Financial, Personnel, and Curricular Characteristics of Advanced Practice Experience Programs
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Objective. To provide an overview of the current status of advanced experience program as colleges and schools transition into the era of the PharmD as the sole professional degree. Methods. A survey of advanced clinical experience programs was conducted. Data from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Institutional Report Series, AACP Professional Experience Program surveys, and published literature in the field were obtained. The areas addressed included organization,
... rganization, administration, teaching faculty, financial support, and the most pressing issues facing program administrators Results. Of the 74 colleges and institutions with advanced experience programs in pharmacy, 27 had only students who were pursuing their first professional degree, 16 had only post-baccalaureate PharmD students, and the remaining 31 had students from both degree programs in their advanced experience program. Instructors were primarily full-time faculty members; however, joint and part-time faculty members, as well as adjunct faculty members, were involved in teaching, particularly in larger institutions. Of greatest concern was the shift in responsibility for experiential training programs from more experienced faculty members to younger, non-tenure-track faculty members. Conclusion. As colleges and schools of pharmacy begin offering the PharmD as the sole professional degree, the role of the advanced experience program in producing confident and competent pharmacy professionals becomes even more critical. A commitment must be made to develop and support highly skilled, experienced faculty members to develop and support the advanced experience programs.