The professional experience component of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program consists of a series of structured experiential learning practices, which begin during the second semester of the first professional year. The experiences occur in a variety of settings which include hospitals, community pharmacies, and the pharmaceutical industry, among others. Students may need to complete experiential education at sites outside the San Juan metropolitan area. The practices are organized as a curricular progression leading to eight advanced practice experiences (five required and three selective) in the fourth professional year of the curriculum. A total of 1930 contact hours are distributed and offered in the curricular sequence, as they appear in the following table.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PRACTICES

First Year
Introductory Practicum (54 hrs.) 1.5 credits
Second Year
Service Learning (36 hrs.) 1 credit
Longitudinal Care I (36 hrs.) 1 credit
Third Year
Longitudinal Care II (36 hrs.) 1 credit
Management of the Practice and the Medication Distribution and Control Systems Practicum: Community Pharmacy (144 hrs.) 4 credits
Management of the Practice and the Medication Distribution and Control Systems Practicum: Institutional Pharmacy (144 hrs.) 4 credits
Fourth Year
Advanced Practicums (8 practicums) (1480 hrs.)
Institutional Pharmacy Practice
Inpatient/general medicine
Acute Care
Community
Ambulatory Care in Health Institution
Selective Advanced Practices in Pharmacy (three courses)
35 credits


For additional information, please contact:

Sacha Rivera-Sárate, PharmD, RPh, CGP
Experiental Program Director
sacha.rivera1@upr.edu