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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 Cassandra Tack at to start the process. We will start the process with a site visit, affiliation agreement, and collecting your availability for upcoming rotations! 

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

3:  Entrustable Professional Activities: How to Train and Build Trust 

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

2021-2022 ISU IPPE Block Schedule

IPPE Community/Institutional

Block 1: 5/17/2021 – 6/4/2021
Block 2: 6/7/2021 – 6/25/2021
Block 3: 6/28/2021 – 7/16/2021
Block 4: 7/19/2021 – 8/6/2021  
Block 5: 12/20/2021 – 1/7/22(winter)

Proposed 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)

2021-2022 ISU APPE Block Schedule

Block 1: 5/17/2021 – 6/25/2021
Block 2: 6/28/2021 – 8/6/2021
Block 3: 8/9/2021 – 9/17/2021
Block 4:  9/20/2021 – 10/29/2021
Block 5: 11/1/2021 – 12/10/2021
Block 6: 12/27/2021 – 2/4/2022
Block 7: 2/7/2022 – 3/18/2022
Block 8: 3/21/2022 – 4/29/2022

Proposed 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:  TBA
End of Fall Semseter: TBA
Start of the Spring Semseter:  
End of Spring Semseter: 
Pharmacy Fair: TBA

Preceptor Availability Due: TBA
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. 

January 2022 

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

Preceptors and Sites of Excellence 2021