The Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), with over 30,000 members from each of the schools and colleges of pharmacy in the US, is the student branch of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Since its establishment, APhA-ASP has been instrumental in empowering students with the tools and experiences necessary to succeed in an evolving career. The mission of APhA-ASP is to be the collective voice of student pharmacists, to provide opportunities for professional growth, and to envision and actively promote the future of pharmacy.
Our chapter here at the University of Tennessee is the college’s largest student organization and one of the most active chapters in the country. Our success with patient care projects and community outreach programs have earned us recognition as being either the Chapter of the Year or Divisional Chapter of the Year for the last seven years in a row—the only chapter ever to have done so! But we owe all of our past successes to the enthusiasm and dedication of our members.
Though it might seem a bit overwhelming at first, there is a place for everyone in APhA-ASP, no matter how much time you have or how much effort you want to put into it. Whether you are interested in advancing the profession through policy and advocacy, exploring future career opportunities, or simply looking for a way to improve your clinical skills, APhA-ASP is the organization for you.
Regional and National Structure
Our chapter at the University of Tennessee is one of nearly 100 other APhA-ASP chapters in the United States. We belong to Region III, the largest of all eight regions, along with Auburn, Campbell, ETSU, Florida, Florida A&M, Georgia, Medical University of South Carolina, Mercer, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Nova Southeastern, Palm Beach Atlantic, Puerto Rico, Samford, South Carolina, South University, and Wingate. The members of each region meet together at the Midyear Regional Meetings (MRM) in the fall to elect regional officers, vote on proposed resolutions, and discuss chapter activities.
- Regional Delegate: serves as a regional representative to APhA, publishes regional newsletters, and helps plan the Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM)
- Regional Member-at-large: coordinates regional membership activities, promotes patient care projects, and helps plan MRM
- MRM Coordinator: communicates with staff and plans programming and activities for MRM
In the spring of each year, chapters from every region across the country meet at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition to close the year and elect national officers, vote on finalized resolutions, and attend the APhA-ASP Awards Ceremony.
National Officers and Standing Committees
- Speaker of the House
- Members-at-large (2)
At its winter business meeting, the National Executive Committee also appoints four national standing committees (with four members each). The national standing committees are Awards, Communications, Education, and Policy.
Regional and national offices are open to all APhA-ASP members.