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The APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is the student section of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), representing over 22,000 pharmacy students at all schools in the United States and Puerto Rico. Pharmacy students, pre-pharmacy students, and post-BS PharmD students enrolled at an ACPE accredited pharmacy school or college are eligible for membership in APhA-ASP.

The mission of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is to be the collective voice of pharmacy students, to provide opportunities for professional growth, and to envision and actively promote the future of pharmacy.

 
Membership into the APhA-ASP Ferris State University Chapter is $55.00 per year.  A membership drive will be done in the fall of each school year.  Pre-pharmacy (major must be declared pre-pharmacy) and pharmacy students enrolled at Ferris State University are eligible for membership.
 
APhA-ASP Benefits Keep Getting Better Each Year

As pharmacy students progress through school, APhA benefits increase to match their current needs.

Pre-Pharmacy Students www.pharmacist.com, Membership Benefits, APhA Publications, MRMs & the APhA Annual Meeting.

1st and 2nd Year Students www.pharmacist.com, Membership Benefits, APhA Bookstore, APhA Publications, Chapter Awards, APhA-ASP Pharmaceutical Care Projects, MRMs & the APhA Annual Meeting.

3rd and 4th Year Students www.pharmacist.com, Membership Benefits, APhA Bookstore, APhA Publications, Chapter Awards, Leadership Awards and Scholarships, Transitions New Practitioner Newsletter, APhA DrugInfoLine, (4th year FREE Professional Liability Insurance), APhA-ASP Pharmaceutical Care Projects, APhA Employment Exchange, MRMs & the APhA Annual Meeting and Clinical Rotations Survival Kit.

 

Pre-pharmacy members are not eligible for membership into the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA).  All other members will receive automatic membership into MPA.

 

Detailed Student Membership Benefits

While on campus, off on rotations, or after graduation, APhA benefits were designed to meet the high demands of a growing profession with resources and information available in print and onlineaccessible 24 hours a day.

Pharmacist.com As the ultimate Internet destination for pharmacists, pharmacy students, and pharmacy technicians, APhA-ASP members gain immediate entry to this powerful tool where they will be able to access members-only resources and benefits online.

Career Development APhA-ASP offers dozens of programs throughout the year to help students understand and evaluate the pharmacy career options available and to connect with respected employers in all practice settings.

The APhA Employment Exchange is held during the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition and offers students the opportunity to interview with companies from all over the United States.

The Midyear Regional Meetings (MRMs) feature a program called the APhA-ASP MRM "Pharmacy Showcase". The exhibit gives pharmacy students the opportunity to meet with representatives from the pharmaceutical industry and potential employers from various practice and educational settings to learn about career opportunities and receive valuable information on new and existing health care products and services.

APhA Midyear Regional Meetings and the Annual Meeting & Expo The APhA-ASP Midyear Regional Meetings (MRMs), held each fall in eight cities across the country, expose participants to career options, legislative issues affecting the profession, chapter development activities, and other topics of particular interest to students.

The APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition, held each March, provides APhA-ASP members the opportunity to participate in discussions on contemporary issues, elect APhA-ASP leaders, and enhance their career opportunities while meeting colleagues from across the nation and around the world. APhA2005 will be in Orlando, Florida April 1-5.

Pharmacy News and Information Members of APhA-ASP receive print subscriptions to Pharmacy Today and Pharmacy Student, and coming soon, MEMBER ONLY access to the online Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA). Pharmacy Today, APhAs monthly newsmagazine, features extensive coverage of advances in medications, therapies, and patient care. Pharmacy Student, mailed six times a year, is the ONLY magazine dedicated to issues affecting the pharmacy student. Pharmacy news and information can also be found on www.pharmacist.com the ultimate internet destination for the pharmacy professional. With daily news updates, drugs and disease information, and career guidance, pharmacist.com is a one-stop resource for the pharmacy student.

Leadership Opportunities APhA-ASP gives members the opportunity to chair committees, serve as chapter officers, serve in the APhA-ASP House of Delegates, or become regional or national APhA-ASP officers. APhA provides many chances for students to serve their chosen profession and develop leadership skills that can be used in the community and profession.

Personal and Professional Growth Through involvement in APhA-ASP, members have the opportunity to participate in professional service projects, turn ideas into results, and develop skills not traditionally part of the academic curriculum such as organizing people and resources. APhA-ASP also offers opportunities to network with colleagues while meeting new people and developing long-lasting friendships.

A Loud Voice Shaping

Our Community APhA-ASP chapters provide members opportunities to be involved on campus and in the community. Informative meetings, health fairs, socials, pharmaceutical care projects, fundraisers, elections, membership drives, and community education are just some of the activities in which chapter members can participate.

Our Profession Students play an active role in shaping APhA policy by submitting proposals for consideration by the APhA-ASP House of Delegates, the official policy-making body for the entire Association, or being one of the 28 that also serve. The APhA-ASP House of Delegates makes recommendations on vital issues affecting the profession and especially issues affecting students.

Our Nation APhA monitors legislative activities on matters that affect the future of all APhA-ASP members, such as health care reform and student financial aid. APhA also represents pharmacys interests before Congress and federal regulatory agencies.

Our World APhA-ASP is a full member of the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF). Members of APhA-ASP are automatically members of IPSF, giving students the opportunity to participate in the international student exchange programs and attend the IPSF Annual Congress.

Buying Power through

Discounts on Textbooks and Educational Materials With more than 100 resources to choose from, APhA-ASP members receive discounts on the most popular textbooks and references in pharmacy. And ordering from APhA is easy! APhA-ASP members can order online at www.pharmacist.com, or order through APhAs publication sales department at 800/878-0729. Online orders made by APhA-ASP members are automatically tracked and goes toward awards the chapter can earn. Student members can receive discount shipping on orders made via phone, fax, or mail when the chapter name (or code) is provided. For more information on book sales, see APhAs Chapter Book Sales Guide.

Professional liability coverage This policy offers coverage for all pharmacy work experiences, including rotations through school, part-time pharmacy positions, and internships. All APhA-ASP members can purchase liability insurance policies at discounted rates as low as $25.

One of the most important APhA-ASP membership benefits for 2005 graduates is FREE professional liability insurance. APhA will provide $2 million/$5 million dollar coverage at no cost to all 2005 graduates who are APhA-ASP members in their last year of pharmacy school and do not currently hold a license to practice pharmacy.
To obtain proof of coverage (Certificate of Insurance), contact National Professional Group (NPG) at 888/525-2742.

Other Insurance Programs APhA offers members a variety of Insurance Programs for their personal needs, including Life and Disability Insurance. Contact USI Administrators at 800/759-0101 for more information.

Automobile Insurance APhA offers student members quality car insurance and up to an 8% discount off GEICOs already low rates. Call GEICO at 800/368-2734 to apply or visit www.geico.com. For more information call 800/368-2734.

Car Rentals Discounts Students can receive the lowest applicable rate for business or personal travel through Hertz and Alamo. For Alamo reservations, call 800/354-2322 or visit www.goalamo.com and use ID#375537 Rate Code BY. For Hertz, call 800/654-2200 or visit www.hertz.com and use CDP#271360.

Credit Union APhA student members can join the US Premier Federal Credit Union. A variety of personal financial options are available from car loans to checking accounts and mortgages. Visit www.uspremierfcu.org or call 800/328-1500 for more information.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Q: Who can become an APhA-ASP member?

A: Any student pharmacist regularly enrolled in either a pre-pharmacy or a professional pharmacy practice degree program in a university or college holding membership in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) or accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) is eligible for membership in the APhA Academy of Students of Pharmacy. That includes pre-pharmacy and student pharmacists in BS, PharmD, track-in PharmD and post-BS PharmD programs can enroll in APhA as a student member through APhA-ASP.

Q: How does a student enroll in APhA-ASP?

A: Students enroll in APhA-ASP through their local chapter, which in turn submits dues payment and Membership Enrollment Forms to APhA headquarters.

Q: When does my APhA-ASP membership expire?

A: APhA-ASP membership begins November 1 and ends October 31 each year, regardless of when the Membership Enrollment Form is received by APhA. By enrolling early, students can actually extend their membership year, since all student memberships expire October 31 the following year regardless of when APhA receives the Membership Enrollment Form!

Q: How much does APhA-ASP membership cost?

A: National APhA-ASP dues are $32 per year. Chapters may assess chapter and state association dues.

Q: Whom do I contact at APhA if I have questions about my membership, publications, membership card, to update my address, programs and activities, order an APhA publication?

A: Contact APhA Member Services for questions about your membership, member cards, address changes at 800/237-APhA Ext. 7509, or by email at jgoodman@aphanet.org. Questions about student programs should be forwarded to the APhA Student Development Staff at 800/237-APhA ext. 7559. APhA publications can be ordered online at www.pharmacist.com or by calling 800/878-0729.

Q: Where can I get information about the APhA-ASP Midyear Regional Meetings (APhA-ASP MRMs)?

A: Contact APhA Student Development Staff at 800/237-APhA ext. 7559 or check the APhA-ASP web page at www.aphanet.org

Q: What are the benefits of being an APhA-ASP member?

A: APhA-ASP members receive many of the benefits that are available to APhA pharmacist members in addition to several benefits designed just for students.

Q: What type of professional liability insurance coverage does APhA offer?

A: One of the most important APhA-ASP membership benefits for 2005 graduates is free professional liability insurance. APhA will provide $2 million/$5 million dollar coverage at no cost to all 2005 graduates who are APhA-ASP members in their last year of pharmacy school and do not currently hold a license to practice pharmacy.

All APhA-ASP members can purchase liability insurance policies at discounted rate. This policy offers coverage for all pharmacy work experiences, including rotations through school, part-time pharmacy positions, and internships.

Q: What type of Financial Services does APhA offer?

A: The APhA Credit Card offers a line of credit, convenient checking, and emergency cash anywhere in the world. There is no annual fee for the APhA Credit Card.

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