About Experiential Learning

Our Doctor of Pharmacy program develops emerging leaders in our community who can make a difference while providing a dedicated service with compassion. As a part of our curriculum, we have developed an experiential learning portion where students are able to focus on managing medication use systems, promote health and wellness, learn about population-based care or patient-centered care and take what they have learned and apply it in a clinical setting. It is important for our students to be able to apply their classroom knowledge to clinical practice where they can gain the skills and confidence needed in pharmacy today. That is why experiential learning is a critical part of our curriculum.

Experiential Course Information

The experiential curriculum is divided into two parts:

  • Introductory to Pharmacy Practice Information (IPPE)
  • Advanced Pharmacy Practice Information (APPE)
The courses in each of these sections gradually escalates a student’s exposure to pharmacy practice. During these courses, students are placed within one of our qualified preceptor sites where they can be under the supervision of a licensed preceptor in a professional setting and be able to collaborate with others in the pharmacy and health care industry.

Introductory to Pharmacy Practice Information (IPPE)
Introduction to Pharmacy Practice Experience I5
Introduction to Pharmacy Practice Experience II5
Total Credits 10

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Information (APPE)
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience I6
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience II6
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience III6
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience IV6
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience V6
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience VI6
Global Capstone1
Total Credits 37

Preceptor Sites

To support our Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum, we have established dedicated preceptor sites, with affiliated companies and organizations, which enable our students to play an active role in and apply their classroom knowledge to real world situations. Our School of Pharmacy has set up a vast network of affiliated practice sites for student placement. Our experiential learning faculty and staff are dedicated in making the students experience a rewarding one.

The Power of Experiential Learning

"I did my first shadowing rotation at Walmart on Hwy 49 in Gulfport. My preceptor was Dr. Lakeisha Patton. She came in on her day off and got me started, but I spent most of my day with Dr. Chris Coleman, the pharmacy manager.

I can't speak more highly of them both. This was my first experience in a pharmacy, and I loved it. They both went above and beyond to make me feel welcome and I learned tons. They were warm, inviting, informative and very receptive to questions. They truly fostered a very positive learning environment and I couldn't be more appreciative.

Kudos to the team at Walmart 969. I can only hope all my future rotations will go as well.”  

Casey Saucier
Doctor of Pharmacy Student
William Carey University

Becoming a Preceptor

Becoming a qualified preceptor site allows businesses and organizations to aid in the clinical development skills of our students. It opens doors to providing practical experience and expansive knowledge while allowing facilities to utilize this opportunity for community advancement.

If your pharmacy is interested in becoming a preceptor site for our students:

Current Preceptors

If you are a new or continuing preceptor, check out our helpful resources.  We offer our preceptors required orientation information, important training materials, a useful newsletter called the Carey Chronicle, the WCU School of Pharmacy Preceptor Newsletter, and more.  Just refer to our resources to help support you and our students at your preceptor site. 


For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Office of Experiential Programs at:

Office of Experiential Education

William Carey University School of Pharmacy
Tradition Campus
19640 Highway 67
Biloxi, MS 39532
Office: 228.702.1856
Fax: 228.702.1772

Discover academic excellence, explore an innovative curriculum with hands-on patient care and engage with our world-class Pharmacy faculty. Start your future in Pharmacy today by earning your Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

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