The Bridge    Join    


As teachers, experts, specialists, and mentors, preceptors provide learning experiences outside the traditional classroom setting. Preceptors allow student pharmacists, student technicians, and resident pharmacists a glimpse into the daily life of a health care professional. They assist students and residents in the application of their knowledge and skills in direct patient care and other practice settings. Whether in the community pharmacy, the intensive care unit of a hospital, an emergency department, or pharmacy management, preceptors are active teachers of the hands-on experiences students or residents desire.

Preceptors are welcomed from all pharmacy practice settings and can host experiences ranging from brief shadowing encounters to 5-week intensive practice experiences. In collaboration with CEImpact, IPA hopes to provide you with the opportunities to enrich your career as a preceptor. This is an important and valuable part of professional preparation and every effort is made to ensure preparedness and success along the way for both student and preceptor.

If you wish to serve as a preceptor for a student pharmacist, please directly contact the College of Pharmacy’s Office of Experiential Education.

Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Phone: 515-271-3191

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
Phone: 319-353-5157

Preceptor Opportunities
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)
Students participate in 300+ contact hours during their first three professional years, which are designed to introduce students to the technical and professional expertise required to be effective in each environment and to prepare students for their final year of rotations and for their practice beyond graduation.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)
The entire final year of the professional program (P4 students) is spent involved in APPE rotations: required experiences in hospital practice, community practice, ambulatory care, and acute care as well as elective experiences (specialty or non-patient care). ACPE accreditation standards require a minimum of 36 weeks of APPEs.

Residency Training Programs
Pharmacists may choose to pursue one- or two-year residency training opportunities. Resident preceptors provide the guidance to grow and strengthen the skills of a pharmacist. With over 40 residency positions available in Iowa, residents are found in various practice settings across the state.

Other Preceptor Resources:
ASHP Residency Accreditation