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Preceptor Information

Pharmacy experiential education offers students hands-on practical experience in numerous pharmacy disciplines.  The experiential program is overseen by the Office of Experiential Education (OEE) and provides a continuum of required and elective pharmacy practice experiences that have been carefully coordinated with didactic coursework and co-curricular activities to be of appropriate scope, intensity, and duration to support specific pharmacy educational outcomes.

During the P1-P3 years, introductory pharmacy practice experiences are designed to progressively prepare students for advanced pharmacy practice experiences.  The culmination of these experiences is to produce practice-ready graduates who have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of practitioners in order to advance healthcare and positively impact their patients' lives as part of an interprofessional team.

Precepting at ISU

Thank you for considering Idaho State University! 

To become a preceptor please reach out to your local liaison for more infomation on becoming a preceptor.

Cassandra Tack, MBA - Director and Liaison for Twin Falls

Kevin Cleveland, Pharm.D. - Liaison for Western Idaho

Tracy K. Pettinger, Pharm.D. - Liason for Pocatello/Eastern Idaho

Luke E. Rice MEd - Liaison for N. Idaho & Alaska

Michelle Barcelon, Pharm.D,. BCPS - Liaison for Reno

Joy Marie Menzel - Experiential Education Coordinator 
Contact for all onboarding process questions. Email:


Affiliate Faculty Program

Our preceptors are invited to join our Affiliate Faculty Program. This allows preceptors access to our library and some benefits offered at ISU campuses! Requirements to apply are that you complete our recommended CEs as well as be available to take students every year you are an affiliate

Please email Joy Marie Menzel for more information at

Access to resources such as:
Facts & Comparisons
ISU Library
Syllabus Building

In order to meet our accreditation standards, we need to demonstrate that you have met a few preceptor development requirements. We request all active preceptors to complete the following CE classes offered through CEImpact found on eValue

1:  Understanding FERPA: A Guide for Preceptors

2:  What is this Wheel? Incorporating the Pharmacists' Patient Care Process into Experiential Rotations

These CEs are free to all our active preceptors! Please log into eValue to access CEImpact. 

2022-2023 ISU IPPE Block Schedule

IPPE Community/Institutional

Block Dates for 2022-2023

Block 1: 5/16/2022 - 6/3/2022
Block 2: 6/6/2022 - 6/24/2022
Block 3: 6/27/2022 - 7/15/2022
Block 4: 7/18/2022 -8/5/2022
Block 5: 12/12/2022 - 1/6/2023 (winter)

2022-2023 ISU APPE Block Schedule

2022-2023 APPE dates:

Block 1: 5/16/2022 – 6/24/2022
Block 2: 6/27/2022 – 8/5/2022
Block 3: 8/8/2022 – 9/16/2022
Block 4: 9/19/2022 – 10/28/2022
Block 5: 10/31/2022 – 12/9/2022
Block 6: 12/26/2022 – 2/3/2023
Block 7: 2/6/2023 – 3/17/2023
Block 8: 3/20/2023 – 4/28/2023

Idaho State University Events and Celebrations  

Start of the Fall Semseter:  8/22/2022
End of Fall Semseter: 12/16/2022
Start of the Spring Semseter:  1/09/2023
End of Spring Semseter: 5/05/2023
University Commencement: 5/06/2023

Release of schedule for APPE: TBA
Release of schedule for IPPE: TBA

We want to be a source of support for all of our preceptors. Starting in 2022 we will be hosting townhall meetings two times a month to address changes within the college, community, and precepting. Each of these meetings will be recorded and can be found below. 

September 2022 

OEE General Update

October 2022

Student and Preceptor Resources 



Preceptor and Site Spotlight: December

January 2023: 
Site: Full Circle Health 
Preceptor: Roger Hefflinger PharmD

We are proud to announce our January Preceptor and Site of the Month. Full Circle Health (Formerly Family Medicine Residency of Idaho) and Roger Hefflinger PharmD, has been a partner with ISU for many years. Their site offers an intensive collaborative experience for students that allows them to gain a wide range of experience due to their partnership with Saint Alphonsus Hospital. Dr. Hefflinger is an ISU Alumni who has spent years teaching APPE, IPPE, and a wide range of didactic courses at ISU.  We asked Dr. Hefflinger to answer a few questions to give deeper insight about himself and his organization!

Tell us about your role at your organization.

I am now classified as the "Teaching Pharmacist" at Full Circle Health- which used to be called Family Medicine Residency of Idaho.  I help with our adult medicine service in Saint Alphonsus hospital and also provide outpatient drug information and patient counseling.

Tell us about your organization?

Full Circle Health is an eleven clinic health system around the Treasure Valley.  We have 2 family medicine residency programs (Boise and Nampa) as well as a new pediatric residency program.  Our mission is to train practitioners for underserved patients in rural areas of Idaho and across the nation. 

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

 I work with a wide variety of Interprofessional health care providers and our job as the Pharmacist and Pharmacy students is to make sure patients receive the best therapeutic outcomes.     

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

Pharmacy has expanded its role into many traditional and non-traditional areas in health care.  It is a rewarding profession and provides a wide variety of experiences to help improve patient health.           


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

I am very enthusiastic about teaching people about medications.  This takes place in a wide variety of health care environments including retail, hospital, and ambulatory settings.  Full Circle Health is also an organization that is very committed to health care professional's education.  I play a small (but hopefully important) role in this educational process.  The organization has expanded to provide our patients with medications provided with 340-B purchasing and with this expansion we now support a PGY-1 Community based Pharmacy residency as well.    





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