The Office of Professional Affairs

Experiential Education

Experiential education is a critical part of the three-year accelerated program at Larkin University College of Pharmacy. We aim to connect P1 and P3 students with high quality experiential rotations that develop practice-ready, compassionate, and innovative pharmacists prepared for future pharmacy careers.

Whether you are a prospective student, current student, prospective preceptor, or current preceptor, please read below for more information about our experiential program. 

Rotation Categories

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)

The IPPE experience is comprised of two rotation types, community and institutional. Both are 160 hours and are to be completed in 4 weeks in the spring of the first pharmacy year.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)

The APPE experience includes direct patient care experiences and elective experiences. The students complete 7 APPE rotations of 6 weeks each for a total of 1,680 hours during the final academic year. Students can rank their rotation preferences and complete the rotations based on preceptor availability.

         APPE Elective Types

Students can complete electives in a wide variety of areas such as academia, cardiology, compounding, emergency room, critical care, geriatrics, home infusion, infectious disease, long term care, mail order, managed care, nuclear pharmacy, medication therapy management, sports medicine, oncology, pediatrics, and research. This list continues to expand based on student interest and preceptor availability.

       International and Application Based APPEs

Our students have applied and been accepted to competitive application based APPE rotations across the country. They have completed rotations with the FDA, CDC, ASHP, Indian Health Service, and many more. We support students throughout the application and selection process. International opportunities are also available. If interested in any additional rotations, students may contact the Office to explore further opportunities.

Rotation Sites

The Office of Professional Affairs has an established network of quality practice sites that are dispersed across the United States with most rotations occurring in Florida and Puerto Rico. Students have the opportunity to preference their preferred geographical location to complete the majority of their IPPE/APPE rotations.

Students also have the unique opportunity to pursue rotations with sites that we are not currently affiliated with. Students can research and locate a site outside of our pre-set affiliates and provide information to our office. If all parties agree, the office will then connect with new partners to onboard sites and preceptors.

Health Requirements

Health requirements can be found here: College of Pharmacy – Admission Requirements – Larkin University

How Do I Become a Preceptor?:

Thank you for your interest in shaping the next generation of pharmacists! Much of the success of the student’s experiential education is dependent upon qualified pharmacists serving as faculty in the field. We are always seeking qualified preceptors and sites that are open to our student pharmacists.

In order to be considered for a preceptor position, please fill out the online application with the link below so that we may learn more about you.

Sign up/Institution code: LUPRECEPTOR

Once completed, a member of our team will reach out to set up a site visit to meet you and any preceptors located at your site and establish a new affiliation agreement if needed.

Team Members:

Andrea Murzello

Assistant Dean for Practice and Professional Affairs
Contact Information
Office: 2207
Phone: 305-760-7460
Hours: By Appointment

Nanika Bethel

Experiential Education Coordinator
Contact Information
Office: 2210
Phone: 305-760-7466
Hours: By Appointment

Kristal Potter

Director of Experiential Education and Community Engagement, Assistant Professor (DCAS)
Contact Information
Office: 2504
Phone: 305-760-7486
Hours: By Appointment

Melinda Contreras

Director of Practice Programs & Assistant Professor (DCAS)
Contact Information
Office: 2503
Phone: 305-760-7434
Hours: By Appointment