The College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions at St. John’s University

Before launching her career as an experienced pharmacy executive, Ellen Scharaga received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions at St. John’s University in New York City. At the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, students can choose to participate in one of three departments: Pharmaceutical Sciences, Clinical Pharmacy Practice, and Pharmacy Administration and Allied Health Sciences.

In the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, students have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive background in the fundamentals of biomedical and chemical sciences, thereby enabling them to grasp pharmacy concepts based in chemistry and biology. Students in the department also receive extensive education in the composition, standardization, and evaluation of pharmaceuticals and their effects on the human body. The program also ensures that students maintain a working knowledge of the latest advances and literature in the field of pharmaceuticals and provides targeted curriculum for students interested in toxicology. Graduates of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences often pursue careers in medical technology, research, and leadership roles within the field.

Within the Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice (CPP), students receive a hands-on education in the skills necessary to succeed in a modern clinical setting. After completing a comprehensive curriculum that includes lectures, multisensory programs, and frequent meetings with faculty members and physicians, students can expect to join a health care team in a drug advisory role. By participating in the Community Pharmacy Laboratory and other health care facilities, students receive a real world education in clinical pharmacy and familiarize themselves with the administrative and legal components of clinical practice. Common clinical sites include community hospitals, major medical centers, and specialized institutions.

Students in the Department of Pharmacy Administration and Allied Health Sciences receive valuable instruction in the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in a modern clinical setting. The program provides students with the opportunity to work alongside faculty members and practicing physicians as they learn the proper techniques involved in manufacturing, storing, and dispensing pharmaceuticals. The Department also includes a unique curriculum for graduate students, which covers such topics as pharmaceutical marketing and institutional pharmacy practice.

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