Oath of a Pharmacist

Student pharmacists in white coats reciting the Oath of a Pharmacist.

The Oath of a Pharmacist was first developed in 1983 by the AACP Board of Directors and revised in 1994 and 2007 by the joint APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists and AACP Council of Deans Task Force on Professionalism. The 2021 Oath Revision Steering Committee conducted several joint sessions to review and discuss the Oath from June to October. In addition, the committee developed and implemented a survey and conducted town hall meetings for faculty members, student pharmacists, and pharmacists to address concerns. The new Oath of a Pharmacist was adopted by AACP and APhA in November 2021 and reflects the organizations' commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism (DEIA).

The following documents also provide background on the Oath and previous revisions:

The joint committee led a critical charge of boldly expanding our professional oath to include the necessary elements of equity, inclusion, and diversity. The revised Oath charges all pharmacists to take an active responsibility in promoting health equity and commit to being change agents in the system of pharmacy practice and beyond. Being a part of this momentous change was a significant highlight of my professional career.

Lakesha Butler (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) 2021-2022 AACP Council of Sections Chair-elect and Board of Directors

What’s beautiful about the Oath of a Pharmacist is its intent to be both a fluid and long-lasting representation of pharmacists and student pharmacists’ dedication toward our profession and patients. Our profession’s commitment towards creating a more inclusive Oath and responsibility in providing equitable care is a reflection of that commitment. Our collective efforts in recognizing and leading these efforts is a proud moment for all of us.

Juan Rodriguez (University of Tennessee Health Science Center) Student Pharmacist and 2021-2022 APhA-ASP National President