The co-curriculum at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is meant to serve as a framework upon which meaningful, value-added experiences can be built within the doctor of pharmacy program. These experiences are meant to complement the PharmD curriculum. The School has adopted the following definition for the co-curriculum:
“The co-curriculum is characterized by the full breadth and depth of student experiences, levels of engagement, types of involvement, and sets of programming/activities that supplement the learning, growth, and development occurring in the academic curriculum.”
Building out a structured, thoughtful co-curriculum is not only a best practice across institutions of higher education but is now also the industry standard for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Additionally, the skills, knowledge, abilities and dispositions developed through engagement in the co-curriculum leads to the graduation of distinctly prepared pharmacist.