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The placement of student pharmacists for experiential training requires care and planning. The School asks that you carefully consider the demands of this program component. Assignment to geographical regions of the state and selection of sites for Immersion and Advanced Immersion experiences are made randomly, based on site and preceptor availability, and at the sole discretion of the School of Pharmacy. Students are not guaranteed a site or region in the Triangle area (Chapel Hill campus) or in the Asheville area (Asheville campus).

Student pharmacists may apply for a regional exemption. Regional exemption is for placement in a given region of the state, not specific experience sites within that region. Exemptions will be considered only for the below conditions (appropriate documentation is required):

  1. Student is a parent with a child or children living at home (child must be under the age of 18 up to and including the first day of the experience)
    NOTE: Required documentation: copy of child’s birth certificate and evidence of child’s health coverage under student’s name.
  2. Student is a legal guardian
    NOTE: Required documentation: copy of legal papers indicating guardianship and/or custody.
  3. Student or student’s spouse is pregnant
    NOTE: Required documentation: doctor’s note confirming pregnancy and expected due date.
  4. Student is sole care provider for another individual
    NOTE: Required documentation: copy of power of attorney for sole care provider
  5. Student has a chronic, serious medical condition requiring frequent, in-person medical care with the same physician
    NOTE: Required documentation: Letter from primary care physician describing/addressing the following 4 items: (1) student’s medical condition (2) current treatment plan (3) future treatment plan (4) why student needs to be seen in a specific geographical region/feasibility of referring student to a different physician depending on student’s geographic placement.

The School will make the final decisions regarding all exemption requests.