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New Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy Regulation as of February 2012

What are the required hours to sit for the Massachusetts State Board of Pharmacy Licensure Examination?

As of February 2012, the Board of Pharmacy no longer requires the extra 500 hours that students must accrue on their own. They now will be able to accrue between their combined IPPE and APPE hours the minimum 1,500 hours required to sit for the Massachusetts State Pharmacy Licensure Exam. 

Please see this document for more information.

FAQ for IPPEs

What is the role of the preceptor?

Preceptors serve as role models for professional and ethical behavior for learners and demonstrate the highest ideals of the profession.

How will I be working with the preceptor?

The preceptor will be helping you apply classroom knowledge to real life situations in patient care settings and facilitating the development of your critical thinking skills.

What do I need to complete before I go out on my rotations?

You will need to complete your HIPAA training and have your immunizations up to date. In addition, you will need to make sure that you have a portfolio containing the following: active state intern license; current immunizations; HIPAA training; blood-borne pathogen; first-aid training and current CPR certification. Other certificates and/or clearances and/or tests may also be necessary. See College of Pharmacy Student Handbook for more information.

How many hours per week do I have to work at the site?

All learners must work 8 hours per day, one day per week. Any excused or unexcused absences must be made up in order to meet curricular requirements. Students will plan to attend their rotations for the entire semester with the exception of any required on-campus activities.

Am I allowed to take time off during my rotation to (attend a wedding, family function, etc.?)

Learners must obtain prior approval from their preceptor and the Office of Experiential Affairs for any absence. If prior approval is not obtained, the absence will be considered unexcused. The learner must make arrangements with the preceptor to make up the time missed.

FAQs for APPEs

What is the role of the preceptor?

Preceptors serve as role models for professional and ethical behavior for learners and demonstrate the highest ideals of the profession.

How will I be working with the preceptor?

The preceptor will be helping you apply classroom knowledge to real life situations in patient care settings and facilitating the development of your critical thinking skills.

What do I need to complete before I go out on my rotations?

You will need to complete your HIPAA training and have your immunizations up to date. 

In addition, you will need to make sure that you have a portfolio containing the following: active state intern license; current immunizations; HIPAA training; blood-borne pathogen; first-aid training and current CPR certification. Other certificates and/or clearances and/or tests may also be necessary. See College of Pharmacy Student Handbook for more information.

How many hours per week do I have to work at the site?

All learners must work 8 hours per day, five days per week for 6 weeks (or more).  Minimum of 1440 hours during PY4. Students will plan to attend their rotations for the entire semester with the exception of any required on-campus activities.

Am I allowed to take time off during my rotation to (attend a wedding, family function, etc.?)

Learners must obtain prior approval from their preceptor and the Office of Experiential Affairs for any absence. If prior approval is not obtained, the absence will be considered unexcused. The learner must make arrangements with the preceptor to make up the time missed.

FAQs for Preceptors

What are the benefits of becoming a preceptor at Western New England University College of Pharmacy?

  1. The satisfaction of helping to educate future pharmacists
  2. Well-prepared learners
  3. Preceptor training resources

How do I know if I am eligible to become a preceptor?

  1. Complete the preceptor bio form application and submit it to the Office of Experiential Affairs
  2. Be licensed for at least one year in good standing
  3. Be actively employed in an institution or community setting

How are rotations scheduled?

  1. The IPPE rotations are scheduled in the fall and the spring semesters of the calendar year. The APPE rotations are conducted year-round.
  2. You will be contacted by the Office of Experiential Affairs for availability prior to each rotation. Once you have communicated your availability, you will be scheduled through Rx Preceptor.
  3. Learners are asked to contact their preceptors two weeks in advance of the rotation. Please communicate any details and requirements at this time.

How are rotations evaluated?

Rx Preceptor is our web-based health care education management tool. All preceptors and learners will utilize Rx Preceptor to manage various rotation evaluations. Preceptors will be asked to submit mid-point and final evaluations for each rotation using the appropriate form on Rx Preceptor.

For more information on becoming a preceptor and joining our team, please contact Joanne Moore at 413-796-2046 or joanne.moore@wne.edu.