The School of Pharmacy at West Coast University offers a four year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program. The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the national accreditation agency for pharmacy requires a minimum of six years of college course work for completion of the curriculum leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. The six years program is often referred to as two-four programs, i.e., two years of pre-pharmacy course work followed by four years of pharmacy curriculum in the professional program. The pre-pharmacy course work in math, science, and liberal arts must be completed at any accredited college or university prior to admitting into the School of Pharmacy.
The School is committed to a student-centric training environment where biomedical, pharmaceutical, clinical, and social & administrative sciences are interwoven in a curriculum rich in active learning modalities The curriculum will encompass didactic, laboratory, and experiential learning. An integrated course model (Integrated Patient Care) will be used to provide the foundations of drug action and therapeutic decision making process. In these courses, physiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapy etc. will be integrated to allow the student to develop a broad view of scientific understanding and how these understandings are applied in patient care and medication therapy management. Other examples of innovation in the curriculum include Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) based capstone courses utilizing University’s state of the art Health Professions Learning Center (HPLC) as well as interprofessional simulation-based courses delivered in the University’s state of the art Simulation Center. The professional courses are expected to provide the student an opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, communication skills, and to foster interprofessional collaboration.
The introductory and advanced experiential component of professional Doctor of Pharmacy program will be offered at off-campus clinical pharmacy facilities, and are designed to progressively introduce student pharmacists to patient –centered care activities by applying learned knowledge, practicing acquired skills and demonstrating professional attitudes and values encountered in the didactic curriculum. The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree will be awarded after successful completion of four years of pharmacy curriculum.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|General Chemistry with Laboratory||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with Laboratory||8||12|
|General Biology (with Cell Biology)||8||12|
|Physics with Laboratory (may be non-calculus based)||4||6|
|Human/Mammalian Physiology (with Laboratory)||6||9|
|Economics (micro, macro or general)||3||4.5|
|Calculus (with Analytic Geometry)||3||4.5|
|Speech Communication/Public Speaking/ Interpersonal Communication or Debate||4||6|
|English Composition (No ESL coursework is applicable )||6||9|
|Psychology or Sociology||4||6|
|General Electives in Humanities and Social/Behavioral science:||6||9|
Applicants must provide evidence of successful completion of the required Pre-Pharmacy coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. The applicant must be in good academic standing at each college or university attended and must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (4.0 scale) in the Sciences, Mathematics, and English plus an overall GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale) in all Pre-Pharmacy courses, with no required course grade lower than a “C” grade (2.00 on a scale 4.00).
One must have evidence of successful completion of the required Pre-Pharmacy coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.
All Pre-pharmacy requirements must be completed prior to entry into the program by spring semester. Any math and science course taken by the student over 10 years ago shall not be considered by the admissions office. All science courses must include a laboratory component.
Supplemental Application will be available as of June 24, 2013.
Written Essay – Interview.
A majority of the students accepted have obtained experience prior to entry
· How many letters of reference will your school require? Three (3) - From a health care professional and academic letter, such as professors.
Teaching Assistant Letter is accepted if approved and signed by the professor for academic professor letter. A supervisor’s letter is accepted for students who have graduated and been in the work force for more than 3 years.
The purpose of the interview is to determine the applicant’s communication skills, attitude, motivation, commitment, knowledge base regarding the field of pharmacy and potential for success in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Prospective candidates will be asked to write a one-page essay on an assigned topic to assess written communication skills.
During the day of the interview, a brief curricular overview will be presented to the prospective students and a financial aid staff member will meet students to answer any of their questions related to their financial needs. During the same day, all candidates will be informed of the notification process regarding the admissions decision.