UMKC Catalog


Advising System

Student Support -Academic and Professional Development Advising

Upon entry into the doctor of pharmacy program, each student is assigned a professional development adviser (PDA). The PDA is a faculty member who serves as a mentor during the program. If students are experiencing difficulties, whether academic or personal, or if seeking more in-depth information about the curriculum or career paths, they should seek counsel from their PDA.  It is important that students keep in contact with their PDA throughout the program. 

Academic Advisers in the Pharmacy Student Services Office also work closely with pre-pharmacy and current pharmacy students to provide assistance during the application and admission process, ensuring proper admission requirements and matriculation procedures are met.  After entry, academic advisers assist students through subsequent enrollment and progression requirements and through final graduation completion. Academic advisers act as liaisons to various campus services and departments of the campus community and can link students with resources to address any academic or personal issues.  

Both the academic advisers and the PDAs are familiar with sources of assistance and will help students seek the best solution to their problems. Building a strong relationship with both advisers is strongly encouraged. Students that encounter academic difficulty during the program, may be required to meet with their advisers.

The School of Pharmacy offers a variety of services to assist students in support of the academic experience.  For more information: and