Office of Experiential Education (OEE)
Northeastern University
206 Mugar Life Sciences
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617-373-5796
Fax: 617-373-7655

Co-op/Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience

All students majoring in Pharmacy, participate in the Cooperative Education Program (Co-op). At Northeastern, Co-op fulfills the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) that is required in all pharmacy curriculums. Students are required to complete both a community and an institutional experience (curriculum grid). Students who complete these requirements are eligible to utilize a third Co-op/IPPE for study abroad, International Co-op/IPPE, research, or a specialized pharmacy experience. Some examples are pharmaceutical industry, managed care, compounding, informatics, and nuclear pharmacy. Two full time faculty, both licensed pharmacists, are responsible for the introductory experience curriculum. All students are required to participate in a course: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice. This course introduces students to the world of work in pharmacy, professional behaviors, and basic introductory pharmacy practice skills.

Students work in a variety of positions throughout the greater Boston area during Co-op/IPPEs and are also able in most cases to obtain positions close to home. All these experiences help students to learn and develop practice skills, expose them to the culture of health care, and to different career paths within pharmacy. Co-op/IPPEs are essential in preparing students for their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs).

Contact Information:
Professor Mark L. Yorra, MS, MHP, RPh, (617) 373-3433
Professor Robert J. Blaser, MS, RPh,, (617) 373-3472
203 Robinson Hall, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115