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McWhorter School of Pharmacy is one of four schools in Samford’s College of Health Sciences. Our facilities—spanning two buildings—include state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, including our Experiential Learning and Simulation Center and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Lab.
Campus is only minutes from the heart of Birmingham, one of the country's most vibrant medical communities. In addition to offering outstanding opportunities for internships and field placements, the metropolitan area offers a rich history and a variety of activities.
Hi. My name is Lauren Cummins and I am a P2 at McWhorter School of Pharmacy. And today, I want to tell you what I love most about my school and why I think it is the best pharmacy school that you could possibly go to. So, when I think about this phrase comes to mind that people often use to describe churches. And that is, it’s not the building that makes up the church, but the people inside of it. I think this represents McWhorter School of Pharmacy perfectly. The faculty, the staff, the administration—even the janitors—go above and beyond every single day to help us. Pharmacy school is hard, and that is something that everyone knows. But when you have people behind you who are working day in and day out to help you and to do everything that they can to make your life as smooth and straightforward as possible, it goes such a long way. And they are not just working to help us, but they actually care about us. And that is so evident to me in my interactions with my professors and everyone else who works there. During this time when we are in online school, especially, I can see how hard they are working to make everything as easy as possible for us during this difficult time. I love everyone who works at McWhorter School of Pharmacy, and they are what makes it different, sets it apart from every other pharmacy school in my opinion. You can’t replace people, and the people here care about you. They want to see you succeed, and they want to see you happy. And honestly, it makes such a difference, and it has made my time at McWhorter School of Pharmacy better than I ever could have expected going into it. And so, that is the thing I enjoy most about my school. It’s the people that are there. They are so good, and they want to help you. And they want to see you succeed as a student and as a pharmacist. And I have no doubt that if you go to McWhorter School of Pharmacy that you will succeed because of the people who are there behind, supporting you every step of the way. Thank you.
Hello there. My name is Christian Negron. I am currently a first-year pharmacy student here at Samford McWhorter School of Pharmacy. First of all, in my case, I was amazed about our building and facilities as a first impression. We have a beautiful beauty where we have an interprofessional environment since there are some other programs such as nursing school, physical therapy school as well. And I think that environment gives you a sense of professionalism that helps you get to know new people and visualize the health care field from another perspective. And I think us, as Samford students here, we have that advantage. When it comes to the program, outside from the program itself, which I can assure you is a really challenging one that will definitely prepare us for the future, I really like its flexibility and its versatility when it comes to opportunities. And I’m telling you this because, you know, we have a chance to do some dual degrees with different program options to choose from if you want to do and follow that pathway. Also, the opportunity to study abroad and be able to experience the different—you know, this amazing field around the world. I think it’s really cool, and I’m really looking forward to that. Now, in my experience after almost a year now in school, I can talk about the huge student organizations involvement. I had no idea before coming to school and starting school… I was able to get to know new people, meet upperclassmen as well—getting involved in the community out there, which is a really important thing for us. Also, to get some leadership opportunities within the organizations. I really enjoyed that. And another thing to point out is, how amazing our faculty is, and you know, not only teaching you in the classroom but that care that they show is really approachable. And it really meant a lot to me. I’m telling you this because, in my case, coming from another country, different culture, and a different language—that adaptation process, you know, it was way easier the blend in here than I expected. And that really helped a lot, you know, in that transition. And that tells you about how those core values are represented here at school. You know, they will not only care about you as a student, but as a person too. Lastly, not only are the number there, or the stats are there, or how amazing the faculty, how amazing the facilities are, the program itself, all of the opportunities you have here… but the most important thing that we can feel as a family. We like to call it the pharm-ily (like with pharmacy), but I hope you can visualize yourself here and identify yourself with our core values as you hopefully will have a wonderful journey with us. And don’t hesitate to reach out in any case of doubt or questions. I know that we’ll be more than glad to help you. So, thank you so much.
Hi. My name is Jordan Williams. I’m from Mobile, Alabama, and I am a second-year pharmacy student at McWhorter and a senior here at Samford. I’m so glad you can make it and be with us today. I’m here today to help you with whatever you may need. I know that it can be a nerve-racking experience to visit a new school, so I’m just going to tell you a few things that I like most about Samford and a few things I like most about the McWhorter School of Pharmacy so hopefully you can begin to see yourself here too. In a short answer, I love everything about Samford, and that’s why I chose it as my home four years ago. But what I like most about Samford is that as a student here, you are seen as so much more than a number at the university, because we really have a family atmosphere. One reason for this is is that Samford is a smaller school, so everything here is individualized and tailored to you. The best example of this can be seen of this can be seen through professors. Because the professors here want to truly get to know you as their student—as more than just a name on their roaster. It’s not uncommon at for them at all to put their personal phone numbers on the syllabus for you to reach out to them anytime, day or night, when you have a question about any of the materials in class… or for you to just swing by their office. They will welcome you in, even if you just want to talk about life and nothing school-related at all. They are really your advocates, and they are here for you every step of the way. What I love most about Samford is that as a student, I’m cared for deeply. And what I like most about the McWhorter School of Pharmacy is that the school provides endless opportunities for student combine their in-class learning with real world experience, aside from things like rotations built into the curriculum. For example, there are numerous student organizations that you can join as a student at McWhorter. And those organizations often host health fairs and health screenings to give students the opportunity to practice these skills that they learned in the classroom, such as taking blood glucose and blood pressure and administering vaccines such as flu shots—while also giving back to the community, providing free screenings to do things like catch diabetes early in a patient or inform a patient about a potentially dangerous blood pressure reading that they might not have known about. When you leave McWhorter, you are equipped with all of the knowledge, skills and experience that you need to be successful as a pharmacist. Samford and McWhorter are both the best places to be, to learn and to grow as a student and a future professional. So, I hope that you find that to be true for you as well. Please let me know if you have any other questions, or if you need help with anything. I hope you enjoy your visit here.
Hey. I’m Alex, and let me be the first to say, welcome to Samford. To give you a little background, I’m originally from my hometown of Meridian, Mississippi, and I first came to Samford in the fall of 2018 to start pharmacy school at the McWhorter School of Pharmacy where I am currently wrapping up the spring semester of my P2 year. So, I know you are going to love Samford and its environment once you get an in-depth look at things, but to start off, I wanted to tell you a few of the things I really enjoy about going to school here. So first of all, I’ve really grown to appreciate how professional the environment is here at Samford. When it’s all said and done, the main reason we all go off to get education is to one day have a professional career. Since coming to Samford, I’ve been extremely impressed with the tools they’ve provided to ensure I’ll be able to build that career. While some campuses might be a little bit bigger with much larger student population, one of the great things about Samford is about how every student is treated as an individual. So, the environment here, it allows for some really close development of relationships between teachers and students, and I really feel like that ensures that no student is ever lost in the crowd. The faculty here really care about each student, and each student’s well-being, and a lot of faculty will often personally reach out to individual students if they suspect a student is struggling with material or if they’re just having any other kind of difficulties. And that leads me into one of the things I love about the pharmacy school. So, when it comes to the staff at the McWhorter School of Pharmacy here at Samford, they’re honestly really amazing. So from day one of pharmacy school, it became very apparent that the faculty’s number one priority are the students. The faculty here at Samford are always available to answer any questions and help out in any way they can. And in fact, on the first day of classes, many of the professors reiterated just how their office doors are always open for students and that if you have any questions about the materials—or if you just need someone to talk to—they are happy to help. And in fact, there have been many times when I have visited the professors’ offices and asked questions outside of what was covered in class, like questions about pharmacy or different career opportunities and stuff like that. Anyway, these are just a few things that I have fallen in love with since I’ve been at Samford. I know that when you choose where you are going to go to school, that can be an extremely daunting task, and we here at Samford just want to help anyway we can. So, if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. We will definitely find someone who can help you in any way that we can. We wish you the best in your future, and thank you so much for you time. And take care.
McWhorter School of Pharmacy is distinctive in its mission to prepare students in a Christian environment to be exemplary pharmacists. As a graduate, you will be more than prepared to address the complex challenges facing health care today—wherever you are called to serve.
We supplement your classroom education with extensive experiences in a variety of settings through introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences.
Health Care Simulation
Students participate in simulation through our Experiential Learning and Simulation Center, providing a safe yet realistic environment to develop clinical skills.
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