If you're a new student member, we want you to know that our NCPA Student Chapters are where all the action happens. Your chapter is the best place to get plugged in and to start making an impact. If you see something here that your chapter hasn't started yet, ask your advisor or chapter president if you can be the person to get that idea up and running.

If you're a chapter officer, we have a ton of resources available to help you successfully run your chapter. We suggest starting with the Chapter Operations Manual and going from there.

If your school or college of pharmacy doesn't have an NCPA chapter, we can help you start one. Scroll to the bottom of this page for more information.

Chapter Operations Manual

Welcome to your one-stop shop for chapter operations information. This manual was prepared to help you as a chapter officer orient your chapter members to NCPA and its benefits and opportunities. It contains important deadlines for scholarships, awards, and reports, and it can help you identify new programs and initiatives to start at your chapter. This manual is updated annually, so make sure to download this manual regularly.

Student Chapter Operations Manual

Annual Update

Chapter leadership changes every year, and we need your help to keep our records up-to-date. Each chapter advisor or chapter president should fill out the Annual Chapter Update before the start of each new school year.

End of the Year Report

If your chapter has a change in structure or leadership in the middle of the school year, you can email NCPA Student Affairs to update your chapter's information.

Additional Resources

Need more information on NCPA Student Chapter projects and programs? Check out these handy links:

Starting a New NCPA Student Chapter

You'll be setting the ground work for the future, so establish your chapter with broad-based goals in mind and think long-term. Your effort will bring your new chapter immediate rewards and will carry on to the student pharmacists who follow. Review the steps listed below, and then contact NCPA Student Affairs for help in getting your chapter up and running.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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