CPHS Alumni Alan Carroll, PharmD ’05
BA Political Science – UNC Chapel Hill 1997
Doctor of Pharmacy – Campbell University, 2005
Pharmacy Manager, Vice President, Co-Owner at Carroll Pharmacy in Smithfield, NC
As pharmacy manager, I oversee all aspects of the daily operations at our family pharmacy including inputting, filling and checking of prescriptions, patient consultations, scheduling pharmacy, and front end staff and helping take care of any issues that come up during the day.
We have a lot of moving parts at our pharmacy with our full-service pharmacy offering traditional prescription filling service as well as adherence packaging, drive-through window, delivery service, photo services, Medication Therapy Management, DME and after-hours emergency prescription filling.
Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences helped prepare me for my current position by giving me a superb pharmacy education, teaching me to put the patients’ needs first, and helping develop and sharpen the skills I needed to be successful in any pharmacy setting. I also learned how to become a better student, develop better study habits, manage my time more efficiently and do what was necessary to get the work done; which meant lots of long hours studying and lots of late nights preparing for the next day!
Campbell also helped me with my leadership skills as I was able to serve as president of our class during my 3rd and 4th years of pharmacy school. This position allowed me to be the liaison between my class and the faculty/administration on many issues. I had the honor and privilege of speaking at our graduation. I currently serve on the Johnston County Board of Health as the Pharmacist member and also as a member of the Pharmacy Compliance Committee for the North Carolina Physicians Health Program.
My time at Campbell prepared and encouraged me to give time back to our profession by serving in such positions. I did find time to play golf occasionally during Pharmacy school and one of my favorite memories was winning the First Annual Alumni Golf Tournament as a student with classmates Evan McDonald, Jimmy Sedam and Scott Barkentin in 2001. I enjoy returning to Buies Creek for the annual College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences golf tournament each spring and going to Homecoming Parade/Football Game.
The advice I would give incoming first-year CPHS professional students is, “try and enjoy the journey”, get involved in other activities besides just studying and going to class and keep an open mind about what you want to do when you graduate.
There are going to be many opportunities available in pharmacy when they graduate that might not even exist today, so take in all that will be offered to you while you are in school and try to find something you are passionate about and be all in on your pursuit of it.
I love Campbell University and I’m proud to be a Campbell Camel!