Student Organizations

Associated Students of the School of Pharmacy (ASSP)

Associated Students of the School of Pharmacy represents the PharmD student body of the USC School of Pharmacy.

Pharmacy Graduate Alliance (PGA)

The Pharmacy Graduate Alliance (PGA) is the governing student body for those in the School of Pharmacy’s research-oriented master’s and PhD degree programs.

Honor Societies

Phi Kappa Phi (all university)

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is one of the nation’s oldest and largest honor societies, and includes members from all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi is USC’s oldest honor society, established at the university in 1924. The society aims to unite the various separate academic units of USC in the common pursuit and recognition of scholarly standards. Membership is by invitation only, with members initiated each spring on the basis of academic excellence.

Phi Lambda Sigma

This national pharmacy leadership society was founded at Auburn University in 1965 and USC’s chapter was established in 1988. The honor society is devoted to identifying, supporting and recognizing the contributions of pharmacy students to their colleges, classmates, campuses, communities and profession.

Rho Chi Theta

The Theta Chapter of Rho Chi was established at USC in 1925. A national pharmacy honor society, Rho Chi encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. To be nominated, students must have completed two years of the professional curriculum, be among the top 20% of their class and be approved by the dean of the School of Pharmacy.

Service Organizations

Skull and Mortar

This honorary service organization was established at USC in 1930. Eligibility for Skull and Mortar membership is attained by active extracurricular participation in student service at USC or the School of Pharmacy, or in the School’s student body.

Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)

Founded in 2008, the USC Chapter of SNPhA is an educational service organization dedicated to bridging the gap between health access and health disparities. Membership is open to pharmacy students who are interested in organizing and executing programs aiming to improve the health, educational and social environment of the community.

Social Organizations

Alpha Iota Pi

A regional pharmacy fraternity, Alpha Iota Pi was founded at USC in 1940. Its objectives are to promote the profession of pharmacy, encourage closer relationships with both faculty and fellow students, foster the development of outstanding character and leadership, and support high standards of scholarship.

Lambda Kappa Sigma

Lambda Kappa Sigma, a national pharmacy fraternity, was organized at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1913 and was established at USC in 1921.

Phi Delta Chi

A national pharmacy fraternity, Phi Delta Chi was founded at the University of Michigan in 1883, with the Omicron chapter established at USC in 1909. Its purpose is to advance the science of pharmacy, develop leadership, and network for and promote cooperation and friendship among its members. The Omicron Alumni group provides scholarships for active members.

Professional Organizations

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is a national organization with 14 student chapters nationwide. The AMCP-USC Chapter was established in 2000. It is the only chapter west of the Mississippi, making the organization a unique opportunity for USC pharmacy students to explore career options and interests in the managed-care pharmacy setting. Although the primary focus is managed-care pharmacy (HMOs, pharmacy benefit management (PBMs) and other health plans), the organization also maintains connections with pharmaceutical industry.

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Student Chapter

The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Student Chapter promotes MS and PhD student participation in the organization’s activities at the local, regional and national levels.

American Pharmacy Student Alliance (APSA)

The American Pharmacy Student Alliance (APSA) is a student alliance between five independent professional organizations: American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Students of Pharmacy (APhA-ASP), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), California Pharmacists Association (CPhA), California Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (CSHP) and International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF). The USC School of Pharmacy maintains an active chapter of APhA-ASP, affiliated with APA, CSHP and CPhA. Students have representation in the House of Delegates of these organizations, serve on policy committees and receive the journals of both the national and state organizations. The APSA local student chapter meets regularly to consider issues of professional interest and to sponsor professional programs.

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) represents independent pharmacy owners and practitioners. Established in 2003, the USC student chapter focuses on creating opportunities for students who specifically want to learn about independent pharmacy. The organization’s goal is to increase student involvement by: raising political awareness about issues facing independent pharmacies; educating student members on how to obtain ownership and operate their own pharmacies; establishing relationships between students and independent pharmacists; and by providing hands-on experience in different aspects of independent pharmacy, including compounding. Furthermore, NCPA provides members with a chance to become involved through local, state and national positions.

Student Industry Association (SIA)

The Student Industry Association (SIA) exists to prepare, educate and inform USC School of Pharmacy students for careers in the pharmaceutical industry. Through panel discussions with industry representatives, seminars, career development education, internship opportunities, unique conferences and a mentorship program, SIA provides a wealth of untapped resources and exposure to this dynamic area of pharmacy.