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Pharmacy Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) Hospital/Inpatient (Minnesota)

Program description

Pharmacy students who successfully complete 10 to 15 weeks of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations will further develop their skills to provide pharmaceutical care to a variety of patients. While interacting with health-care professionals, residents, students, patients and their caregivers to optimize drug therapy outcomes, you will learn to communicate effectively and demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills.

The APPE program includes all the elements that create an exceptional education experience:

  • A challenging, high-quality curriculum
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and research facilities
  • A diverse patient population
  • A favorable faculty ratio
  • An environment based on teamwork and mutual support


Mayo Foundation is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission.

  • Higher Learning Commission
    • 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
      Chicago, IL 60602-2504
    • Phone: 800-621-7440 (toll-free) or 312-263-0456
    • Fax: 312-263-7462


The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester is comprised of an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus; Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus; as well as multiple research and education facilities. It is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Pharmacy services

Mayo Clinic's Pharmacy Services Department employs about 400 people, including approximately 200 pharmacists. The pharmacies operate 24 hours per day and provide pharmaceutical services, including:

  • Central pharmacy distribution
  • Sterile and non-sterile compounding
  • Computerized intravenous admixture and unit dose dispensing
  • Investigational drug studies
  • Skilled nursing facility dispensing and consulting
  • Decentralized pharmacist practice
  • Pharmacokinetic monitoring
  • Patient education programs
  • Clinical pharmacy specialty practices
  • Drug information programs
  • In-service education
  • Pharmacy, therapeutics and formulary committee support
  • Physician newsletters

Mayo Clinic uses a computer-based pharmaceutical care (P-Care) monitoring system. P-Care integrates data from disparate computer systems, including pharmacy, admissions, laboratory and microbiology. Computerized algorithms utilize this data to alert pharmacists to potential situations where therapy, safety or costs can be improved. Performing daily pharmaceutical care duties, P-Care is used to:

  • Provide patient demographic data, laboratory data, microbiology data, medications, parenteral nutrition information and drug levels while on team rounds, during order processing and during medication profile review.
  • Identify patients whose medication therapy requires a pharmacist's daily review.
  • Identify and review treatments that are inconsistent with established medication rule-based algorithms.
  • Document pharmacist-performed clinical activities, interventions and monitoring notes.
  • Provide a forum for pharmacists, pharmacy residents and pharmacy students to communicate pertinent patient-specific, medication-related issues.


For the majority of the APPE experience, your learning schedule will include eight-hour days, five days per week.


Mayo School of Health Sciences admits six to eight students each year based on affiliation agreements with the University of Minnesota, North Dakota State University and South Dakota State University. The program also admits students who have previously completed a pharmacy internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Applicants must be pre-approved by Mayo Clinic Pharmacy Services Department.

  • Dec 10, 2013
  • ART244068