Pharmacy student organizations must be officially recognized by the Dean of the College of Pharmacy in order to qualify for student activity fee funds. Formal recognition requires that the organization meets the following requirements:
Student chapters of two national professional fraternities are located at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. Each sponsors a number of professional service and social activities each year.
The Gamma Omicron Chapter of Kappa Psi - the largest and oldest national pharmacy fraternity founded in 1879 - was inaugurated in 1923. A major service function of this organization is the education of senior citizens about their medications.
The Rho Chapter of Phi Delta Chi was established in 1913. The major service functions include the operation of diabetes and hypertension screening programs in community pharmacies.
The purpose of Phi Lambda Sigma, also known as the national Pharmacy Leadership Society, is to promote the development of leadership qualities, especially among pharmacy students. By peer recognition, the Society encourages participation in all pharmacy activities. Since membership crosses fraternal and organizational lines, the Society does not compete with other pharmacy organizations.
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All students on the Oklahoma City and Tulsa campuses are members of the Health Sciences Center Student Association. The Health Sciences Center Student Association Council is the principal student governing body. Each college has three representatives on the council, including the president of each student council and two other elected members. The Health Sciences Center Student Association is supported by student activity fees.
The Pharmacy Student Executive Council is the student governing body in the College of Pharmacy, and is composed of two representatives elected from the membership of each recognized pharmacy student organization and the president and vice president of each pharmacy class.
The Pharmacy Student Executive Council coordinates student participation in college activities and administers the budget derived from student activity fees. Student activities include a Student/Faculty Retreat, Parent's Day, Pharmacy Day, and Convocation. The Executive Council nominates students to serve as delegates or committee members, and provides pharmacy student representation in various college and university activities.
Phi Lambda Sigma is a national honor society established to promote and recognize leadership in pharmacy. The society was established at Auburn University in 1965 and Alpha Epsilon was initiated in 1990 at the University of Oklahoma.
Rho Chi is the principal national honor society of pharmacy and was founded at the University of Michigan in 1917. Gamma Chapter at the University of Oklahoma was established in 1922 and was the third in the nation. Membership in this prestigious society is by invitation to those with an outstanding record of academic performance. Invitations may be extended to students who have completed the fall semester of the second professional (P-2) year, maintained at least a B (3.0) average, and rank in the upper twenty percent of their class.
The Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) is the largest of the student professional organizations and is the student branch of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Members of ASP receive a number of benefits including a monthly newsletter and the ability to purchase other publications at reduced rates, participation in a national placement service, and the opportunity to attend local, regional, and national professional meetings.
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) was formerly known as the National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD). The student chapter of NCPA provides opportunities for students to become involved in issues and activities related to community pharmacy.
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) is acknowledged as the leading organization for pharmacists who provide drug therapy management services and medication distribution to older adults and others with chronic illness. ASCP is home to over 7000 professionals recognized and valued for their role in improving quality of care and quality of life for America’s seniors wherever they reside. The Oklahoma student chapter of ASCP is a professional organization geared toward familiarizing members with roles in clinical pharmacy, specifically for the senior population.
The Oklahoma Pharmacists Association (OPhA) provides student membership to all pharmacy students in the state of Oklahoma and encourages their participation in all activities of the Association. Students receive the Oklahoma Pharmacist, may serve on OPhA committees, and have the opportunity to attend district and state professional meetings.
The Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP) is affiliated with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the student chapter of OSHP provides membership in both organizations. Student members have the opportunity to participate in activities related to institutional and systems related pharmacy issues.
The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) was founded in 1972 as the student affiliate of the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA). SNPhA is an educational and service association of pharmacy students and high school affiliated members, concerned about pharmacy, and health care issues; and the need for greater minority representation in pharmacy and other health professions.