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

Length Setting
6 weeks Ambulatory Care Externship (outpatient pharmacy)
6 weeks Ambulatory Care Clinical (ambulatory care clinic)
6 weeks Institutional Medicine (inpatient hospital-round with doctors)
6 weeks Advanced Pharmacy Practice Elective
6 weeks Advanced Pharmacy Practice Elective
16 weeks Advanced Elective (clinical research, community, independent business plan, or pharmaceutical research)

Elective and Advanced Elective Rotations

psychiatry neonatal hematology/oncology
pediatrics cardiology home infusion
critical care HIV pain management
long-term care home care surgery
geriatrics drug information compounding
managed care

The following are some of the sites you could rotate through as a WesternU-Doctor of Pharmacy student:

Students practicing

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.