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Handbook

College of Pharmacy Advising Programs

1. Peer Advising Program

Because some students feel more comfortable knowing they can connect with other students, when necessary, the College of Pharmacy offers a peer advising program designed to help first-year students adjust to their new academic environment. Peer Advisors are second- or third-year students who want to assist new students. Peer Advisors can offer advice and assistance from the perspective of another student who recently faced the same issues.

2. Faculty Advising Program

Faculty advising within the College of Pharmacy differs from traditional advising in that course selection is not a major aspect of the advising process. Because of the lock-step curriculum, students have a choice only regarding which elective courses and clerkships they may take throughout their time here.

Advising is one of the first opportunities students encounter to develop professional relationships with members of the faculty. It is part of the education that takes place outside the classroom and its benefits can last a lifetime.

Advisor’s Role

  • Meet with your advisee hopefully at least once a semester, but preferable more often.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding student records and discussions.
  • Be available; make sure students know how to contact you for a meeting; return phone calls.
  • Become familiar with student services available on campus.
  • Show interest in the student's development and performance in academics, professional activities, etc.
  • Discuss any academic difficulties that a student is experiencing and make appropriate referrals.
  • Discuss career opportunities in pharmacy.
  • Encourage students to work up to their potential; to set goals and make plans to achieve them.