The Profession of pharmacy
Pharmacists are the most accessible members of the health care team. They’re the medication experts, working to ensure that patients receive the proper drug therapy and know how to properly use their medicines. St. Louis College of Pharmacy educates community and hospital pharmacists, infectious disease and oncology pharmacists, entrepreneurs, hospital administrators, biomedical researchers, corporate executives, national pharmacy association leaders, and many more experts in diverse settings. Students participate in undergraduate and professional course work and practice experiences that enable them to take on a vital role in shaping the future of health care and improving patient care.
For more than 150 years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been educating future pharmacy innovators and practitioners. Located in one of the world’s leading biomedical, research, and patient-care centers, the College provides exceptional education, career, and research opportunities for students. U.S.News & World Report ranked the College as one of the top four private colleges of pharmacy in the country in 2012.
The College’s academic program includes three years of undergraduate work followed by a four-year professional program leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) with an integrated Bachelor of Science. The innovative curriculum prepares students for the expanding role of pharmacists on health care teams and includes significant study in the sciences, as well as courses in the liberal arts and social and behavioral sciences. Students are primarily admitted from high school and can choose a specialty, such as an M.B.A. or graduate certificate in business administration, to prepare them for the wide variety of research interests and career options available for pharmacists.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy students impact health care worldwide through advanced pharmacy practice experiences and international programs in 15 countries. During the final year of the curriculum, students complete eight five-week rotations and have the opportunity to work in hospitals and outpatient HIV/AIDS clinics, develop pharmacy assistant programs, or choose from more than 600 other settings. Courses, such as International Service Learning, offer students the chance to help build houses with Habitat for Humanity in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Romania, Macedonia, or Poland. Students also volunteer thousands of hours in the local community each year for events such the College’s Asthma-Friendly Pharmacies program, the St. Louis Medication Disposal Initiative, and Boo Fest, a sugar-free Halloween event for children with Type 1 diabetes and their families.
With the construction of a six-story, 213,000-sq. ft. academic and research building, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is transforming its campus for students, faculty, and staff. The new building houses 30,000 square feet of research space, a large auditorium, several large classrooms, smaller classrooms, study areas, a welcome center for prospective students and their families, and a library that has more than tripled in size. A second new building, scheduled for completion in late 2016, will include another residence hall, new dining facilities, student center, recreation center, and gymnasiums. These construction projects will not only accommodate the growth of the College but also create a campus environment that ensures graduates will continue to make an impact locally, nationally, and worldwide.
• Founded in 1864
• One of the oldest and largest colleges of pharmacy in the nation
• One of the top four private colleges of pharmacy in the nation (U.S.News & World Report, 2012)
• 1,400 students from 31 states and 10 countries
• 6,975 alumni practice in 48 states and 14 countries
• Three out of four practicing pharmacists in the St. Louis metro area are graduates of the College
• More than 60 organizations, fraternities, intramurals, and club sports
• 12 NAIA sports