Community Immunization Awareness at the UCSOP

On August 29th, Christelle Ngatchou, a P2 at the UCSOP, celebrated National Immunization Awareness month by planning and coordinating an immunization event with her peers at the UCSOP. The event was designed to share the advantages of vaccinations. Working with the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), and the West Virginia Immunization Network, the event was successful and allowed UCSOP pharmacy students to educate the community, and advocate for the pharmacy profession.

The event included vaccine poster presentations and allowed student pharmacists to share the advantages of vaccines to the community. Each student who participated was fully engaged with the public.


“As health care providers, pharmacists have the ability to provide immunizations as long as they have completed all training and requirements enforced by the Board of Pharmacy. Those include training provided by the American Pharmacists’ Association (APhA), holding a current life support-training certificate as CPR, and a current immunization permit. On May 17 2015, the West Virginia Legislature passed the rule of adding the meningococcal vaccine to be administered by pharmacists. Thus the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy updated its list of immunizations, which includes the influenza, pneumococcal, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, herpes-Zoster, tetanus diphtheria, and now the meningococcal vaccines.”

-Christelle Ngatchou (Class of 2018)


IMG_2148Thanks to the  UCSOP Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), and the West Virginia Immunization Network, the August event was successful in increasing the awareness about immunizations for the Charleston community. Other opportunities will be organized in the future to educate the public such as for the Flu season.


Although, the month of August was National Immunization awareness month, our UCSOP students know that it’s important to continue educating the community about the prevention of diseases all year long! Be sure to check back for future events–including flu immunizations in the future!

Experience Pharmacy at the UCSOP!

ExRx-postcardThe University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is continuing to host our ExRx: Experience Pharmacy days throughout the 2015-2016 school year. The ExRx days are an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors, along with college undergraduates, to learn more about the pharmacy profession. Whether you know pharmacy is right for you or have just started considering a career in pharmacy, this event is for you!


Participants in the IV lab, “gowned up”. A sterile environment is important!

ExRx is your opportunity to learn more about the pharmacy profession and see what makes the UCSOP a great place to continue your pharmacy education. ExRx participants will spend time in our Simulation and IV Labs, learning how CPR works with a simulation mannequin with an actual pulse, blood pressure, temperature, and other physiological features. Participants can practice procedures and medications on the our mannequins, examining how methods would work on real patients. In the IV Lab, participants learn to make sterile intravenous products, utilizing aseptic techniques to maintain sterility.


A participant in the compounding lab.

Participants will also work in the compounding lab, learning the basics of compounding medication. In the past, ExRx participants have compounded menthol/camphor topical ointment, lip balm, and medicated gummies. After experiencing the various labs the school has to offer, ExRx participants will meet faculty, staff, and current students of the pharmacy school. This is a great time to introduce yourself to faculty, and ask any questions that you may have. The day will end with a tour of the School of Pharmacy, and participants have the option to have lunch with current pharmacy students.

Join us to experience what it is like to be a pharmacy student at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy!

ExRx dates for the 2015-2016 school year are:

  • September 26, 2015
  • October 24, 2015
  • February 20, 2016
  • April 16, 2016
  • June 4, 2016

ExRx days are free, but space is limited. To register for an ExRx day, please click here.


Allyssa Bradford, Class of 2019


ExRx days are a great way to learn more about the profession of pharmacy, and to see how pharmacy school will be at UCSOP. I highly recommend it to any student who has an interest in the profession of pharmacy. I already knew I wanted to become a pharmacist before attending ExRx, however it reassured me I was making the right decision with my future.

Contributed by: Isabella White, blogger and UCSOP Graduate Intern.


UCSOP Early Decision Deadline Fast Approaching

Apply Early Decision and get a jump-start on your pharmacy career!  The UCSOP and PharmCas allows potential students to apply Early Decision, which is a great option for those students who are sure of what school they would like to attend. The Early Decision deadline is September 8, 2015

Have questions or concerns about the early decision process? Below you will find the experiences of four students who applied Early Decision, along with answers to some common questions about the UCSOP Early Decision Program.

Hailey Price, Class of 2019

Hailey Price, Class of 2019

Applying early decision was one of the greatest choices I could have ever made. Coming into college I knew that I wanted to attend the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, and early decision allowed me to get a head start on my application process. By applying early decision, I was able to find out my admissions decision faster, compete with a smaller pool of applicants, and even start building relationships with potential faculty and staff of the school. I strongly suggest applying early decision if you’re like me. The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy made my early decision process an amazing one!



Hannah Hayes, UCSOP Class of 2019

I chose to apply early decision at the UCSOP because I felt like they were the most helpful and I knew from day one it’s where I wanted to be. There are less people applying for early decision, which means there is a greater chance of being accepted. Early decision is really a great choice for anyone. It is one of those “win-win” situations. If a student is accepted, there’s more time to prepare and less stress! If a student is not accepted, there is still plenty of time to take a step back and come up with a new game plan and still succeed without any lost time. I believe applying early decision with UCSOP is the greatest academic/career choice I’ve made so far!


Tron Hoang, Class of 2019

Tron Hoang, Class of 2019

Being married and from out of state, the Early Decision program allowed me to plan a year ahead and prepare for a smooth transition.  I believe my commitment to UCSOP Early Decision program elevated my chance of acceptance into the Pharmacy program.  I did not have to spend long hours and days traveling to multiple interviews to compete with over 800 applicants when 80-90 seats are available.  I felt confident with UCSOP because I vested in the program and they respected and valued my decision.



Kendra Hall, Class of 2019

“I applied for early decision at UCSOP because I attended UC for a year of undergrad and I fell in love with the campus. When I started looking at UCSOP, the first thing I was told was to apply for early decision. So after talking with some of the staff, I pursued early decision. I am very glad that I did, early decision took the stress out of applying to pharmacy school.”



Q: What are the benefits of applying Early Decision?

  • You are competing with a much smaller pool of applicants.
  • You will save the time, money, and stress of the long traditional application process.
  • By applying through the Early Decision Program, you can sit back and relax during your last year of undergraduate work while your fellow classmates are stressing over the application process!

Q:  Should I apply to other schools at the same time?

An Early Decision applicant may only apply to one pharmacy school during this time. If an applicant is not offered admission through the Early Decision program before the October deadline, they may begin applying to other schools at that time.

Q:  What is the Early Decision application deadline?

The Early Decision Application deadline is September 8, 2015.

Q:  What do I need to submit by the deadline?

By the September 8th deadline, you must submit the following:

  • A complete PharmCAS application
  • All official transcripts from every college/university you’ve attend
  • All PharmCAS Fees

If all requirements are not received by the September 8th deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your status from an Early Decision Applicant to Regular Status. Your application will not be reviewed by the UCSOP until all requirements have been received.

Q: How long does it take to find out if I am accepted for Early Decision admission?

All Early Decision Applicants will be notified of their admissions decision by the PharmCAS deadline October 23, 2015.

Q: What happens if I am accepted?

If you are accepted through the Early Decision Program, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $1,000 Early Decision Tuition Deposit. This amount can be split into two $500 payments. The first payment will be due within one week of your notification of acceptance. The second $500 payment will be due by May 1, 2016.

Q: Can I change my mind after I am accepted for Early Decision?

A student who is accepted through the Early Decision Process is not eligible to apply to any other PharmCAS pharmacy school during that admissions cycle.

Q: Who do I contact if I have a question about my application or the Early Decision process?

Office of Professional & Student Affairs
Ms. Stacie Geise
Director of Pharmacy Recruitment & Admissions