Objective: To determine the nature and extent of learning opportunities presented to students during a community advanced pharmacy practice experience.
Methods: Learning opportunities were determined by reviewing students' portfolios. The numbers of unique learning opportunities in which students were engaged were calculated.
Results: While all students had ample opportunities to participate in consultations involving the assessment of new and refill prescriptions and nonprescription drugs, only 78% of students had the opportunity to engage in even 1 comprehensive pharmaceutical care consult over an 8-week period. Students' experiences in providing follow-up care, participating in a patient care project, and shadowing another healthcare professional were also limited.
Conclusion: Analysis of the student portfolios suggested that the learning environment did not provide students with adequate opportunities to develop pharmaceutical care competencies.