Chapter Operations

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Affiliation Agreement & Bylaws

Chapter Operations Manual

NCPA Student Chapter Logo

Starting a New NCPA Student Chapter

Student Chapters by State & Region

Affiliation Agreement & Bylaws:

As part of our ongoing effort to provide support to your chapter and help you comply with legal and tax obligations, we have updated our standard documentation. These documents add more clarity and better describe the relationship between NCPA and your chapter, and should be helpful in ensuring that the chapter meets the requirements NCPA has for student organizations

The NCPA Chapter Affiliation Agreement: formalizes the relationship between NCPA and your chapter and sets forth the roles and responsibilities of each party. Please note that this is a new document and should not be confused with any existing agreement your chapter may have for students who work at NCPA for an APPE rotation (the "Clinical Onsite Agreement"). The bylaws have been revised to more accurately reflect the relationship between your chapter and NCPA and ensure appropriate governance structure. This document may need to be amended as appropriate for your chapter. Both documents can be requested at

Chapter Operations Manual

This manual has been prepared to help student chapter officers orient student chapter members to NCPA and its divisions, and the benefits and opportunities that exist from belonging to NCPA. The enclosed information will also acquaint you with the NCPA Student Affairs Department and offer suggestions that can help in conducting chapter meetings and programs. It contains important deadlines for scholarships, and awards, and helps to identify programs that the chapter may undertake. Several of the following sections will be updated regularly, so continually updating this manual is very important.

The Student Chapter Operations Manual will serve each student chapter and should be used as the ongoing chapter record. This document can be printed and placed in the chapter's notebook to pass on to the next year's officers to help them continue to develop your NCPA student chapter. It can also serve as the chapter's record of communications with the NCPA national office and with other student chapters.

If you have any suggestions regarding the material enclosed, please contact the NCPA Student Affairs Department at

NCPA Student Chapter Logo

NCPA has designed an NCPA Student Chapter logo for student chapters to use for anything related to the school's NCPA Student Chapter: communications, social media, events, promotional materials, etc. For full access to the NCPA Student Chapter Logo, schools must have a completed Affiliation Agreement on file with NCPA. Contact, if you need to get your school an Affiliation Agreement, or for any other questions regarding the logo or Affiliation Agreement.

Starting a New NCPA Student Chapter

You Can Make It Happen
You'll be setting the ground work for the future. Establish your organization with broad-based goals in mind and think long-term. Your effort will bring you immediate rewards and will carry on to the pharmacy students who follow. Review the material presented here. Then contact the NCPA Student Affairs Division. The NCPA staff is ready to help you. Contact with any additional questions or requests.

Find an NCPA Student Chapter Advisor.
This can be a faculty member at the school, or an independent pharmacy owner in your area that is a member of NCPA. The Advisor's role is to guide the officers in the building up the chapter.

Find your Core Group of Students.
Find a core group of students that share your passion for independent pharmacy. These students will most likely be your first year officers. It is recommended that you have a minimum of four students to start the chapter: President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. You are welcome to have more than these four officers; however these are the minimum officer positions that you should expect to have.

Contact NCPA:
You will need an Affiliation Agreement (which provides access to the NCPA Student Chapter logo), Bylaws, and the Chapter Operations Manual. You can request these documents by emailing, or by calling 1-800-544-7447, and asking to speak to Student Affairs.

Conduct your First Organizational Meeting.
Invite your core group of students and NCPA Chapter Advisor to discuss and delegate responsibilities for the following items:

  • Determine what you want the student chapter to be: goals, projects, programs, etc.

  • Obtain university student organization recognition.

  • Review governing documents.

  • Briefly discuss the chartering of the student chapter.

Conduct your Second Organizational Meeting.
Individuals report on their delegated responsibilities. Review by-laws to prepare for voting at First Chapter Meeting and begin planning the chartering and formal induction of this new NCPA Student Chapter. Review Chapter Operations Manual for more detailed information about running an NCPA Student Chapter.

Promote the formation of the student chapter with flyers, membership drives, etc. Promote the benefits of being an NCPA Student Chapter member, as well as the many types of practice models that independent owners can have. Contact, for more promotional information.

Hold First NCPA Student Chapter Meeting. All interested students should be invited to attend. (This may occur prior to or after the induction ceremony.) Initial business should entail:

  • Chapter constitution and by-law approval.

  • Officer nominations and elections.

  • Discussion of goals and projects of the chapter.

  • Committee sign-up.

Optional: Conduct a Formal NCPA Student Chapter Induction Ceremony.
Contact NCPA Student Affairs for information.