Educational Philosophy

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The educational philosophy is consistent with the HSOP’s Mission and Vision Statements and its strategic plan. The curriculum is consistent with the School’s educational philosophy, including its commitment to learner-centered contemporary instruction and mentoring processes which facilitate the development of student pharmacists who are professional, responsible and life-long learners committed to the compassionate care of patients.


The faculty and staff of the Harrison School of Pharmacy are members of a collegial, learning community dedicated to educating pharmacists who will (1) confidently embrace the responsibilities of a practice ready clinicians, (2) advance the profession of pharmacy, (3) be dedicated citizens and leaders in their respective communities, and (4) display the attitudes, behaviors and characteristics of positive role models. To achieve these four outcomes, the faculty collectively own and are responsible for both formal and extra-curricular education. The curriculum (established ability-based outcomes, course objectives and specific content, desired skills and behaviors, instructional approach, evaluation and assessment which are linked to outcomes and course objectives) is the responsibility of all pharmacy faculty members and single courses are led by individuals or groups of faculty members. The curriculum is developed by engaging the faculty as a whole through a critical, collegial, evidence based and consensual process with stakeholders input. The staff plays a central role in supporting and integrating the work of the learning community.

Teaching pedagogy employs evidence-based innovative approaches designed to engage student pharmacists in collaborative, learner-centered education resulting in practitioners motivated to make evidence-based patient care decisions which improve cost effective health outcomes. The program strives to provide relevance by integrating knowledge with current practices and foster creative ideas for individual and collective future pharmacy practice. Ample formative practice time and participation in extracurricular professional activities enables student pharmacists to achieve expected levels of competency as defined by established educational outcomes and specific objectives.

Faculty mentoring, role modeling, instruction, and caring for student pharmacists stimulate the highest standards of integrity, personal accountability, and professionalism. Faculty members exude a passion for the pharmacy profession, and for student academic success in a challenging educational program. Respect and caring for the individual student pharmacists, patients, colleagues or other persons, guide their daily interactions.


The HSOP’s student pharmacists are expected to enter the School with high expectations of self and the profession and demonstrate a commitment to developing life-long learning habits, as well as the skills, abilities and knowledge required for a competent practice ready clinician. They are expected to display internalized behaviors and attitudes expressed in the school’s Tenets of Professionalism including: responsibility, honesty and integrity, commitment to excellence, respect for others and stewardship of the profession.

Last Updated: February 21, 2017