School of Pharmacy Student Organizations

Student organizations within the School of Pharmacy provide students with opportunities for exposure to career opportunities, networking with students and practitioners, and professional development in areas such as leadership and clinical practice. All of these opportunities, in conjunction with the education received, contribute to the creation of successful practitioners for the workforce and active participants in the profession.

Student organizations are popular and very active at Pacific. They provide students the opportunity to not only become active in their profession, but also give back to the community. The following student organizations are recognized at the School of Pharmacy.

Associated Pacific Pharmacy Students (Student Senate)

APPS Senate serves as the governing body for Pacific University School of Pharmacy’s student organizations. It includes representatives from each class and from every student organization. Student Senate voting officers are elected. The main functions of the Student Senate include:

  • Providing networking and communication opportunities between organizations and with faculty
  • Determining distribution of Senate funds to organizations

All Pacific University School of Pharmacy students are members of the Student Senate and are welcome to attend meetings.

Class Officers

Coordinate activities, foster collegiality, and provide a communication conduit

  • Class members elect a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and activities director. The elections are scheduled as follows: P3 and P2 elections are held in the
    Spring, P1 in the Fall.
  • Sponsor social events throughout the year
  • Provide leadership training and skill development

Professional Student Senate (PSS)

Professional Student Senate (PSS) includes representatives from each professional program within the College of Health Professions (CHP), representing the needs of each of the professional programs, as well as the CHP as a whole.

Activities include distributing funds for hardship cases (for students), organizing interdisciplinary case conferences (ICC), distributing money to each class for events and graduation, approving research proposals, scheduling cultural and social events, etc.

Students in the School of Pharmacy elect three representatives: one each representing the P1 and P2 class, and one at-large member. Class representatives serve a two-year term, and at-large members serve a one-year term.

School of Pharmacy Student Ambassadors

Serve as a link between the school and potential and incoming students, liaison with the community, and support to the school’s admissions interview days. Provides leadership training, skill development and extensive networking.

  • Provides support at other School of Pharmacy events, such as the White Coat Ceremony, Benefactor Reception, Career Fair, and Recognition Program and Reception
  • Pre-pharmacy club fairs, high school and middle school fairs, and tours to visiting dignitaries
  • Leadership positions are determined by election in spring

Meet current Ambassadors Club leadership.

Pacific Pharmacy Students United (PPSU)

This umbrella student organization includes the national and state organizations for APhA and ASHP (details below). All P1 and P2 students are members of this organization, which will offer many opportunities for leadership, committee membership and social activities with your peers.

American Pharmacists Association Academy of Students of Pharmacy (APhA-ASP) and the Oregon State Pharmacists Association (OSPA) Student Chapter

The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is the student pharmacist section of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). The chapter also incorporates student involvement in the state-level organization Oregon State Pharmacy Association (OSPA).

APhA is engaged in a variety of policy and advocacy efforts on behalf of the profession. These activities are coordinated at the APhA-ASP chapter level by the APhA-ASP Policy VP.

APhA-ASP is also the Full Member Organization representing the United States to International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF). As the leading worldwide federation of student pharmacists, IPSF's goal is to advocate for student pharmacists and improve public health. At the chapter level, IPSF activities are coordinated by the APhA-ASP International VP.

APhA-ASP also coordinates several patient care initiatives under the supervision of the APhA-ASP Patient Care VP. Through these patient care initiatives, student pharmacists have the opportunity to provide outreach, patient education, and screenings to the public under preceptor guidance and supervision.

Generation Rx

Generation Rx is an educational program that increases public awareness of prescription medication abuse and encourages health care providers, community leaders, parents, teens, and college students to actively work to prevent abuse.

Operation Diabetes

Operation Diabetes seeks to help pharmacists and student pharmacists identify individuals in the community with previously undiagnosed diabetes and those who are at risk for developing the disease. In addition the program seeks to increase overall awareness of diabetes and the role pharmacists play in prevention and managing the effects of diabetes. By conducting blood glucose screenings and educating the public on the risk factors for diabetes, the importance of medication compliance, and tight control on blood glucose, student pharmacists can help individuals across the nation improve their quality of life. 

Operation Heart

As the public’s most accessible health care provider, pharmacists can play a significant role in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease (CVD). 

Operation Heart provides an opportunity for student pharmacists to support these efforts and address an unmet need in public health by helping patients identify and understand their risks for CVD. Through public awareness, community outreach, and patient-specific education on cardiovascular risk factors, student pharmacists can empower patients to take control of their health and prevent cardiovascular disease before it starts.

Operation Immunization

Operation Immunization is an education campaign designed to increase the public's knowledge of immunizations while raising the number of adults receiving immunizations. Participants include all of the APhA-ASP chapters with the help of trained practitioners and other healthcare professionals trained and certified to give immunizations.

Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety

OTC Medicine Safety promotes the safe use and storage of over-the-counter medicines. As the medication experts, who better than pharmacists and student pharmacists to serve in this vital role within communities across the U.S. 

Through OTC Medicine Safety, student pharmacists provide education on:

  • Reading medicine directions
  • Following OTC label directions
  • Proper measurement of medicine 
  • Safe storage and disposal of medicine
  • Consulting with parent or guardian before taking medications

American Society of Health‐System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Oregon Society of Health‐Systems Pharmacists (OSHP) Student Chapter

Represents the national and state organizations. Provides exposure to a broad view of career opportunities in the health-system pharmacy settings, residency training, and various activities.

  • Service projects include weekly Farmers Market Health Fair, Oregon Special Olympics Medfest/Healthy Athletes Event, medication education events, wine tasting fundraisers, Residency Roundtable events, etc.
  • Hosts the School’s round of the national ASHP Clinical Skills Competition
  • Participation in state and national meetings

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

This student organization represents the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) on campus. The organization was formed to encourage the education and support of the advancement of managed care pharmacy, enhance the common academic and professional interests of the student members, and offer professional opportunities and leadership within managed care pharmacy. The chapter was chartered in fall 2010.

Phi Delta Chi (PDC)

Phi Delta Chi is a professional pharmacy fraternity that values leadership, brotherhood, and advancing both the pharmacy profession and health care. It was founded in 1883, with charter status granted to Gamma Beta (Pacific’s Chapter) in 2007.

Brothers pursue opportunities for self-improvement and empowerment of others, and seek to establish relationships based on mentorship and trust. Our philanthropy is St. Jude, where everyone in the fraternity comes together to support and raise funds to support those involved. We are actively involved in supporting the community and are passionate about contributing to the greater good as well as professional development. Recruitment for P1 and P2 classes occurs in August, and continues throughout the month of September. Initiation will occurs each fall.

Kappa Psi

Kappa Psi is the largest and oldest professional pharmaceutical fraternity. Charted at Pacific University in 2011, Kappa Psi has strong values consisting of Fellowship, Integrity, Sobriety, and High Ideals. The Pacific University Chapter promotes the profession of pharmacy, lifelong bonding, and friendship.

  • Members of this fraternity participate in community service projects, professional development activities, and social events throughout the year
  • Pledging and initiation take place during Fall Semester

Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS)

Also known as the national Pharmacy Leadership Society, Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) promotes the development of leadership qualities, especially among pharmacy students

  • Members are selected by peer recognition. No greater honor can be bestowed upon an individual than to be recognized as a leader by one’s peers. Such recognition instills and enhances self-confidence, encourages the less active student to a more active role, and promotes greater effort toward the advancement of pharmacy.
  • Activities include ASHP leadership forum, women’s leadership seminar, and participation at other state and national meetings. PLS also coordinates the PUSOP mentorship program.

Operation HIV

This student organization partners with the Cascade AIDS Project to provide sexual health education and free HIV testing to campus and the community. Volunteer to walk in the Portland AIDS Walk, hand out free condoms at testing events, and build counseling skills by starting a conversation about Truvada for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and sexual health. Operation HIV promotes CAP’s mission: We support and empower all people with or affected by HIV, reduce stigma, and provide the LGBTQ+ community with compassionate healthcare.

Boxer Buddies

Boxer Buddies serves to support safe and effective medication use in children. In addition, Boxer Buddies aims to promote the field of pharmacy to pediatrics.

  • Volunteer at events with Randall Children’s Hospital – including their annual St. Baldrick’s Event
  • Assist Legacy Health with children’s bicycle helmet fittings
  • Provide leadership training and skill development