Saint Joseph College School of Pharmacy
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Saint Joseph College School of Pharmacy

Department of Experiential Education

Saint Joseph College School of Pharmacy
229 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103

tel: 860.231.5874

Welcome to the first edition of PRECEPTOR TODAYtm

from the Saint Joseph College School of Pharmacy Department of Experiential Education. As the Director, I want to say thank you from all of us here for volunteering your time and expertise so that our students can experience the best that pharmacy has to offer. Each issue of PRECEPTOR TODAYtm will feature the latest news from the department as well as important information about upcoming deadlines or upcoming events. It will also include helpful hints on being the best preceptor. As an Adjunct Faculty member, your position is an important one. By demonstrating professionalism and passion for pharmacy, our students will begin their journey on the high road.

It will not be long before our School welcomes the first class of students in August 2011.  Soon after, the first of the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) students will head out to their locations, either in community or institutional pharmacy. With the new ACPE guidelines requiring students to begin the IPPEs early in the P1 year, these students will be truly  rookies. However, they students will be given specific projects weekly that  will correspond with their didactic classes. Preceptors will be kept "in the loop" regarding  the projects so that I hope there will be "no surprises".

If you are not yet a preceptor and would like to become affiliated with the School, click on this link  PRECEPTOR REGISTRATION and fill our the form. When I receive your application, I will get in touch with you.

Again, thank you and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to call or email the office.

John Parisi RPh,CDE,


  Saint Joseph College School of Pharmacy

Director, Department of Experiential Education

P1 Classroom

A Unique Program

You probably know that the Saint Joseph College School of Pharmacy program differs from what most of us experienced. First of all, our students all have Bachelor of Science degrees with the required prerequisites of chemistry, calculus, anatomy, physics etc. Many have degrees in chemistry or bio sciences with a few nursing degrees in the mix. They will complete their Pharm.D. degree in 3 calendar years, having classes throughout the summers. The block teaching method which our faculty will employ is designed so that our students reach a level of mastery in the specific areas of study. This will be the topic of a future newsletter but you should know, it is a great way to learn. In addition, the IPPE and APPE rotations will mirror the materials taught in the classroom.



When I first started this job and heard the "word" IPPE  and APPE, I was taken aback. Well, it turns out that IPPE and APPE are the mainstays of my department. "I" stands for Introductory and "A" stands for Advanced as in Introductory or Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience.

The Saint Joseph College (SJC) School of Pharmacy (SOP) Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) Program is composed of five segments.  Four of these, IPPE 1, 2, 4 and 5 occur during the fall and spring semesters of the P1 and P2 years.  During these rotations each student spends one 8-hour day per week in either a community (retail) or institutional (hospital) pharmacy over a 5-week period.  The class is divided into smaller groups of students (four in the P1 year and two in the P2 year) and while one group is assigned to a retail pharmacy, another group would be assigned to an institutional pharmacy.  The students complete a total of 160 hours of pharmacy practice experience during these four rotations.

The fifth rotation, IPPE 3, occurs during the summer immediately following spring semester of the P1 year.  This rotation requires the student to spend 40 hours (8 hr/day x 5 days) per week in either a community or institutional pharmacy practice setting.  During this 4 week segment of the curriculum, each student will complete 160 hours of experience.

The introductory pharmacy practice experiences allow the students to interact with consumers of health care (the patients) and health professionals (pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and others) in actual practice settings in the community and in institutions. This permits students, under appropriate supervision and within practice regulations, to acquire the knowledge necessary for providing patient focused pharmaceutical care.

next issue: the APPE rotations

Dean Jos Ofosu


 Joseph R. Ofosu holds an earned doctorate in pharmacy from Howard University and completed a post-doctoral residency in pediatric pharmacy practice at Children's National Medical Center and The George Washington University Medical Center, Washington D.C. His professional career has been dedicated to higher education (academic healthcare/pharmacy) and clinical practice. In the past,  he has held a variety of administrative, academic, and leadership positions. Most recently, he served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Howard University College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, and had previously also served as the Assistant Dean and Interim Associate Dean of the School of Pharmacy. Additionally, he functioned, between May 2000 and August 2001, as the Director of Continuing Pharmacy Education and during his tenure, secured full ACPE approved-provider accreditation status for Continuing Pharmacy Education for the College/School. As for academic status, he held the rank of Associate Professor (with indefinite Tenure) in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy Sciences. Dr. Ofosu played a significant leadership role in the implementation of the School of Pharmacy's redesigned Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. He has also been intimately involved in professional accreditation standards and procedures. He is known and respected as a thorough and uncompromising teacher and academician who demands excellence of his students, and those of other faculty. Honors and awards received include Faculty Recognition Award 2007, by the Class of 2007; Outstanding Faculty Award 2004, by Howard University Pharmacy Alumni Association; Pharmacist of the Year 2003, by the Washington Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Pfizer, Inc