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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 patients 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.

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Our Mission

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:

Instruction in the physical, chemical, biological, behavioral sciences, and management.

A clinical component designed to develop graduates skilled in:

Monitoring and evaluating drug therapy;

Engaging in drug distribution activities;

Providing drug information to other members of the health care team and to the public;

Effectively relating to and communicating with patients and to other health care professionals;

Motivation to increase competency after graduation through continuing education; 

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.

The COP has a dynamic and integrated curriculum designed to help students excel in the practice of pharmacy; in particular, to impact medically underserved communities...

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The COP has a dynamic and integrated curriculum designed to help students excel in the practice of pharmacy; in particular, to impact medically underserved communities...

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Following in the the steps of Xavier's foundress, St. Katharine Drexel, our ultimate purpose is to promote a more just and humane society through educational means...

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College of Pharmacy by the Numbers

Top 4
College of Pharmacy in the nation for graduating African Americans with Doctor of Pharmacy Degrees
Degree Program
62% of 2018 graduates
were accepted into a PGY1 post grad residency program of the total that applied


Pharmacy students who have maintained a 4.0 GPA since entering the College of Pharmacy program:

(L-R) Matthew Kersten (P3), Diari Gilliam (P3), Page Bankston (P2) and Cierra Frazier (P2) were awarded Certificate for Academic Excellence by Dean Dr. Kathleen Kennedy during the semester-opening Student Body Assembly.

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