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 inter-professional team.
Precepting at ISU
Thank you for considering Idaho State University!
To become a preceptor please reach out to your local liaison for more information on becoming a preceptor.
Cassandra Tack, MBA - Director and Liaison for Twin Falls/Pocatello/Eastern Idaho
Kevin Cleveland, Pharm.D. - Liaison for Western 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 JoyMarieMenzel@isu.edu
Access to resources such as:
Facts & Comparisons
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.
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 reach out to Joy Marie on how to gain access
2023-2024 ISU APPE Block Schedule
Block 1: 5/15/23 – 6/2/23
Block 2: 6/5/23 – 6/23/23
Block 3: 6/26/23 – 7/14/23
Block 4: 7/17/23 – 8/4/23
Block 5: 12/11/23 – 1/5/24 (Winter)
Block 1: 5/15/23 - 6/23/23
Block 2: 6/26/23 - 8/4/23
Block 3: 8/7/23 - 9/15/23
Block 4: 9/18/23 - 10/27/23
Block 5: 10/30/23 - 12/8/23
Block 6: 12/25/23 - 2/2/24
Block 7: 2/5/24 - 3/15/24
Block 8: 3/18/24 - 4/26/24
Commencement: Saturday, May 4th, 2024
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.
More videos will be uploaded over the summer!
Spotlight: Preceptor and Site
Site: Snake River Pharmacy, Pocatello Idaho
Preceptor: Martin Reed, PharmD & Tracy Coffman, PharmD
We are proud to announce our Fall Preceptors and Site of the Month. Snake River Pharmacy and Dr. Reed with Dr. Coffman, have been a partner with ISU for many years. Located in the Eastern Idaho zone, they provide a wealth of knowledge and experiences for our APPE and IPPE students. We asked them a few questions about their experiences being a preceptor and anything they would like to share with students or professionals.
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?
Martin Reed is the consultant pharmacist for Snake River Pharmacy and Tracy Coffman is the Pharmacist in Charge. Snake River Pharmacy provides medications to many long term care facilities and hospices in Southeast Idaho. We service skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and hospices with blister packs and minor compounding . As the consultant pharmacist, Martin Reed performs monthly medication regimen reviews for every patient residing at skilled nursing facilities in which they service, works with providers in regard to disease state management, ensures CMS compliance related to regulations that skilled nursing facilities must comply, is involved in the psychotropic medication review committee meetings and infection and quality control of the facilities, and whatever else comes up that pertains to medication management for their patients.
Tracy Coffman, Pharm D is one of the top long term care pharmacists in the nation and is the quarterback of the pharmacy. She manages day to day operations working the floor in order to ensure that all of their patients receive necessary medications and making sure that orders of operations flow smoothly. I refer to Tracy as the quarterback because she takes control of the pharmacy and directs our star running backs, receivers, and tight ends AKA "pharmacy technicians" on some pretty amazing plays and after 4pm, when we are in the red zone, she often calls audibles to get us into the end zone!
Tell us about what you enjoy about being a preceptor for ISU?
Snake River Long Term Care Pharmacy's motto is "Care for the Caregiver '' meaning that although we are providing the patients with very important medications and clinical assessments, our patients are primarily the nursing staff at our facilities. Our goal is to ensure that we provide all the necessary medications and services to the nursing staff at our facilities in order to make their lives easier. We strive for excellence in customer service, timely deliveries, and extreme accuracy in order to ensure that the nursing staff has everything they need in order to provide quality care to their patients. There are many clinical opportunities at our long term care pharmacy and there are many operational opportunities that are just as important.
What advice would you give future Pharmacists and/or Students?
As preceptors, both Dr. Coffman and myself really enjoy having students because it helps us focus on learning more about our profession. As preceptors, it drives us to create learning opportunities which in turn provides us with knowledge. We have learned a great deal from working together with the pharmacy students and are very fortunate to be able to be a preceptor site for Idaho State University College of Pharmacy. It is our Alma Mater and there is no better pharmacy program in the nation, in our opinion.
Anything you would like us or students to know about your organization or yourself?
Some advice I could give to students and future pharmacists is don't put too much pressure on yourselves to learn and know everything all at once. I have been a pharmacist since 2011 and there is a lot I still don't know and still need to learn. Dr. Coffman, Pharm D, on the other hand, has forgotten more about pharmacy than I will ever know!!! Whatever field you choose upon graduation to pursue, that will be your niche and that is where you will begin to obtain the knowledge necessary to be the best in that area of focus.
You will always be learning and researching information, as the world of pharmacy is ever changing. If you do not know the answer, that is OK, do the research and find the answer, as this will help to build your knowledge. One final bit of advice is that if you come on rotation to Snake River Pharmacy as a free agent, you will be expected to learn the offense very quickly as you will be thrown in at any position at any time!
Tracy K. Pettinger, Pharm.D. | Blackfoot Medical Center
Arielle Arnold | PharmD, BCPS | Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
Kaleigh Owens | PharmD, BCACP, BCPS | Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) Hospital
Nick Barker | PharmD | Minidoka Memorial Hospital
Abe Guard | PharmD | Animal Health International
Site of the Year
Boise VA Medical Center
We are excited to announce and select a site of the year. Through their commitment to the community and teaching, Boise VA has been an amazing partner to Idaho State University throughout the years. Dr. Black and Dr. Mason have provided the space for ISU students to grow and encounter a wide range of experiences that can only be achieved at the VA. We are excited to acknowledge and thank this wonderful site and preceptors for all that they have done and continue to do for the Boise area.
Faculty Preceptor: Tracy Pettinger PharmD
APPE Preceptor of Zone: Mark Keyes PharmD
APPE Preceptor of Excellence: Brady Dowding PharmD
IPPE Community Preceptor of Excellence: Drew Voltura PharmD
IPPE Institutional Preceptor of Excellence: Justin Messenger PharmD
Faculty Preceptor: Karl Madaras-Kelly PharmD, MPH
APPE Preceptor of the Zone: John Thomas PharmD
APPE Preceptor of Excellence Rob Wills PharmD, BCPS
IPPE Community Preceptor of Excellence: Julia Hatmaker PharmD
IPPE Institutional Preceptor of Excellence: Malyssa West PharmD
Faculty Preceptor: Megan Penner PharmD
APPE Preceptor of the Zone: Kaleigh M Owens Pharm D, BCACP, BCPS
APPE Preceptor of Excellence: Brianna Argubright PharmD
IPPE Community Preceptor of Excellence: Anne Crowell RPh
IPPE Institutional Preceptor of Excellence: Brian Haviland PharmD
APPE Preceptor of the Zone: Anna Hoenke PharmD
APPE Preceptor of Excellence: Korey Kreider PharmD
APPE Preceptor of the Zone: Alex Lystrup PharmD, BCPS
APPE Preceptor of Excellence: Rudy Deleon PharmD
APPE Preceptor of the Zone: Justin Holt PharmD, BCACP
APPE Preceptor of Excellence: Olivia Emerson, PharmD, BCPS
Preceptor of the Year: Justin Messinger Pharm.D.
IPPE Community: Hannah DeVore Pharm.D.
IPPE Institutional: Dr. Brian Haviland
APPE preceptor of the Zone: Amy Paul Pharm.D.
APPE preceptor of Excellence: Teresa Bahn, Pharm.D, BCGP
APPE Faculty Preceptor of Excellence: Megan Penner Pharm.D.
IPPE Community: Michael Watson Pharm.D.
IPPE Institutional: Benjerman Shay Pharm.D.
APPE preceptor of the Zone: Susan Wilson Pharm.D.
APPE preceptor of Excellence: Brady Dowding Pharm.D.
IPPE Institutional: Bill Silvius RPh
APPE preceptor of the Zone: Kennedy Wainaina Pharm.D.
APPE preceptor of Excellence: Mikaela Elwell Pharm.D., BCPS
APPE preceptor of the Zone: Netochi Adeolokun Pharm.D.
APPE preceptor of Excellence: Kiya Mohadjer Pharm.D., BCPS, BCIDP
APPE preceptor of the Zone: David Green Pharm.D.
APPE preceptor of Excellence : Bret Walters | Pharm.D.