FARM3130 – Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)

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Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The subject is a one semester advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE), with focus on solving drug related problems in active contact with the users of the pharmacy and with health care professionals. This is done through the student’s participation in all functions in a pharmacy, like handling of prescriptions, guidance on use of pharmaceuticals, logistics and economics/administration/leadership. The APPE period shall give the student training in using his/her knowledge and gain skills that can only be learned through practice, in such a way that a master in pharmacy can by means of his competence on pharmaceuticals contribute to advancement of health and quality of life for the individual and the society.

Learning outcome

After completing the course

  • you master all aspects of dispensing of pharmaceuticals and related products and services, inclusive use of technological solutions
  • you can use knowledge and skills from earlier courses in the execution of practice related and clinical tasks/projects and pharmaceutical services
  • you can communicate on pharma-related issues in an understandable manner with users and health care professionals, including specialists, and can contribute to interdisciplinary problem solving for best health outcomes, on individual level and society level
  • you can analyze ethical and juridical issues relating to contact with the users and health care professionals and understand and evaluate legislation texts
  • you can analyze, comprising of identifying, evaluating and handling drug related problems
  • you have knowledge about pharmacy operation, including internal control and quality systems

Admission to the course

The course is only available to students enrolled at the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo.

Formal prerequisite knowledge

The compulsory HSE courses HMS0501 – Safety and Physical Environment, HMS0502 – Positive Learning Environment, HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety, HMS0506 – Patient Clinic Safety and HMS0507 – Fire Safety required for students at the 5-year Master`s Program in Pharmacy.

For students admitted to the 5-year Master`s Program in Pharmacy until and including 2016 and who have been transferred from the old study plan, separate formal prerequisite knowledge apply. These are in professional compliance with the formal prerequisite knowledge that apply to the course, but may be replaced by courses from the old study plan, as well as transitional courses. Students on transitional arrangements may contact the study administration for å complete overview of the formal prerequisite knowledge required.

Course exemption:

Laws and regulations describing the overall learning outcome regulate the pharmacy programme. Exemptions for courses are only granted if the overall learning outcome is covered.

Overlapping courses


Practice in a pharmacy (and possibly adjacent institutions) with training in all aspects of the pharmacist’s job tasks under supervision of a pharmacist (MSc.). The student is expected to be at the pharmacy for 7,5 hours per day. Emphasis is placed on giving students the opportunity for training in interdisciplinary cooperation.

Portfolio of 18 mandatory tasks, where prescription evaluation, communication, reflection and planning is trained (totally approximately 2 work weeks) both in writing and as audio-files, in the training period is a prerequisite for exam, as is supervisors recommendation on approved APPE period.

During the APPE period, three gatherings at the UiO take place:

  • pre-practice (4½ days, 7,5 hours per day)
  • mid-practice (4 days, 7,5 hours per day)
  • post-practice (1 day, 7,5 hours)

The teaching is conducted in the form of lectures, seminars, group work and role-playing.

Mandatory participation in the teaching must be completed and approved and mandatory submissions must be approved in order to be able to take the exam.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Access to a new practice period 

In case a student's practice period is evaluated to not approved, it must be repeated. It is not allowed to have a practice period more than twice.

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Completed and approved internship is valid for 3 years.


The exam consists of two parts:

  • a three hour written digital exam 

  • an oral exam, 15 minutes, with preparation time, 45 minutes

The students must pass both parts in order to pass the course exam as a whole.

The apprenticeship at the pharmacy needs to be passed before the exam can be taken. The following are taken into consideration when evaluating the apprenticeship:

  • All compulsory assignments must be turned in and approved within the given deadlines.

  • The advisor’s evaluation of the student in accordance with the appropriate evaluation form.

  • Attendance: Absence over 10% will normally lead to the apprenticeship not being approved.

​Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt. 

 It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:

Examination support material

During the two exams, the students are allowed to use his/her own notes and any reference material they bring themselves, as well as Internet. Communication between students during exam is not allowed, this applies to both written and oral examination.

As of 1 August, 2016, the use of own calculators is no longer permitted. Casio FX-991EX calculators are handed out to all exam candidates at the beginning of the exam.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 20, 2021 2:10:50 PM

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