Western New England University
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Bonnie Mannix 
      • Director of Pharmacy Admissions and Recruitment 
      • Western New England University College of Pharmacy 
      • 1215 Wilbraham Road 
      • Springfield 
      • Massachusetts 
      • 01119 
      • Phone (Work): 413-796-2073 
      • Phone (Fax): 413-796-2266 
      • Email: bonnie.mannix@wne.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  March 2, 2015

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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 Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.B.A
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The Western New England University College of Pharmacy prepares entry-level practitioners to provide pharmacy care to an increasingly diverse patient population in a variety of practice environments. The comprehensive learner-centered educational program fosters critical thinking skills, embraces professionalism, and instills a commitment to life-long learning, community service, and leadership. The College enhances the knowledge base of the pharmacy profession through teaching, service, research, and scholarly activity.


    In order to accomplish the responsibilities required of the profession, the pharmacist must possess certain attitudes and abilities. To that end, the College of Pharmacy has nine general and professional ability-based outcomes which are required of its graduates. These competency statements include five general ability-based outcomes which mirror the core values of WNE and the pharmacy profession, as well as four professional ability-based outcomes essential to the practice of pharmacy.


    The WNE Doctor of Pharmacy program is a four year, 148 credit curriculum that includes both classroom instruction and hands-on (experiential) learning. With an incoming class size of 75 students, our low student-faculty ratio ensures students receive individualized attention. In the classroom, students engage in discussion and learn through integration and application of pharmaceutical, clinical and administrative sciences. Introductory pharmacy practice experiences threaded throughout the first three years of the program and advanced pharmacy practice experiences during the final year of the program provide a framework for learners to integrate classroom skills in a supervised environment early in the program and practice the skills in a more independent manner during the final year as they evolve into independent practitioners.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 160
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 120
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 75
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 70
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 75
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 37%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 63%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.5
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 170-200
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 75 total class size; no preference given to in-state residents
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 75 total class size; no preference given to out-of-state residents
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 35-40
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.80
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: PCAT Required
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-31
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 6:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 67
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 40
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 67   
      General Biology 1 with Lab    
      General Biology 2 with Lab    
      English Composition 1    
      English Composition 2    
      Public Speaking    
      Social Science Elective    
      Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 with Lab    
      Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 with Lab    
      General Chemistry 1 with Lab    
      General Chemistry 2 with Lab    
      Organic Chemistry 1 with Lab    
      Organic Chemistry 2 with Lab    
      Microbiology with Lab    
      Physics with Lab    
    • Additional Information: 

      Science Courses must be designated for science majors.
      The social science elective requirement may be satisfied with a class in history, sociology, political science, or law and society.  While Ethics is preferred, coursework in philosophy or religion can be used to satisfy the requirement. 
      Organic chemistry, human anatomy/physiology, and microbiology courses earned more than five years prior to applying to the College cannot be used to satisfy pre-pharmacy course requirements unless approved by the Admissions Committee on an individual applicant basis.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: July 2012
      • Details: 

        Applicants are highly encouraged to take the PCAT in the summer or fall prior to their intended program start date, as opposed to the January test date; this is particularly important for those taking the PCAT for the first time. 

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        A TOEFL or IELTS is required for all applicants (a) who are non-native English speakers who have resided in an English speaking country for less than 10 years, or (b) who completed the pre-requisite courses in a country where English is not the primary language.  A minimum iBT TOEFL score of 80 is required for consideration, and a minimum band score of 6 is required for the IELTS. Please note that having a college degree does not exempt applicants from these requirements.

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

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

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
    • 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
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 03/02/2015 Received by deadline
    • Details: 


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Four (4)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Two letters of reference are required: One letter must be from a health care practitioner, preferably a pharmacist; and one letter must be from a professor, preferably from within a science discipline.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Health Care Professional
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Friend
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Politician
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
      • One LOR must be from a teacher/professor. One LOR must be from a healthcare practitioner (preferably a pharmacist). Up to two additional LORs may be provided by individuals who can attest to an applicant's abilities and potential.
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
    • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • November-April 
    • Details: 
      During the interview visit, applicants meet with a pharmacy student ambassador for a tour of the College of Pharmacy facilities and Western New England University campus; receive an overview of the College by the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs; complete a 25-minute writing sample; and interview with either two College of Pharmacy faculty members OR one College of Pharmacy faculty member and one local pharmacist. Applicants should expect the interview day process to last for approximately 4.5 hours. Applicants selected for an interview will be responsible for arranging accommodations and travel to Springfield for the interview.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Notification of acceptance is typically sent within two weeks of the interview date.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two weeks from notification of acceptance
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $750
      • Due: Within two weeks of acceptance notification; a secondary deposit of $750 is required by May 1.
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 8/18/2014 - 8/22/2014 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 25, 2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Considered on a case-by-case basis; a written request must be submitted to the Assistant Director of Pharmacy Admissions, who will then forward the request to the Admissions Committee for review.