FAQs About Professional Experience
When is my first time in a pharmacy?
The introductory practice experiences start in January after you enter school. The first time in a pharmacy will be in the following June once you have completed the first year of classroom work and have successfully applied for and received a New York intern license.
How do I get assigned to the introductory and advanced practice courses?
A course management system called E-value™ is used for all practice experience course assignment and scheduling.
Are students allowed to choose their own sites for the pharmacy practice courses?
Student pharmacists have the opportunity to enter preferences into the E-value™ scheduling software. The software is designed to create schedules for students based on the best fit available for their preferences. Student pharmacists are not guaranteed to be assigned to their first choices .
Can students find new pharmacy practice experience sites?
Students are not required to find their own practice sites. The Directors for Practice Experiences recruit and develop new practice sites to ensure quality education for student pharmacists.
How many hours do I need to spend at the site to complete the practice courses?
For the introductory practice courses (4) you will be required to spend Monday through Thursday at the site for a minimum of 8 hours a day for 4 weeks. (Total 128 hours) There will be course work required outside of the daily schedule at the site. You will return to the school two times for a meeting with Practice Experience associates and faculty during the course for reflection sessions.
For advanced practice courses (8) you will be required to spend Monday through Friday at the site for a minimum of 8 hours per day. Core courses are 6 weeks in duration and electives a minimum of 4 weeks. Often more time is required to complete assignments and patient care. There will be course work required outside of the daily schedule at the site. You will return to school at designated times during the last two years for Grand Rounds with Practice Experience associates and faculty members during the course.
How much will I need to study?
The introductory and advanced practice courses require student pharmacists to gain new knowledge, apply concepts learned in the classroom, and integrate the information to become informed, skilled practitioners. The amount of time required for study during these courses will vary as with any other coursework in the curriculum.
Where can I find out what sites are available for the practice courses?
Follow this link for a list of College practice site partners. In addition students will have the opportunity to review sites in the E-value™ software.
Who is responsible for transportation costs?
Students are responsible for all transportation and costs to practice site locations.
Who is responsible for housing costs if assigned to practice sites outside of NYC?
Students are responsible for all housing costs both in and outside of NYC.
Will I be safe?
The Directors for Practice Experiences and all of those involved with the Practice Experience courses do what they can to provide a “safe” environment for student pharmacists. Student pharmacists should be vigilant at all times of their surroundings no matter where they are placed for these courses. Many institutions have safety officers, and provide emergency contact numbers for students. During orientation at all sites student pharmacists should discuss their safety concerns with the preceptor faculty in charge.
What is the difference between an introductory practice course and an advanced practice course?
Introductory practice courses are scheduled in the first two years of the curriculum, and the advanced practice courses are scheduled during the last two years. Students will be introduced to basic skills, and practice concepts in the introductory courses and are expected to build upon their experiences in the advanced practice courses. Beginning in the advanced practice courses student pharmacists should begin to take on responsibilities of direct patient care, teaching, and leadership.
How many elective courses am I supposed to take?
There are a total of 7 elective courses in the Touro College of Pharmacy curriculum. Student pharmacists are expected to take three of the 7 courses as advanced practice experience courses.
Am I allowed to do any practice experience rotations in my home state?
“Out of Network” Sites are sited that are outside of the NYC Metropolitan Area. In the students 4th year they will have the opportunity to establish an “out of network” elective site.
What is the role of the Volunteer Clinical/Public Health Faculty?
The volunteer faculty member is the person responsible for the introductory or advanced practice experience course. During the course the student pharmacist will work with the volunteer faculty member to complete the assignments and achieve the objectives of the course. The volunteer faculty is responsible for providing constructive feedback, guidance and final evaluations to the student pharmacist. The volunteer faculty may assign other responsible healthcare providers, or leaders to oversee student pharmacist activities. Student pharmacists may develop a mentoring relationship with the volunteer faculty and are encouraged to learn, and to return to work with their mentor when possible during the curriculum.
Do I have to come back to the school during my courses?
There are opportunities built into the introductory and advanced practice experience courses for students to return to the college, and discuss their experiences with their peers, and with students in the first two years of the curriculum. These sessions will be announced and attendance is a requirement of both the introductory and advanced practice experience courses.
How are the practice courses graded?
Student pharmacists are evaluated based on their abilities to accomplish defined skills and demonstrate knowledge of practice. Click this link to view Introductory Practice Experience Course Competencies or Advanced Practice Experience Course Competencies. Preceptor faculty provide feedback to the students and college. In the introductory years students who successfully achieve the objectives of the course will receive a grade of (P)ass. Students who do not achieve the competencies successfully will receive the grade of (F)ail and be required to repeat the course. In the advance years, students will receive corresponding letter grades for the core courses and a pass/fail grade for the elective courses. Receiving a (P) will grant you the (3) or (5) credits for the course while receiving a (F) will negatively affect the students GPA.