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NCPA Elective Rotation in Association Management

Are you interested in learning how a pharmacy association operates? Do you have an interest in community pharmacy and/or pharmacy ownership and entrepreneurship? If you answered yes to either of these questions, an Elective APPE Rotation in Association Management at NCPA may be right for you!

The purpose of the elective rotation is two-fold:

  1. Provides an experience that demonstrates the importance of a national pharmacy association to the profession.
  2. Provides a pharmacy student with an opportunity to become more aware of the vast opportunities that exist in independent community pharmacy practice.

The activities of the rotation will be coordinated through the Department of Student Affairs and students will work closely with the Director of Student Affairs. Other NCPA departments may be asked to work with or may request time with participating students.

Interested? Click here to visit the NCPA website for more information and an application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and students are placed in their preferred rotation blocks on a first come, first serve basis after their application has been reviewed and accepted. Questions? Contact NCPA student affairs at

NCPA Summer Internship Application and Executive Residency

The deadline for the 2012 NCPA Foundation Summer Internship Program and 2012-2013 NCPA Executive Residency in Association Management is January 15, 2012. It is not too early to start thinking about your application! Begin working on your application this fall for an excellent opportunity to experience life at a national pharmacy association, and learn more about the many exciting opportunities that exist in independent community pharmacy practice.

The NCPA Summer Intern will spend 10 weeks at NCPA headquarters, beginning in May or June (start date is flexible) and will receive a stipend. For more information and an application, click here or contact NCPA student affairs at for questions.

The NCPA Executive Residency in Association Management is a springboard into a career of association work. Pharmacy school curriculum is extensive, but an NCPA Executive Residency distinguishes you from your fellow graduates by opening up new and rewarding opportunities for you in a number of areas. Interested? Click here for more information and an application. For questions, please contact NCPA Student Affairs at

NCPA 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition

Join us October 8-12 this year in Nashville, TN for NCPA's 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition to meet new friends, learn from experts and succeed in your profession. Register on site in Nashville for the same discounted student rate of $150 for student members and $200 for non-student members.

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Student Programming At-A-Glance

NCPA has lots of exciting activities planned for future pharmacy owners at our 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Nashville, TN. Registered students may attend the entire convention but will not want to miss the student- specific programming on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 to include:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Chapter Officer's Breakfast (Invitation Only)

Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start off convention right! Nourish your brain by exchanging feedback and ideas with other student chapter officers, while enjoying a hot-plated breakfast. Your national NCPA Student Leadership Council will also provide you with information on how to make the most of your NCPA student chapter in the upcoming year.

Business Plan Basics: Student's Guide to Writing a Business Plan

Who better to give directions than an expert? Learn the fundamentals of writing a business plan, beginning with advice on where to start. This session will help you gain confidence, while you acquire the tools necessary to develop a business plan for the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition or your future practice.
Speaker: Richard Jackson, PhD, Community Pharmacy Consulting

10:30am – 11:00am
Junior Partnerships Demystified

Ownership provides you the freedom to pursue your personal, professional and financial goals by your rules—not someone else's. Yet, you may not be ready to take complete responsibility of a business on your own. Have you always wanted to own your pharmacy, but you have doubts, fears, and questions that hold you back? Ask away (or just listen in) as we demystify your reservations about junior partnerships and learn more about the opportunities it may bring you.
Speaker: Richard Jackson, PhD, Community Pharmacy Consulting


Political Advocacy and You

NCPA has a motto: "Get into politics, or get out of pharmacy." Why? Because politics affects the way we, as future health providers, can or cannot practice and the services we provide. Who can advocate on the behalf of pharmacists better than we can? Learn how you can get politically involved and make a difference.
Speaker: Brian Caswell, RPh, Wolker Drug

Lunch and Meet & Greet with NCPA Student Leadership Council

Do you want to challenge yourself and evoke the leader in you on a national level? Join the current NCPA Student Leadership Council for lunch and learn more about the opportunity to serve as one of the next national student leaders.

Innovation in Community Pharmacy Compounding Panel

Learn first-hand about the unique compounding niches created by our panel of successful, innovative pharmacists. Acquire advice on how to cultivate a niche into a profitable service for a practice. Discover how these experts overcame challenges and barriers in developing their niches. Get your cogwheels turning and explore new possibilities of niches that compound patient needs and your personal interest.
Speakers: Chris Simmons, RPh, PCCA
Lea Wolsoncroft, RPh, Kids Meds Pharmacy
Cheri Garvin, RPh, Leesburg Pharmacy


Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition

Sponsored by Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Pharmacists Mutual Companies, and the NCPA Foundation

Can you feel the excitement in the air? You won't want to miss the top three finalists—chosen out of 35 schools and colleges of pharmacy—face off in our annual Business Plan Competition. Join in as Idaho State University, University of Buffalo, and University of Oklahoma showcase their ideas before a panel of live judges and you! Cash prizes and a trip to the 2012 NCPA Multiple location Conference in Naples, FL are at stake. Support your school or pick a team to root for in this event, which has been the highlight of student programming for the past seven years. It's on!

5:30pm – 6:30pm
Future Pharmacists Networking Reception

Kick off convention networking with your colleagues and friends; old and new. Join your peers for refreshments, door prizes, and good old fashioned fun!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Student Business Plan Poster Session, Exhibit Hall

NEW this year! Have you thought about participating in the business plan competition, but don't know where to start? Do you have expertise and experiences to contribute? Take a stroll through this session as the 2011 business plan participants showcase their work. You'll walk away thinking of new ways to advance services and practices of community pharmacy.

Community Pharmacy Residency Showcase, Exhibit Hall

Have you ever considered a community pharmacy residency or want to learn more about them? Discover how community pharmacy residencies are breaking the mold. Learn what opportunities of enhancing patient care, management, and clinical skills await you. Talk to current and past community pharmacy residents and resident preceptors from across the nation. Inquire about their programs and how they can help you stand out from others. Come with an open mind and prepare to walk away enlightened.

NCPA Foundation Awards Ceremony and Reception

Sponsored by the NCPA Foundation
Come one, come all! Celebrate the success of your colleagues and instructors as they are recognized for their achievements. Support your fellow classmates and faculty members as we award scholarship winners, Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition participants, faculty liaison of the year, and chapter of the year.


September 29, 2011

Dates & Deadlines

October 8-12, 2011
NCPA 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition, Nashville, TN

January 15, 2012
NCPA Foundation 2012 Summer Internship Application Deadline
NCPA Executive Residency in Association Management Deadline

January 31, 2012
National Student Leadership Council Application Deadline
NCPA Student Chapter Midterm Report Deadline

Has Your Chapter Completed a Successful Chapter Project?
Share a brief description of your successful chapter project and the results of your efforts in your school and/or community. We want to recognize NCPA student chapters for their outstanding efforts and share your ideas and success stories with other NCPA student chapters. Contact NCPA Student Affairs at to share your story to be posted in the Chapter Highlights section of the NCPA website.

NCPA Outreach Visits for Spring 2012
Are you interested in a visit to your School or College of Pharmacy from NCPA staff, NCPA Ambassadors (NCPA Member Owners) and/or an NCPA Student Leadership Council representative? We would be happy to coordinate a visit with you! Please contact NCPA Student Affairs at and provide us with dates of availability when known. We are already starting to schedule meetings for August and beyond!

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