NCPA’s National Student Leadership Council represents all student pharmacist members of the National Community Pharmacists Association. The SLC is comprised of 16 student members who each complete a two-year term; the first as a Junior Member and the second as a Senior member. Multiple students from a school or college of pharmacy may apply each year, but only one may be appointed from that school or college. All SLC members must have held an office on the chapter level and all must be current student members of NCPA.
The goal of the SLC is to support the development of future leaders in community pharmacy and to recognize student pharmacists who have a strong interest in entrepreneurship and pursuing a career in community pharmacy. The SLC supports the Associate Director of Management and Student Affairs at NCPA in providing the student pharmacist perspective in developing programs for NCPA student members. Other responsibilities include:
- Determine how the NCPA SLC will vote regarding policy proposals before the NCPA House of Delegates
- Appoint new members of the SLC
- Serve on an NCPA Steering Committee in their Senior year on the Council and attend the Steering Committee Forum
- Determine the Chapter of the Year
- Elect SLC National Student Officers
- Attend the NCPA Annual Convention (Required)
- Attend the Annual SLC Leadership Retreat held in May(Required) and the following NCPA Conference on National Legislation and Government Affairs (suggested)
Procedures and Timeline: NPCA Student Chapters should encourage their student chapter officers to apply for the NCPA SLC prior to the NCPA Annual Convention in October. All applicants must be present at the NCPA Conference on National Legislation and Government Affairs in May and/or the NCPA Annual Convention in October where they will be given the opportunity to meet with current SLC members in an informal setting. The purpose of the meeting is to assess the applicant’s knowledge of NPCA and their ability to serve in this capacity. Completed SLC applications must be submitted by January 31 and applicants will be notified of their appointment status to the SLC by March 1. Junior SLC members will begin their term at the beginning of the NCPA Steering Committee meeting in March. The advancement of Junior member to Senior member also happens at the beginning of the NCPA Steering Committee Forum where the Senior member will being their second term with attendance at the Forum.