Service learning has been identified as an important experience for health professions students.

CU Pharmacy has a long history of service learning. Every year from Fall 1999 - Spring 2020, P1 students educated elementary school students about health-related topics such as nutrition, germs, and allergies. Because of the pandemic, in place of the elementary school program, we are partnering with the Anschutz School of Medicine and College of Nursing in the COAST-IT project: Connecting Older Adults with Students Through Interprofessional Telecare.



COAST-IT Program awarded a Social Innovation Award from the National Area of Agencies organization in Washington, DC.



It has been recognized by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) that some extracurricular activities serve as a means by which students can more fully develop into competent, well-rounded pharmacists. As such, all pharmacy schools are required to offer some extracurricular activities, deemed "co-curricular," that are "experiences which complement, augment and/or advance what is learned in the formal didactic and experiential curriculum."

Examples of co-curricular activities include, but are not limited to:
Active participation in pharmacy or scientific organization meetingsImmunization clinics
“Brown bag” medication review and education sessionsLegislative Day activities
Career-discerning activities (e.g., research projects, specialized practice opportunities)Phi Lambda Sigma national leadership challenge program
Development of innovative professional business plansProfessionalism-focused journal club
Drug abuse/unintentional misuse (poisonings) education programsReflective professional development retreats
Drug take-back eventsShadowing opportunities with state pharmacy association executives
Health fairs/screeningsVisits to various pharmacy practice sites
Holding office in student governmentVolunteering at a pro-bono clinic for underserved/uninsured citizens (e.g., DAWN)


The Exemplary Professional Development program boosts your professional growth and connects you with a mentor! There are two levels available for selection:

Level 1 = unstructured mentor program​​​​
Level 2 = structured mentor program with a few short assignments and maintaining a portfolio, eligible for "Exemplary Professional Development" recognition

Estimated time commitment



Mentor meetings


per semester