Clinical Experiences

In the third and fourth years students complete seven six-week clinical rotations, plus an advanced elective clinical. WesternU is the only school of pharmacy with this special 16-week advanced elective component requirement.

The advanced elective is a capstone experience that gives you advanced training in your anticipated career. For example, we’ve had students interested in opening independent pharmacies develop business plans, while others have completed ‘mini-residencies’ or conducted major research projects.

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“Rotations were challenging and useful, where my learning experiences in school were put to good use..”

– Minhchau Vu, PharmD Class of 2008

Rotation Sites

With 350 rotation sites and 750 preceptors, we provide a wide range of rotation options to our students.

Sites include: private hospitals, county hospitals, Veterans Administration hospitals, military hospitals, long-term-care facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, compounding pharmacies, managed care facilities, psychiatric facilities, children’s hospitals, chain drug stores, and independently-owned pharmacies.

Although most students rotate through Southern California sites, some have had clinical experiences In Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Arizona, Utah and even Thailand.

Required Rotations

LengthSetting
6 weeksAmbulatory Care Externship (outpatient pharmacy)
6 weeksAmbulatory Care Clinical (ambulatory care clinic)
6 weeksInstitutional Medicine (inpatient hospital-round with doctors)
6 weeksAdvanced Pharmacy Practice Elective
6 weekssAdvanced Pharmacy Practice Elective

Elective and Advanced Elective Rotations

psychiatryneonatalhematology/oncology
pediatricscardiologyhome infusion
critical careHIVpain management
long-term carehome caresurgery
geriatricsdrug informationcompounding
managed care

For more information on clinical rotation sites, feel free to contact James Scott, PharmD, Associate Dean for Experiential and Professional Affairs at (909) 469-5517.