The vision of the ETSU College of Pharmacy is to achieve excellence in innovative pharmacy education, scholarly research, service to society and the profession, and thus improve the healthcare of the rural Appalachian community.
The mission of ETSU College of Pharmacy is to provide a comprehensive and progressive education that prepares pharmacists to assume an active role in providing skilled, ethical, and compassionate patient care that improves the health and quality of life of residents in Northeast Tennessee and rural Appalachia. The College achieves its mission by maintaining a community of active and creative scholars devoted to the discovery, integration and dissemination of knowledge in the clinical and pharmaceutical sciences.
The College of Pharmacy embraces the educational philosophy and values of East Tennessee State University and is committed to the following core values:
We strive to achieve excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service to the university, local, and professional communities.
Professionalism, Integrity, and Character
We aim to create an environment that instills professionalism, integrity, empathy, a high standard of ethical behavior, and the highest professional commitment to the patient, the community, and the employer.
A Caring Community
We endeavor to create a caring community characterized by mutual respect, patience, kindness, and generosity; and one that respects, values, and promotes the dignity and diversity of faculty and students.
A Culture of Service
We strive to create a culture that values and promotes service to our patients, school, community, and profession.
We pursue a passion for life-long learning and a commitment to personal and professional growth as we serve our patients, community, and profession.
Guiding Principles and Goals to Achieve the Mission
Improving Care Through Excellence in Education
- Provide students with the knowledge, skills, judgment, professional attitudes, and values to deliver contemporary patient care in a changing health care environment;
- Promote the development of teaching excellence, innovation, continuous quality improvement, and creativity in the context of interdisciplinary patient-centered care;
- Develop and enhance students’ skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and individual and group communication;
- Facilitate and encourage the development of mature, independent, and life-long learners in a diverse student body with different learning styles.
Improving Care Through Excellence in Scholarship
- Recognize, value, and promote scholarly inquiry and outcomes assessment, clear reasoning, and the application of evidence-based practices as a means of improving the health outcomes of patients, especially the care of a rural underserved population;
- Contribute to the advancement of the clinical and basic medical and pharmaceutical sciences through independent and collaborative research, presentation and publication;
- Embrace the scholarship of teaching to optimize educational effectiveness.
Improving Care Through Excellence in Clinical and Professional Service
- Provide and teach pharmacist-delivered patient care, including medication therapy management services, to further advance an evolving profession that benefits society today and in the future;
- Foster a culture of service to the community and profession;
- Advance healthier lifestyles through health promotion, preventive healthcare, and education of the public;
- Promote active student involvement in the profession, community service projects, and volunteer activities;
- Collaborate with the professional community to serve as an agent of positive change, advancing the level of patient-centered care practiced within the community, thereby improving healthcare and enriching the lives of patients in the region.
Improving Care Through Professional Development
- Support and mentor faculty in their pursuit of scholarly activity and service recognizing that these activities are essential for continued professional growth;
- Encourage a commitment to and passion for lifelong learning and develop and equip students for postgraduate training;
- Encourage students, faculty, and preceptors to grow as professionals and to optimize their skills and capabilities in providing excellent patient-centered care;
- Support continuing professional development of alumni thereby fostering a positive and continuing relationship with graduates.
Improving Care Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration
- Cultivate an educational environment of inter-professional teamwork and collaboration among students, faculty, staff and administration within the Division of Health Sciences;
- Partner with local practitioners, health-care facilities, organizations, and patients to maximize the professional and educational experiences of our students;
- Create an interdisciplinary and collaborative learning experience as a fundamental model that prepares students for collaborative practice and shared responsibility.