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The Office of Curricular and Student Affairs (OCSA) provides student-centered services and experiences from recruitment through commencement. The Office fosters student growth through coaching, mentoring, career development, professional development, co-curricular engagement, and experiential education programs and activities.  This support beyond the classroom aims to maximize both student growth and leadership development by offering grounded and intentional services, opportunities, and experiences that engage students by fostering self-reflection, personalized learning, and holistic development.


The Office of Curricular and Student Affairs aims to engage the entire School community in recruiting and enrolling a highly prepared, accomplished, and diverse student body in both the graduate and professional programs. The goal of our recruitment efforts is to prepare the next generation of pharmacy leaders and innovators who will help in Advancing Medicine for Life.

Learn more about our Pharm.D. program here.

Learn more about our MS in pharmaceutical sciences program here.

Learn more about our Ph.D. program here.

Academic Advising

The School employs a developmental approach to advising within the Pharm.D. program – realizing each student is a unique person, student and scholar. Faculty advisors serve as coaches, mentors and advocates as students aim to maximize their growth and development over a four-year Pharm.D. experience.

Academic advising focuses intently on helping Pharm.D. students plan and make meaning of value-added co-curricular experiences. At the beginning of the program, students are placed into “Pharmalies” – advising families – in an effort to build community. Three faculty advisors and six peer mentors are paired with students in each Pharmily. Pharmalies engage in consistent and on-going interactions and help each other make meaning of their collective experiences.

Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentoring Program promotes the successful transition of new students to the Pharm.D. experience. Peer Mentors are paired with new Pharm.D. students to add an additional layer of support and advocacy throughout the first year of study. Peer Mentors provide guidance on all things related to the doctor of pharmacy program while also serving as a consistent point of contact for questions and referral.


Free tutoring services are available for Pharm.D. students through the Office of Curricular and Student Affairs and the Rho Chi Honor Society. It is highly recommended that students seek help from their course TA and Course Director if they have a grade lower than a B in any class.

Eshelman Care Team

The Eshelman Care Team provides coordinated assistance and support to students exhibiting concerning behaviors through a centralized structure and method for outreach, referrals and case management. The care team uses discretion in collaborating with School units and University resources when collecting pertinent information for the development of appropriate interventions and strategies, also known as Care Action Plans. The central goal of Care Action Plans is to address immediate concern(s), and ultimately support the academic and personal success and wellness of our students. Care Team Referrals are categorized in four different areas: Academic, Health/Well-being, Professionalism and Discrimination (including sexual assault, sexual violence, interpersonal).

Our Co-Curricular program is designed to complement the Pharm.D. curriculum and provide value-added student experiences through four distinct pathways:

  • Career Pathway: This pathway is focused on the intersection of the student pharmacist and the future. Personal interests, abilities and values form the cornerstone of a productive, satisfying career. Students are expected to grow their knowledge of self, grow an understanding of the full breadth and depth of personalized career matches, develop skills/abilities/dispositions that will situate them for career success, and develop a transition plan from study to practice.
  • Horizon Pathway: This pathway focuses on learning more about others – particularly those who are not like you or who may view the world we live in through a different lens. Students are expected to develop a global mindset toward pharmacy practice, grow cross-cultural awareness/responsiveness related to the profession, invest in service of underserved/rural populations, and embrace inclusive mindsets regarding the multiple identities of those with whom we work and serve.
  • Professional Pathway: This pathway focuses on investment in oneself. Through this pathway, students are expected to grow an awareness of self; develop knowledge/skills to maintain well-being and healthy perspectives; hone holistic leadership capabilities; engage with other health professions students in meaningful ways; and connect with national professional organizations that match their career and professional interests.
  • Patient Pathway: This pathway focuses on the ultimate goal of the Pharm.D. experience – the patient. Students are expected to engage with any number of patient populations through creative advocacy, service, outreach or education. This spans the areas of direct patient care, drug development, industry, and managed care, among other areas of practice.

The Office of Curricular & Student Affairs staffs an in-school registrar and curriculum manager who oversees course registration, course scheduling, student records, verification of enrollment and degrees, residency-for-tuition-purposes, curriculum management, and academic progressions. The registrar and curriculum manager is also available to answer questions and give advice regarding matters of financial aid and tuition billing.

See below to order transcripts and enrollment or degree verifications.

Additional Resources:


By Phone/Fax

Ph: 919-966-9429
Fax: 919-966-9428

M-F, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

By visiting:

109 Beard Hall
Campus Box 7566
Chapel Hill, NC 27599