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

Hyeryeon Noh, BS, PharmD
Associate Professor & Chair of Experiential Education



 Dr. Hyeryeon (Helen) Noh joined the School of Pharmacy at California Northstate University as the Chair of Experiential Education Department in 2017. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston in 1994. After graduation, she worked for Kaiser Permanente and community pharmacies in California as a staff pharmacist and manager for many years. To pursue her career as a clinical pharmacist and educator, she moved to hospital pharmacy and at the same time went back to school to earn her doctoral degree at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 2011.

While interacting with many nurses to perform her projects, she developed her interest in direct patient care in Emergency Department Pharmacy. In 2011, she joined an ASHP-sponsored ‘Patient Care Impact Program’ for implementing Emergency Department Pharmacy practice at her work site. She completed the program successfully and earned a certificate from ASHP. She was also certified as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist from the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacist in 2014. Then, she served as a Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator at Central Valley Specialty Hospital from 2013 through 2016. She strongly believes in multidisciplinary patient care and was actively involved in building a collaborative relationship between medical teams and pharmacies to enhance patient care, QA related projects, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program implementation, provision of pharmacy services to anesthesiologists in OR, protocol development, and educating pharmacists and nurses.

As a consultant of the Korean Society of Health-system Pharmacists and hospital pharmacies in South Korea, she gave presentations introducing and assisted with the building of new relationships with clinical pharmacies in the U.S. to participate in the global health care system.

Tony Eid, PharmD, REHS, BCACP
Assistant Professor & Director, Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)




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.  

Welly Mente, PharmD
Assistant Professor & Director, Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)
(916) 686-7400



Dr. Mente began his inpatient pharmacy experience in 1994 as an intern pharmacist for USC University Hospital in Los Angeles, California. After graduation from pharmacy school in 1997, inpatient residency training opened the doors to opportunities that allowed Dr. Mente to serve as USC School of Pharmacy Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice while employed as an inpatient pharmacist with Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. In addition, valuable inpatient experience came from working per diem as an inpatient pharmacist at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. In 2004, he began his northern California career with Kaiser Walnut Creek as inpatient pharmacist and was promoted to pharmacy management in 2007 where he served as the Kaiser Antioch inpatient pharmacy Drug Education Coordinator to help the team open the new hospital pharmacy. In 2010, his career in academia began upon joining CNUCOP with the desire to share his experience and passion for inpatient pharmacy practice to the students.

Joe Hubbard, RPh, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Professor & Experiential Education Area Coordinator
Reno/Tahoe Hub
(916) 686-7400



Dr. Hubbard is originally from the Navajo Indian Reservation; born in Ganado, AZ and raised in Window Rock, AZ. Dr. Hubbard is an enrolled member of the Navajo (Dine) Nation with Tohono O’odham ancestry (paternal grandmother). In the Navajo Way, Dr. Hubbard is ‘Ashiihi (Salt-People Clan) and born for Tabaaha (Edgewater-People Clan).

Dr. Hubbard joined California Northstate University College of Pharmacy in January, 2011. Dr. Hubbard has extensive career experiences in federal pharmacy as a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service (USPHS)/Indian Health Service (IHS). Dr. Hubbard’s USPHS/IHS pharmacy experience is primarily in the Four Corners region of the United States and ranges from northern Minnesota to southern Arizona. Dr. Hubbard has held pharmacy leadership appointments in rural and urban, federal and tribally-operated health centers and medical centers. After completing his Post-BS PharmD, Dr. Hubbard also held a previous academic appointment at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy (his BS Pharmacy alma mater) from 1993 through 2000. Dr. Hubbard has leadership experiences in correctional and private-for-profit medical center pharmacy services.

Dr. Hubbard’s current practice and research interests are Medication Therapy Management (MTM) for Medicare Part D beneficiaries (e.g. Part D Core Chronic Conditions-Alzheimer’s Disease, Chronic Heart Failure [CHF], Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, End-Stage Renal Disease [ESRD], Hypertension, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease [COPD], Arthritis [such as Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, or Rheumatoid Arthritis] and Mental Health [such as Depression]). Dr. Hubbard has previous practice and research expertise in Asthma-Specific Health-Related Quality of Life, Influences of Cultural Diversity on Pharmaceutical Care, and Native American Aging/Geriatric Drug Therapy.


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




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




Vanessa Galvez, BS
Experiential Education Coordinator 




General Contact Information:

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

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

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