Western New England University

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Lori J Berg
Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Health Professions

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, Massachusetts 01119

Phone (Work): 413-796-2073

Phone (Fax): 413-796-2266

Sue Woods
Admissions Counselor

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, Massachusetts 01119

Phone (Work): 413-796-2528


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 Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:PharmD/MSOL (Organizational Leadership)
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    October 13, 2018


Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
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 Western New England University Doctor of Pharmacy program 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 of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 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 PharmD program has eleven general and professional ability-based outcomes which are required of its graduates. These competency statements include six general ability-based outcomes which mirror the core values of WNE and the pharmacy profession, as well as five 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.

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Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 150
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 125
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 75
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 35
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: N/A
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0 GPA preferred
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: PCAT scores preferred
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 30%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 70%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.3
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-35
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 4:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 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 OR Public/Population-based Health   
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 course in history, sociology, political science, or law and society. 

While Ethics is preferred, coursework in philosophy or religion may 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.

Please visit our PharmD Admissions Web pages:


AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?



It is preferred that all applicants take the PCAT. 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?




English language testing (TOEFL or IELTS) is required for all applicants who are non-native English speakers who have resided in a country, where English is the primary language, for less than 10 years, UNLESS the applicant has earned or is degree pending (will have earned by anticipated matriculation date) a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree following three or more years of campus-based post-secondary instruction in the United States.   


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

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? 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: 03/01/2019 Received by deadline


Letters of Reference (back to top)

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 professor, preferably from within a science discipline, We would prefer the second letter to come from a health care practitioner, however this is not required.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)


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
  • It is required that one LOR come from a teacher/professor. We would prefer the second LOR to come 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
Details: A Committee Letter is acceptable, but only counts as one letter.
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Details: A Composite Letter is acceptable, but only counts as one letter.

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • September-April

During the on campus interview day, applicants receive an overview of the program by the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs; complete a 25-minute writing sample; interview with either two College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences faculty members OR one College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences faculty member and one local pharmacist and a tour of the facilities. Applicants should expect an approximate timeframe of 3 hours for interview day. Applicants selected for an interview will be responsible for arranging accommodations and travel to campus (Springfield, MA) for the interview.

If an applicant is unable to travel to campus for an interview, they may be offered the opportunity to interview via online conference call for an additional fee if requested. This option may only be offered to applicants traveling from a distance. 

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Notification of acceptance is sent electronically, typically 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?


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:
  • 8/19/2019 - 8/23/2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 26, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes