Western University of Health Sciences
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Kathy E. Ford  
      • Director of Admissions for the College of Pharmacy, College of Graduate Nursing, Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences and Director of International Student Services 
      • Admissions  
      • 309 E. Second Street  
      • Pomona 
      • California 
      • 91766 
      • Phone (Work): 909-469-5335  
      • Phone (Fax): 909-469-5570 
      • Email: kford@westernu.edu 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  November 1, 2017

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • 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)? No
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 400
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 280
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 120
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: NA
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: NA
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: NA
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: NA
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: NA
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 37%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 63%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.43
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 22-57
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 8.3:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 60
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 31
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 90
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 60  90 
      College English  
      English Composition  
      Elective 1 Public Speaking/Debate, Social Science, Economics or Physics No two electives can be taken from the same department.  
      Elective 2 Public Speaking/Debate, Social Science, Economics or Physics No two electives can be taken from the same department. 
      General Chemistry with Laboratory   12 
      Organic Chemistry with Laboratory   12 
      Human Anatomy (all organ systems) - lab optional  
      Human Physiology - lab optional  
      Microbiology (medical microbiology preferred) - lab optional  
      Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or Cell Biology (laboratory optional)  
      Speech Communication  
      General Biology (lab optional) 
    • Additional Information: 

      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 recommended minimum cumulative pre-pharmacy and science grade point average (GPA) 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/

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        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.

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

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
      • Details: International applicants or any other applicants who are not U.S. citizens and who are living in the U.S. should be prepared to provide proof of legal U.S. residency at the time of interview.
    • 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? 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
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: November 1, 2017 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      Please refer to the website for a listing of approved evaluation services at http://prospective.westernu.edu/pharmacy-pharmd/foreign.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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: 

      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.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Clergy
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Politician
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
      • Clergy
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Politician
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • November, December, January 
    • Details: 

      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.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Approximately one to two weeks after interview.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two (2) weeks from date stated in acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: Due on the date stated in acceptance letter.
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • First week of August 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Second week of August.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: