Student Affairs

The Taneja College of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs (OSA) provides evidence-based and innovative student support services from recruitment through graduation utilizing a holistic and comprehensive philosophy encompassing all areas of personal development. Of highest priority, all practices focus FIRST on the best interest of students with foundational principles of integrity, lifelong learning, inter-professionalism, and leadership while incorporating assessment and evaluation of college and student outcomes.

The vision of the Office of Student Affairs is to utilize innovative and best practices in pioneering the delivery of exceptional student services among U.S. Pharmacy Schools and beyond. We envision advancing the collaborative movement between academic and student affairs into pharmacy education for optimum holistic student development and academic success.

Programming to Promote Successful Academic Experience

To promote a successful academic experience for students, the Office of Student Affairs in the Taneja College of Pharmacy at the University of South Florida provides holistic student development programming to support and enhance the PharmD educational journey to include: Orientation, Records and Registration, Financial Aid, Counseling, Career Development, Student Organizations and Activities, Student Accessibility Services, and the Pharmacy Academy for Student Success (PASS). PASS programs include PASSage to Pharmacy, Early Intervention System, Supplemental Instruction, and Tutoring. Services are coordinated through the Director of Student Services and Assistant Director of Student Achievement under the direction of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

Faculty Student Success Coaching

Prior to matriculation, students are assigned a faculty student success coach for the duration of the PharmD program. Faculty coaches meet with students (coachees) individually and in small groups to assist students with developing the skills necessary to be successful in their future clinical practice. Additionally, faculty coaches serve in a mentoring role by providing coachees with personal, academic, and professional advisement; promoting and nurturing students’ lifelong learning endeavors; and encouraging students to seek and utilize necessary resources.

Student Organizations

There are numerous student organizations to which students can belong during their tenures at USF Taneja College of Pharmacy. The Student Leadership Council (SLC) was established in the Fall 2011 and is the umbrella organization from which all other professional organizations will be developed. The following organizations are offered at USF TCOP. To learn more about any of the organizations, please consult BullSync.

Student Leadership Council (SLC)
American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)
American Pharmacist Association – (APhA – ASP)
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)
BRIDGE Pharmacy Clinic
Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI)
Hispanic Association of Pharmacists (HAP)
Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship in Health Care (ITEHC)
Kappa Epsilon
Kappa Psi
National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS)
Pediatric Pharmacy Advisory Group (PPAG)
Rho Chi
Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)
Student Society of Health System Pharmacists (SSHP)

Student Handbook
Center for Student Involvement
Student Organization Handbook
Parliamentary Procedures

Career Development

There are many career paths for graduates of a Doctor of Pharmacy program. The APhA Career Pathways program is a tool that is used by students to identify their areas of interest within the profession. Workshops will be incorporated throughout the curriculum to assist you through the decision-making process and expose students to the various options within the Pharmacy profession. Career Panels are also incorporated into the Pharmaceutical Skills curriculum to provide you exposure to the different careers within pharmacy. Our Career Counseling services also include CV development, a 4th year Career Fair, mock interviews, and residency preparation. Career Development services can be provided by Ms. Ellyn Couillard, the Director of Student Services, and student success coaches.

Academic Support

Academic support programs offered through the Office of Student Affairs are available to assist students with refining their learning methods and strategies. Support programs include Academic Coaching, Supplemental Instruction (SI), and liaison assistance for Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Academic Coaching is offered to assist students with general learning strategies and techniques which may be helpful in all courses. Academic coaching topics may focus on study skills, academic confidence, test preparation, and time management. Supplemental Instruction is an academic support program in which PY2-PY4 TCOP students (SI Facilitators) provide individual, small group, and large group academic tutoring to students enrolled in historically difficult courses within the Pharm D Program. Student Accessibility Services Liaison assistance is offered to assist students with disabilities navigate, understand, and access services offered though the Student Accessibility Services office. Please contact the Assistant Director of Student Achievement, Dr. Demetrix Rostick-Owens, for more information,

Students may also seek academic support services from the Academic Success Center or the Writing Studio, both which are available at the USF Tampa campus.


Brief solution-based counseling services for general adjustment, academic, or interpersonal concerns are available through the Office of Student Affairs by contacting Ms. Ellyn Couillard, or Associate Dean, Dr. Heather Petrelli, Students who seek assistance through our office are assured of confidentiality as limited by federal disclosure law and educational integrity. There is also a comprehensive Counseling Center at USF should students benefit from more intensive or ongoing mental health support to whom Dr. Petrelli and Ms. Couillard can also make referrals.

Financial Aid

All USF Health students are supported by USF Health Shared Student Services Financial Aid. If you would like to set up a meeting with them, please click on the link and scroll down to the "Ways to Connect" section.

Additionally, there is a Financial Aid page specifically associated with the PharmD program here.

Records and Registration

The Records and Registration Specialist strives to provide exemplary service to all students while adhering to the policies of the Taneja College of Pharmacy. For records and registration services, please see here.