College Hosts Prospective Students on Preview Day

Published on 05 November 2018

On Saturday, Oct. 20, St. Louis College of Pharmacy welcomed prospective students and parents to campus for Preview Day. The event drew more than 200 guests who had the chance to tour the campus and experience what life is like at the College.

Throughout Preview Day, student ambassadors guided attendees through campus, showcasing the College’s new, state-of-the-art buildings, classrooms, labs and student-focused spaces. The tour included a stop at North Residence Hall and a presentation from Heather French, vice president of student affairs, who discussed campus life, the student experience and the multitude of services available to support students including counseling, advising and tutoring and testing assistance.

A student organization fair provided prospective students with an opportunity to get a glimpse of the many ways to get involved at the College. The fair featured representation by leaders of the more than 60 student-interest organizations, fraternities and professional organizations that are currently active on campus.

Attendees gained insight about the College’s flagship Doctor of Pharmacy program from Brenda Gleason, Pharm.D. ‘99, assistant vice president of academic relations, executive associate dean for academic affairs and professor of pharmacy practice. Students also had the chance to play a game of Health Professions Bingo with Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D. ‘03, BCPS, director of community partnerships, associate director of experiential education and associate professor of pharmacy practice. The game helped provide an overview of the many health professions options that exist and the breadth of career opportunities that a degree from the College can provide.

“I wanted to show students that with a degree from the College, the options, not only in pharmacy but in a wide variety of health care fields, are numerous,” Tiemeier said. “No matter what they want to do, we can help get them there.”

The College also opened its lab space to prospective students on Preview Day with attendees having the chance to take part in a hands-on clinical lab experience led by Tricia Berry, Pharm.D. ’96, professor of pharmacy practice, department chair of pharmacy practice, and Joseph Van Tuyl, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice. The lab exercise taught students how to take a patient’s blood pressure on the College’s blood pressure simulators.

“The students had the opportunity to experience practicing patient care just like current students,” said Jill Gebke, director of admissions. “We hope the exercise helped provide a sense of the emersion practical experiences that will be similar to what they’ll find at the College.”

After the clinical experience, Amy Reese, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, discussed the uniqueness of the College’s curriculum, the expanding research opportunities and how beneficial it is for students to learn in an applied manner.

“What’s unique about us is that our courses are very much taught through a pharmacy and health care perspective, all the way through math and physics and even the humanities,” Reese said. “That’s not inherent to all liberal arts colleges.”

With changes forthcoming in the College’s academic offerings, Jeramia Ory, Ph.D. associate professor of biochemistry and undergraduate health professions advisor and Bob Zebrowski, Ph.D., department chair of Liberal Arts and professor of history, presented on the College’s undergraduate programs and provided details on the four new academic programs that have been created.

In fall 2019, the College will offer bachelor’s degrees in pharmaceutical sciences, pharmaceutical chemistry, global health, medical Humanities and biomedical sciences. Through these degrees, students will have more opportunities than ever to explore their interests in health professions and graduate or professional studies.

In addition, through cooperative agreements with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, students interested in studying nursing, occupational therapy or physical therapy will be able to complete their prerequisite courses, and in some cases their bachelor’s degree, at the College, learning in a health care-focused environment before transferring with a strong foundation of study to one of the programs.

“Preview Day was all about showcasing the wide variety of opportunities available at the College and demonstrating how this can truly be a place where students can explore their passions,” Gebke said.