Student Affairs

Successful Academic Experience

To promote a successful academic experience for our students, the Office of the Director of Student Services at the University of South Florida Taneja College of Pharmacy is dedicated to providing academic, personal, and extra-curricular support for enrolled students. The following services are provided to enhance your educational journey and support your development through the Pharm.D. program. All services are coordinated through the Director of Student Services under the direction of the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Assessment.

Faculty Student Success Coaching

Students are assigned a faculty coach prior to matriculation and will have the opportunity to first meet with their coach during Orientation. Coaching consists of regular individual and group meetings with your coach to ensure adequate academic progress and provide resources and referrals for school/life balance and educational support. 

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 and skill within the profession. Workshops will be incorporated throughout the curriculum to assist you through the decision making process and expose you 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 3rd 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

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a form of open tutoring for professional-level students that is directly shaped by the needs of the students. SI provides a twice-weekly dedicated time and space for students which can be utilized for small group studying or individual studying, with a tutor available, if needed. This allows students the opportunity to incorporate SI into their busy schedules, as well as arrive at the session with individualized questions for the tutor based on their current needs. 

In addition to SI, small group and individual tutoring are offered through the College. Please contact the Director of Student Services for more information, The Office of Student Affairs and Assessment also offers individual guidance for study skills, stress management, test anxiety, and time management strategies.

Students may also seek out services available on USF Tampa campus with Dr. Patricia Maher at the Academic Success Center. Their resources include individual skills development, online resources and the Writing Studio.


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 Assistant 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’s Tampa campus should students benefit from more intensive or ongoing mental health support to whom Dr. Petrelli and Ms. Couillard can also make referrals.