University of Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.VA.- University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) held its 14th Annual White Coat Ceremony on August 30, 2019. The new class of 49 students will graduate in 2023. The White Coat Ceremony is a time for students to celebrate their achievement of becoming a student pharmacist. It is also an opportunity for the School of Pharmacy to welcome its new students and impress upon them the great responsibilities ahead as pharmacists.

The first White Coat ceremony was created by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation of New York. The foundation feared that with rapidly advancing technology and science that medical practitioners would lose focus of humanism in the profession.

Therefore, the foundation created the White Coat Ceremony is held to reiterate the importance of the great responsibility placed upon healthcare professionals.

Dr. Hannah Hutchinson served as the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Hutchinson is a 2015 graduate of the UCSOP and is the current Director of Pharmacy at Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital

The UCSOP is actively recruiting for the Class of 2024 and beyond. Every student in the class of 2024 will be eligible for a scholarship. A couple of the scholarship opportunities include:

  • Regional tuition scholarship
  • Merit-based scholarships

For high school or undergraduate students not quite ready to enter the Doctor of Pharmacy program, the UC Pharmacy Direct programs provides a no-hassle pathway from pre-pharmacy to pharmacy school. Through this program, UC undergraduate students have the opportunity to complete pre-pharmacy coursework in one location and are guaranteed admission to the UCSOP upon successful completion of all progression requirements. Two- and three-year pre-pharmacy tracks are available. Pre-pharmacy students also work closely with UCSOP faculty, staff, current students, and alumni to learn more about their future profession.