The mission of the Union University School of Pharmacy is to develop compassionate, comprehensively trained practitioners who are equipped to meet the immediate and future demands of pharmaceutical science and patient care in an ever changing health care environment.
The vision of the Union University School of Pharmacy is to:
Advisor: Dr. Bethany Murphy & Dr. Kim Jones
The organization seeks to encourage all pharmacy students to become more knowledgeable about APhA and the profession of pharmacy.
Advisor: Dr. Ashok Philip & Dr. Joy Greene
Our mission is to encourage spiritual growth among fellow pharmacy students, faculty, and staff through Bible study, prayer, and fellowship to in turn be as a city on a hill that cannot be hidden and the light to a darkened world (Matthew 5:4).
Advisor: Dr. Kent Stoneking & Laura Ladymon
National Community Pharmacists Association offers pharmacy students a wide array of opportunities to broaden and enrich their educational experience, gain valuable real world skills, earn scholarships, and have fun in the process. Our mission is to encourage, foster, and recognize an interest in community pharmacy ownership and entrepreneurship among the future leaders of their profession.
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Martin
The primary goal of this organization is to promote the development of leadership qualities, especially among pharmacy students. Through peer recognition, the Society encourages participation in all pharmacy activities. Since membership crosses fraternal and organizational lines, the Society does not compete with other pharmacy organizations.
Advisor: Dr. Joel Owen
Union University School of Pharmacy provides a professional and exciting learning environment in the field of pharmaceutical sciences. Our mission is to advance our knowledge and assume significant leadership positions within the field of pharmaceutical sciences. Our primary goal is to work closely with the department's faculty in an effort to advance our knowledge and learn about opportunities in the field. We spread the word about our chapter's existence and enlighten our peers of the opportunities that exist within this organization. We strive to be active in our community and encourage participation in the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences activities at the local, regional, and national level.
Advisor: Dr. Kim Jones
The Society seeks to serve as the collective and representative voice of student pharmacists; to advocate for and improve the health and welfare of Tennesseans; to provide opportunities for personal and professional development; to advocate for the provision of quality of pharmacy education; to facilitate continued involvement and leadership upon graduation; and to envision and shape the future of pharmacy.
Advisor: Dr. Kim Lindsey
The Rho Chi Society is the Pharmacy National Honor Society; the mission of the Society is to encourage and recognize excellence in intellectual achievement, foster fellowship, encourage high standards of conduct and character and advocate critical inquiry in pharmacy. Students academically ranking in the top ten percent of their class are eligible for membership.
Advisor: Dr. Kim Jones & Dr. Jodi Taylor
The purpose of the society is to make students aware of pharmacy practice in health systems, provide information to students about career directions in and credentials needed for pharmacy practice in health systems, and encourage membership and participation in the state society and national society as a student upon graduation.
Union University's Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.
Favorite Bible verse: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
Who has been the most influential in your life and why? My father and my grandfathers have equally influenced my life by showing me and helping me learn what it takes to become successful and the importance of taking the road that presents as the most trying one.
Why did you choose the UUSOP? I chose Union because of the emphasis put on what truly matters in the pharmacy profession, the patient. Union’s Christ-centered environment sets a foundation to what makes a great pharmacist.
When you have free time what do you like to do? Ride motorcycles, play golf and spend time with family and friends.
What advice do you have for prospective students? Work hard. Let your passion for pharmacy drive the efforts that direct your future. What you dream of may be found right here at Union and it is attainable. Pharmacy school isn’t easy, but if you want it badly enough for both you and the patient’s whose lives you want to change, then grab hold and don’t let go. If you can do that and believe in yourself you will find success.
Favorite Quote: “When you choose the paradigm of service, it turns everything you do from a job into a gift.” Oprah Winfrey
What do you like best about the pharmacy? The faculty, staff and upperclassmen have been so welcoming and willing to help ensure that we, as first year students, are successful.
What is your favorite book? Any Chicken Soup for the Soul.
In what kind of setting do you want to practice? Compounding or nuclear pharmacy.
Favorite Bible verse: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
If you could go back and give your P1-year self some advice what would it be? Breathe and take things one day at a time.
What has been your most rewarding experience of the program so far? In January 2011, several of the students, faculty and staff went on a mission trip to Belize. It was very spiritually renewing.
What do you like best about the pharmacy program? The faculty, staff, classmates and our exceptional building!
If you could go back and give your P1-year self some advice what would it be? It is extremely important to read ahead. This will help lectures make much more sense and give you a higher chance to do well on exams.
What has been your most rewarding extracurricular activity? The ability to do research with Dr. Blake Watkins and Dr. Ashok Philip has been amazing. I have had the opportunity to work on projects involving the design and synthesis of anti-anthrax, anti-tuberculosis, and anti-cancer drugs.
What is your favorite book? The Pharmacotherapy Handbook is a lifesaver for any pharmacy student!
In what kind of setting do you want to practice? I see myself as a clinical pharmacist hopefully specializing in the field of nephrology.
What is your favorite book? Heaven by Randy Alcorn.
What has been your most rewarding extracurricular activity? Organizing the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists flu clinics has been a great experience. By reaching out to local pharmacies and other members of our community, I’ve had the chance to get to know a lot of new people.
If you could go back and give your P1-year self some advice what would it be? Study hard in your first year so that your second year won’t be such a shock.
Who or what inspires you? My great-grandmother has always been my inspiration because of her strong love for God and family.
What do you like best about the pharmacy program? The faculty and staff are among the most amazing people I have ever met in my life. They truly care about each student as individuals. They go above and beyond to make our experience a good one.
Favorite quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
When you have free time what do you like to do? Spend time with the ones I love, SCUBA diving, traveling to new places, and hiking.
What advice do you have for prospective students? Just be yourself – the rest will follow.
Who has been most influential in your life? My parents have been so influential. They are the ones that instilled in me the morals, values, and patience I have today.
Why did you choose Union’s pharmacy program? I was really impressed by the program and the personalities of the faculty and students who interviewed me.
What advice do you have for prospective students? You’ll love it here – it is not easy but it is worth it.
Why do you like best about the pharmacy program? The faculty are all incredibly friendly.
What is your favorite book? Any of the Harry Potter series.
Favorite Quote: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison.
What do you like best about the program? I love the fact that the faculty are available to talk to us whenever we need them. It makes it easy to deal with issues when you have people who are willing to help you through them.
What has been your most rewarding extracurricular activity? Volunteering with fellow students at Rural Inter Faith Ministries has been very rewarding. There are so many good things going on there that help the underserved in our community.
When you have free time what do you like to do? Watch Alabama football, Atlanta Braves baseball, cook, and enjoy good music.
Favorite Quote: “Be the person your dog thinks you are.” Unknown
Who has been most influential in your life and why? My dad. At 74 years old, he still works full-time as a pharmacist and he instilled in me a belief that I could become a pharmacist, too.
If you could go back and give your P1 year self some advice, what would it be? Really learn the ANS system in second semester Pharmacology because you will always need this information.
Who inspires you? My mom. She went back to school and received her Doctorate of Education at the age of 69. Now, at the age of 73, she still works full time. She has taught me that it is never too late to pursue your dreams and that life is good!
Why did you choose UUSOP? I believe that the faculty and staff truly care about each student. I knew that I would be encouraged both academically and spiritually in a Christ-Centered environment.
What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? Visiting with the residents at Jackson Oaks – I have a passion for the geriatrics community and nothing melts my heart more that to sit and listen to them share their lives with me.
Why did you choose UUSOP? The main reason I chose UUSOP is because of the strong Christian foundation in which it is established. Although my education is extremely important, my walk with the Lord is so much more important. The small class size and family feeling also had a large impact on my decision to choose Union as my pharmacy school.
What advice do you have for prospective students? You need to study and work hard but don’t forget to have life outside of school, too. Breathe often and appreciate the opportunity you have been given. Take time to absorb every moment. There will be days that seem impossible but you will survive! Take one day at a time, keep pushing forward and never stop counting your blessings.
What do you like best about UUSOP? The sincere intimacy that is shared between faculty/staff and students is my favorite thing about the UUSOP. I am thankful for the genuine love and care that I have been showered with since I began the program.
Favorite Scripture: Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
Who or What inspires you? Potential inspires me. What you can become should inspire you. There is always room to get better, be it physically, mentally or spiritually.
What do you like best about UUSOP? The core values of Union University (Excellence-Drive, Christ-Centered, People-Focused, Future-Directed) definitely spill over into the UUSOP. What the faculty do and stand for, and the effort they put forth helps so much and is motivating.
What is your favorite book? The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemminway
What advice do you have for prospective students? Work hard and get pharmacy experience.
Favorite Scripture: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? The most influential person in my life would have to be my dad. He and my mom came to America with only $100. He worked very hard to support us. Even though language can still be a barrier at times, he is now a successful business owner.
Who or what inspires you? My inspiration right now would have to be my classmates. We have all struggled with the same classes, but no matter the circumstances, we always support and encourage each other to do better.
Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? My mother has been the most influential. I could not ask for a better Christian example. As I have grown up, I’ve had the opportunity to watch her be positive and encouraging time after time. I hope I am able to show my patients the kindness, understanding, and compassion she has always shown me.
What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? I have two. First, serving as APhA-ASP chapter president, and second, being a part of the admissions committee. They are very different experiences, but both have fueled my love for UUSOP and the profession of pharmacy.
Who or what inspires you? When I consider how small I am and how big God is. This puts things into perspective for me.
Why did you choose UUSOP? The opportunity to pursue God’s calling in my life at a Christ-centered institution is like none other. I attended undergrad at Union and was greatly pleased with the quality of my education. I felt confident the pharmacy program would be outstanding as well.
What advice do you have for prospective students? Enjoy this exciting time of your life. It is also a time filled with important decisions. Approach these with prayer and trust that God will lead you down the right path.
Favorite Bible verse: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
If you could go back and give your P1-year self some advice what would it be? Read a little bit every day even if it is only for 1 hour.
What do you like best about UUSOP? We have great faculty members that make sure we understand the material and are always available to help you out.
Who has been the most influential in your life and why? My parents have been supportive of me and have always looked out for my best interest.
Favorite Quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi.
What advice do you have for prospective students? Study hard in your undergraduate classes and get ready to study even harder when you come to pharmacy school!
Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? My father. He is a nursing home administrator and I see how kind and helpful he is to all the residents there. I grew up watching him work and learning from my father the importance of helping others no matter what their circumstances may be.
What do you like best about UUSOP? I love how the professors truly care about all of their students and go the extra mile to make sure the students understand the material being covered.
In what type of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? I would like to be in a community pharmacy practice where I can talk with patients and help them every day.
Favorite Quote: “When life hands you a hundred reasons to cry show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.” Unknown
Favorite book: Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman
What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? My involvement in Youth Town. Being a mentor and role model for troubled youths is an amazing experience. I love making a difference in someone’s life.
What do you like best about UUSOP? I love the student to teacher ratio (~10:1). It is not hard to get help from a professor when needed.
What advice do you have for prospective students? Keep your heart and mind open. Come with a great attitude, get involved and be a good steward of your time while in school. Make the very most of your pharmacy school experience.
Favorite Quote: “I can do nothing incredible, but as I follow God into impossible situations He can work miracles in and through me.” Katie Davis
Favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? Volunteering. I am involved in some of the pharmacy student organizations and we do a lot to give back to the community.
In what type of pharmacy setting do you want to practice? I want to practice in a hospital setting and be a clinical pharmacist.
What advice do you have for prospective students? Research every pharmacy program that interests you. Schedule visits to those programs and make sure that it is good fit for you. Also, pray, work hard and be dedicated to your studies.
Favorite quote: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? My dad has been the most influential in my life. He has rooted me in the word of God and has shown me that with hard work, determination, and faith, anything is possible. He is the reason why I decided to pursue pharmacy as a career.
If you could go back and give your P1-self advice what would it be? Study hard but still find time to have fun along the way by getting involved in extracurricular activities.
What advice do you have for prospective students? If pharmacy is your passion don’t take no for an answer. Prove yourself worthy of the opportunity by staying focused, working hard and remember why you want to become a pharmacist. If you can, try to get experience in a pharmacy to ensure that it is something you truly want to pursue.
Favorite quote: “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” Dr. Seuss
What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? Becoming President-Elect of the Tennessee Society of Student Pharmacists. It has given me the opportunity to build relationships with some of the most influential pharmacists and student pharmacists across the state of Tennessee.
If you could go back and give your P1-self one advice what would it be? Enjoy every second that you have with your classmates. Pharmacy school flies by so build relationships while you can and try not to stress out too much.
Why did you choose the UUSOP? I love the small class size. I wanted to be more than a number in a classroom and since I have been here I have built relationships that will last a lifetime.
What advice do you have for prospective students? Don’t limit yourself. Whatever you want in life you need to be actively pursuing it, building relationships and working past your potential.
Favorite Bible verse: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…” Matthew 7:12
Who has been the most influential in your life and why? My father. He always pushes me and demands excellence from me.
What do you like best about the UUSOP? The way that the faculty and staff know every student by name and are always available to help students when they need something.
Why did you choose Union? The faculty, staff and students I met on interview day really made me feel at home.
Favorite book: The Great Gatsby
What advice do you have for prospective students? Be ready to learn and have a positive attitude about school and the profession of pharmacy.
Favorite quote: “If your dreams don’t scare you they are not big enough.” Unknown\
Favorite scripture: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
What has been your most rewarding extracurricular activity? I have two favorites: serving as the women’s intramural chair for my class and serving on the UUSOP Admissions Committee. I enjoy sports and love that I can continue to play them while in pharmacy school. It’s also a great stress reliever and has brought me closer to my classmates who also play intramurals. I have really enjoyed serving on the Admissions Committee because I get to meet amazing prospective students and help show them all the great things that make the UUSOP so special.
When you have free time what do you like to do? Play my guitar, spend time with family and friends, catch up on my favorite TV shows as well as catch up on my sleep.
Favorite quote: “Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.” Unknown
Favorite Bible verse: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Who is the one person who has been most influential in your life and why? My Memaw. She has been through many hardships and she still has such joy in her life. She loves the Lord with all her heart and has influenced me in my faith and values.
What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? I have really enjoyed serving as my class secretary and planning events for our class to do together.
Why did you choose the UUSOP? The friendly and loving staff and faculty. I can see how much they truly care for each student in the program.
When you have free time what do you like to do? I enjoy competing in rodeos and barrel races.
Favorite quote: “The time is always right to do what is right.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Favorite Bible verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6
Who has been the most influential person in your life and why? My mother. She was taught by my grandmother how to be strong, hard-working, graceful and above all else a good Christian woman. As I’ve gotten older I now appreciate her instilling those same values in me. My mother is my biggest fan, cheerleader, supporter, life coach and best friend. She sees the good in every situation and is always positive and encouraging.
Who or what inspires you? Ordinary people who have overcome great obstacles in life. God using them to do extraordinary things truly inspires me. They give me a sense of hope in knowing that I too, with God’s help, can succeed.
Why did you choose the UUSOP? I chose Union because of the smaller class size, unique curriculum and state-of-the-art facilities. When I toured the campus and met the faculty and staff I fell in love with everything about the program.
Favorite quote: “We can complain because the rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorns bushes have roses.” Abraham Lincoln.
Favorite Bible verse: “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
Who or what inspires you? My parents have always been the most supportive people in my life. They are constantly lifting me up, making me laugh, and inspiring me to do my best.
What do you like best about the UUSOP? I am most thankful that our professors want each student to succeed and become exceptional pharmacists. They truly want everyone to excel and are always willing to do what they can to help make that happen.
When you have free time what do you like to do? I love to draw, paint, and spend time with my family.
What advice do you have for prospective students? Remember to support one another during stressful times. Words of encouragement can make a big difference in someone’s day.
What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? Helping elderly patients understand their Medicare Part D plan options. They are so grateful for the explanations and the time taken to help them.
Who or what inspires you? My desire to lead a wholesome Christian life inspires me in all that I do. I want to glorify God in every aspect of my life and strive to use the talents He has blessed me with to the best of my abilities.
If you could go back and give your P1-self advice what would it be? Get a planner. At the beginning of each semester when you get each class syllabus write down each assignment, quiz, lab, and exam that you will have. This helps you to better plan your time and see the big picture and make the semester less stressful.
What do you like best about the UUSOP? I love the small class size and the close relationships that students can develop with their professors. I also love that prayer and strong Christian values are a constant part of our learning experience.
Favorite Bible verse: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
Who or what inspires you? Anyone who comes through trouble circumstances as a stronger and better person.
Why did you choose the UUSOP? When I visited and interviewed I felt like they really cared about me as a person and not just another paycheck or number in a classroom chair.
What advice do you have for prospective students? Don’t get behind on your studies!
Favorite quote: “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the staircase.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Who is has been most influential in your life and why? My mother. She is a single mother who raised me and my siblings while attending school and working full-time. She taught me to work hard in life and you can accomplish anything you set forth to do.
What has been your most rewarding UUSOP extracurricular activity? Working as a volunteer with Room at the Inn. Taking time to visit with individuals who have so little has been very encouraging.
What do you like best about the UUSOP? The faculty prays for the students before our lectures and exams. Also, UUSOP faculty members are very passionate and knowledgeable about the profession of pharmacy. They are willing to go the extra mile to make sure students learn and understand what is being taught.
Why did you choose the UUSOP? I loved the fact that being Christ-Centered is part of the mission statement. I knew that this was the best place for me to be. Without Christ I am nothing and with him I have everything that I need. So, having Christ in the curriculum and the environment allows me to be successful not only in the program but in the profession.