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Experiential Education Program

What is the program?

The Experiential Education Program is a series of practice-based courses that help students transfer knowledge and skills from the classroom into real life pharmacy practice.

Working closely with experienced preceptors in settings like patient care clinics, hospitals, community pharmacies and primary care centres, students develop confidence and build the strong patient-care skills they’ll need for careers of their own.

Experiential education takes place in year 2 and year 4 of the PharmD program and can happen in any part of the province.

Schedule for 2020-2021


Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) – Community

  • TBA - Mandatory orientation session (via Cisco Webex)
  • January 4 – 29, 2021, four-week rotation
  • January 29, 2021 – Mandatory debrief, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (via Cisco Webex)

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) – Hospital

  • TBA - Mandatory orientation and debrief sessions (via Cisco Webex)

During one of these three blocks:

  • May 31 - June 25, 2021 - Block 1
  • July 5 - 30, 2021  - Block 2
  • July 26 - August 20, 2021 - Block 3

Attendance and absences

Attendance is mandatory. To achieve a passing grade you must attend all sessions, including orientation and debriefing/mid-rotation meetings.

Be punctual and adhere to the schedule arranged with your preceptor.

Time away for an unavoidable absence (such as a job interview), must be discussed and approved in advance with both  the preceptor and the experiential education coordinator.

Excused absences include legitimate illness, family emergency or sanctioned College events. All other reasons for not reporting to the rotation site as scheduled will be considered unapproved absences unless prior approval was obtained.

To fulfill the experiential program requirements, students must make up any absences, excused or otherwise. Decisions regarding making up missed time are made by the experiential program coordinator.

In the event of inclement weather, students should contact their preceptors to determine the need for reporting to the site.

Students may NOT take any other courses or attend classes during the weeks of their experiential rotations without prior approval of the experiential program coordinator. This includes Professional Development Week.


Students working in the field as a required part of their program are generally covered for injuries sustained during and arising out of the practice experience under the Workers Compensation Act, (Manitoba).

When the practicum takes place outside Manitoba and the student is a non-resident of Manitoba, coverage may not be extended. Students in this situation are encouraged to contact the experiential program coordinator to discuss alternative arrangements.


Students are required to read and sign a practicum agreement form and a student declaration for self-screening for COVID-19 before any placement at a Winnipeg Regional Health Authority facility. These forms will be supplied to you prior to your start date.

Course manuals

All materials needed for your rotation will be available in CORE ELMS prior to the start of your placement.

Out-of-province internships

If you are planning to do your internship outside of Manitoba, you may not be able to start your internship until your graduation has be ratified. For more information, discuss with the experiential program coordinator.

Become a preceptor

Preceptors are skilled professionals with the insight and judgment only experience can bring. By mentoring students, you can share your hard-earned lessons from the field and give the next generation a head start on their way to careers as effective, caring health-care professionals.


To become a preceptor, you must:

  • Be licensed in the province of Manitoba for a minimum of (1) year before submitting an application
  • Be in good standing with your provincial licensing body
  • Complete 2.5 hours of mandatory training modules


As a preceptor, you will be expected to:

  • Be a positive role model
  • Prepare your workplace in advance of the student's start date
  • Provide an orientation
  • Make time to assist the student or intern
  • Offer learning opportunities that allow students to fulfill their rotation objectives
  • Supervise students appropriately
  • Ensure competencies are being assessed and met
  • Give feedback at appropriate intervals to promote continuous improvement


In addition to the satisfaction teaching brings, you will also receive credit for continuing education through the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba upon completion of your preceptor training.

Apply for a Nil Salaried Academic Appointment as a Clinical Teacher with added benefits such as:

  • Reduced membership fees at University of Manitoba athletic facilities
  • Access to UM library resources at both campuses
  • Additional professional designation


CORE ELMS is an online experiential learning management system that provides communication, accountability and tools for faculty, preceptors, and students. It houses all preceptor, site and student information, forms and resources, and allows for correspondence between the faculty, preceptors and students. All student performance assessments are administered through CORE ELMS.


For technical assistance or to reset your CORE ELMS password, email oee@umanitoba.ca.

Preceptor resources

  • UM College of Pharmacy Preceptor Development Modules

    The Manitoba Orientation Module and the Patient Care Process Module are mandatory for the completion of the preceptor development program. Additional modules will be developed prior to the Advance Practice Pharmacy Experience (APPE).

  • Precepting as an accredited learning activity (CPhM)

    Pharmacists who act as preceptors for pharmacy students can use their participation as an accredited learning activity.

  • Preceptor eLearning Course

    Dalhousie University offers online training for new and continuing pharmacy preceptors. The course is designed to provide comprehensive information and support for our preceptors in a convenient electronic format.

  • Western University Preceptor Education Program (PEP)

    Western University’s Preceptor Education Program (PEP) is an online program designed to help prepare students and preceptors for clinical placements. The feedback module is a mandatory component for the UM College of Pharmacy preceptor development program.

Contact us

Office of Experiential Education
143 Apotex Centre, 750 McDermot Ave.
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0T5

Tel: 204-474-9306
Fax: 204-789-3744