SPA Professional Organizations

About the SPA

The mission of the Student Pharmacists Association (SPA) is to serve as the collective voice of student pharmacists to promote advocacy, patient care, and service to the community and the profession. SPA provides opportunities and resources for leadership and professional development through a variety of pharmacy organizations.

Advisors: Dr. Nicole Gattas


SPA Professional Organizations

Select an organization below to learn more.

American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is a professional organization designed to be the collective voice of student pharmacists, to provide opportunities for professional growth, to improve patient care, and to envision and advance the future of pharmacy.

Advisors: Dr. Golden Peters, Dr. Francisco Franco, Dr. Michelle Jeon


Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA)

Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA) is the professional society representing Illinois pharmacists.

Advisor: Dr. Golden Peters


Missouri Pharmacists Association (MPA)

Missouri Pharmacists Association (MPA) is the professional society representing Missouri pharmacists, united to improve public health and patient care, enhance professional development and advocate for the interest of the profession.

Advisor: Dr. Ken Schafermeyer


National Community Pharmacy Association (NCPA)

Saint Louis College of Pharmacy's NCPA chapter is dedicated to bringing students opportunities to learn about pharmacy ownership, management, and specialty pharmacy services. Being a manager or pharmacy owner is about being an innovator and being at the cutting edge of the pharmacy field. We hope to bring our students experiences which will help open doors for them into pharmacy ownership, management, or independent/specialty pharmacy.

Advisors: Dr. Scott Griggs


Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP)

Also referred to as American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). SSHP focuses on gaining education, support, & advancement for future careers in hospitals & other health-care systems. Focusing on mastery of clinical skills, learning about emerging technologies, & staying up-to-date on public health issues are additional concerns of the organization. Members are able to network with residents, residency program directors, & pharmacists within the clinical setting and outside of the workplace. ASHP is the accrediting body for pharmacy residencies and is a 35,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, & other components of health care systems.

Advisors: Dr. Abigail Yancey, Dr. Anastasia Armbruster


American College of Clinical Pharmacy-Student Chapter (ACCP)

The student chapter of ACCP provides students with a local connection to the national organization. We exist to familiarize students with the field of clinical pharmacy by providing information about careers and opportunities within the field of clinical pharmacy; promoting dedication to excellence in patient care, research, and education; and encouraging the professional development necessary to function within an interdisciplinary team, to advocate for the role of clinical pharmacists in providing direct patient care, including evaluation of the patient and his or her pharmacotherapeutic needs; initiation, modification, or discontinuation of patient-specific pharmacotherapy; and ongoing pharmacotherapeutic monitoring and follow-up, to encourage participation in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy at the national level and in local/regional chapters.

Advisor: Dr. Zachary Stacy, Dr. Sara Richter
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) is an international professional society devoted to optimal medication management and improved health outcomes for all older persons.

Advisors: Dr. Scott Vouri, Stephanie Crist


Student National Pharmaceutical Association

Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) is an education and service association of students concerned about pharmacy issues, professional development, and ways to increase minority participation in pharmacy and other health-related professions. Objectives include offering student members the opportunity to develop leadership skills while learning about national health care practices and health issues in minority communities.

Advisors: Dr. Besu Teshhome