We have compiled a list of pharmacy and health sciences student organizations that may be of interest. If you have any questions about any of these organizations, please contact:
Dayna T. Harper
Assistant Director of Student Affairs
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If you are interested in a career that ties all the branches of pharmacy such as clinical pharmacy retail/community pharmacy, industry or pharmacy benefit managers, you may find interest in a career in managed care pharmacy. The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is a national organization whose vision is to improve the quality of life of patients through appropriate and accessible medication therapy. In order to achieve their goals and objectives, the organization wants to develop close ties with future pharmacists in order to help bring awareness to the career and educational opportunities in managed care pharmacy. Our Campbell University chapter will be involved in community service projects, career/education opportunities, and social events. In addition, the national AMCP office sponsors two conventions during the year where they provide activities such as a residency showcase and P&T committee competitions for students interested in managed care pharmacy.
Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) is the student branch of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). The APhA is the umbrella organization that represents the entire pharmacy profession on state, regional, and national level. Student Pharmacists are given a strong and distinct voice through ASP to promote our positions on issues important to our profession. There are many opportunities to serve on committees and interact with other students of pharmacy at regional and national meetings. Our chapter had the distinct honor of hosting the 1996 Midyear Regional Meeting in Raleigh. This brought regional as well as national attention to Campbell University. ASP also has a close relationship with the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP). Locally, the chapter sponsors a Wellness Fair on campus each spring, and offers programs such as patient care projects to foster professional development for pharmacy students as well as health awareness on campus.
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists sponsors speakers to discuss careers and issues in consultant and senior care pharmacy. Opportunities are available to learn about senior care pharmacy practice through site visits to pharmacies and long term care facilities. Student projects focus on the needs of elderly patients. The chapter works closely with North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP) Chronic Care Forum and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). Students have the opportunity to attend state and national meetings.
Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) is an interdenominational group open to all pharmacy students and faculty. The goal of the fellowship is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and encourage fellow believers. As such, dedication to spiritual growth, fellowship among pharmacy students, and serving the Lord through the practice of pharmacy is emphasized. The organization meets weekly to hear such speakers as Campbell pharmacy faculty, community members, or classmates. Other functions include local community service, hosting an annual chili cook-off and dessert bake-off, providing a special Easter service for all students and faculty, and supporting student missions.
Kappa Epsilon is a national, professional fraternity that promotes women in pharmacy. We strive to achieve academic excellence, foster professional awareness, and to provide lasting loyalties, interests and friendships. This organization was founded in May of 1921, and the Alpha Rho chapter at Campbell began in 1987. KE fosters five purposes or ideals: to unite women in pharmacy, to cooperate with the faculties of colleges where chapters are established, to stimulate in its members a desire for high scholarship, to foster a professional consciousness, and lastly to provide a bond of lasting loyalty, interest, and friendship. Our chapter participates in community, professional and university activities. Alpha Rho strives to promote breast cancer awareness as our national professional project by participating in community health fairs as well as providing information to campus faculty.
Kappa Psi is the oldest pharmacy fraternity in the nation. On April 23, 1988, the Delta Lambda Chapter of Kappa Psi was established at Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The fraternity sponsors many activities within the university and the community including blood pressure screenings, a fall and spring blood drive, and a Halloween Carnival for the children at Falcon Children’s Home. Kappa Psi holds an Annual Cadet Ball in the spring at Myrtle Beach, SC, as well as various social events throughout the year. During its relatively short existence here at Campbell, Delta Lambda has received many prestigious awards including the National Scholarship Tray in 1991 and being named Province II Chapter of the Year in 1991, and continuously from 1993-1999. Delta Lambda’s highest award was recognition as Kappa Psi’s Best Collegiate Chapter in the Nation in 1993 and second in 1994 at the Grand Council Convention.
The student chapter of National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) is an organization established to promote community pharmacy. It stands for those interested in independent retail pharmacy. NCPA represents many different specialties within pharmacy such as compounding, long term care consulting, home infusion, and disease state management in areas like diabetes and respiratory care. The organization is also very active in political issues that face community pharmacists. Our chapter often sponsors speakers to come and raise our awareness of what direction independent pharmacy is headed. In the past, we have had visitors from the National NCPA headquarters, compounding pharmacists, and Campbell graduates who now practice in their own community pharmacies. NCPA has coordinated blood pressure screenings and patient counseling clinics with independent pharmacy owners. This is one way members can experience pharmaceutical care in a retail setting. Other community service projects have been Hurricane Mitch relief donations, canned food drives, sponsoring families at Thanksgiving, and many others throughout the past. Annually, we have two large fund raising drives: selling Halloween candy bags and Valentine’s Day candy bags. Opportunities in NCPA are endless. Each year, fifteen scholarships from the national association are offered to pharmacy students from each pharmacy school in the nation. Campbell is proud to have had students receive this award in the past. There is a yearly mid-year meeting of NCPA where students are encouraged to network with other students and potential employers. In addition, NCPA hosts student interns at its national headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Pharmacy Alumni Student Association (PASA) facilitates an active relationship between pharmacy students and alumni of the institution to enhance their professional development and prepare them to serve as future alumni leaders. The student organization promotes the quality, pride, loyalty, and traditions of the college through services, programming, and special events preparing students to serve as future alumni leaders. PASA offers numerous networking, professional development and leadership opportunities for its member.
The focus of Campbell University’s Pharmacy Legislative Interest Group is for students to learn and be engaged in the legislative process in order protect the future of pharmacy. Members do this by learning about current issues facing pharmacy and thus becoming a resource for other pharmacy school organizations. PLIG’s intention is to educate pharmacy students and others on how pharmacists will be able to be a more politically engaging group of professionals.
The Pharmacy Student Executive Board is the principal board for all pharmacy organizations within the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. It is made up of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, a P1 liaison, and Presidential appointed chairs and subcommittees. The Officers are elected every February with a 60% majority vote from the pharmacy student body. The Board was established with the main purpose of being the vehicle to voicing student concerns to the college of pharmacy administration. PSEB also financially assists pharmacy organizations in CPHS for activities such as conferences, the talent show, and the Apothecary Ball. PSEB maintains a room, on the second floor of Maddox Hall, provided by Drs. Russ and Holly Mantooth, 1992 PharmD graduates from the Campbell’s program. Meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month.
Phi Delta Chi, founded on November 2, 1883 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a professional coed organization that was established to advance the sciences of pharmacy and to promote a sense of fraternalism among its members. The Beta Kappa Chapter of Phi Delta Chi, founded on March 18, 1988 at Campbell University serves pharmacy and the Buies Creek community through various activities. This chapter has a strong Christian foundation, but is open to all religions.
Phi Lambda Sigma is the national society for the recognition of those students, alumni, and faculty of pharmacy who have exhibited outstanding service and leadership for the advancement of the profession of pharmacy. The goal of the Alpha Zeta Chapter, established in 1990, is to encourage, recognize, and promote leadership within the pharmacy profession. Special attention is given to developing leadership qualities among students. Member selection is based on a student’s ability to demonstrate exemplary leadership, dedicated service to the advancement of the profession, and scholastic achievement.
Rho Chi is the national honor society for pharmacy and as such is recognized in national and international academic circles. The fundamental objective of Rho Chi is to promote the advancement of the pharmaceutical sciences through the encouragement and recognition of sound scholarship. High standards of intellectual and scholarly achievement are requisites for election to membership. The Gamma Iota Chapter, established at Campbell University School of Pharmacy on April 15, 1994, seeks to increase the awareness of pharmacists about the ethical and social responsibilities of the profession of pharmacy. In part, this is accomplished by public recognition (symbolized by the awarding of the Rho Chi pin) of high intellectual and scholarly achievement among the students, alumni, and faculty of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Rho Chi is the honor society in which students are inducted in February of each year. Students may first be inducted in their P2 year.
Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) is the student affiliate of the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA). SNPhA is an education and service association focusing on pharmacy, health care issues, and the need for greater minority representation in pharmacy and pharmaceutical science. The purpose of SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate, and execute programs geared toward the improvement of the health, social, and educational environment of the community, while providing opportunities for professional development. The organization strives to develop leadership skills, provide education about national health care issues, develop a positive image of minority health professionals, educate minority communities about diseases and better health care practices, and develop the role of minority health professionals as vital members of the health care team.
The Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SSCP) at Campbell is the student chapter of the American College of Clinical pharmacy. The purpose of SCCP is to “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.” This organization holds monthly meetings to present various opportunities in clinical pharmacy, host guest speakers, and present information on topics like preparing for residency programs. National opportunities include a program titled “How to be an outstanding residency candidate,” and the Annual Meeting which is held in October every year.
Key events hosted by SCCP throughout the year include the ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge which is held every August. It is a preliminary competition to select the CPHS representatives for the national ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge. SCCP also hosts the Annual CPHS Graduate Research Symposium every April, an inter-disciplinary event where students and faculty showcase their research in a college-wide poster session.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 88,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy. APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy’s role in the nation’s health care system.
The Student Assembly (SA) is an APTA component comprised of all student members and focuses on issues relating to students.
The Student Assembly was established to represent the concerns of students throughout the country in our evolving health care system. Student involvement in Association activities is paramount to the future of the physical therapy profession. Involvement in the Student Assembly is a perfect opportunity for students to learn about issues, become involved, and meet lifelong acquaintances. All students must work toward a common goal; that is, to learn about the profession and how to help advance the profession as we move toward managed care.
Physical Therapy Student Government Association
Physician Assistant Program
North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants promotes and represents the physician assistant profession in North Carolina through education, quality services, and advocacy of optimal health care. Activities: NCAPA Student Medical Challenge Bowl Conferences: Summer and Winter Annual NCAPA CME Conferences
Pi Alpha is the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) National Honor Society for Physician Assistants. The society was created for “the recognition and promotion of significant academic achievement, leadership, research, and community/professional service; and the encouragement of a high standard of character and conduct among both physician assistant students and graduates.” Student membership in Pi Alpha is an honor bestowed on a graduating student in recognition not only of scholastic achievement (the minimum professional grade point average is 3.5 on a 4.0 scale) but also demonstrated excellence in research, publishing, community professional service, or leadership activities. The total number of student members cannot exceed 15 percent of the graduating class.
The Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) is a unique part of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), as it was established in 1978 with its own bylaws, a Student Board of Directors, and a legislative and policy-making body. The Student Academy does not have individual members, as the student members join AAPA; instead SAAAPA’s members consist of the registered student society at each accredited PA program. The students’ voices can be heard through their student society representative to the Student Academy’s Assembly of Representatives (AOR), SAAAPA’s legislative and policy-making body. Activities: SAAPA Annual Student Medical Challenge Bowl Conferences: AAPA Annual Conference
The Wallace Student Society, named after Campbell’s president, Dr. Jerry Wallace, is a student organization within the Physician Assistant Program. Its members are PA students dedicated to philanthropy and community service. The Wallace Student Society’s primary goal is to encourage prevention and health promotion in rural communities through patient education and charity fundraising while simultaneously becoming better healthcare providers. All WSS members are also active members with the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).Learn more about WSS
The Student Advisory Board (SAB) for Clinical Research, was established with the primary objective of instituting and maintaining open lines of communication between the Clinical Research master’s degree students in Research Triangle Park and the university administration in Buies Creek. Today, the board consists of nine student members, many of whom hold full-time positions with pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations (CROs) in RTP. In addition, students from the PharmD and BS in Clinical Research programs are represented. The SAB serves as the liaison for the clinical research students and meets with members of the administration to discuss issues facing the students. Through these discussions, the SAB works with the faculty and administration to provide programs for all clinical research students.
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists provides a dynamic international forum for the exchange of knowledge among scientists to enhance their contributions to health. We offer timely scientific programs, ongoing education, opportunities for networking, and professional development. The Campbell University Student Chapter of AAPS has been active since 2007. There are regular meetings on campus about once a month during the academic year. There are also opportunities to attend local seminars, or present original research at the annual national meeting or at an annual student research conference. To learn more, contact the student chapter faculty advisor, Chris Breivogel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-893-1702, or visit the www.aaps.org.
The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) is the world’s largest not-for-profit association whose purpose is to promote the interests of engineers and other professionals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnical industries. The goal of the student chapter of ISPE is to familiarize students, faculty, and other interested individuals with the many aspects of the pharmaceutical, biotechnical, and related biomedical disciplines. Through meetings, conferences, and seminars, ISPE promotes educational exchanges, the development of career opportunities, and networking with professionals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnical industries. The students who want to join ISPE can now do so on-line. Please visit www.ispe.org for more information.
The Public Health Association (PHA) is a student organization within the Public Health Program at Campbell University. The PHA is open to graduate and undergraduate students. Our organization began in 2012 along with the first cohort of students in the Masters of Science in Public Health Program. Our mission is to improve public health, inspire healthy lifestyles, foster civic engagement, and eliminate health disparities in North Carolina and the world. We aspire to exemplify the highest ethical conduct and instill community responsibility while perpetuating professional growth. Our organization is also heavily involved in community service in the Harnett County area. The PHA at Campbell University is also proud to be associated with the American Public Health Association (APHA). In the fall of 2014, we will be sending our first group of representatives to the APHA national convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.