“Preparing pharmacists from diverse backgrounds to provide care for a global community!”
This is a core value of the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy.
The College of Pharmacy began its academic year in July of 2012 possessing ACPE Full
accreditation status. Subsequently, it continued its monumental growth with the achievement
of several notable milestones. Our second cohort of student pharmacists, the Class
of 2013, graduated from Chicago State University during its May Commencement Ceremony.
The College continued to be a thriving community of scholars. Student organizations
grew and flourished. Students and faculty published numerous research articles and
delivered scientific presentations, received recognitions (internal and external)
for academic as well as professional achievements including the College’s third Schweitzer
Fellow, faculty research collaborations broadened, and professional practice partnerships
This is also a very exciting time for the profession of pharmacy. Pharmacists, as
some of the most highly respected members of the health care profession, have evolved
from dispensers of medications to providers of health care services. With the national
emergence of new roles for pharmacists to provide direct patient care within the Patient-Centered
Medical Home, Accountable Care Organizations, The Affordable Care Act, Medication
Therapy Management Practice, and other interprofessional team-based health care initiatives,
there is a foremost demand for highly prepared pharmacists to fulfill those roles.
The pharmacist’s ability to provide
care for patients is professionally rewarding and provides an opportunity to improve
the health of individuals as well as the community at large.
The College’s curriculum is dynamic and embraces a student-centered learning philosophy.
Through small group learning communities, students are expected to be active participants
in their learning. Faculty mentors work with students to help them achieve their full
academic and professional goals. The early integration of experiential education allows
students to apply their classroom knowledge in community, hospital, ambulatory care
and public health practice settings. These experiences place the student into a pharmacist’s
role by helping patients achieve positive health outcomes though safe and effective
medication use. Capstone research projects, required for program graduation, help
students to “connect the dots” between scientific discovery and clinical application.
These are but a few of the significant highlights and accomplishments of the College
that demonstrate our continued commitment to excellence. We offer a dynamic and challenging
program, which provides high quality educational experiences, to prepare outstanding
pharmacists for their roles in the “provision of care for a global community”. We
congratulate you on your decision to join us during this milestone year for our program
and contribute to this exceptional journey.
Miriam A. Mobley Smith, Pharm.D., FASHP
Dean and Professor
College of Pharmacy Chicago State University