Student Organizations

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is a national professional association of pharmacists, health care practitioners and others who develop and provide clinical, educational and business management services on behalf of more than 200 million Americans covered by a managed pharmacy benefit. AMCP members are committed to a simple goal: providing the best available pharmaceutical care for all patients.

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Theresa Ofili

Academy of Student Pharmacists

Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) is the national professional student organization of the largest pharmacy society in the United States, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). ASP is an officially sanctioned academy within the structure of APhA. Professional development has long been recognized as a key issue in pharmacy education. APhA-ASP has made a commitment to actively promote the professional development of its members. The profession's attitudes and values must be instilled in students who, as pharmacists, will be responsible for maintaining the continuity of pharmacy as a profession.

The APhA-ASP professionalism initiative is based primarily on findings found in the White Paper on Pharmacy Student Professionalism published in the January/February 2000 edition of the (then) Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association (JAPhA). The college's ASP chapter is a member of Region VI which encompasses all the colleges of pharmacy in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. In addition, it is the student extension of the Texas Pharmacy Association and Coastal Bend Pharmacy Association. These two professional organizations and their affiliations with ASP allow pharmacy students to take an active role in professional activities at the regional, state and national levels. Students are encouraged to learn more about ASP by visiting its website.

Faculty Co-Advisers: Dr. Delaney Ivy and Dr. Heather Miller

Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International

Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) is a worldwide ministry consisting of individuals working in all areas of pharmaceutical service and practice. CPFI’s mission is to serve Christ and the world through pharmacy. The core values are to: 1) Provide fellowship; 2) Challenge and promote spiritual growth; 3) Encourage the advancement of knowledge and ethics in the practice of pharmacy; 4) Encourage evangelism and the integration of faith into practice; and 5) Provide support and opportunity for service in both home and foreign missions.

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Delaney Ivy 

International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research

International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) student chapter is affiliated with national ISPOR and is the leading global scientific and educational organization for health economics and outcomes research. ISPOR student chapter is aimed to provide our Pharm.D. students with pharmacoeconomic resources, networking, foster interest in pharmacoeconomics and support cutting-edge research and outcomes. The activities of the organization will familiarize students with health related decision making process and prepare them for careers in managed care, pharmaceutical industry and other health care settings.

Faculty Advisory: Dr. Lixian Zhong

Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity

Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity is the oldest and largest professional pharmacy fraternity in the world. The fraternity was founded on May 30, 1879, at the Russell Military Academy —known prior as the New Haven Collegiate and Commercial Institute — in New Haven, Connecticut. As the first national pharmaceutical fraternity, Kappa Psi has acquired thousands of members who are actively practicing in many facets of pharmacy. Many individuals in the profession of pharmacy, both locally and nationally, are members of Kappa Psi. Known as an international professional fraternity, Kappa Psi strives to promote the field of pharmacy through the benefits of fraternal affiliation and innovation. Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity has over 70,000 members throughout the United States and Canada and has retained strong alumni support by establishing numerous graduate chapters from coast to coast. Increasing annual membership has not only made Kappa Psi the oldest pharmaceutical fraternity, but also the largest. The objectives of Kappa Psi are: 1) To conduct a professional fraternal organization for the mutual benefit of its members; 2) To develop industry, sobriety, and fellowship; 3) To foster high ideals, scholarship, and pharmaceutical research; 4) To support all projects which will advance the profession of pharmacy and to actively participate in them; 5) To inspire in its members a deep and lasting pride in their fraternity and in the profession of pharmacy; and 6) To render such other services to its members and its profession as may seem feasible and as may be in accordance with the constitution and bylaws of the fraternity. You may also visit the college's Kappa Psi Epsilon Epsilon Chapter website.

Grand Council Deputy: Dr. Juan Bustamante 
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Juan Castro

National Community Pharmacists Association

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), founded in 1898 as the National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD), represents the pharmacist owners, managers, and employees of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies across the United States. The nation's independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains dispense nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines.

The nation's independent pharmacists are small business entrepreneurs and multifaceted health care providers who represent a vital part of the United States' health care delivery system. They have roots in America's communities. They are community leaders actively involved in community-oriented public health, civic and volunteer projects. Many hold local elected offices; others serve as state legislators.

There is no other foundation in the United States solely dedicated to research, education and public outreach on behalf of independent community pharmacy. The NCPA Foundation is one of NCPA’s greatest resources and its foundation’s board of trustees ensures that this resource is maximized to its fullest potential.

NCPA stresses the importance for pharmacy students to promote issues important to the community pharmacy industry to elected officials. Additionally, the NCPA encourages students to sign up for regular action alerts that provide updates and explain requests to contact members of Congress in Washington, D.C., on relevant issues of importance to ensure they understand the important role that future pharmacists play in community health care delivery.

NCPA Core Focus

  • Stimulating pharmacy ownership and entrepreneurism in pharmacy students and pharmacists
  • Expanding independent pharmacy succession opportunities
  • Distributing low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students
  • Providing financial aid for independent pharmacies in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances
  • Supporting cutting-edge research critical to advance the competitive position of independent pharmacies in the health care marketplace
  • Educating communities on the important and unique benefits of independent pharmacy services

Faculty Adviser: TBA

Pharmacy College Organization Group

The Pharmacy College Organization Group (PCOG), established in fall 2015, is the first student organization established on the College Station campus of the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy. PCOG is an umbrella organization whose membership consists of student organizations recognized on the Kingsville campus of the college and have student members in College Station. Endeavoring to form cohesive working relationships, PCOG facilitates communication between the students, faculty, and administration of both campuses. In addition to facilitating communication, the primary goals of PCOG are to: 1) Develop and coordinate College Station specific activities in collaboration with student organization members in Kingsville. 2) Facilitate the expression of opinions and ideas on matters of interest to students in College Station with Kingsville students. 3) Enhance professional development and service learning opportunities available to College Station students; and 4) Promote the field of pharmacy through participation in professional activities at the regional, state, and national levels.

Faculty Advisers: Dr. Paul Holder and Dr. Dongin Kim

Pharmacy Student Council

The students of the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy established the Pharmacy Student Council to maintain student self-government for the students of the college, to provide for the expression of opinions on matters of interest to students in the college, and to serve as a coordinating link between the students of the college, and between the students, faculty, and dean and administration of the college. The council also provides coordination among appropriately established and officially recognized professional pharmacy associations or organizations. The Pharmacy Student Council has the authority to promote, support and coordinate association or organizational activities; integrate organizational activities; and provide coordination, leadership and balance to the established associations or organizations, thereby promoting harmonious relationships among them. The Pharmacy Student Council meets monthly at a regularly appointed time in the fall and spring semesters. Pharmacy Student Council was established in spring 2009.

Adviser: Mr. Ramey Benfield 
Co-Adviser: Dr. Amanda Galindo

Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity

Phi Delta Chi is America's first professional fraternity in pharmacy. Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity develops leaders to advance the profession of pharmacy. Being a member is considered a lifelong experience that promotes scholastic, professional, and social growth in its brothers. The fraternity strives to provide quality services to its patients, thereby advancing public health and strengthening its members as health professionals.

Since 1883, Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity has worked to advance the profession of pharmacy and its allied interests, and to foster and promote a fraternal spirit among its brothers. Its intention is to continue to be first as a source of progress for the profession. Its primary programs strive to recognize excellence among collegiate and alumni brothers and chapters; to provide training and education to improve therapeutic, leadership, and management skills of pharmacy students and pharmacists; enhance professional and service programs to accommodate community needs; and to foster fraternal programs to our brotherhood. In addition, the fraternity awards the Prescott Leadership Award for Excellence to a deserving young pharmacist. To learn more about Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity, visit its website.

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Joan Everett-Houser

Phi Lambda Sigma

The purpose of Phi Lambda Sigma, also known as the national Pharmacy Leadership Society, is to promote the development of leadership qualities, especially among pharmacy students. By peer recognition, the society encourages participation in all pharmacy activities. Phi Lambda Sigma honors leadership. 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. The membership of the society is rich in leadership diversity and values the enduring support of many. Particularly valued and recognized are those individuals who have accepted the responsibility for leadership in the pharmacy profession.

Nomination for all membership categories emanates from the present members of the society. Prospective members are nominated on the basis of their demonstration of dedication, service and leadership in the advancement of pharmacy. By promoting such recognition, Phi Lambda Sigma provides an incentive for the development of future leadership potential for the profession. To learn more about Phi Lambda Sigma, visit its website.

Faculty Adviser: Professor Mark Bremick

The Rho Chi Society

The fundamental objective of The Rho Chi Society, an academic honor society in pharmacy, has always been to promote the advancement of the pharmaceutical sciences through the encouragement and recognition of sound scholarship. High standards of intellectual and scholarly attainment have been demanded for election to membership; and such election, symbolized by the award of the Rho Chi Key, supplies a unique scholarship incentive. Rho Chi seeks to promote scholarly fellowship in pharmacy by bringing professional students, graduate students and faculty members together in fraternal and helpful association. Regular chapter meetings, and other activities, emphasize the professional aspects of pharmacy and point the way to instructive study and research. By such means, Rho Chi, like its sister honor societies, seeks to increase the awareness of the ethical and social responsibilities of the profession, and thereby, to enhance the prestige of the profession. To learn more about Rho Chi visit its website.

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Mohammad Nutan

Student National Pharmaceutical Association

The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), an extension of the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA), is an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about pharmacy and healthcare related issues, and the poor minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions. The purpose of SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate and execute programs geared toward the improvement for the health, educational, and social environment of the community. The association objectives are: 1) To offer student members the opportunity to develop leadership and professional skill; 2) To educate students about and promote active participation in national health care issues; 3) To develop the role of the minority health professional as a vital member of the health care team; 4) To develop within communities a positive image of minority health professionals; and 5) To educate communities on better health practices and to increase their awareness and understanding of diseases. To learn more, visit the college's SNPhA Region IV Chapter website.

Faculty Co-Advisers: Professor Jaye Weston and Dr. Jeffrey Luke

Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists

The Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP) is a national professional association that represents student pharmacists who aspire to practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. The American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP), its parent organization, has a long history of medication-error prevention efforts and believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines. Assisting pharmacists and student pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is its primary objective.

The Society of Health-System Pharmacists exists at the local (SSHP), state (TSHP), and national (ASHP) levels. The parent society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their professional practice, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs. To learn more about the Society, visit its website.

Faculty Co-Advisers: Dr. Pooja Patel and Dr. Mardoqueo Martinez