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.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|General Biology 1 with Lab||4|
|General Biology 2 with Lab||4|
|English Composition 1||3|
|English Composition 2||3|
|Social Science Elective||3|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 with Lab||4|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 with Lab||4|
|General Chemistry 1 with Lab||4|
|General Chemistry 2 with Lab||4|
|Organic Chemistry 1 with Lab||4|
|Organic Chemistry 2 with Lab||4|
|Microbiology with Lab||4|
|Physics with Lab||4|
Science Courses must be designated for science majors.
The social science elective requirement may be satisfied with a class in history, sociology, political science, law and society, public health, or population-based health. 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.
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.
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.
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.