• Message from the Dean

    Dean EastonGreetings and Welcome to the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy’s Website,

    As a young School of Pharmacy we are proud of the friendly relationships that students build with the faculty and staff. Our technology-infused building and activities, along with the delivery of direct patient care in an interdisciplinary clinic on the first floor of our building, provide meaningful opportunities for our students. We are establishing a national reputation for providing premier community outreach activities focused on improving patient health. These activities have resulted in our program receiving several national awards and recognition in our short time of existence.

    The profession of pharmacy is rapidly changing in tandem with new treatment modalities and expanding roles of health care professionals. Pharmacists play a vital role in improving patient care through the medicine and information they provide. For many years pharmacy has been ranked as one of the most highly trusted professions and has been recognized as one of the TOP health care jobs by Forbes magazine. The rapid growth of the health care and pharmaceutical industries, especially for the growing elderly population, has led to a demand for pharmacists in recent years. It has been stated that in any given week, most US adults take at least 1 medication, and many take multiple agents. As a pharmacist you will have the opportunity to touch the lives of countless patients through public health activities, such as administration of immunizations, to ensuring that medications are appropriately utilized during a comprehensive medication review. While responsibilities vary among the different areas of pharmacy practice, the bottom line is that pharmacists help patients get well by ensuring that they use medications safely and effectively and pharmacists do this because we care about people and their health.

    The program of study at the University of Charleston is both interesting and demanding. Our curriculum focuses on managing the healthcare problems of patients within the rural community. An emphasis is placed on student awareness and involvement in advocacy activities with patients, as well as to policy makers who influence the level, extent and scope of pharmacists’ practice. The School of Pharmacy facility provides the ultimate environment for learning. Our faculty members are committed to providing a quality education for the future pharmacists who choose the University of Charleston.

    As a school of pharmacy in a private university, we offer acceptance to approximately 75 students and build classes that are small and capable of offering individualized attention. Please take a couple of moments to peruse our website and learn more about our program, our faculty and staff who work to ensure that our students are involved in making a meaningful difference in the health of Appalachian residents.

    Thank you for taking time to learn more about our program. We would love to have you personally visit our campus and interact with us firsthand. If this is of interest to you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    Michelle Easton, Pharm.D., Dean
    School of Pharmacy
    University of Charleston

    — Dr. Michelle Easton, Dean, UC School of Pharmacy
    Welcome to the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy.