About the Professional Advising Program

The Professional Advising Program is specifically for Pharm.D. students already admitted to the KU School of Pharmacy. Information about advising for pre-professional students is available here.

Traditionally, advising concentrates on course and undergraduate major selection. At the KU School of Pharmacy, advising focuses on developing a mutually beneficial relationship between you and a professor with the primary goal of helping you gain the necessary skills, attitudes, beliefs, and experiences to be successful academically and professionally. Advising will give you the opportunity to learn from our esteemed faculty, outside of the classroom, about subjects extremely relevant to you and your future endeavors. Faculty advisors will assist you in the decision making process by providing resources, personal experiences, and knowledge only available to successful researchers and educators.

Student Learning Outcomes

Throughout the advising process, you will learn to:

  • Discuss the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to become successful academically and professionally.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make effective decisions regarding your academic and career goals.
  • Examine your personal strengths and talents and acknowledge shortcomings.
  • Be aware of the school and campus resources available to assist in achieving your academic, career, and personal goals.
  • Recognize the value of classroom knowledge as it relates to future work responsibilities, skills, and attitudes.

Expectations of Students

You are expected to actively participate in the professional advising program by:

  • Scheduling an appointment with your advisor once a semester. 
  • Coming to the appointment prepared to discuss your educational and career goals. 
  • Reflecting on your strengths, talents, and shortcomings and develop a plan to capitalize on your strong points and overcome obstacles.
  • Updating electronic portfolios and make note of progress toward reaching goals.
  • Taking primary and increasing responsibility for making your own decisions based on available information and advice.
  • Understanding the different career tracks available upon completion of a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
  • Asking questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern.
  • Demonstrating an awareness of school and campus resources available to ensure your academic and professional success.
  • Responding to all correspondence from your advisor and the Dean’s Office.
  • Contacting the Dean’s Office with any questions or concerns beyond your advisor’s expertise (e.g. financial aid, enrollment, and school policies).

Dean’s Office Role in Professional Advising

Your faculty advisor works in collaboration with the Dean’s Office staff to provide you with all the resources and the information you need to be successful.  Your advisor may refer you to the Dean’s Office for further assistance in the following areas:

  • Academic Standing
  • Adding/Dropping Courses
  • IPPE/APPE Rotation Assignments and Schedules
  • Career Placement
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Academic, Professional, and Personal Problems
  • Academic/Professional Misconduct
  • Joint Degree Programs 

Advisor Assignments

Beginning in the fall of 2013, all incoming 3P students will be randomly assigned an advisor at orientation. Current 3P and 4P students will be assigned an advisor in the spring of 2013. Students will meet with their advisors once a semester while completing their coursework on campus.


Questions about the professional advising program can be directed to Millinda Fowles.

2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU