White Coat Ceremony
During this prestigious occasion, students receive their pharmacy coats, signifying the beginning of the professional program and their first steps toward their careers in pharmacy.
As a student at St. Louis College of Pharmacy you already know what you’re going to major in, but you might be surprised at the variety of classes you can choose from. The College offers more than 70 elective courses in more than 20 disciplines, and students must complete at least 12 semester hours of liberal arts electives in order to graduate. Three or more of these semester hours must involve the study of literature, and three must be in American politics, state policy and politics, or economics. Also, as a student at the College, you’ll get the chance to do some writing. The College requires two “writing emphasis” courses, at least one of which is a professional writing emphasis elective. Writing emphasis electives require a minimum of 20 pages of writing involving at least three separate papers. If writing isn’t your strength, don’t worry, the College has the Norton Writing Center, a free tutoring service offered to all students.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s curriculum integrates courses in liberal arts and sciences with a professional program leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree and is as unique as the College itself. Students are admitted directly from high school into the College’s pre-professional program and progress into the professional program without additional testing or reapplying, as long as progression requirements are met.
Transfer students may enter into any of the College’s pre-professional years and the first professional year, subject to space availability.
The College provides a challenging learning environment where students can explore a variety of options, develop practical expertise, and become leaders in the profession and their communities. Introductory practice experiences (IPPEs) in community, hospital, and clinical settings help develop such practical expertise. Small class size allows students to have direct access to faculty and staff, and promotes strong, mentoring relationships. And the College’s location in one of the world’s finest medical complexes offers unparalleled education and research opportunities for students.
During the final year of the program, students participate in a series of eight five-week advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). After finishing their APPEs and earning their Pharm.D. degree, students apply for state licensure. About 97 percent of the College's graduates pass their licensure exams on their first attempt.
In fall 2014, a seven-year program will be implemented. The curriculum and length of the new program will provide students’ time to explore their interests and options in the pharmacy profession, as well as mature and develop into pharmacists prepared to not only advance their patients’ health but also the profession of pharmacy as a whole. A hallmark of the new curriculum is an innovative teaching model which integrates coursework across foundational subject areas to improve learning and advance patient care. Students will be able to identify and incorporate specialty areas into their studies to prepare them for the wide variety of career options available for pharmacists. Offerings will include professional elective tracts and certificate programs.
After three pre-professional years and one professional year in the program, students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree that recognizes their strong preparation in math and science as well as a well-rounded education in the liberal arts.