The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), founded in 1900, is the national organization representing pharmacy education in the United States. Pharmacy is the third largest health profession – after nursing and medicine – with more than 200,000 clinicians practicing in community pharmacies, hospitals and many other healthcare settings. The mission of AACP is to lead and partner with our members in advancing pharmacy education, research, scholarship, practice and service to improve societal health. AACP provides member services – including meetings and events, webinars, continuing education, publications, reports and searchable directories for faculty, speakers and grants. AACP also works to promote the profession of pharmacy and the value of pharmacy education to audiences beyond the academic community.
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the professional association representing the interests and concerns of more than 65,000 occupational therapy practitioners and students. The mission of AOTA is to advance occupational therapy practice, education, and research through standard setting and advocacy on behalf of its members, the profession, and the public.
The American Psychological Association (APA) is the world’s largest scientific and professional association of psychologists with more than 117,500 members and affiliates engaged in the practice, research, and teaching of psychology. APA and our members are committed to advancing education and training opportunities in psychology to prepare psychologists to meet the increasing mental and behavioral health needs of our multicultural society.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy's role in the nation's health care system.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 198,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. ASHA’s mission is empowering and supporting audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists through: advancing science, setting standards, fostering excellence in professional practice, and advocating for members and those they serve. ASHA’s vision is making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all.
The Fuld Institute for EBP is a national hub for the dissemination, teaching and creation of best practices to improve healthcare quality, safety, costs and patient outcomes. Its cores include transdisciplinary clinical practice; academics; EBP implementation science, partnerships, innovation and policy; and consumer education.
While healthcare is changing faster than at any time in history, what will never change is the need for skilled, compassionate caregivers who understand both the art and science of healthcare. With the creation of the College of Health Sciences at Samford University, the demand for skilled, compassionate caregivers is met with exceptional people driven by their desire to serve their patients with excellence. Four exceptional schools and two world-class centers make up the College of Health Sciences: School of Health Professions, Ida Moffett School of Nursing, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, and School of Public Health along with the Center for Faith and Health and the Experiential Learning and Simulation Center. The College of Health Sciences at Samford University is where calling, education, and service meet.