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Pharmacy Student Resources
Get the information and resources you need to prepare for the School of Pharmacy at USJ.
As an admitted student, you are required to attend our New Student Orientation Week prior to the start of class.
Students enrolled in the Pharmacy program are required to maintain health insurance coverage during their attendance at USJ.
The Key Components of Our Health Requirements Are:
- Vaccination records
- Physical examination
- Tuberculosis testing
All documents should be uploaded to My Health, the Student Health Portal on my.usj.edu. We recommend that you keep copies of all documents and forms that you send in. Having a digital copy of these records will prove valuable during your student and professional career.
For specifics regarding immunization requirements please refer to your admissions packet for new students or to the Pharmacy Program Student Handbook for current students.
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Housing for students is available around the Hartford area. This listing of off-campus housing does not represent an endorsement or recommendation as to the quality or appropriateness of the housing; rather, it contains possibilities that you may wish to consider in your search.
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USJ’s Doctor of Pharmacy program includes two major experiential education components.
The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)
- Begin in the very first semester
- Offered concurrently with didactic classes to reinforce learning experience
- Scheduled as a two-week segment at the end of the P1 Fall semester, a four-week segment in May of the P1 year, and a two-week segment at the beginning of the P2 Spring semester.
The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)
- Six, six-week APPEs occur during the final year of the curriculum
- Integrate classroom knowledge, professional performance, and professionalism
- Ensure competency in the provision of patient care
- Include four required rotations (one each in institutional/hospital practice, advanced community practice, ambulatory care and adult acute care) and two elective rotations
Please note: reliable transportation is a requirement. Students are placed in rotations on a random basis at sites in CT, MA, and RI. No special exceptions can be made. The School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies reserves the right to place students in any location to ensure graduation requirements are met.
Current students and Preceptors can find the USJ Pharmacy Practice Experience Manual and other useful information about the program in the Documents Library of their CORE ELMS account.
Become familiar with state regulations regarding pharmacy internship and licensure. Each state has very specific regulations concerning pharmacy interns as well as pharmacy licensure.
- It is your responsibility to become familiar with state regulations to ensure your experiential hours can be counted toward your state’s licensure requirements.
- A pharmacy intern license from the State of Connecticut is required of all students before you can begin any Pharmacy Practice Experience rotation, even if you have an intern registration in another state.
- Proof of Connecticut intern licensure must be provided to the USJ Doctor of Pharmacy Office of Experiential Education before beginning any experiential education rotation.
Complete State Laws & Regulations:
APhA – American Pharmacists Association
The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852, is the first-established professional society of pharmacists in the United States. The association consists of more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in the profession.
Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP). The SSHP is the student affiliate organization of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), which is the national professional association that represents pharmacists who are associated with the practice of pharmacy in the institutional setting, i.e., hospitals, nursing centers, Health Maintenance Organizations, etc. ASHP is an extremely active organization with not only annual meetings, but also regional and mid-year clinical conferences. The Mid-Year Clinical meeting of ASHP probably attracts the largest number of pharmacists to any meeting of its kind. ASHP publishes a number of journals, including The American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy. The Connecticut Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (CSHP) is the statewide chapter of the ASHP.
NCPA – National Community Pharmacists Association
Founded in 1898, the National Community Pharmacists Association is the voice for independent pharmacy, representing 21,000 pharmacies and employing more than 250,000 individuals nationwide. Independent pharmacy is a $75.8 billion marketplace. Community pharmacists are local health care problem-solvers who can customize solutions to local health challenges for groups and employers.
Kappa Psi – Pharmaceutical Fraternity
Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Incorporated, is the largest professional pharmaceutical fraternity in the world with more than 6000 student members and more than 87000 alumi members. It was founded in 1879 at Russell Military Academy in New Haven, Connecticut as the Society of Kappa Psi.
AMCP – Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
AMCP is a professional organization representing the interests of pharmacists who practice in managed care settings. It publishes the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.
Rho Chi – International Honor Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Rho Chi is an international honor society for pharmaceutical sciences. It was founded on May 19, 1922, to “encourage high scholastic achievement and fellowship among students in pharmacy and to promote the pharmaceutical sciences.”
Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS). 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. Phi Lambda Sigma honors leadership. Members are selected by peer recognition.
American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). The American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) is a professional and scientific society that provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources enabling clinical pharmacists to achieve excellence in practice, research, and education. ACCP is the professional home for clinical pharmacy practitioners, scientists, educators, administrators, students, residents, and fellows from more than 60 countries committed to excellence in clinical pharmacy.
SGA – Student Government Association
As a member of the Student Government Association, you will become an advocate for students; facilitate effective communication between faculty, staff, and students; and promote a vibrant and inclusive campus community through club and leadership development.
ASHP – American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is a professional organization that represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory care settings. The organization’s 45,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians.
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USJ School of Pharmacy Staff
Contact Us: William Mabee Laurie Pencz Andrea N. Baggetta, M.A.
Executive Assistant to the Dean – School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies
Administrative Assistant – Office of Experiential Education
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Experience – School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies
Andrea N. Baggetta, M.A.