Why UF College of Pharmacy?

Commitment to Excellence

PLS honor Society 2014_smOur diverse faculty attain excellence through high-quality research contributions and teaching. Current research projects involve peptide delivery to the brain; estrogen to improve brain function; the effects of cocaine and alcohol on the brain; new drugs to treat cancer; and many other areas that will play an important role in the future of medical treatment. The college’s faculty strive to achieve new successes in the areas of pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacodynamics, pharmacy health care administration, and pharmacy practice.

The College of Pharmacy faculty help students reach a high level of professionalism through a curriculum which includes supervised clinical and practical experiences. Students learn and work in community and/or hospital pharmacy settings. Students are required to participate in an externship where they receive practical training in delivering pharmaceutical care services. In clerkships, students acquire in-depth clinical experiences to sharpen their communication and drug therapy problem-solving abilities.

UF College of Pharmacy graduates are enjoying successful careers in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, community pharmacy, hospitals, and other areas. UF pharmacy graduates have achieved high levels of leadership in national associations, and have received numerous recognitions for their commitment to the pharmacy profession.

A degree from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy is one you can carry with pride throughout your career. The College’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been ranked among the top 15 programs of its kind in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. UF pharmacy students, faculty and graduates are recognized yearly with national awards and honors that identify them as some of the most outstanding individuals in the profession of pharmacy in the country.

Pharmacy Student Organizations

Professionalism in pharmacy is fostered through commitment to excellence in academics, extracurricular activities and supervised clinical and practical experiences. Involvement in pharmacy student organizations is an expectation. Pharmacy students may be members of one or more of the following organizations:

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  • Academy of Students of Pharmacy
  • Student National Pharmaceutical Association
  • Florida Chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Kappa Epsilon
  • Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc, Gamma Sigma Chapter
  • Rho Pi Phi International Pharmacy Fraternity, Sigma Chapter
  • Rho Chi
  • Phi Lambda Sigma
  • Student Council for the University of Florida College of Pharmacy

Kappa Epsilon, Kappa Psi and Rho Pi Phi are professional/social fraternities. Rho Chi is the national honorary society for scholarly accomplishments. Phi Lambda Sigma is the national honorary society for leadership in pharmacy.

Student Support Services

Opportunities to enhance your education and enrich your quality of life are available through a variety of Student Support Services offered at the University of Florida. These support services are designed to ensure your academic success.

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  • Career Resource Center
  • Computer Labs
  • Language Learning Center
  • Math Lab
  • Office for Multicultural and Diversity Affairs
  • Reading and Writing Center
  • Teaching Center
  • University Counseling Center
  • University Honors Program

These offices can help you broaden career perspectives and improve self-confidence. Individual and group counseling is available to assist in your transition to life at the University of Florida. The university is committed to helping you achieve your goals.

A pharmacy degree from the University of Florida creates many opportunities for a satisfying professional career and personal life. Pharmacists are involved in providing pharmaceutical services and care to patients in a variety of environments. Many pharmacy careers are available in community pharmacy practice; institutional pharmacy practice; home health care; managed health care; pharmacy organizations; academia; the pharmaceutical industry; government; and other organizations and practice settings. As a member of a well-respected profession, you can make significant contributions to patients and the citizens of your community.

Minority Interests

_MG_8568 copySNPhA (Student National Pharmaceutical Association) is an educational and service association of students who are concerned about pharmacy issues, professional development, the lack of minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions. The purpose of SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate and execute programs geared toward the improvement of the health, educational, and social environment of the community. Activities include implementing health awareness projects such as: sickle cell anemia, diabetes, and hypertension screenings; safe use of medications; and poison prevention. For more information on SNPhA at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy contact the Office for Student Affairs at 352-273-6217.

There are several campus programs designed to fit the needs of our minority students. Included in these organizations are: the Hispanic Student Association; Latinos en Accion; Union de Estudiantes Puertos Requenos Activos; the Black Student Union; and several Greek letter organizations such as: Alpha Phi Alpha; Kappa Alpha Psi; Omega Psi Phi; Phi Beta Sigma; Alpha Kappa Alpha; Sigma Gamma Rho; and Gamma Sigma Sigma. For information on programs and opportunities for minority students at the University of Florida contact the Office for Student Services at (352)392-1261.

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U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks the University of Florida College of Pharmacy as one of the top pharmacy colleges in the country. Our commitment to excellence is demonstrated through our outstanding education, research and clinical programs. We are training students to improve the health of Floridians and the nation and be leaders in the pharmacy profession.