West Coast University

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Ms. Catherine Villa-Real
Recruitment Administrator

Office of Student Affairs

West Coast University
School of Pharmacy
590 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles , California 90004

Phone (Work): 323-473-5665

Phone (Fax): 213-377-5489


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Institution Type: Private
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs No
If Yes, Check all that apply:
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • None
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)


The School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee evaluates applicants based on a variety of criteria including:

  • overall academic performance and academic achievement in pre-pharmacy math and science coursework. The Admissions Committee also encourages a well-balanced academic background that includes the humanities and social sciences;
  • evidence of strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • engagement in extracurricular activities;
  • evidence and knowledge of the pharmacy profession or previous work in any health care setting is preferred but not required.


Additional information regarding the School’s admission pre-requisites can be found at: http://westcoastuniversity.edu/


Curricular Overview and Highlights

The West Coast University School of Pharmacy curriculum is designed as a professional, four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program that encompasses didactic, laboratory, and experiential learning. Our rigorous curriculum will prepare students to become competent, caring, and contemporary pharmacy practitioners by engaging students with highly qualified faculty who are accessible and available to meet with students who require additional personal assistance. Our interactive-learning environment emphasizes expanded clinical experiences, including interprofessional experiences with other health science programs, the extensive use of technology, and outreach activities with other students.


An Integrated Patient Care course series (IPC), distributed throughout the curriculum, will be used to provide the foundations of drug action and its application towards the therapeutic decision-making process. The IPC course series, team-taught by a pharmacologist, medicinal chemist, and practicing pharmacist, demonstrates how scientific principles directly apply to patient care. The curriculum also includes a capstone course, with an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)-based component that will utilize the School’s state-of-the art audio-visual capture rooms to provide students with high-stakes, low-risk environments they can develop their skills in.


The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) are a series of clerkships interspersed throughout the first three years of the Pharm.D. curriculum that lead to Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs). These experiences are designed to progressively introduce student pharmacists to patient-centered care activities in a practice setting. There are a total of three IPPEs in the curriculum. Students will accumulate 120 hours of practice experience in each of the three IPPEs. This will bring the total IPPE hours to 360, distributed throughout the first three years of the curriculum.


APPEs begin at the conclusion of the Spring semester of PY3. Students must satisfactorily complete all didactic course requirements as well as IPPEs prior to the start of APPE. During PY4, each student must complete four required rotations in specified areas of community practice, institutional practice, ambulatory care, and acute care medicine as well as two elective rotations. Each APPE is a six-week-long intensive, hands-on experience designed to prepare the student to apply didactic knowledge and skills from IPPEs to advanced practice experiences under the tutelage of knowledgeable practitioners.



The School of Pharmacy is located in beautiful Southern California. The School resides 2.6 miles from downtown Los Angeles, placing students near the center of one of the country’s most vibrant and diverse cities. Additional information on the program can be found at: http://westcoastuniversity.edu/

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 250
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 60
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 0-60
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 0-60
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.50
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.50
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: PCAT not required
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 41%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 59%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.28
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-45
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: N/A

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 63
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 34
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 94.5
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 63  94.5 
General Chemistry (with laboratory)  12 
Organic Chemistry (with laboratory)  12 
General Biology (with Cell Biology)  12 
Physics (with laboratory) 
Human/Mammalian Physiology (with laboratory) 
Economics (Micro, Macro or General)   4.5 
Calculus (with Analytical Geometry)   4.5 
Statistics  4.5 
Speech Communication/Public Speaking/ Interpersonal Communication or Debate  4 (3 accepted) 
English Composition 
Psychology or Sociology   4 (3 accepted) 
General Electives in Humanities and Social/Behavioral science  6  

Additional Information

Applicants must provide evidence of successful completion of the required pre-pharmacy coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Coursework from international institutions must be assessed by a credential evaluation service. The applicant must be in good academic standing at each college or university attended. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better and must be completed by Spring 2018. Additionally, any math and science coursework taken over 10 years ago will not be considered.


AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?


Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Applicants must provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations prior to matriculation.

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS

International applicants must provide evidence of successful completion of the required pre-pharmacy coursework. Coursework from international institutions must be assessed by a credential evaluation service.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

Three letters of recommendation are required:

  • Two letters of recommendation are required from math/science professors
  • A third letter from the following list will be accepted:

                - Pharmacist (supervisor)

                - Math/Science professor

                - Employer (supervisor)

                - Healthcare professional (supervisor)

               - Liberal Arts professor

  • The committee does NOT accept letters from:

                - Clergy

                - Friends

                - Family

                - Co-workers

                - Advisors

                - Teaching Assistants

                - Pharmacists who are family or friends


LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Employer
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor



Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Co-Worker
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Teaching Assistant
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • August 2017 through June 2018

The purpose of the interview is to determine the applicant's potential for success in the Doctor of Pharmacy program and the candidate's oral communication skills. Candidates will also be required to write an extemporaneous essay on an assigned topic to assess their writing skills. During the day of the interview, a brief curricular overview will be presented and a tour of the School will be provided.


Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Once interviews have been completed, the Admissions Committee evaluates each applicant to determine whether or not a candidate is accepted, waitlisted, or denied. Acceptance letters are mailed within 7 business days.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Candidates who are offered admission to the School are required to respond within 14 business days of the acceptance offer.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500.00
Due: Within 14 business days of the acceptance offer.
Refundable? Yes
Details: Applicants will be required to make a $500.00 seat deposit. The seat deposit will be credited to your program costs The University will retain a maximum of $175.00 of this deposit should you cancel your enrollment within seven calendar days (excluding holidays) of enrollment or by the seventh calendar of the first term, whichever is first. The seat deposit is fully refundable if you are not admitted as a result of your background check.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 20-24, 2018
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 27, 2018
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes