School of Pharmacy

News and Events

4th Place in the National Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition (SPCC)

March 2013

South College School of Pharmacy competed in the National Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition (SPCC) March 22-24 at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  The team consisted of second-year pharmacy students and earned 4th place, overall, out of 15 pharmacy schools from across the country.

South College SOP Team (clockwise from top):  Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Jwala Renukuntla, Michael Dotson, John Schnur, and Brian Williams


Candidate Status Awarded

January 2013

On January 29, 2013, the School of Pharmacy at South College announced that it has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).  Granting of Candidate status was based on the results of a comprehensive, on-site evaluation of the School of Pharmacy conducted in November 2012. For further information, click here.



Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition

December 2012

Student pharmacists of the South College School of Pharmacy recently completed a Compounding Competition as a preliminary to The Student Pharmacy Compounding Competition 2013 National Championship. The 3rd annual national competition will be held in March at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where our local winners, (L to R) John Schnur, Brian Williams, and Michael Dotson will compete as a three person team with winners from other Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy across the country. The competition, sponsored by MEDISCA, “was founded to provide an educational experience for the student pharmacist and to increase their exposure to the pharmacy compounding industry overall."  For further information, click here.



Class of 2015 Poster Session

December 2012



The School of Pharmacy Class of 2015 displayed their public health posters created for a Pharmacy Awareness & Toolkit for Community Health project at the first School of Pharmacy Poster Session held on December 6, 2012.



Class of 2015 "St. Jude Walk"

November 2012


The “St. Jude Give thanks.  Walk.™ was held on Saturday, November 17, 2012. The School of Pharmacy Class of 2015 team consisted of 20 students walking in support of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital “Walk. Give. Help them live.” campaign.  The team chose an 80’s dress theme.  They also carried a sign in honor of Michael Gallamore, a former St. Jude Children’s Hospital patient and brother of South College School of Education staff member Lisa Thomas.  The team finished 4th in overall fundraising for this year’s event, with over $2,400 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  The team looks forward to participating again next year.



Class of 2015 "Chili Cook Off"

November 2012


On November 14, 2012, the School of Pharmacy Class of 2015 hosted a chili cook off to raise money for their community service project – St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.™ to benefit the St. Jude Children's Hospital.  They raised $350 from the chili cook off which helped them exceed their team goal of $1500.  Pharmacy, PA, Education and Nursing students, along with South College faculty and staff and the School of Pharmacy Dean attended the chili cook off and cast their vote for the “best” chili.  The winner was Class of 2015 P1 student Mark Major.



South College School of Pharmacy

Class of 2015

White Coat Ceremony, Friday, October 26, 2012



Welcome South College School of Pharmacy

Class of 2015

Monday, July 23, 2012

The School of Pharmacy faculty and staff extend a warm welcome to the Class of 2015.  On July 23, 2012, the School of Pharmacy Class of 2015 began their first day of classes.


Second Harvest Food Bank

July 2012

Students and Faculty at the Second Harvest Food Bank July 2012



South College School of Pharmacy

Inaugural Class of 2014

White Coat Ceremony, Friday, May 11, 2012


East Tennessee Children's Hospital Phone-A-Thon




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Dean Fitzgerald                                                              P1 Pharmacy Student


Welcome South College School of Pharmacy Inaugural Class of 2014

Monday, February 20, 2012

The School of Pharmacy faculty and staff extend a warm welcome to the inaugural Class of 2014.  On February 20, 2012, the School of Pharmacy Class of 2014 began their first day of classes.


Precandidate Status Awarded

January 2012

On January 19, 2012, representatives from the School of Pharmacy met with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors. The following Monday, January 23, notification was received from ACPE that the Board of Directors had awarded Precandidate Status to the School of Pharmacy. With Precandidate Status awarded, the School of Pharmacy can now proceed with its plans to start the inaugural class in 2012. More information about ACPE accreditation is located at the accreditation link on the School of Pharmacy website.

Commenting on the awarding of Precandidate Status, Dr. Walter Fitzgerald, founding dean of the School of Pharmacy, said “This approval would not have happened without the work of the outstanding faculty and staff that we have attracted to the School of Pharmacy from all over the nation. With this approval we can now set forth upon our charted path to achieving our mission of educating pharmacy students to be highly qualified pharmacy practitioners who provide care with advocacy and compassion to meet healthcare needs of individuals and diverse populations.” He noted that in addition to education, “the School of Pharmacy will be devoted to service, scholarship, and improving healthcare practice by working with a variety of public and private organizations.”

According to Dean Fitzgerald, the School of Pharmacy faculty and staff are eagerly launching many activities necessary to welcoming the inaugural class to campus. “Much excitement is in the air around South College as we reflect on the milestone that has been achieved. We eagerly await the inaugural class and to the realization of the privilege of serving our students, the profession of pharmacy, the community and our many friends and supporters.”

Updates on arrival of the inaugural class and our progress will be posted regularly in this section of the website. Please visit frequently to be informed of developments at the School of Pharmacy.