component and must be American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR. Note: Graduating students will not be eligible for the late April / early May course.
Current tetanus vaccination must be maintained throughout the Doctor of Pharmacy program. For students receiving at least one Tdap, only a Td booster is required.
Georgia Pharmacy Intern License
Although most initial intern licenses are granted with a 5 year expiration, there are occasions where licenses expire prior to completion of the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Student should begin the renewal process with the Georgia Board of Pharmacy three months prior to the expiration date to ensure a lapse in licensure does not occur. Licenses must remain in good standing throughout the Georgia Board of Pharmacy to be eligible for enrollment in the Doctor of Pharmacy program.
Mandatory Student Health Insurance
Since the College of Pharmacy has a mandatory requirement that students maintain health insurance coverage throughout the curriculum, students are required by the Board of Regents to be automatically enrolled under the Mandatory UGA Health Insurance plan. Upon registering for fall and spring classes, students will be automatically enrolled within the program and the premium will appear as an additional fee on your student account. This fee, however, is not covered through the HOPE scholarship. Students can apply for waivers through the approved health insurance vendor to opt out of the program. These waivers must be reapplied for each semester students are enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Students will be emailed each summer to provide additional information about the health insurance process and plan. For additional information about the insurance, please refer to the web link listed above.
Pharmacy Malpractice Insurance
Throughout the Doctor of Pharmacy program, students are required to have pharmacy malpractice insurance which will cover participation in all approved college related experiences. This insurance coverage is provided to enrolled students through a blanket policy negotiated by the College of Pharmacy. Students throughout the professional years of the curriculum will be assessed an $11.00 annual charge on their student account each fall.
Pharmacy Database Charge
Throughout the Doctor of Pharmacy programs, students will utilize a database program that will be used to track compliance with immunizations as well as complete assignments and evaluations for the experiential portion of the curriculum. An annual fee assessment will be made each Fall on student accounts for all enrolled students to cover the cost of the database (much like a lab fee). Although the annual fee varies yearly, the amount is approximately 90 dollars.
Site Clearance Process
Students will be responsible for all costs associated with site clearance processes. Students may be required to submit to background checks (in general: assessing felony / misdemeanor charges for a period of 7 years) and drug screens as required by institutions in which they are assigned to complete experiential training. Repeat background checks and drug screens may be required throughout the Doctor of Pharmacy program based upon site policies. Students may be prevented from completing training at a site if the site deems the results of clearance items to be unacceptable. In addition some institutions require students to complete other requirements including orientations (on site and/or web-based), health forms, confidentiality statements, and computer access forms. The student is responsible for ensuring that all requirements are completed prior to the deadline designated by the site. Students not meeting the deadline will be withdrawn from the experience, which can result in delay of graduation.