Student Handbook

Student Handbook

Early Practice Experience

The goal of the Early Practice Experience is to expose students to entry-level pharmacy practice through working in a pharmacy practice site. The expected outcome is a student who performs at a higher level in his or her didactic and laboratory work, is better prepared to enter the senior year internship, and who may make a more informed career decision.

Required number of hours
Two hundred (200) hours as a student pharmacist-intern in a pharmacy practice site are required.

Deadline for completion of hours
May 1 preceding the senior internship year (May 1 of the P3 year).

When experience may begin
After successful completion of the first year of the professional pharmacy program (to include 30 hours), and possession of a Texas State Board of Pharmacy student-pharmacist internship card.

Where hours may be gained

Who may supervise experiential hours
Only a pharmacist who is registered as a preceptor with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy may supervise a student pharmacist-intern. You may check preceptor status on the Texas State Board of Pharmacy web site at


by petition, the supervisor of a state or nationally competitive summer internship1, 2, or a research mentor.

Schedule of hours

Documentation of Experience
Students MUST submit the following completed and signed forms by May 1 of the P3 year in order to progress to the senior internship year:
1. the Early Experience hour sheet(s)
2. the Early Experience evaluation form

Waiver of Early Practice Experience
Students may waive all or part of the Early Practice Experience under the following circumstances:

  1. Fifty (50) hours of credit toward this experience will be granted if the student has achieved over 500 hours of pharmacy employment prior to the summer following the first professional year. This includes pre-pharmacy and first-year employment; however, it does not include ANY hours earned in PHR 249 Introduction to Pharmacy, or hours gained in PHR 176P Experiential Pharmacy Practice and Patient Counseling.

  2. All 200 hours of required early practice experience will be met if the student has worked as a PCTB-certified pharmacy technician for at least 200 hours prior to the summer following the first professional year. These hours do not necessarily need to have been accomplished under a TSBP-certified preceptor.

Students who waive the total Early Practice Experience are strongly encouraged to seek additional pharmacy practice experience, preferably in one or more different practice settings, to assist in the career decision-making process as well as gain professional practice experience.

Reporting of hours for early experience credit
Once the Evaluation Form and Hour Sheet are received, both the student and the College will verify that the Early Practice Experience has been completed.

These hours will be reported to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy as internship credit for those students having completed the Early Practice Experience with a TSBP-certified preceptor. Hours cannot be reported for students submitting the 200 hour waiver; however, enough hours are earned through other practical experience courses that Early Practice Experience hours are not necessary to sit for licensure in Texas. They may be useful outside the curriculum if a student is applying for licensure in another state that requires internship hours other than those earned in the pharmacy curriculum.

1This experience may not be counted for internship credit with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy if the supervisor is not a preceptor with the TSBP.

2Additional documentation may be required.

3One hundred additional hours must still be completed in a pharmacy practice site. Should the student decide to withdraw from the Pharm.D./Ph.D. program, the 100 hours originally worked in the research lab must be completed in a pharmacy practice site.

Last Reviewed: July 31, 2008

College Information

Mailing Address:
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas
at Austin
2409 University Ave.
Stop A1900
Austin, TX, USA

Email Address: pharmacy


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