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Students Welcomed into Profession of Pharmacy at St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Published on 03 September 2013

Third-year students at St. Louis College of Pharmacy recently took part in a White Coat Ceremony, symbolizing the first step in becoming a pharmacist. The white coat is a symbol of commitment to professionalism.

The 242 students were surrounded by family, friends, and College faculty and staff during the ceremony.

“As you don your white coats tonight, I hope you will reflect on the responsibility the coat symbolizes,” said Tricia Berry, Pharm.D., BCPS,’94/’95, professor and interim senior associate dean of pharmacy. “By entering covenantal relationships with patients, you will need to place their needs before your own. It will also be important to recognize the need to not only care for your patients, but to care about them, as well.”

Kevin Colgan, ’77, corporate director of pharmacy at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and the vice chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, spoke at the ceremony. After all of the students received their coats, they recited the Pledge of Professionalism, led by third-year student and Class of 2017 President Jeffrey Pasucal. The pledge, signed by all of the students, will be displayed on campus.

The class of 2017 will spend the next four years gaining knowledge and skills to prepare them to become leaders in the profession of pharmacy.

About St. Louis College of Pharmacy: For more than 150 years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been committed to educating the best pharmacists in the United States. The region’s only independent college of pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the third oldest continuously operating and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The student body is comprised of 1,400 students, 40 percent of which are minority or multicultural. The students come to the College from 31 states and 10 countries. The College admits students directly from high school and accepts transfer students and graduates from other colleges and universities in the sophomore and junior years of the undergraduate program and the first year of the professional program. Students earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) with an integrated Bachelor of Science degree in a seven-year curriculum. An education at the College opens up the world to graduates for a career in a wide range of practice settings. Graduates have a 100 percent job placement rate. The campus is transforming to better fit the needs of students, faculty, and staff. This summer, a new six-story, 213,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art academic and research building opened. Construction is underway for a seven-story student center, residence hall, and recreation facility scheduled for completion in December 2016. When not in class, students can participate in more than 60 organizations, fraternities, intramurals, and sports. The College competes in 12 NAIA Division I sports. College alumni practice throughout the nation and in 13 different countries, providing a strong network to assist students with their goals. Additional information is available at stlcop.edu.

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