The College promotes the health and welfare of the citizens of Florida and the Nation by preparing graduates in Pharmacy to take independent professional responsibility for the outcome of drug therapy in patients. Graduates have the scientific and cultural background necessary to assume leadership roles in the profession and the community.
Additionally, the College:
- Promotes and fosters graduate education in pharmaceutical, clinical, administrative and psychosocial sciences. Its students are educated to become distinguished contributors to pharmacy and related disciplines.
- Provides faculty members the opportunity to develop fully as teachers and scholars.
- Supports development of quality research programs, which serve to advance the knowledge and skills of pharmacists, other health care professionals and the associated scientific community.
- Encourages leadership for the continuing professional growth and development of Pharmacy in Florida, nationally, and internationally.
- Cooperates in a service capacity with other institutions in the provision of specialty advanced training, as well as with the state and the profession in areas where the College Faculty possess unique expertise.
- Offers opportunities for practicing pharmacists to maintain and enhance their competencies for professional practice.
The College develops and maintains a curriculum of sufficient length and quality to be consistent with the professional concept of pharmaceutical care, with respect to American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the Center for the Advancement for Pharmaceutical Education Guidelines. The College prepares its graduates by:
- Raising awareness of sensitivity to cultural diversity in our population and teaching specific knowledge of the demographics of diseases.
- Developing a practitioner who values the welfare of patients and who can develop a caring, trusting relationship with patients.
- Teaching competencies in problem solving, critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills, and management of information using modern technology.
- Striving for continuous improvement in the quality of teaching.
- Improving the quality of successful applicants for admission in their academic performance and their potential to become high-caliber professional practitioners.
- Preparing graduates to actively participate as members of the health-care team and understand continuity of care.
- Providing students with opportunities to develop leadership skills.
Graduate & Postgraduate Education
To prepare graduates who are capable of assuming quality positions in academia, government, and the pharmaceutical industry, or enter academia with the ability to compete for the best positions, the College:
- Promotes an intellectual atmosphere that fosters a high regard for scholarship.
- Encourages the intellectual and professional growth of graduate students, technically in their discipline and as leaders among peers, through faculty mentoring.
- Provides opportunity for students to conduct research at the leading edge of their discipline.
- Trains clinical scientists capable of independent research that will be recognized nationally.
- Attracts students of the highest caliber and potential for scholarly achievement.
- Provides training and experience in teaching.
The College fosters high quality research in many disciplines, which include medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, pharmaceutics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapy and translational research.
- Encourage interdisciplinary research within and outside the college.
- Gain recognition from peers as a high quality, research-oriented college.
- Conduct and report results of research that is considered to be at the leading edge of the various disciplines.
- Publish results of original research in high quality journals as appropriate to the respective discipline.
To promote an understanding of factors impacting on the provision of pharmaceutical care in a dynamic health-care environment, the College encourages and assists faculty in these areas:
- Innovative instructional approaches and methods.
- New research skills in their own and related fields.
- Leadership and mentoring skills.
- Careers in academic leadership to gain the experiences needed.
- Self-renewal for senior faculty through sabbatical and development leaves and other activities that can engender a new spirit of enthusiasm for academic pursuits.
Employing faculty who are role models of pharmacy practice in their respective clinical areas, enables the college to provide community service, by faculty and students, in many areas relevant to pharmacy. We encourage and support:
- Faculty participation as members of editorial boards of scholarly journals and as members of peer review panels for granting agencies.
- Faculty participation in programs of continuing education for pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.
- Faculty participation in leadership roles in professional and scientific societies and in the community.
Leadership to the Profession
- Encourage and support student participation in professional organizations.
- Create forums on issues of significance to the profession.
- Publish scholarly articles of value to the profession in peer-reviewed journals.
Retraining of Practitioners
- Provide training in Pharmaceutical Care for practitioners.
- Offer the opportunity for practitioners holding the BS degree to earn the PharmD degree.
- Provide access for practitioners to the expertise of the faculty.
- Provide continuing educational programs to practitioners.
- Provide certificate programs in appropriate areas of Pharmacy Practice for practitioners who desire formal validation of their training.