Service Learning and Co-Curricular Programs
PCOM School of Pharmacy's (SOP) Service Learning Program and Co-Curricular Program
are designed to actively engage students in service and educational activities.
These programs promote individual development, the school's mission, lifelong learning and service to local communities.
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Service Learning Program
All PCOM SOP students are required to participate in service learning while enrolled
in the Doctor of Pharmacy program.
The SOP requires each PharmD student complete a minimum of 45 service hours by the
completion of the third professional year.
Some community service activities are required as part of the curriculum. Although
these activities are required, students have the option of submitting approval of
the time spent at these activities.
All 45 hours of service and the aforementioned required activities must be accomplished
in order for students to qualify for a degree and to graduate from the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Participation in the program often requires students to complete service
hours after school hours, on weekends and/or holidays in order to fulfill their requirement.
Completion of all service hours will be tracked by the SOP.
Student professional development includes learning experiences contained within the
didactic, experiential and interprofessional curricula to meet these expectations
and standards. Student performance in these experiences is documented for achievement
of professionalism outcomes of the program. In addition to curricular experiences,
PCOM students will be expected to supplement and achieve competency in the affective
domain related outcomes through involvement in co-curricular activities. Co-curricular
activities (CCAs) are intentionally developed by the school, student organizations
or individuals outside of the curriculum and can be used to document competency in
the affective domain elements.
PCOM students will be required to complete required or elective pre-approved co-curricular
experiences each year in the PharmD program.
In order to achieve competency in affective domain outcomes, the SOP has developed
co-curricular activities and learning strategies linked to the school's key standards:
self-awareness, leadership, innovation/entrepreneurship, professionalism, cultural
sensitivity, education, advocacy and communication.
Students must complete a total of 15 co-curricular activities before entering the
fourth professional year:
- First professional year: 4 CCAs (two required and two elective)
- Second professional year: 5 CCAs (three required and two elective)
- Third professional year: 5 CCAs (three required and two elective)
- Students must also attend one (1) local, state, national or international professional
pharmacy meeting during the first three years.
Evaluations and feedback
Students must complete the activity (minimum of one hour) and submit a guided reflection
for required and elective co-curricular activities each professional year according
to the above schedule.
As part of continuous professional development and documentation of learning, each
student must meet with their faculty advisor once per term to discuss their professional
development and receive feedback on completed co-curricular activities.