College of Pharmacy

General Information for Prospective Students

The Pharmacy Profession

The profession of Pharmacy is an exciting one, which continues to evolve with the changing health care industry.  Practitioners are trained to deliver pharmaceutical care in dynamic and diverse health care environments.

Xavier College of Pharmacy strives to administer academic programs that prepare graduates to excel in a progressive practice. The roles and responsibilities of pharmacist have expanded dramatically.¬† Pharmacists continue to be responsible for the oversight of all medication distribution systems, but are also more involved in direct patient care.¬† Pharmacists have the responsibility of providing pharmaceutical care, patient counseling and drug therapy monitoring, with the expected outcome of improving a patient'Äôs quality of life.

Pharmacy practice settings include retail pharmacists (independent and chain drug stores), hospitals and clinics, and long-term care facilities. Pharmacists also work in the pharmaceutical industry, state and federal government, academia, research organizations and a variety of other professional practice settings.

Xavier's College of Pharmacy

The Xavier University College of Pharmacy holds a place of distinction among the nation's colleges of pharmacy. The College is dedicated to bringing minority youth into the learned profession of pharmacy. For years, Xavier has been among the top three producers in the nation of African Americans with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Even with that commitment to minority education, the College remains open to all races.

The mission of the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacists to impact the medically underserved communities, particularly African Americans, in an effort to eliminate health disparities through patient-centered care, community service, and scholarly work.
To achieve this mission, the curriculum provides:

  1. Instruction in the physical, chemical, biological, behavioral sciences, and management.
  2. A clinical component designed to develop graduates skilled in:
    1. Monitoring and evaluating drug therapy,
    2. Engaging in drug distribution activities,
    3. Providing drug information to other members of the health care team and to the public, and
    4. Effectively relating to and communicating with patients and to other health care professionals;
  3. Motivation to increase competency after graduation through continuing education; and,
  4. An opportunity to engage in meaningful scientific research as preparation for further study in   the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences.

Students benefit from expert guest lecturers and receive experiential training from preceptors in an array of practice sites in the Greater New Orleans area, the state of Louisiana, and across the country.

Requirements for the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree
To be eligible for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, a student must have pursued college level work for six years (four of these in the College of Pharmacy) and have completed a minimum of 209 semester hours of work. The student must have a 2.00 grade point average for courses attempted in the four-year professional curriculum.

In addition to graduation from an accredited school of pharmacy, an applicant for examination and licensure in Louisiana must be a United States citizen or have permanent resident status and must have acquired 1500 hours of practical experience under the instruction and supervision of a registered pharmacist.  These 1500 hours are to be acquired according to the guidelines of the Louisiana State Board of Pharmacy.  Graduates are eligible to pursue licensure in states of their choice provided they meet the relevant requirements of those states

Technical Standards for Admission, Promotion, and Graduation

The Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy (XUCOP) is committed to equal access for all qualified applicants and students. Minimal Technical Standards for Admission, Promotion, and Graduation state the expectations of all College of Pharmacy students.

The Standards provide information to allow a candidate to make an informed decision for
application and are a guide to accommodation of students with disabilities. Academic
adjustments can be made for disabilities in some instances, but a student must be able to perform
in an independent manner with reasonable accommodations.

The XUCOP is committed to enabling students by any reasonable means or accommodations to complete the course of study leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  Individuals with questions or concerns about their abilities to meet these standards are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Affairs.  The process for applying for accommodations is located at the end of this policy statement.

  1. Observation and Hearing: Students must have the ability to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences, including but not limited to pharmacological and physiological demonstrations in animals, evaluation of microbiological cultures, and microscopic studies of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathological states. Students must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Students must possess the auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.
  2. Communication: Students must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients in the English language. Students must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written forms with all members of the health care team, staff, faculty members, and patients. Communication includes speech, reading, writing, and computer literacy.
  3. Sensory/Motor: Students must possess sufficient motor function to perform experiments in the basic sciences and execute movements to provide patient-centered care. This includes the fine and gross motor skills necessary to participate in laboratory exercises and to engage in the physical assessment of patients. In the laboratory setting, examples of these motor skills include the ability to operate lab equipment including microscopes, the use of sterile technique when handling microorganisms and operation of laboratory safety equipment. In the clinical setting, examples of required motor skills include palpation, auscultation, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, administer immunizations, and the ability to prepare all routine types of medications including sterile and non-sterile compounding.
  4. Behavioral and Social Attributes: Students must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of intellectual abilities. They must be able to tolerate physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing workloads, adapt to changing environments, and function effectively under stress. Students must possess compassion, honesty, integrity, maturity, interpersonal skills, concern for others, the ethical standards of the profession, and motivation to excel in the practice of pharmacy. Illicit drug use and alcohol impairment are not tolerated, and all students must submit to a criminal history check and periodic drug screens.
  5. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: Students must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and interpret data. They must be able to synthesize and apply complex information. Students must possess the ability to integrate and process information promptly and accurately and to engage in problem solving.

Students must be able to meet the State Board of Pharmacy Licensing requirements to obtain a valid Louisiana Intern License, which is required to participate in the Colleges'Äô Professional Experience Program. A criminal background check (CBC) is a required component of the licensing process.¬† Therefore, all students who receive a provisional acceptance from the College of Pharmacy will be required to complete a CBC prior to enrollment.¬† The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy will use the information obtained from the CBC to determine if a student will be granted an intern license.¬† Inability to obtain and maintain a Louisiana Intern License will prevent a student from being admitted and/or continuing in the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Summary Statement

Xavier University of Louisiana is committed to providing for the needs of enrolled or admitted students who have disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. According to these laws, no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of a public entity.

"Qualified", with respect to post-secondary educational services, means "a person who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation in the education program of activity, with or without, reasonable modifications to rules, policies or practices; the removal of architectural, communication or transportation barriers; or the provision of auxiliary aids and services."

In order to receive appropriate disability accommodations students should follow the steps listed below:

  1. Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS), located in the St. Joseph Student Academic and Health Center, Suite 202, to register for services and setup an appointment with the Disability Coordinator.
  2. Complete the Office of Disability Services Intake Form, Release of Information Form, Orientation/Agreement Contract and Accommodation Agreement Form(s).
  3. The student provides appropriate documentation that includes a statement of diagnosis and suggested accommodations to validate request for academic accommodations. Documentation must be current, and provided by a qualified health professional such as a physician, audiologist, psychologist, psychiatrist, or neuropsychologist
  4. Student and Disability Coordinator select appropriate/recommended accommodation(s).
  5. Student takes Accommodation Agreement Form(s) to the Dean.
  6. Student brings a copy of the authorized Accommodation Agreement Form(s) to professors for signatures.
  7. Student returns signed form(s) to ODS within two weeks of receiving them.


Accommodations are not applied retroactively. If students neglect to ask their professors for accommodations, or do not discover that they have a disability until after an exam, paper, or other assignment, the professor is under no obligation to try to retroactively change any grades. Accommodations apply to present, not past events.

Student needs to complete an Accommodation Agreement Form for EACH semester. This should be done in the beginning of the semester, preferably.

Important Dates

Application Open Date July 18, 2017
Deadline Date December 1, 2017

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