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Hands-On Training for More Confident Care

Developing hands-on clinical skills is a critical part of the curriculum for students on the professional path at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. UHSP’s Pharmacy Practice Skills Labs provide state-of-the-art facilities and instruction where students can learn and practice their skills.

Presented in conjunction with the College’s patient care course series, our five integrated skills labs courses present hands-on training in the skills students need to become a pharmacist.

Innovative Learning Spaces

Designed to simulate settings and situations you’ll encounter in the real-life practice of pharmacy, our innovative skills labs and exam rooms provide the perfect environment for hands-on learning.

Pharmacy community skills lab
Community Skills Lab
A mock pharmacy setting where students can experience the workflow of a community pharmacy, recommend over-the-counter medications and counsel patients about self-care and prescription medications.
Students work in the pharmaceutics lab
Pharmaceutics Lab
Learn the fundamental basics of the art of drug formulation, run pharmaceutical sciences experiments and practice how to interpret prescriptions to efficiently compound a variety of dosage forms, including solutions, suspensions, emulsions, capusles, ointments and creams and suppositories.
Student practices taking patient's blood pressure
Clinical Exam Rooms
Practice and develop your patient care and communication skills within simulated exam rooms that mimic the look and feel of a traditional physician’s office that feature exam recording capabilities, which allow faculty to record, watch and assess your interactions with standardized patients.
Hospital skills lab
Hospital Skills Lab
Develop your pharmacy practice skills in a health-system setting. Within the main hospital skills lab, is a sterile compounding lab with state-of-the-art laminar flow hoods that allow students to prepare IV medications.
Group of students work together on large screen in a collaborative classroom setting
Collaborative Learning Classrooms
Take part in collaborative learning related to Electronic Health Records where you utilize software platforms and review patient charts with your peers to practice the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process.

Get experience managing community pharmacy workflow with our MyDispense platform. This virtual dispensing environment will introduce you to the basics of safe medication delivery from receiving a prescription to the dispensing of the medication and consultation with patients. During Skills Lab 1 you will also learn to use PioneerRX, the independent pharmacy management platform.


In our commitment to outstanding pharmacy education, UHSP offers several hands-on labs where students learn to master many of the common skills they will eventually teach to their patients, including the use of inhaler devices, taking blood pressure, using a glucometer and administering insulin injections.

We are also proud to provide training in the use and administration of naloxone, a lifesaving medication that can rapidly reverse opioid overdoses. Students are trained on the three FDA-approved naloxone delivery systems: injectable, auto-injectable and prepackaged nasal spray. They are then tested on their ability to train patients on the use of each delivery device.


St. Louis College of Pharmacy at UHSP has developed a communication and assessment tool for pharmacist-patient interactions to improve patient outcomes by improving patient-pharmacist communication. Known as PaCT, the tool is used by pharmacy practice faculty to improve students’ abilities beyond delivering information and medication. Taking a patient-centered approach to care, PaCT teaches the importance of responding to a patient’s emotions and understanding their personal perspectives to promote more successful pharmacist-patient encounters.

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