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The purpose of the experiential education component of the curriculum is to provide the pharmacy student with practical experience in various aspects of the profession of pharmacy. The student gains experience in problem solving and providing patient care services while applying the basic and pharmaceutical sciences learned in the classroom and practice laboratories. A pharmacist preceptor will direct the majority of practice experiences. Each experience will provide the student an opportunity to incorporate learned didactic information into the development of the skills necessary to be a competent pharmacy practitioner.


The EEP is divided into two parts; Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE). In the second and third years, the student participates in Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences to gain actual practice experiences in community, institutional and specialty practice settings. Throughout the IPPEs, the student practices and strengthens their patient care skills through a wide array of pharmacy practice experiences. The IPPEs compliment the didactic curriculum and involve a variety of experiences including shadowing pharmacists, interviewing and counseling patients, performing patient assessments and performing practice operations. 

Both the IPPE and APPE have “Required” and “Specialty” elements to the curriculum. Each “Specialty” course is designed to give the student the opportunity to explore career opportunities and seek training in some of pharmacy’s less traditional roles. Each student will take at least one Specialty APPE rotation which involves direct patient care.

 

Experiential Education Mission: Shaping future Pharmacist Practitioners to advance the art and science of pharmacy practice.

 

Experiential Education Vision: To facilitate the application of classroom knowledge to clinical settings as students assume the practice of patient-centered care, and learn to become competent Pharmacist Practitioners through collaboration with their peers, preceptors, and other health care  professionals.



Experiential Education Department


Jeffrey Nehira, BS, PharmD, FCSHP
Department Chair of Clinical and Administrative Sciences
Department Chair of Experiential Education/Assistant Professor
916-686-7951 Jeffrey.Nehira@cnsu.edu

Dr. Jeffrey Nehira obtained his bachelor of sciences degree in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his doctorate of pharmacy degree from University of the Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy.  Post-graduation he initially participated in a startup independent pharmacy, Elephant Pharmacy, as well as Long’s Drugs. 

Deciding to pursue an inpatient career, Dr. Nehira began working as an inpatient pharmacist for Kaiser Permanente, Walnut Creek Medical Center in 2005.  Throughout 2005-2007, he traveled throughout Northern California and Hawaii assisting in the implementation and improvement of the EPIC electronic medical record.  From 2007-2013, he assisted with the opening of Kaiser Permanente, Antioch Medical Center as Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor.  Dr. Nehira also worked as an inpatient pharmacist at Sutter Health, and assisted with both Worx and EPIC electronic medical record implementations at several Sutter Health hospitals.  He has a passion for all aspects of pharmacy, although he primarily focused on Sterile Compounding and Critical Care in ICU, OR, ED, and Oncology, as well as some PICU/NICU. 

In 2013, Dr. Nehira moved to Sacramento, CA to be the Director of Pharmacy for Dignity Health, Mercy General Hospital where he had oversite of Inpatient, Outpatient, and Infusion Pharmacy services.  During his time at Mercy General Hospital a transitions of care program, meds-to-beds service, pharmacist insulin dosing program, and an ICU satellite were developed in addition to a fully USP<797> and USP<800> compliant sterile compounding area. 

Throughout his career, Dr. Nehira has been active in new pharmacist development and has served as a preceptor and mentor for various pharmacy schools and PGY-1 residents.  An active member in CSHP, Dr. Nehira is a Past President of his local chapter (Sacramento Valley) and is currently serving as the Mentorship Chair.  He was most recently honored by CSHP with fellowship recognition in the Fall 2018 for his commitment to the profession. 

Currently, Dr. Nehira is serving as Dept. Chair of the Experiential Education Department, Dept. Chair of Clinical & Administrative Sciences, and Assistant Professor at California Northstate University, College of Pharmacy.  In this role, he plans to continue to nurture the pharmacy leaders of tomorrow and advocate for the pharmacy profession.

 

Jason Bandy, AS, PharmD, FCSHP
Associate Professor and Vice Chair for the Experiential Education Department
916-686-7300 Jason.Bandy@cnsu.edu

Dr. Bandy is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for the Experiential Education Department. He received his PharmD from the University Of the Pacific, School of Pharmacy in Stockton, CA. Dr. Bandy went on to complete his PGY1 residency at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton, CA. Dr. Bandy has served as faculty at the University of the Pacific school of pharmacy, and practices at the University of California Davis as an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist and Preceptor. He has numerous presentations, certifications and publications, and is very active in professional pharmacy organizations, pharmacy advocacy and student development.


Tony Eid, PharmD, REHS, BCACP
Assistant Professor & Director, Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)
916-686-8029 Tony.Eid@cnsu.edu

Tony Eid is an Assistant Professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy. He received his Pharm.D from Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy in Loma Linda, CA. He went on to complete a cardiovascular endocrine fellowship at ALA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Eid has served as a consultant to develop and expand ambulatory clinical pharmacy services with the United States Air Force, as well as serving as past faculty to various academic institutions and in addition he went on to develop clinical inpatient programs, as the clinical pharmacy coordinator at Rideout Memorial Health. Dr. Eid’s research interest lies in cardiovascular risk reduction and preventive cardiology.  

Jennifer Renee Courtney, PharmD
Director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)
Co-director of Center for Advanced Pharmacy Practice
Faculty-Community Pharmacy
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Dr. Jennifer Courtney is an Assistant Professor of Clinical and Administrative Sciences at California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNU-COP).  She received her Bachelor of Sciences degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from California Northstate University College of Pharmacy.  Post-graduation she became the Pharmacist in Charge at Luckys Pharmacy, and currently practices pharmacy at an independent community pharmacy.  She has served as President to one of the California Pharmacist’s Association (CPhA) local chapters, Sacramento Valley Pharmacist’s Association (SVPhA) in 2018 and continues to serve on their Board of Directors.  In 2020, she was the recipient of the CPhA New Practitioner of the Year award which recognizes an outstanding new practitioner who has demonstrated leadership at multiple levels of pharmacy.  She is also the student advisor for the CPhA/APhA-ASP chapter at CNU and enjoys precepting community outreach events with them.  Her primary professional interests include prevention of prescriptions of abuse, naloxone training, immunizations, leadership and pharmacy advocacy.  

Kristine Thomas, PharmD
Experiential Education Area Coordinator - Los Angeles Hub
Assistant Professor of Clinical and Administrative Sciences
(916) 686-7400 kristine.kim@cnsu.edu

 

 

 

Thanh Huynh, BS
Experiential Education Coordinator 
(916)-686-7379 Ext: 7378 Thanh.Huynh@cnsu.edu

 

 

  

 

Christina So An
Experiential Education Area Coordinator - Los Angeles Hub
Assistant Professor of Clinical and Administrative Sciences
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Education:
California Northstate University College of Pharmacy
PharmD

Residency Training:
California Northstate University College of Pharmacy/Adventist Health Lodi Memorial
Elk Grove, CA / Lodi, CA
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program

Biography:
Dr. An obtained her PharmD at California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP) in Elk Grove, CA. After graduation, she went to pursue a joint PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program with CNUCOP and Adventist Health Lodi Memorial (AHLM) as a pilot resident. At AHLM she focused on Emergency Medicine while at CNUCOP, she completed a year long Teaching and Learning Certificate Program. Her primary focus is Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.

General Contact Information:

Kimberly Vongnalith
Administrative Assistant
(916) 686-8677
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California Northstate University College of Pharmacy
9700 West Taron Drive, Elk Grove, Ca 95757
Phone: (916) 686-7400
Fax (916) 686-8142

 

 

Dr. Tony Eid & CNUCOP Students at the Assemblyman Jim Cooper Back-to-School Health & Wellness Fair Dr. Tony Eid & CNUCOP Students at the Assemblyman Jim Cooper Back-to-School Health & Wellness Fair

Assemblyman Jim Cooper Back-to-School Health & Wellness Fair Assemblyman Jim Cooper Back-to-School Health & Wellness Fair

Assemblyman Jim Cooper Back-to-School Health & Wellness Fair Dr. Eid & students at The Sacramento Aloha Festival 2016

 

California Northstate University College of Pharmacy ♦ 9700 West Taron Drive ♦ Elk Grove, CA 95757 ♦ Phone: (916) 686-7400

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