The University of Maryland PharmD program focuses on patient-centered care to maximize medication therapy outcomes and assure safe medication use.

Experiential Learning Program (ELP)

The goal of the Experiential Learning Program (ELP) is to develop in each student pharmacist the professional judgment and competencies needed to skillfully perform the functions and meet the responsibilities of a pharmacist in a wide range of practice environments. The ELP at the School of Pharmacy provides structured educational opportunities in actual practice settings, under the supervision of and interaction with qualified preceptors- practicing pharmacists who volunteer their time to help apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to the real world. The School has more than 700 preceptors in sites such as community pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies.

The curricular core practice experiences are categorized as Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). Satisfactory completion of the required and elective experiential courses meets the experience requirements set by the board of pharmacy in order to qualify to sit for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) in the state of Maryland.

As graduates transition into practice, they emerge as life-long learners prepared to advance the pharmacy profession to meet the current and future health care needs of society.

Some Experiential Learning Sites Have Included:

  • American Pharmacists Association
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Baltimore City Health Department
  • Carroll Hospital Center
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Frederick Memorial Hospital
  • Giant Pharmacy
  • Holy Cross Hospital
  • Hose Pharmacies
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Maryland Board of Pharmacy
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Maryland Pharmacists Association
  • Meritus Medical Center
  • Montgomery General Hospital
  • National Institutes of Health
  • PharmCare Network
  • Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy
  • Safeway Pharmacy
  • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
  • Springfield Hospital
  • Thomas B. Finan Center
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Walgreens Pharmacy
  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Western Maryland Health System