Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) PharmD program offers an innovative curriculum encompassing both academic and experiential learning. The first year integrates the pharmaceutical sciences foundation blocks with laboratory and practice components. Pharmacy practice experiential training begins with the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiential I (IPPE-I) course , which runs for the entire duration of the first year of study. The first year course consists of two 4-week (4 days/week) clerkships (160 experiential hours, 4 credit hours) that expose the student to community pharmacy practice in two different settings. Every student will complete both components by the end of their first year. During the morning sessions, students are in the classroom studying the pharmaceutical sciences. In the afternoon, they participate in a clinical practice foundation sequence, which focuses on learning and practicing skills related to pharmacy practice.
During the second year and the first half of the third year, course work is delivered in blocks, each of which covers a therapeutic area related to disease states that affect particular organ systems (e.g., GI/liver, renal/pulmonary, endocrine/reproductive systems) or treatment regimens (e.g., infectious disease, oncology). This period encompasses 16 blocks, each approximately three weeks long, with a break between blocks. This total immersion in a subject allows students to focus on one subject before moving on to the next. The second year IPPE course (IPPE-II) is scheduled during the summer between the second and third years. It consists of a 4-week (5 days/week, 40 hrs/week) clerkship (160 experiential hours, 4 credit hours) that exposes students to institutional pharmacy practice. Moreover, WesternU students gain an additional one-half year of advanced experiential training while still graduating in four years.
In total, WesternU provides 52 weeks of advanced experiential education compared to an average of 42 weeks at other colleges of pharmacy. The clinical training component (IPPE, APPE and AE) comprises 76 credit hours, which is 43% of the curricular requirements. Admission to the College of Pharmacy is a highly competitive process. While grades are an important measure of academic qualification, they do not, by themselves, guarantee success as a student at WesternU's College of Pharmacy or later as a pharmacist. In addition to thorough academic preparation, the college is looking for individuals who also have a good working knowledge of the profession and WesternU. Successful applicants also display excellent communication skills and can demonstrate that they are compassionate, dedicated, dependable individuals with good judgment. Visit our website at http://prospective.westernu.edu/pharmacy-pharmd/welcome for more details, application and interview tips, FAQs, and event details.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Elective 1 Public Speaking/Debate, Social Science, Economics or Physics No two electives can be taken from the same department.||3||4|
|Elective 2 Public Speaking/Debate, Social Science, Economics or Physics No two electives can be taken from the same department.||3||4|
|General Chemistry with Laboratory||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with Laboratory||8||12|
|Human Anatomy (all organ systems) - lab optional||3||4|
|Human Physiology - lab optional||3||4|
|Microbiology (medical microbiology preferred) - lab optional||3||4|
|Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or Cell Biology (laboratory optional)||3||4|
|General Biology (lab optional)||3||4|
The Admissions Committee considers applicants at the time of application with a minimum of two years of college (60 academic semester hours or 90 quarter hours) of pre-pharmacy study at an accredited college or university (exceptions will be made on a case by case basis). Pre-pharmacy courses taken from vocational or technical schools are not accepted. Candidates who have received or will receive a baccalaureate degree or who have completed units in excess of the minimum required will be considered more favorably than applicants who have fulfilled only minimum requirements.
Non-science prerequisites and electives will be waived for students who have a confirmed baccalaureate degree at the time of application (does not include calculus).
Students taking courses at a community college must transfer to a four year college or university to complete the requirements for the Bachelor's Degree. The minimum cumulative pre-pharmacy and science grade point average (GPA) requirement is 2.75 at the time of application. Grades of C- in any of the prerequisite courses are not accepted. Courses and AP Credit Test Scores must be completed no more than ten years prior to planned date of matriculation.For additional clarifying information regarding prerequisites, please visit our website at: http://prospective.westernu.edu/pharmacy-pharmd/requirements-13/
The supplemental application can be obtained at http://prospective.westernu.edu/pharmacy-pharmd/apply-13/
TOEFL, including essay, is required for all applicants submitting course work from foreign schools. A minimum score of 79 for the Internet Based TOEFL (IBT) test must be submitted by June 1 prior to matriculation. Exception: The TOEFL will be waived for permanent and temporary residents of the U.S. who have completed the English and Speech prerequisites from an accredited institution in the U.S.
Please refer to the website for a listing of approved evaluation services at http://prospective.westernu.edu/pharmacy-pharmd/foreign.
Reference letters should be solicited from people who know you well, but that are not related to you. Examples of appropriate reference would include professors, academic advisors, mentors, employers, teaching assistants.
The interviews are informal in nature. A wide variety of topics related to the profession as well as those of general interest may be discussed. Areas of communication skills, motivation, critical thinking and general knowledge are evaluated by the interview panel. The average interview is approximately 30 minutes in duration. The interview panel may be comprised of the following: admissions committee member, faculty member, Pharmacist and/or current student/alumni of Western University of Health Sciences. Interviewees will also be asked to write an essay on topics will be general in nature, not necessarily pharmacy related.