Two pharmacy students working with a human simulator during a lab exercise

Experiential Education

Doctor of Pharmacy, PharmD

Learn from Experience

Pharmacy Practice Experience Programs (PPEPs) are a core component of the College of Pharmacy's educational plan. These experiential based programs span seven semesters, beginning in the second semester of the first professional year. These programs are tiered as Early, Intermediate, and Advanced experiences. The overarching goal of the PPEPs is to provide our students exposure to a broad range of patient and inter-professional groups within different practice environments that are representative of contemporary pharmacist-provided patient care.

Our Pharmacy Practice Experience Programs (PPEPs) are delivered in collaboration with and through our pool of full-time Practice Faculty, Affiliate Faculty, and Pharmacy mentors (collectively referred to as Experiential Education Faculty). PPEPs help our students develop knowledge from experience as well as to use knowledge to gain experience. Creating this fundamental link between practice and knowledge helps to build core competencies plus, instill values and attitudes essential to providing patient care in the pharmacy setting. This form of Experiential Education provides our students with the fundamental skills to prepare them for careers in healthcare administration, public policy and other areas of the healthcare arena and the profession of pharmacy. The College of Pharmacy coordinates APPE and IPPE opportunities for students at locations in Tennessee and across the United States within regulatory guidelines developed by each state. International opportunities are also available.

Practice Faculty Locations

Practice faculty divide their time between the classroom at Belmont and their community sites where they teach student pharmacists through their professional practice.

Join us!

We'd love to discuss the benefits of being an Affiliate Faculty member with you. To apply for a preceptor position, please complete our Preceptor Application at this link. Code: Belmont

Helpful Links and Information:

  • Affiliate Faculty Library Resources are available through the Lila D. Bunch Library 
  • Core ELMS provides students and preceptors with information on rotation experiences and what each site and faculty member offers. It is the program responsible for assigning students to rotations based on faculty availability and student preference. 
  • The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy provides useful information pertaining to licensure in the state of Tennessee. All students and experiential education faculty are expected to be familiar with the Tennessee state requirements for obtaining a pharmacist license.
  • The IPPE and APPE Rotation Overview can be found here.

Experiential Education Faculty & Staff

Angela Clauson
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Angela Clauson

Director, Experiential Education & Associate Professor
Phone: 615-460-8124
Email: angela.clauson@belmont.edu
Office Location: McWhorter Hall 225
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Mary Lefler
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Mary Lefler

Staff Pharmacist & Site Liaison for Experiential Education, Pharmacy
Phone: 615-460-6040
Email: mary.lefler@belmont.edu
Office Location: McWhorter Hall 216
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Karenski Nolan
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Karenski Nolan

Program Manager for Experiential Education, Pharmacy
Phone: (615) 460-6382
Email: karenski.nolan@belmont.edu
Office Location: McWhorter Hall 218
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Evan Young
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Evan Young

Assistant Director, Experiential Education & Assistant Professor
Phone: 615.460.5581
Email: evan.young@belmont.edu
Office Location: McWhorter Hall 217
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