Celebrating Women in Pharmacy: Janet Cooley, PharmD '06

“Every day I try to help students embrace their calling and be their best selves and in return they help me to fulfill my calling as an educator and push me to be better version of myself.”

Janet Cooley, PharmD ’06 is a two-time UA alumna, first graduating with her BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 1999. After completing her PharmD coursework at the UA College of Pharmacy in 2006, she spent several years working in community and hospital outpatient pharmacy settings. In 2011, Dr. Cooley returned to the College of Pharmacy as assistant professor and director of experiential education. In this role, she helps students prepare for clinical rotations, professional interviews and career preparation. “Our students are brilliant, creative, and enthusiastic,” she said. “They often have interesting solutions to problems and they give me hope for the future of health care in this country.”

As an extension of her work with students, Dr. Cooley facilitates preceptorship opportunities; currently, she works with more than 800 preceptors at over 400 practice sites. Preceptors are pharmacists or other licensed professionals who work in clinical and community practice sites and provide the opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and develop the skills required of a practicing pharmacist. Practice sites include community pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, research laboratories, managed care facilities, academia and government agencies. “Preceptors are some of the most critical instructors in a pharmacy education. They teach about a third of the curriculum, and some of the most eye-opening and career-changing experiences occur on rotations,” said Dr. Cooley.

Dr. Cooley feels very privileged to work so closely with students. One of the highlights of her career was being asked to be the Master of Ceremonies for the Class of 2018’s White Coat Ceremony.

Oct. 12 is National Women Pharmacist Day. The College of Pharmacy is recognizing women leaders in pharmacy this week - UA students and alumni - to learn about the impact they have contributed to the profession. Read more inspirational stories on social media by searching for #WomenPharmacistDay.

Janet is pictured on the left.


Alli Benjamin, APR
Director of Communications