For more than 130 years, the UMKC School of Pharmacy has continued its mission to educate, innovate, discover, engage, and serve to improve health. Our pharmacy professional degree program is nationally recognized for community engagement and service learning, and our graduate programs and research activities have led us to consistently rank in the top third of pharmacy schools from the National Institutes of Health. Further, our American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists chapter is recognized as one of the top seven in the country.

We offer rewarding learning and career experiences for students, faculty and staff in both urban and more rural settings with sites throughout Missouri in Kansas City, Columbia and Springfield. As our graduates continue to impact the health of Missourians, we continue to strive to serve others in an altruistic manner, enriching our community through our leadership and seeking excellence in all that we do.

Pharmacy Practice and Administration

The Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administration supports the School of Pharmacy mission:

“To educate, innovate, discover, engage and serve to improve health.”


  1. Provide advanced level educational opportunities in classroom and clinical practice environments.
  2. Provide progressive patient centered care and serve as a model to improve individual and population health outcomes for advanced pharmacy practice.
  3. Promote professionalism within the practice of pharmacy.
  4. Contribute to the research mission of the School of Pharmacy and share educational and practice discoveries.
  5. Advance the agenda of the school, profession and public health initiatives through service activities of the School of Pharmacy, the university and beyond.

Drug Information Center

The Pharmacy Drug Information Center is a designated academic center that provides drug information to patients, caregivers and health care professionals. In addition, we provide evidence-based medicine formulary management services to hospitals and state agencies.

The Center is located within the School of Pharmacy, so our resources are convenient for faculty, staff and students. We have an assortment of print resources pertaining to prescription, over-the-counter and dietary supplement drugs. In addition, we have access to a number of electronic resources that provide up-to-date information needed to perform our drug information activities.

We provide an experiential rotation for pharmacy students in our Pharm.D. program. Center faculty teach a required course, “Evidence-Based Medicine,” to our pharmacy students. This course gives the students a working knowledge of the application of EBM principles to assist them in making clinical decisions. A 5-step evidence-based medicine process developed at this Center, and described in the book The Pharmacist’s Guide to Evidence-Based Medicine for Clinical Decision Making, provides the core knowledge of this course.

Click here for more information on the UMKC Drug Information Center.

Requests for drug information can be made by contacting us at 816-235-5490 or

Office hours:

8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Drug information question call hours:

9 a.m.–4 p.m.


Experiential Learning

The Office of Experiential Programs serves as the liaison between the School of Pharmacy, the student and the faculty preceptors. The function of the office is to recruit and maintain practice site and preceptor relationships, make student assignments to practice sites/preceptors and to support faculty members and students throughout the experiential education process.

The office coordinates all Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE/APPE) for students on both the Kansas City and Columbia campuses. The IPPE and APPE experiences account for approximately 30 percent of the professional curriculum and provide academic credit as well as internship hours toward pharmacist licensure.

Contact Information:

Valerie Ruehter, Pharm.D., BCPP
Director of Experiential Learning
Clinical Assistant Professor
5245 Health Sciences Building
2464 Charlotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64108-2718
Phone: 816-235-6656
Fax: 816-235-6008

Angela Brownfield, Pharm.D.
Assistant Director of Experiential Learning
Clinical Assistant Professor
UMKC School of Pharmacy at MU
807 Lewis Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211-4530
Phone: 573-884-9968
Fax: 573-884-2166

Diane M. McClaskey, R.Ph., BCPS
Assistant Director of Experiential Learning
Clinical Assistant Professor
UMKC School of Pharmacy at MSU
327 West Mill Street
Brick City, Building 1, 4th Floor
Springfield, MO 65806
Phone: 417-837-3608

Deondra “Dee” Johnson
Academic Advisor
5244 Health Sciences Building
2464 Charlotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64108-2718
Phone: 816-235-1660
Fax: 816-235-6008

Melinda Marsh
Office Support Assistant IV
4251 Health Sciences Building
2464 Charlotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: 816-235-2428