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Student Organizations and College Committees



Student Governance Association Delegates function as the College's student government.  Elected representatives meet with the dean and associate dean on a regular basis during the academic year to enhance communication between the College's students, faculty, and administration; provide feedback regarding College initiatives, share student needs with the college administration; promote student's professional development; and discuss other matters of general concern to the college's student body.  View the SGA By-Laws 2022-2023.

  • SGA Membership:  Each spring semester students from each class shall select two class representative to serve on the council for the next academic year. Pre-pharmacy and P1 student representatives are nominated and selected at the beginning of the fall semester.  In addition, the College-elected representative to the University Student Senate shall serve as a member of the council.  The Dean and Associate Dean for Student Services serve on this committee as ex-officio members. Click here to view SGA Members. 



Drake Pharmacy (Rx) Unified Group of Students (DRxUGS) is the umbrella organization for all the pharmacy national organizations.  This organization, open to all students in the pharmacy program, is a unified organization of all Drake pharmacy student organizations and was established in 2000.  Student members are also members of the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA) as well as select membership in one of nine national organizations:

  • Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)
  • American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (SSHP - student chapter of ASHP)
  • American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP)
  • Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI)
  • National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
  • Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP - student chapter of ACCP)
  • Student National Community Pharmacists Association (SNAPhA)
  • American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)
  • National Community Oncology Dispensing Association (NCODA)

Additional Information:  DRxUGS EC Online Application, DRxUGS EC Election Information

The Drake University Student Occupational Therapy Association (DUSOTA) is a campus student organization whose mission is to enhance the field of occupational therapy through professional development, educational, community, and social activities.

The Drake University Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) chapter is established under the National COTAD Organization. COTAD is a multifaceted student organization whose mission is to promote in the field of occupational therapy a future that is inclusive, accessible, and effective for all by doing work in justic, equity, diversity, and inclusion as it is applicable at all levels of healthcare. 



Phi Delta Chi is a national professional pharmaceutical fraternity founded at the University of Michigan in 1883.  The local (Psi) chapter was authorized at Des Moines University in 1921, transferred to Des Moines College of Pharmacy in 1928 and to Drake in 1939.

Kappa Psi is a national professional pharmaceutical fraternity founded at the New Haven Collegiate and Commercial Institute in 1879.  The local (Beta Chi) chapter was installed at the Des Moines College of Pharmacy in 1930 and transferred to Drake in 1939.

Lambda Kappa Sigma is an international professional pharmacy fraternity founded at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1913. The local (Nu) chapter at Drake University was installed on April 24, 1925.


Pi Theta Epsilon is an honor society for occupational therapy students that recognizes excellent scholarship among occupational therapy students. 

Phi Lambda Sigma is a national pharmacy leadership society for pharmacy students who have displayed leadership qualities and have been recognized for these qualities by their peers.  The Drake University chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma was established in 1992.

Rho Chi is a national honor society organized to promote the advancement of pharmaceutical sciences.  The society was founded at the University of Michigan in 1922.  Alpha Sigma chapter was established at Drake in 1951.  Eligible for membership are students who have completed 60% or the equivalent of no fewer than 75 credit hours require for graduation and are in the top 20% of their class academically.


Honor Code Committee is a committee of students and faculty who determine whether academic integrity and/or professionalism violations have occurred and impose penalties for violations.  Members are selected according to the policy.

Health Professions Day is an annual one-day event planned by pharmacy, occupational therapy, athletic training, and health science students. Guest speakers present lectures on various contemporary pharmacy and health science issues. Students have the opportunity each fall to join the committee and serve as a committee chair or member.

College Committees exist for students desiring leadership opportunities and involvement in the daily affairs of the College.
Annually during the Spring semester, the Dean requests applications/nominations for students to serve on the College Committees for the following year:

  • Assessment Committee:  responsible for reviewing all of the data that we collect that helps us prove that our programs are achieving their goals.
  • Academic Affairs Committee:  reviews new courses for approval, changes in courses, reviews suggestions for changes in the PharmD and Health Sciences curricula and forwards those to faculty for approval.
  • Student Affairs Committee:  deals with issues that impact students. Discussion topics include advising, career counseling student policies (e.g. Honor Code, Electronic Communications, etc.)
  • Experiential Review Council:  deals with issues that impact early and senior experiences
  • Admissions Committee:  determines admission criteria and makes admission decisions for the P1 class.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee: Make recommendations regarding ways to promote and achieve the College’s DEI goals by educating and informing the college community about best practices and innovative methods to cultivate a safe, diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.

Committee appointments and charges are established at the beginning of the academic year by the dean.  Students will be included as members on all committees except for Faculty Affairs Committee. Adjunct or alumni representatives will be included on all standing committees. Click College Committees 2019-2020 to view the current committee members and charges.


HOSA: Future Health Professionals: The purpose of HOSA lies in the professional advancement of the students within the Health Sciences major and/or students interested in a career in healthcare. Students do not need to be a Health Sciences major in order to be an active member of the organization. Opportunities of the organization include leadership positions, volunteer opportunities, networking, and a possibility of internships. 


The Student Leadership Development Series is designed for student leaders within the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The series consists of small group activities and discussions, guest speakers, the development of a leadership platform and completion of a leadership project. Through these activities, students develop core competencies identified as essential leadership skills and qualities for pharmacists by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
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