Academic Departments

The Office of Experiential Education is committed to facilitating the highest quality clinical training for our student pharmacists. Pharmacy practice experiences are an essential part of our curriculum, which allow for direct application of classroom education through interaction with patients and health care providers. We offer diverse experiences in both Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) which provide you with real-life opportunities to develop and expand the extent of your pharmacy knowledge and skills. The Office of Experiential Education invites you to read on to learn more about our practice experience program structure and opportunities.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience
The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program consists of 160 hours of community and 160 hours of hospital pharmacy practice. IPPEs are provided during the first year of the curriculum, allowing for early exposure to the profession of pharmacy. IPPEs will allow you to develop a fundamental understanding of the healthcare system and learn how pharmacist integrate into various settings.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
After the 320-hour IPPE, you will be immersed in 1,680 hours of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) during your final academic year. Together, IPPE and APPE represent one-third of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum and look to further enhance student learning by exceeding the minimum hour requirements set forth by Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

APPEs include four core rotations in internal medicine, ambulatory care, hospital practice and community practice, and three elective rotations to allow you to discover areas that align your individual interests. Larkin University offers a unique 6 week rotation structure which allows our students to maximize hands-on learning time, provide more time to establish a professional relationship with preceptors and increase efficiency by minimizing frequent transitions.

Under the direction of various faculty and preceptors, you will build upon your IPPE rotations and classroom education by assimilating your knowledge to assess patients, design therapeutic treatment and monitoring plans, evaluate and optimize drug therapy. This will strengthen your problem solving skills and ultimately, prepare you for a future as practicing pharmacist and life-long learner.


To prepare our graduates for the practice of pharmacy with practical, active learning opportunities that foster a lifetime of learning.

How to Become a Preceptor

Larkin College of Pharmacy highly values our dedicated preceptors. Rotations prepare our graduates for the practice of pharmacy with practical, interprofessional, and active learning opportunities that foster a lifetime of learning. We sincerely thank you for your interest and commitment to developing our future pharmacist colleagues. We could not do this without you! If you would like to become a Larkin College of Pharmacy preceptor please submit the following documents to

(1) Larkin College of Pharmacy Preceptor Application

(2) Updated Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Following receipt of your application, the Office of Experiential Education will be in touch with the next steps. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

The main function of the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) is to ensure that each component of the curriculum is delivered effectively. This includes a student assessment process that is rigorous, fair, and efficient. Where reassessment or remediation is needed, this office provides oversight to ensure that it is conducted appropriately. Before a student graduates, this office ensures that all degree requirements have been met.

To develop and maintain a culture of academic excellence through use of processes that incorporate evidence-based decision making for the improvement of curricular outcomes and development of life-long learners.

The Larkin University College of Pharmacy is committed to continuous assessment of the effectiveness of all aspects of the program. The Office of Assessment is responsible for the oversight of ongoing continuous curricular and programmatic assessment, such as student services, faculty development, and student achievement. Programmatic assessment is critical to the College of Pharmacy to ensure maintenance of a learner-centered environment, preparation of students that will be successful in the practice of pharmacy, and that the strategic goals of the College are being achieved. The Office of Assessment works with the Dean and Executive Council to acquire and maintain regional and pharmacy accreditation.


To develop and maintain a culture of excellence through use of assessment processes that lead to continuous improvement of programmatic outcomes.

The Department of Clinical and Administrative Sciences is home to a diverse group of educators and scholars from multiple disciplines. These disciplines include pharmacists and other health professionals, as well as other scientists, that are interested in areas such as pharmacotherapy, health policy and health-care outcomes. Departmental faculty cover a significant component of the College curriculum, ranging from didactic course work in the first year through the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) provided during the final year of the program. Our Departmental culture is one that embraces diversity and innovation in the quest to attain a level of excellence in everything we do.


To promote an environment that facilitates innovative, inter-professional pharmacy practice through learner-centered education, patient-centered care, diversity of scholarship and service to the profession and society.

Larkin University College of Pharmacy is proud to have the following adjunct professors assisting us in educating the next generation of future pharmacists:

Adjunct Assistant Professors

  • Anthony Allen-Reeves, Pharm.D.
    Dr. Allen-Reeves completed an academic fellowship, a PGY1 residency, and is starting an ambulatory care PGY-2 residency with Memorial Hospital.
  • Adrienne M. Horn, Pharm.D., CPh.
    Dr. Horn is a mail order pharmacist-in-charge at US Med LLC and licensed to practice in eighteen states plus Guam.
  • Alexis Gonzalez Pharm.D., BCPS
    Dr. Gonzalez completed a PGY-1 residency program and now serves as the pharmacy clinical coordinator at Larkin Community Hospital

Adjunct Associate Professors

  • Maria Maniscalco, Pharm.D.
    Dr. Maniscalco is the Holy Cross Public Health Pharmacist. She has a variety of experiences in the practice of pharmacy and patient care, as she has been a leader in small pharma, an ambulatory care practitioner and faculty member, and a pharmacist-team member in an HMO.

Adjunct Professors

  • Christina Bello, MD, Pharm.D.
    Dr. Bello-Quintero is the Medical Director for AvMed, a CVS Health Company. Dr. Bello-Quintero is an internal medicine physician and practiced as an ambulatory care pharmacist.
  • Julie Kissack, Pharm.D., BCPP, FCCP
    Dr. Kissack is a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist with many years of experience as a faculty member and leader in Colleges of Pharmacy. She has published in the area of psychiatric pharmacy as well as public health and been the recipient of multiple public health grants for smoking cessation.

Thank you for visiting the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Our department is involved in delivering the foundational science portion of an accelerated Pharm.D. curriculum in the first year and integrating the foundational science with clinical applications in the second year. It has been widely accepted that a competent pharmacist must have a strong foundation in pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences in order to develop solid clinical skills and judgment necessary to optimize patient care.

Another reason for the department’s existence is to promote translational research by active participation of and collaboration among its faculty members. Our department aims to inspire and promote students’ interest in research, scholarship and life-long learning. Our growing department consists of faculty members with background and expertise in various foundational sciences, including Pharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics, Drug Development, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Nutrition.

Three cornerstones of departmental faculty contribution represent teaching, research/scholarship and service. Our faculty members are exceptional teachers dedicated to learner-focused educational philosophy and student success, scientists with track record of success in pharmaceutical and biomedical research, and collegial and diverse individuals committed to make a meaningful and long-lasting contribution to our profession and community.

Should you need additional information or have questions, please feel free to contact us.


To deliver the foundational science portion of a distinctive and innovative PharmD curriculum to produce competent and caring professionals and lifelong learners and to promote faculty and student research and scholarship in the field of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences.

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