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Welcome to Experiential Education

The purpose of Idaho State University’s College of Pharmacy (ISU-COP) is to prepare a competent pharmacy practitioner with effective primary care practice skills, including abilities to communicate and educate others on the rational use of medications and related devices.

Core Values

Mission Develop competent and caring pharmacists operating at the top of their scope of practice in a team based health care environment. 

Vision Become a leader in innovative experiential education by fostering excellence in collaborative, diverse patient centered care and continued preceptor development. 

Goal Provide innovative, patient-centered, interprofessional experiential education opportunities longitudinally across the curriculum.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs)

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs)

Spotlight: Preceptor and Site

We are excited to announce our first Site and Preceptor of Excellence for 2022! Dr. Pettinger has been a critical member of the College of Pharmacy. She is a clinical pharmacist at Blackfoot Medical Center where she collaborates with the doctors to provide the best care for each patient.

Blackfoot Medical Center is affiliated with Mountain View Hospital and is located in Blackfoot, ID. It is a family practice clinic with a diverse patient population that provides services to the community and is one of our main practice sites in Southeast Idaho. With Dr. Pettinger and her team, students experience a wide range of practices and rotations.

We asked her a few questions and you can see her answers below!

Tell us what you enjoy about being a preceptor for ISU?

There are so many! My top 3: 1) getting to know each student individually 2) watching the improvement of their skills and their increased confidence over the course of the rotation 3) learning FROM my students. I learn from them as I hope they learn from me.

What advice would you give future Pharmacists and/or Students?

There is something to learn everyday, seize the opportunities to make you the best you can be.

Anything you would like us or students to know about your organization or yourself?

My goal is to make each student the best pharmacist they can be. I will challenge them and encourage them to push themselves and subsequently see the results of their hard work.




 Tracy Pettinger PharmD

Contact Experiential Education


Assistant Dean and Director of Experiential Education
Kevin Cleveland, PharmD.

Assistant Director of Experiential Education
Cassandra Tack, MBA

Experiential Education Coordinator 
Joy-Marie Menzel, MS

Administrative Assistant  
Shari Halcomb