Impact of a Community Pharmacy Based Health, Wellness and Prevention Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience


  • Patricia Naro Samford University, Alabama
  • Jennifer Beall Samford University, Alabama
  • Terri Wensel Samford University, Alabama
  • Eva Click Samford University, Alabama
  • Betty McCullough Samford University, Alabama
  • Ashley Heard Samford University, Alabama


Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience, Public Health, Immunisation, Community Pharmacy


Accreditation standards for United States of America (US) schools of pharmacy incorporate introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPE) that provide direct patient care activities. In an effort to blend this requirement with a public health focus, a pharmacy school in the southeastern US developed a weeklong IPPE in a community pharmacy with a public health focus. Activities for this IPPE included providing immunisations, non-prescription product counselling, and medication therapy management. Since its establishment in Autumn of 2011, 18,452 vaccinations have been administered by pharmacy students. This experience can serve as a model for public health patient care activities by pharmacy students in a community pharmacy setting. 

Author Biographies

Patricia Naro, Samford University, Alabama

Director of Experiential Education - McWhorter School of Pharmacy

Jennifer Beall, Samford University, Alabama

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice - McWhorter School of Pharmacy,

Terri Wensel, Samford University, Alabama

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice - McWhorter School of Pharmacy

Eva Click, Samford University, Alabama

Compliance Coordinator, Experiential Education - McWhorter School of Pharmacy

Betty McCullough, Samford University, Alabama

Senior Manager, Office of Experiential Education - McWhorter School of Pharmacy,

Ashley Heard, Samford University, Alabama

Community Pharmacist, Mississippi

Pharmacy student, McWhorter School of Pharmacy at time of study


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