St. Louis College of Pharmacy
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High School Students Work Toward Career in Pharmacy

Published on 18 July 2013

On Saturday, 25 high school students walked across the stage to receive a certificate at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. These students were recognized for completing the Walgreens-St. Louis College of Pharmacy Career Explorers Diversity Outreach Program.

Now in its 13th year, the program is designed to give a diverse group of high school juniors and seniors a firsthand look at the profession of pharmacy. The students were selected from across the region in a competitive application process. During the four-week program, the students attended classroom sessions at the College, explored health care professions during field trips, and worked as pharmacy technicians at a Walgreens location.

Seventy-nine graduates of the program have gone on to enroll at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. The College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion coordinated the program with assistance from faculty member Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, and Kilinyaa Cothran, B.S., R.Ph., M.Ed., director of professional affairs.

Applications for next year’s program will be accepted in January.

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