Pharmacy Ownership and Leadership Academy

What is POLA?

POLA is a week-long academy focused on the fundamentals of pharmacy ownership and leadership. The POLA curriculum is specifically designed to help prepare students and equip them with the tools they need to be successful independent pharmacy owners.


Who Can Come?

POLA is open to student pharmacists nationwide. However, our maximum enrollment for the upcoming session is 40 students. Contact your NCPA Chapter Advisor or Dean of Student Affairs about enrolling in POLA.

When and where is POLA?

POLA is held on University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences campus in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The upcoming session will be June 8th-12th, 2020.

POLA Curriculum Highlights

  • What it takes to own a pharmacy
  • How to write a real-world business plan and best practices for submitting a business plan to the NCPA Business Plan Competition
  • Personal and professional development
  • Self-awareness
  • Importance of leadership in the pharmacy profession

How much does it cost to attend POLA?

Registration and tuition for POLA is free. All student meals are provided during the academy. Students are only responsible for their travel to and from Little Rock, AR and housing during their 5-day stay. POLA has partnered with a nearby hotel where students may share a suite with other POLA participants. Prices for the five night stay range from $65 if sharing a four person suite to $250 for individual rooms.



The POLA curriculum is improved annually based on participant and contributor feedback. However, POLA 2020 will be similar in format to the inaugural session.  You can view the POLA 2019 itinerary here:

POLA 2019 itinerary

Want to know more?

For more information or to register, please contact:


Seth Hendenbrand, Pharm.D.                                  Schwanda Flowers, Pharm.D.
Associate Dean for Experiential Education             Veterinary Practice Lender
UAMS College of Pharmacy                                      First Financial Bank, Little Rock
501-686-6494                                                            501-672-5040