Why must students complete the co-curriculum?

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) programs impart to each graduate the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors to develop into holistic practitioners who can work on an interprofessional team, employ evidence-based practice, and provide patient-centered care.

In order for students to gain experience leading to professional and personal development, the 2016 Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Guidance document, under Standards 4 and 12, clearly articulates the need to establish a structured co-curriculum that “complements, augments, and/or advances what is learned in the didactic and experiential curriculum.” 

The Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) 2013 Outcomes expanded the expectations beyond knowledge and skills to include the development of the affective domains, which includes key elements of self-awareness, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, and professionalism.

The ACPE Standards 2016 require Pharm.D. programs to implement a co-curriculum. This process will enhance and measure the competencies outlined in CAPE 2013 Domains 3 and 4 and in the ACPE Standards 2016, specifically in Standards 3 and 4.

Within these updated ACPE standards, colleges and schools are encouraged to develop intentional co-curricular opportunities that will deepen student pharmacists’ understanding of the profession and complement student learning.

What is the co-curriculum?

The co-curriculum refers to activities and learning experiences that occur outside the requirements of the didactic and experiential curriculum that complement, augment, and/or advance the students’ learning and professional development to meet the established learning outcomes.

The co-curriculum consists of required and self-selected activities that enhance our students’ development related to the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes associated with direct patient care, cultural competency, effective communication, self-awareness/development, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, professionalism, and service to others, including service as citizens in a global society.

The co-curriculum also encourages students to participate in self-directed and lifelong learning through professional development requirements developed by each student.

Extracurricular activities, which are defined as those activities that may be offered or coordinated by a school but may not be explicitly connected to academic learning, will not be considered as part of the co-curriculum.

How do students complete co-curriculum requirements?





Professionalism and Patient Care

Self-Awareness and Professional Development

Professional development directive activities

Total Co-curricular activities/year


White coat

Write CV*

2 outcome activities



Residency show case/ Org Day/ Career Day

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Plan

3 outcome activities



Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificate

Networking skills 

2 outcome activities



Patient interaction activity / Interprofessional Education (IPE)

Interview preparation

2 outcome activities


*Use the following CV rubric guide (PDF) when preparing your CV/résumé.


DISCLAIMER: Please note that the information is subject to change.

Additional Information


During the first month of the academic year, the college’s leadership will conduct a mandatory town hall meeting for each professional class to review requirements for the co-curriculum for that academic year.

Co-curricular requirements will be a combination of required activities organized for the students by the College, as well as a required number of additional opportunities where students will have choices to select activities aligned with their interests.

All activities will be approved by a co-curriculum committee led by the director of co-curriculum, and linked to established curricular outcomes (See co-curriculum approval form for details).

Starting in P-2, students will develop a CPD plan to address professional growth and areas of interest for the remainder of the Pharm.D. program.

Guidance will be provided by College and University faculty and/or administrators throughout the program to assist students with implementation of their professional plan.

Expectation: upload to CORE 

Following completion of each activity, students will complete an assessment based on their learning experiences and upload to their e-portfolio.


All e-portfolios will be reviewed before the end of each academic year. Students will be required to demonstrate growth and achievement of all cocurricular outcomes across the program.

Progression committee

Students who fail to meet the requirements will have their case reviewed by the program’s Progression Committee. Failure to complete all assigned requirements within each academic year can result in disenrollment from coursework for the upcoming semester.

Cocurricular EventsDateTimeLocationDomainContact Information
Pharmacy Career DayMarch 18TBDD'Angelo Ballroom 416ABCSelf-AwarenessTBD
SSPP and ASCP National Poison Prevention Week LectureMarch 181:50 p.m.TBDSelf-Awareness[email protected]
SSHP Research Panel EventApril 2TBDTBDSelf-AwarenessSo Yi Lam
[email protected]


For additional information or questions, please contact Jagannath Muzumdar, Ph.D., Interim Co-curricular Program Director, at [email protected]; 718-990-2945.