Message from the Dean
Thank you for your interest in South College School of Pharmacy. We are honored to invite you to visit our program either virtually through our website or in person via one of our on-campus information sessions.
Our mission is to “prepare pharmacy students to be proficient practitioners who deliver team-oriented, patient care with advocacy and compassion to diverse populations.” As a student pharmacist at South College School of Pharmacy, you will be able to complete your Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) in 3 years. We offer the only 3-year Doctor of Pharmacy program in the state of Tennessee. Completing your PharmD in 3 years affords you the advantage of entering the workforce one year earlier, or completing your degree and a postgraduate year one (PGY1) residency in 4 years as opposed to 5 years through a traditional program.
South College School of Pharmacy is equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms and research laboratories designed to deliver and foster a dynamic and active learning environment. Our faculty are recognized in their field of study, whether it be in pharmacy practice or pharmaceutical sciences. Supporting our faculty and your success is a dedicated, caring and nurturing professional staff. Additionally, our students are offered leadership and volunteer opportunities through our many student organizations.
Once again, THANK YOU, for your interest in South College School of Pharmacy. I encourage you to follow your dreams in pursuing a career in pharmacy, as this is an incredible profession filled with unlimited opportunities.
William M. Gentry, PharmD
The mission of South College School of Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacy students to be proficient practitioners who deliver team-oriented, patient care with advocacy and compassion to diverse populations. The School of Pharmacy achieves its mission through commitment to excellence in education, scholarly activity including research, service, and patient care.
The vision of South College School of Pharmacy is to become a regionally recognized provider of pharmacy education, patient care, and research.
Excellence among pharmacy students and faculty will be achieved through an environment that respects the individual, values diversity, instills integrity and ethical behavior, encourages academic attainment, inspires professionalism, motivates service, creates a commitment to lifelong learning, fosters innovation, sustains a culture of cooperation and collaboration, promotes leadership, and recognizes academic inquiry and freedom.
Strategic Priorities and Goals
Strategic Priority 1: Educational Outcomes (Curriculum)
Goal 1: Deliver a curriculum that provides student pharmacists with the knowledge, competencies, skills, and abilities needed to practice pharmacy.
Goal 2: Develop pharmacists who are committed to life-long learning and delivery of team- oriented patient care with advocacy and compassion.
Goal 3: Maintain an annual NAPLEX and MPJE pass-rate within ± 5% of the national average as reported by the office of Academic Affairs and Assessment (AAAO) by mid-March of each calendar year.
Strategic Priority 2: Infrastructure & Governance
Goal 4: Recruit, develop, and retain faculty, preceptors, and staff dedicated to the Mission, Vision, and Goals of the School of Pharmacy.
Goal 5: Maintain effective operations in the School of Pharmacy.
Strategic Priority 3: Practice of Pharmacy
Goal 6: Advance pharmacy practice through education, research, innovative and collaborative practice models, and public health initiatives.
Goal 7: Collaborate with community and professional organizations.
Strategic Priority 4: Students & Academic Environment
Goal 8: Recruit, enroll, and retain qualified student pharmacists with diverse backgrounds.
Goal 9: Provide an environment conducive for personal and professional development.
Strategic Priority 5: Scholarly Activity
Goal 10: Promote scholarly activities that contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge, pharmacy practice, and healthcare.
Student Learning Outcomes
The South College School of Pharmacy faculty have developed curricular abilities that are individualized, focused, and consistent with the Center for the Advancement of Pharmaceutical Education (CAPE) educational outcomes, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) supplements, the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) competency statements, and the Medication Therapy Management (MTM) (all total of 362 competencies). All of these abilities and outcomes were given codes for easy reference and future database linking.
I. Demonstrate Fundamental Knowledge and Skills
II. Apply Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making Abilities
III. Exhibit Professional Behavior and Ethical Conduct
IV. Engage in Continuing Professional Development
V. Communicate and Collaborate Effectively
VI. Provide Patient-Centered Care
VII. Manage Healthcare Systems
VIII. Promote Public Health and Wellness