West Coast University

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Mrs. Christina Collard
Admissions Coordinator

West Coast University
School of Pharmacy
590 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles , California 90004

Phone (Work): 323-284-7904

Phone (Mobile): 951-212-0657


Program Deadline (back to top)

Application Deadline for Program? July 1, 2020

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Satellite/Branch Campuses:
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 (2 terms per academic year)
Total # of PharmD seats filled in the last entering class: 73
Dual Degree Programs No
If Yes, Check all that apply:
Structure of your PharmD program: 4
Is a Baccalaureate degree required or preferred for admissions? Preferred
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

Program Description (back to top)

Curricular Overview

The School of Pharmacy curriculum is designed as a professional, four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program that encompasses didactic, laboratory, and experiential learning. Our rigorous curriculum will prepare students to become competent, caring, and contemporary pharmacy practitioners by engaging students with highly qualified faculty who are accessible and available to meet with students who require additional personal assistance. Our interactive-learning environment emphasizes expanded clinical experiences, including interprofessional experiences with other health science programs, the extensive use of technology, and outreach activities with other students. Additional information on the program can be found at: https://westcoastuniversity.edu/programs/doctor-pharmacy.html


Program Statistics (back to top)

Total entering class size for current calendar year including early assurance advancing to the P1 year: 60
Number of early assurance students advancing to the P1 year in the current calendar year:

Program Criteria (back to top)

Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.50
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.50
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 63
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 34
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 94.5
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 63  94.5 
  General Chemistry (with laboratory)  12 
  Organic Chemistry (with laboratory)  12 
  General Biology (with Cell Biology)  12 
  Physics (with laboratory) 
  Human/Mammalian Physiology (with laboratory) 
  Economics (Micro, Macro or General)   4.5 
  Calculus (with Analytical Geometry)   4.5 
  Statistics  4.5 
  Speech Communication/Public Speaking/ Interpersonal Communication or Debate 
  English Composition 
  Psychology or Sociology  
  General Electives in Humanities and Social/Behavioral science 

Additional Information

Applicants must provide evidence of successful completion of the required pre-pharmacy coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Completion of prerequisite coursework with cumulative and math/science grade point averages of 2.50 or higher is preferred. Coursework from international institutions must be assessed by a credential evaluation service. The applicant must be in good academic standing at each college or university attended. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better and must be completed by Spring 2018. Additionally, any math and science coursework taken over 10 years ago will not be considered.

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Not Required or Considered

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores:


Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Do you accept or require other admission tests:


Do you require accepted applicants to have CPR certification prior to matriculation: No

Residency (back to top)

Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Are foreign citizens considered (excluding Canadian citizens)? Yes
Eligible citizenship type for admission:
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS

International applicants must provide evidence of successful completion of the required pre-pharmacy coursework. Coursework from international institutions must be assessed by a credential evaluation service.

Evaluations (Letters of Reference) (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) required by your institution? Yes
Number of LORs required: Three (3)
Institution Specific Details:

Three letters of recommendation are required:

  • Two letters of recommendation are required from math/science professors
  • A third letter from the following list will be accepted:

                - Pharmacist (supervisor)

                - Math/Science professor

                - Employer (supervisor)

                - Healthcare professional (supervisor)

               -  Liberal Arts professor


Please indicate your LOR type requirements.

  • Clergy: Not accepted

  • Co-Worker: Not accepted

  • Employer: Conditionally Required

  • Faculty Advisor: Not accepted

  • Family Member: Not accepted

  • Friend: Not accepted

  • Health Care Professional: Conditionally Required

  • Pharmacist: Conditionally Required

  • Politician: Not accepted

  • Pre-Health Advisor: Not accepted

  • Professor (Liberal Arts): Conditionally Required

  • Professor (Math): Required

  • Professor (Science): Required

  • Supervisor: Conditionally Required

  • Teaching Assistant: Not accepted

What is your college/school policy on committee letters? Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
What is your college/school policy on composite letters? Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No

Interviews (back to top)

Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers

The purpose of the interview is to determine the applicant's potential for success in the Doctor of Pharmacy program and the candidate's oral communication skills. Candidates will also be required to write an extemporaneous essay on an assigned topic to assess their writing skills. During the day of the interview, a brief curricular overview will be presented and a tour of the School will be provided.


Accepted Applicants (back to top)

Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500.00
Refundable? Yes
Details: Applicants will be required to make a $500.00 seat deposit. The seat deposit will be credited to your program costs The University will retain a maximum of $175.00 of this deposit should you cancel your enrollment within seven calendar days (excluding holidays) of enrollment or by the seventh calendar of the first term, whichever is first. The seat deposit is fully refundable if you are not admitted as a result of your background check.