Pharmacy Student Organizations

Professional Student Organizations

American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)

The mission of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) is to improve human health by extending the frontiers of clinical pharmacy through leadership, professional development, and advocacy. ACCP is dedicated to excellence in patient care, research and education. The student ACCP chapter aims to provide information about careers and opportunities within the field of clinical pharmacy to students. As members of ACCP, students will advocate for the role of clinical pharmacists in providing patient care, including evaluation of the patient and his or her pharmacotherapeutic needs. ACCP membership provides students with professional development, enhancement of research skills, and service and leadership opportunities.

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is a professional society of pharmacists and associates who serve patients and the public through the promotion of pharmaceutical care and sound medication management to achieve positive patient outcomes. AMCP further provides students with information about the field of managed care pharmacy and its associated career opportunities. The AMCP student chapter conducts an annual Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committee competition for professional students and is active in promoting patient access to affordable medications.

Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP)

The Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) is an academy within the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). ASP has been an integral part of APhA for over 40 years and boasts thousands of members across pharmacy schools nationwide. Its mission is to be the collective voice of student pharmacists, to provide opportunities for professional growth, to improve patient care, and to envision and advance the future of pharmacy. APhA-ASP provides unique and professional opportunities for student pharmacists ranging from leadership programs, policy and advocacy, fundraising events, and a focus on patient care screening events. Seven patient care committees including Operation Diabetes, Operation Immunization, Operation Heart, Operation Reproductive Health, Operation Substance Use Disorders, OTC Medicine Safety, and Women's Health Campaign allow student pharmacists to provide medication and disease state education to patients in the surrounding Duquesne community.

American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) empowers pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to enhance quality of care for all older persons through the appropriate use of medication and the promotion of healthy aging. The local chapter was formed in 2012 to educate student pharmacists regarding their future role in managing geriatric patient care. The organization provides various opportunities to explore the Consultant Pharmacist career path while serving the elderly population.

College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP)

The Duquesne University School of Pharmacy chapter of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) was officially recognized by the School in the spring of 2016. CPNP is a professional society of pharmacists and student pharmacists that promotes excellence in pharmacy practice, education, and research to optimize treatment outcomes of individuals affected by psychiatric and neurologic disorders. The mission of CPNP is to advance the reach and practice of neuropsychiatric pharmacists. The vision of CPNP is that every individual living with psychiatric or neurologic disorder has a care team that includes a neuropsychiatric pharmacist accountable for optimal medication therapy. Members of this organization work directly with patients and caregivers to apply clinical knowledge and skills, educate and train healthcare professionals, and develop new knowledge in order to improve health outcomes for these individuals. Patient recovery and an improved quality of life are important outcomes in the treatment of psychiatric and neurologic disorders.

H.E.A.R.T.

Founded in 1990, Helping to Educate and Rehabilitate Together (H.E.A.R.T.) was established as a student organization at Duquesne University. Its membership is comprised of concerned pharmacy students who have an interest in or whose lives have been affected by the problems associated with substance use disorders. H.E.A.R.T hopes to diminish the prevalence of substance use disorders among pharmacy students, pharmacists, and the community through education and enhanced awareness of this illness. H.E.A.R.T. features guest speakers who are in recovery and other health care professionals who specialize in addiction and substance use disorders. The organization further assists in the planning and organizing of the Interprofessional Substance Use Disorder Awareness Program for all first professional year pharmacy students and students enrolled in the School of Health Sciences.

Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO)

The student chapter of Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO) is the most recent addition to the family of professional student pharmacy organizations at Duquesne. IPhO is dedicated to advancing the careers of pharmacists in industry. Its mission is to provide timely and relevant information to its membership, raise awareness among employers about the role that pharmacists can play in drug development and appropriate medication counseling, provide targeted resources and coaching to enhance continuing education and professional development of its members, create opportunities for members to network and exchange ideas, and provide access to employment opportunities available in the pharmaceutical industry.

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) is an organization dedicated to promoting independent pharmacy practice. It is committed to developing a business-minded perspective towards pharmacy in order to provide optimal healthcare to the public. The NCPA student chapter participates in the annual business plan competition, which helps to foster the development of the student pharmacist as both a practitioner and entrepreneur.

Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA)

The mission of the Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA) is to improve the lives of children by advocating for safe and effective medication use in children through collaboration, advocacy, research, and education. The PPA advances its mission by promoting awareness of optimal medication therapy in conjunction with other health care professionals through the coordination of an effective communication network. The Duquesne University chapter was formed in 2012.

Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association/Allegheny County Pharmacists Association (PPA/ACPA)

As the leading voice of pharmacy in the state, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association - Allegheny County Pharmacists Association (PPA-ACPA) Academy of Student Pharmacists promotes the profession through advocacy, education, and communication to enhance patient care and public health PPA-ACPA is a professional organization comprised of licensed pharmacists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others who reside, work, attend college, or are interested in pharmacy in Pennsylvania. Chartered as a professional student pharmacy organization on the Duquesne University campus during the 2007-2008 academic year, the student chapter strives to raise awareness about the important role pharmacists and student pharmacists play in health care. It does so by providing educational outreach to the general public and by meeting with state legislators to advocate for the profession of pharmacy and the patients that we serve.

Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists (PSHP)

The Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists (PSHP), otherwise referred to as the Student Society of Health System Pharmacists (SSHP), exposes student pharmacists to the multitude of practice settings within health system pharmacy such as hospital practice, infusion services, and long-term care. PSHP/SSHP promotes safe, proper and cost-effective medication use, serves as an advocate for patient access to appropriate drug therapy, enhances public awareness of the value of care provided by pharmacists, and promotes pharmacy as an essential component of the health care team. It further encourages student pharmacists to seek postgraduate residencies aimed at higher education and advanced patient care. PSHP/SSHP is responsible for service events, advocacy activities, and residency informational sessions throughout the academic year. PSHP/SSHP hopes to better prepare student pharmacists as they enter the health system setting, as well as encourage student pharmacists to achieve leadership positions both within the pharmacy profession as well as within their future prospective practice setting.

Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS)

The Eta Chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS), a national honorary pharmacy leadership society, was chartered at Duquesne University in 1980. The society recognizes and encourages leadership in the profession of pharmacy. The society selects students for membership who have completed at least one semester of the professional curriculum and have demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities. PLS hosts the annual Student Leadership Retreat and Spring Induction and Awards Ceremony, actively engages in community service, and promotes other projects and initiatives focused on leadership development among both its members and non-members.

Rho Chi Society

Rho Chi is a national honor society recognizing the scholastic achievement of the top 20 percent of each year's pharmacy class, based upon a cumulative grade point average. The society was granted a charter at Duquesne University in 1941 as the Alpha Beta Chapter. Members are inducted into this prestigious organization during the spring semester of the PY2 year. Rho Chi takes pride as leaders in the profession by encouraging and recognizing intellectual excellence. It honors pharmacy students for achieving and exemplifying the highest standards of academic integrity, knowledge, and skill. As part of its chapter mission and initiatives, members of the Rho Chi Society offer individual tutoring services and exam review sessions to pharmacy students enrolled at Duquesne University.

Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)

The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) was founded in 1972 as the student affiliate of the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA). The student chapter of SNPhA at Duquesne University was established in 2002. SNPhA is an education and service association of student pharmacists who are concerned about pharmacy and health care issues and the need for greater minority representation in pharmacy and other health professions. It is dedicated to serving the underserved.


Professional Pharmacy Fraternities

Kappa Epsilon (KE)

Kappa Epsilon (KE) is a professional fraternity for student pharmacists. The mission of Kappa Epsilon is to unite pharmacy students, faculty, and alumni dedicated to empower its members to achieve personal and professional competence, to develop leaders within the profession and community, and to provide professional and philanthropic services. It was granted a charter at Duquesne University as the Alpha Phi chapter in October 1999. Kappa Epsilon hosts multiple events in which its members can participate. An Annual Women's Health Luncheon is held each October with proceeds donated to various organizations that promote women's health. Other events include special dinners, lunches, ice cream socials, gatherings before meetings, Masses at the Duquesne University Chapel, and formals. Service projects include food and clothing drives, collections to send supplies to underdeveloped countries, a PCAT review for the pre-professional students, service at the local food back, and volunteer efforts at the Children's Institute in Pittsburgh.

Kappa Psi (KY)

Kappa Psi is the oldest and largest pharmaceutical fraternity in the world. It was founded in 1879 at the Russell Military Academy in New Haven, Connecticut. It currently includes collegiate and graduate chapters across the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas. The Delta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Psi at Duquesne University was founded in 1967. Responding to an increased number of women entering the pharmacy profession, Delta Epsilon amended its constitution in 1986 and began accepting women. Its mission is to advance the profession of pharmacy-educationally, fraternally and socially; to instill industry, sobriety, fellowship and high ideals in its members, and to foster scholarship and pharmaceutical research.

Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS)

Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS) is an international professional pharmacy fraternity that was founded at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1913. Tau Chapter was launched at Duquesne in 1932 with the purpose of promoting the profession of pharmacy among women. It continues to grow with the addition of the local alumni chapter. Recognized as the LKS Collegiate Chapter of the Year 2019-2020, the chapter philanthropy is Project HOPE, an organization that provides medical relief to countries in need. LKS participates in numerous service, professional, social, and fundraising events. Annual events include the Project HOPE Brunch, Ronald McDonald House volunteer days, charity events, women's health presentations, spring formal, Tree Teas, and dinner with alumni members. Involvement within the organization, university, and community is a key focus.

Phi Delta Chi (PDC)

Founded in 1960, the Duquesne University Beta Gamma Chapter of Phi Delta Chi (PDC) national pharmacy fraternity endeavors to integrate academic, spiritual, and social activities while fostering the highest professional and personal ideals. The Beta Gamma chapter at Duquesne is nationally heralded as one of the outstanding Phi Delta Chi chapters. Throughout its long and storied history, the chapter has won 13 Emory W. Thurston awards, which is Phi Delta Chi's highest honor. The chapter merited the Phi Delta Chi National Professional and Service Projects Award for its extensive work both on campus and in the surrounding community. It was further recognized by the Professional Fraternity Association, a national organization that encompasses professional fraternities and sororities from a variety of majors, by receiving its Outstanding Community Service Award. A fraternity of both men and women, PDC participates in annual "Movember" events and fundraising activities to support the fight against prostate cancer. Other philanthropies include St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Gilda's Club of Pittsburgh.