About Us

UAMS is one of very few colleges of pharmacy that offer a nuclear pharmacy educational program.

Nuclear Pharmacy Program Director

Brigette Serfaty, PharmD, BCNP, FAPhA

Dr. Brigette Serfaty, MS, PharmD, BCNP, FAPhA, Dip-ACLM has joined the University of Arkansas College of Pharmacy as Associate Professor Nuclear Pharmacy Practice and Director of Nuclear Education Online following the retirement of Dr. Nicki Hilliard.   Dr. Serfaty was one of Nicki’s earliest students in the UAMS Nuclear Pharmacy program where she started as a staff pharmacist at Syncor Little Rock.  She has almost 30 years of corporate experience in the nuclear pharmacy and PBM industries in a variety of leadership and management roles.  Dr. Serfaty’s nuclear pharmacy career has been focused in quality & safety, regulatory compliance, auditing and training with roles at Syncor, CPSI, Cardinal Health, Triad Isotopes and PharmaLogic.  In addition to nuclear pharmacy practice, Dr. Serfaty led both small and large teams with focus on client-facing workers’ compensation benefits and opioid management programs, where she was often an invited speaker.  She was named Fellow of the APhA in 2011 and has served as Chair of the Nuclear Pharmacy SIG and of numerous APhA nuclear pharmacy committees, as well as of the BPS Specialty Council on Nuclear Pharmacy.  Dr. Serfaty also provides executive coaching services focused on wellbeing and work-life alignment and general wellness.   Dr. Serfaty received her PharmD from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and her Masters of Science from Purdue University.  She is board-certified in nuclear pharmacy and lifestyle medicine, and is certified in health coaching, yoga, yoga therapy and meditation.

Professor Emeritus

Nicki Hilliard, PharmD, MHSA, BCNP, FAPhA

Dr. Hilliard is nationally known expert in nuclear pharmacy practice and was first nuclear pharmacist to serve as President of the American Pharmacist Association in 2018-2019.  She has received numerous awards including the William H. Briner Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nuclear Pharmacy Practice (the first woman to receive the award), the APhA Good Government Pharmacist-of-the-Year, the Bowl of Hygeia Award for Community Service, the APhA Award of Merit, the American College of Nuclear Medicine Mentor Award, and is an APhA Fellow.

Professional Curriculum

The UAMS College of Pharmacy offers elective courses and rotation experiences that allow students to obtain the required didactic training to become an “Authorized User” of Radioactive Materials.

The curriculum consists of:

COP PHPR 7104 Nuclear Pharmacy (required course of all students).  This 1 credit hour course is designed as an introduction to the basic aspects of nuclear pharmacy.

COP PHPR 5583  Nuclear Physics

COP 5592 Health Physics

COP PHPR 5562 Radiation Biology

COP PHPR 5572 Instrumentation

COP PHPR 5512 Radiopharmacy

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