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)
Acting Department Chair of Clinical and Administrative Sciences
Department Chair of Experiential Education/Assistant Professor

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 Chair of the Experiential Education Department 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

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.


Hyeryeon Noh, BS, PharmD
Associate Professor

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.  

Kristine Thomas, PharmD
Experiential Education Area Coordinator - Los Angeles Hub
Assistant Professor of Clinical and Administrative Sciences
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Thanh Huynh, BS
Experiential Education Coordinator 
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Christine So An
Experiential Education Area Coordinator - Los Angeles Hub
Assistant Professor of Clinical and Administrative Sciences
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California Northstate University College of Pharmacy

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

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.

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