UCSOP Students Balance Pharmacy School and Parenting


Class of 2016 student Scott Stratton tells about being a new pharmacy student and a new parent in the same year, and gives some advice if you are considering applying to pharmacy school and have kids of your own

My name is Scott Stratton and I am a second year student at University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. My life recently changed forever as my beautiful wife, Cassandra, gave birth to our first child, Luke Asher during the spring semester of my P1 year. My purpose is to give some insight from a father’s perspective on juggling pharmacy school and family life. I have no intention on persuading you to apply for pharmacy school but to inform you about my own personal experience and how I try to balance things out so that I am successful as a student and most importantly as a family man.

If you are interested in pursuing a career as a pharmacist then I should tell you that it’s no easy task. Of course, every person is different and there are varying degrees of ability within each student. I am the type of student who works hard to make good grades, and sometimes I do put a lot of stress on myself because I always want to strive to do my absolute best and learn as much as I possibly can. However, I also spend quality time with my family so it is truly a juggling act.

I think that if you’re interested in school but want to start a family as well (or already have one!), it is extremely important that you and your family talk thoroughly about the sacrifices that each of you must make to ensure that you’re successful in pursuing this endeavor. Time is the most precious commodity so make the best of it. In my own personal situation, I am commuting 4 hours each day for school simply because it is more beneficial to my wife and my son rather than have them relocate. While it is hard and I don’t have a lot of time to study during the week my wife and I have utilized a plan on the weekends so that I can make up the lost time for studying. Sleep is also something that you may find yourself lacking so I would encourage you if you’re not a fan of coffee to learn to love it as it has been my best friend this semester. Even though our life is so busy, we would definitely do things the same way we have done them. Luke Asher has given me a deeper sense of purpose, as my wife would agree. Please take my advice and know that you are willing to make the sacrifice to get through school then it is worth it to pursue your dream. You can have the best of both worlds if you work hard to keep a balance between school and your family.

All in all, your success in school really depends on the sacrifices that you’re willing to make. While it may seem like your neglecting your family just remember that if you do decide to go to school that what you’re doing is admirable. You are putting your family first by putting a huge emphasis on your education. Just remember that pharmacy school is only four years and a great career choice. By graduating, you will be passing down a legacy to your child so they will have what they need and want, and they may even go to pharmacy school themselves. Stay positive and focused and I think you will be happy with the result.

Scott and Luke

Scott and Luke

Scott and his family

Scott and his family

Class of 2015 student Hannah Hutchinson talks about her experience balancing life as a pharmacy student, wife, and mother of two older children (Oh, yeah, and she is our PSGA president this year too!)

As a parent of two middle school children, I worried about how to balance my family life with pharmacy school when I first began almost three years ago. However, since then I have come to realize that it is similar to working a full time job and coming home each night to fix dinner, attend extracurricular activities, help with homework, and have a little time to work on my own studies. I make every effort to suspend studying over the weekend to allow plenty of time to do what we love, like camping, card games, visiting with friends, and finding new hiking trails in the beautiful WV State Parks. There are times when our schedules are overloaded during sports seasons and holidays, but we’ve learned to let go of whatever we can and flow through until there is time to catch up again. A unique experience of going through graduate school at this life stage is that both of my children have started asking about career goals for themselves, which opens up the perfect teaching moment about lifelong learning and the importance of education.

Hannah and her family

Hannah and her family

So if you are a parent and are on the fence about applying to pharmacy school, know that Scott and Hannah, and many other students here at UCSOP, are striking the proper balance of being a successful parent and a successful pharmacy student.  So have that important discussion with your loved ones, have confidence you can be successful, and get ready to submit your application next fall! 

Feel free to leave questions for Scott or Hannah in the comment section below!



Honoring The Past: The First Female Pharmacists


Susan Hayhurst

March is Women’s History Month. At the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy we want to mark this month by recognizing and honoring the many women  that have contributed to the success and advancement of the pharmacy profession.

According to the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Elizabeth Gooking Greenleaf is recognized as the first female pharmacists in America. She owned an apothecary shop in Boston in 1727.  She was married to Reverend Daniel Gooking, a Harvard graduate. He was a minister, physician, and apothecary. Elizabeth was the mother of 12 children. It is believed she assisted her husband in the preparation of medicines for his patients.

Other sources credit Susan Hayhurst as the first female pharmacist in the United States. After graduating from the Woman’s Medical College of Philadelphia in 1857, Susan Hayhurst served on the College’s staff and ran its pharmaceutical department for many years. In 1883, at the age of 63, Hayhurst became the first woman to graduate from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

Archives at Bowling Green State University share the story of another notable female pharmacist, Ella Stewart (born in Stringtown, West Virginia). Stewart wished to attend the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy but was met with discrimination when she was told admissions were closed. She persisted however, and although segregated from other students, she graduated with high marks passing her state exam in 1916, to become the first licensed African-American female pharmacist in Pennsylvania and one of the earliest practicing African-American female pharmacists in the country.

Today women are well represented in the profession. “The position of pharmacist is probably the most egalitarian of all U.S. professions today,” Harvard economists Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz wrote in a paper published in September 2012(and quoted in CNN Money, February 11, 2013). In fact, women make up slightly more than 50% of all full-time pharmacists, according to 2011 Census data. Women make up approximately 55% of the profession (CNN Money, February 11, 2014).

The success of women pharmacists today can in many ways be credited to the women in our past. These women were instrumental in not only increasing female pharmacist representation but also with advancing the profession.

Have a story about a groundbreaking female pharmacist you’d like to share or see featured on our blog in the future? Email us at: pharmacy@ucwv.edu.

Fitness Opportunities in and around the UCSOP!

Spring and sunshine make it much easier to be active and get outdoors. Walking, running, hiking, fishing, and cycling seem to be happening all around us! It seems as if everyone is buzzing with activity, And, the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is no exception! Here at the UCSOP, we focus on fitness and wellness year-round!

Fitness Center: All UCSOP student pharmacists receive a free membership to the on-campus Morrison Fitness Center located near the Eddie King Gymnasium on our beautiful riverbank. The Fitness Center is open extended hours including early morning and late evening making it a snap to squeeze in some workout time!

Morris Fitness Center Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday 6 AM- 10 PM
  • Friday 6 AM-6 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday 12 noon- 6 PM

Free yoga and Zumba classes are also offered during the semester at the Fitness Center.

Intramural Sports: The University of Charleston offers intramural basketball, flag football, soccer, and broomball. For more information about intramural sports, please contact Grant Brinson at 304-357-4745.

Wellness Incentive: The UCSOP also offers a Wellness Incentive each semester to student pharmacists, faculty and staff. The three categories of the School of Pharmacy wellness initiative are:

  • A Biggest Loser Challenge (weekly weigh in)
  • A Weekly Challenge (fill in a weekly Google document if you participated). These weekly challenges are announced at the beginning of the semester and re-emphasized each week
  • Fitness Minutes (fill in a weekly Google document with  your total fitness minutes each Friday the previous week)

Winners of these challenges are announced at the End-of-Semester Convocation. Student pharmacists winning the challenges receive a $100 check!

Fall 2013 Wellness Incentive Fun Facts:

  • Fall semester participants accumulated 46,019 fitness minutes
  • Only 310 minutes separated fall semester’s fitness minutes student winner from the runner up (5 hours and 10 minutes over the course of twelve weeks)
  • Fall semester had 35 participants in the fitness minutes incentive and 28 participants in the weekly challenge incentive
  • A Zumbathon was held during the Fall Semester and had over 30 participants and raised nearly $200 for juvenile diabetes.
Vivian Ugboh (P2)

Vivian Ugboh (P2)

Wellness Committee: The Pharmacy Student Governance Association also has a wellness committee as a way to encourage fitness throughout the year. Wellness Chairs for 2013-14 are Ms. Vivian Ugboh and Ms. Sara Watson both representing the Class of 2016. Below are a few fun fitness tips from Vivian you might want to consider as you work toward your own fitness goals.

  • “Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.”
  • “Live by making healthy choices and not by restrictions.”
  • “It’s not always about being fit, it’s about being healthy.”
  • “In Zumba there are no wrong moves, only accidental solos.”
  • “Zumba is a fabulous, fun way to dance your pounds away.”
  • “The only bad workout is the one that did not happen, every little movement counts.”

Local Fitness Studios: In addition to on-campus opportunities there are number of fitness facilities and centers off campus. Below is a list of some of the most popular work-out hang-outs in Charleston.

Fitness Tips from Ms. Jamie Bero, Director of Student Affairs, UCSOP

  • Consult with your health care provider before starting a fitness program
  • Pick something you like
  • Schedule it into your day
  • Work out for at least 30 minutes every day… work up to 60 minutes most days
  • Let others know, you’ll have a support group
  • Wear appropriate gear: shoes, sports bra, layers, etc.
  • Set goals
  • Eat a balanced diet (www.mypyramid.gov)
  • Celebrate achievements
  • Don’t  skip breakfast or other meals
  • Don’t skimp on sleep; 7-8 hours a day is recommended

    Jamie Bero, Director of Student Affairs UC SOP

    Jamie Bero, Director of Student Affairs UC SOP

There are many opportunities to get fit and be active at the University of Charleston and in the surrounding community. You may also want to check out a few parks nearby that are great for walking, running, hiking, swimming an cycling. Be sure to visit Coonskin Park (http://www.kcprc.com/coonskin_park.htm) and Kanawha State Forest (http://www.kanawhastateforest.com/). And within a few hours drive (or less) there’s white water rafting, zip lining, and canoeing as well. If you are active and love the outdoors, there are many opportunities on campus and nearby to get out and get fit!

UC SOP Road Show!

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy Admissions Team is busy prepping for spring travel to colleges and health professions fairs in the Mid-West and Mid-Atlantic region. Check out our dates below to see if we will be coming to a town near you!

  • Purdue University Health Careers Fair on Monday, March 10, 2014
  • Indiana University Health Programs Fair on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
  • West Virginia University Health Professions Fair on Monday, March 31, 2014
  • Austin Peay State University Health Fair on Wednesday, April 2, 2014
  • Vanderbilt University Health Professions Graduate School Fair on Thursday, April 3, 2014
  • Johns Hopkins University Health Professions School Recruitment Fair on Monday, April 7, 2014
  • George Washington University Health Professions School Recruitment Fair on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
  • University of Maryland Health Professions School Recruitment Fair Wednesday, on April 9, 2014

These fairs are a great opportunity to learn more about the pharmacy profession and talk with a student affairs/admissions professional about applying to pharmacy school. Be sure to stop by and see us at one of these events coming soon!

In addition, don’t fIMG_5864orget to ASK QUESTIONS! Many recruiters from universities will be present at these events. But what should you ask a recruiter? How can you make the most of your time? Consider asking some of the following questions as you visit with admissions staff from the UC SOP and other schools of pharmacy:

  • What is the mission of your program? For example: rural health, inter-professional collaboration, etc.
  • What is the school’s passage rate for national licensure exams such as the NAPLEX?
  • How do I apply? When can I apply?
  • Is your program fully accredited?
  • What are the admission requirements?
  • What are your GPA and PCAT score requirements?
  • What prerequisite courses do your require?
  • Do you require applicants to have a Bachelor’s Degree?
  • In addition to my Pharm.D. will I receive additional certifications by attending your SOP?
  • What opportunities are there for interaction with patients in the P1 and P2 years prior to rotations?
  • What are the opportunities for inter-professional collaboration (nursing, medical and pharmacy students working as team)?
  • What opportunities are there for student pharmacists to engage in professional organizations, advocacy and community outreach?
  • What is included in the cost of tuition? For example: laptop, professional organization membership, support of travel to meetings, etc.

Have questions about the UC SOP and want answers today? Visit: www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy or call 304-357-4889 and ask for Ms. Stacie Geise.

Pharmacy Students Engaged in Month-Long Medication Adherence Campaign

On February 11, 2014 UC student pharmacists hosted a community health fair focused on medication adherence. The event was part of a month-long campaign called “Script Your Future.” This national campaign sponsored by the National Consumers League is aimed toward raising awareness about medication adherence. Pharmacists and pharmacy students throughout the U.S. are promoting medication adherence during the month of February as a way to encourage consumers to take action and improve health behaviors through safe and appropriate use of medications. Consumers can also take a medication adherence pledge by visiting: www.scriptyourfuture.org.

The Stats:

  • Three out of 4 people in the U.S. do not take their medications as directed
  • 20-30% of prescriptions never get filled
  • 50% of the time medication is not continued as pre-scribed
  • Not taking medications as directed causes approximately 125,000 deaths in the U.S. alone
  • Non-adherence has a direct estimated cost of over $200 billion dollars annual to health care

On February 11, student pharmacists at the University of Charleston served over 200 people through health screenings such as blood pressure checks, bone density tests, BMI assessments and medication reviews. Medication adherence information was provided for all attendees including those affected by diabetes, asthma and heart disease. Participants were invited to TAKE THE PLEDGE to TAKE THEIR MEDS.

In additiountitledn to the February 11 health fair, student pharmacists are attending UC basketball games throughout the month of February to education attendees about the importance of medication adherence. And, the UC SOP chapter of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (SSHP) is hosting another fair at the Town Center Mall in downtown Charleston on February 22 from 10am until 2pm as a way of extending the reach to the surrounding community. In addition, student pharmacists have established a partnership with Fruth Pharmacy to distribute medication adherence information will prescriptions in 10 stores throughout the area throughout the week of February 24, 2014. This initiative will reach between 16,000 and 20,000 patients through the Kanawha Valley. UC SOP Class of 2016 and 2017 students have also created videos to promote medication adherence.

Learn more about UC SOP efforts around Script Your Future and the importance of medication adherence by liking our Facebook Page and watching our YouTube videos!


Honoring those who came before us . . . UC School of Pharmacy Celebrates Black History Month

ImageJames McCune Smith (April 18, 1813 – November 17, 1865) James McCune Smith was the first African American to earn a medical degree and practice medicine in the United States. He was also the first to own and operate a pharmacy, in New York City. Smith was born on April 18, 1813 in New York City to parents who were former slaves. New York’s Emancipation Act freed his father and his mother worked her way out of bondage. Smith began his education at the African Free School in New York City, but soon found he could go no further in U.S. education due to racial discrimination.  Source: PBS

Ella Nora Phillips Stewart (1893 – 1987) Ella Stewart was born in Stringtown, West Virginia. She attended high school at the age of twelve at the Storer College – the only school in the region that accepted black students. Rather than continue her training and education as a teacher, she chose to marry Charles Myers and begin a family. She had one child, a daughter, who unfortunately died at a young age from whooping cough. Advised by friends to turn her attention to new concerns, Stewart began working as a bookkeeper at a local pharmacy, where she developed an interest in becoming a pharImagemacist herself. Stewart wished to attend the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy but was met with discrimination when she was told admissions were closed. She persisted however, and although segregated from other students, she graduated with high marks passing her state exam in 1916, to become the first licensed African-American female pharmacist in Pennsylvania and one of the earliest practicing African-American female pharmacists in the country. Source: Bowling Green State University, Center for Archival Collections

Read more about Ella Stewart at: http://www2.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/cac/ms/page44338.html.

Student Pharmacists Enjoy a Unique Spring Break

This week has started out with another snowy Monday, and students are beginning to look forward to warmer weather and spring break trips.  But a group of UCSOP student pharmacists have chosen a different path for their spring break.  During spring break 2013, 4 students joined a mission trip to Haiti through a local church and our CPFI chapter, and this year UCSOP students have the opportunity to participate in the mission trip again.  Class of 2016 student Jenny Byerly writes about her experience last year in Haiti during spring break.

Jenny: Last spring break I had the opportunity to attend a medical missions trip with Help Haiti Know Jesus Ministries through Gateway Christian Church.  This was an amazing opportunity offered to the University of Charleston.  Through this medical mission trip, myself and 3 other UCSOP students were able to extend our knowledge outside of the classroom.

UCSOP students Jenny, Temeka, Alex, and Aaron

UCSOP students Jenny, Temeka, Alex, and Aaron

The trip to Haiti took 3 plane rides and a 12-hour ride on the back of a truck.  Let me tell you, the trip was no easy task.  The roads in Haiti are nothing like the roads here in the U.S.

Road in Haiti

Road in Haiti

UCSOP Students Ride in the Back of a Truck from Airport to Haitian Town

UCSOP students ride in the back of a truck from airport to Haitian town

This being said, none of us imagined what we would actually see and experience during this trip but the outcome of it was unbelievable.  Throughout the week we were able to set up 5 different clinics and reach over 900 Haitians, providing care to what we may consider easy fixes, such as the common cold and flu.  During the week my classmates and I were able to master taking blood pressures, heart rates, and temperatures.

Alex Tate taking a patient's blood pressure

Alex Tate taking a patient’s blood pressure

UCSOP student pharmacists work at the pharmacy table during their mission trip

UCSOP student pharmacists work at the pharmacy table during their mission trip

Also, each one of us got to experience the process of diagnosing patients based on their chief complaints.  Some of the disorders/diseases we diagnosed were worms, yeast infections, high blood pressure, scabies, ring worm, elephantiasis, and breast cancer.  We treated each case as best we could and explained to each patient, with the help of our translators of course, how to use their medications properly.

Through this trip I was able to experience the beauty of both Haiti and its people and provide a wonderful service while applying the material I learn in class every day at UCSOP.   This trip will most definitely be offered to UCSOP students again and I highly recommend it.  It is truly a life changing experience and will benefit your life both emotionally and spiritually through the devotions of Pastor Paul.  It will provide ways to begin thinking out of the box helping to enhance your pharmacy skills.

Jenny with one of the kids from the Haitian church the group attended

Jenny with one of the kids from the Haitian church the group attended

The entire group on the mission trip

The entire group on the mission trip

The group at the beach in Haiti

The group at the beach in Haiti

This year Class of 2017 student Vanessa Chavarria is going on the mission trip for the first time.  When asked why she is choosing to participate in this type of spring break trip, she said, “The reason why I chose to participate in this mission trip is because I have always wanted to help less fortunate people and also spread the love of Christ while doing so. What I am looking forward to the most is being able to actually help these people feel better, just knowing that I might have saved a person’s life is more rewarding than any recognition. And the only thing that I am worried about is the adjustment when I come back. I am a very affectionate person and coming back to everything we have here will be a reality check, but as a future pharmacist this is something that I will have to be able to learn how to cope with.”

Vanessa Chavarria, Class of 2017

Vanessa Chavarria, Class of 2017

Good luck to those leaving for Haiti in March (only 4 weeks to go)!  Wishing you safe travels, warm weather, and the ability to help many people!

2014 Pharmacists’ Day at the WV Legislature

Pharmacists’ Day at the WV Legislature got off to a slick, snowy start.  But students were out in full force to advocate for the profession of pharmacy and thank legislators for their service to the people of West Virginia.

A snowy day at the WV Capitol complex.

A snowy day at the WV Capitol complex.

UC student pharmacists gather in the WV Capitol Rotunda to prepare for the activities of the day.

UC student pharmacists gather in the WV Capitol Rotunda to prepare for the activities of the day.

Student pharmacists from UC, WVU, and MU pose in the Rotunda.

Student pharmacists from UC, WVU, and MU pose in the Rotunda.

Dr. Kristy Lucas, along with Dr. Susan Gardner, has been instrumental in helping students plan for the Pharmacists’ Day activities.  According to Dr. Lucas, “Advocacy is a big part of the experience in training students as members of the profession of pharmacy at UC.  We are so blessed to be located directly across the Kanawha River from the beautiful West Virginia state capitol building. Our student pharmacists have the opportunity to participate in the annual “Pharmacists Day in the Legislature” with the goal of keeping legislators informed of the importance that pharmacists play in the healthcare system.  Sometimes we go to the capitol with specific issues that we would like legislators to address, while other times we go to simply keep up our relationship with legislators and serve as an educational resource for them on topics related tohealthcare and pharmacy, in particular.  Our school works together with colleagues from the two other schools of pharmacy in the state to speak in a unified voice for the profession.  As student pharmacists participate in this event, they are able to learn about advocacy while also helping to shape the future of their profession.”

Dr. Kristy Lucas, UC faculty member, talks with Dr. Krista Capehart, WVU faculty member.

Dr. Kristy Lucas, UC faculty member, talks with Dr. Krista Capehart, WVU faculty member.

An important part of the day is meeting with delegates to the legislature.  Students gathered with their group and then met with legislators.IMG_6407IMG_6405IMG_6413

Students also staff tables throughout the day to provide information and perform blood pressures and test blood glucose levels.

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Albert Won, class of 2016, also helped to plan and coordinate everything that goes into a successful Pharmacists’ Day at the Legislature.  When asked why he was willing to put in all the work to plan the day, Albert stated, “For me, Pharmacy Day at the Legislature was a productive experience. As my second year attending Pharmacy Day, we were able to thank our legislators for all their support for patient care. I am very proud that our school was the largest participating student group at Pharmacy Day. This event gives student pharmacists a hands-on experience to work with legislators. As this year’s Advocacy Chairperson, the legislators were impressed by students’ enthusiasm. Best part of the day was mingling with student pharmacists from WVU and Marshall. I was grateful that despite the snow, we were able to meet with the legislators as planned.”

Albert Won

Albert Won, Class of 2016


UCSOP Students Prepare for Pharmacists’ Day at the WV Legislature 2014

The University of Charleston sits directly across the river from the WV State Capitol, but next week UCSOP student pharmacists will cross the river and invade the capitol for the annual Pharmacists’ Day at the Legislature 2014.  Every year students gather at the capitol building to advocate for issues that are important to the profession of pharmacy and patient care.

This week students at UCSOP and the other pharmacy schools in the state (Marshall University and West Virginia University) have been preparing for their trip to the capitol on Monday, January 27.  UCSOP students received a briefing on Tuesday at convocation to get them oriented regarding what will happen during the day.  Shuttles will run between the School of Pharmacy and the capitol all day so parking is not an issue for students and faculty.  Students groups have been set up that contain students from each school, 66 groups in all, with UC students making up the largest group of students (easier to participate when you are already in the capital city!).  UCSOP student pharmacists and faculty will also staff five tables, where they will be performing blood pressure screenings, giving out educational materials, and providing information about the pharmacy school and our residency program.

Technology has been a large part of the preparation for Pharmacists’ Day.  Students signed up electronically to show their interest in participating, their groups were assigned through online documents, and on Friday, January 24, students from all three schools conferenced through distance meeting technology for more prep information.

UCSOP students line up for the pizza portion of the "Pizza and Policy" discussion

UCSOP students line up for the pizza portion of the “Pizza and Policy” discussion.

More pizza!

More pizza!

Friday’s “Pizza and Policy” lunchtime event featured speakers from all three WV pharmacy schools, and students in Charleston, Huntington, and Morgantown were all given information about what to expect on Monday, including:

  • Why it is important for students to advocate for the profession of pharmacy
  • How the state legislature works
  • How to talk to legislators
  • The goals of the students while visiting with legislators
  • Questions that student pharmacists might expect
  • Which bills are related to health care, medications, pharmacy, business, and patient care
UCSOP students have a little fun as they gather to hear speakers from UC, WVU, and MU

UCSOP students have a little fun as they gather to hear speakers from UC, WVU, and MU.

This year students and pharmacists are visiting legislators and thanking them for their support of last year’s successful Pharmacy Practice Act.  So our students are prepared for Monday, and they will put on their white coats and their walking shoes and hit the WV State Capitol building with other pharmacy professionals from around the state, with UCSOP students leading the way!

Students in Charleston are introduced to the first speaker, who was located in Huntington, WV.

Students in Charleston are introduced to the first speaker, who was located in Huntington, WV.

Pharmacy students listen intently to find out about their role in Pharmacists' Day at the WV Legislature.

Pharmacy students listen intently to find out about their role in Pharmacists’ Day at the WV Legislature.

Advocacy is an important part of the pharmacy education here at UCSOP, and students are excited to jump in and participate.  Watch for next week’s post with pictures and quotes from Pharmacists’ Day at the WV Legislature!

UCSOP Pharmacy Student Organizations

Want to get involved in activities that impact the community and the pharmacy profession? UCSOP student organizations host health fairs, donate to local charities, coordinate on-campus health and wellness activities, and even sponsor a spring formal, just to name a few of their many activities (don’t forget about the PSGA-sponsored snacks during finals week!).

UCSOP pharmacy students have many student organizations to choose from, and we help them out with the dues too.  Each student can choose a student organization to join, and UCSOP will pay the dues to the group.  We even try to help students with expenses if they want to attend a local, regional, or national meeting.  Students may join more than one organization if they pay their own dues or if the group has no dues.  So follow the links below and start planning which organization you want to join!

Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP)


American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)


American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)


National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)


Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)


American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)


Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS)


Rho Chi (RC)


Phi Delta Chi (Phi Dex)


And we have already written about these two organizations:

Pharmacy Student Governance Association (PSGA)


Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International (CPFI)



Students can run for offices in these student organizations, lead committees, and participate in organization-sponsored activities.  Each class also serves as a group and has officers: President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, and Parliamentarian.

If you have more questions about student organizations at UCSOP, please contact Jamie Bero in the Office of Student and Professional Affairs: jamiebero@ucwv.edu.