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Pre-Pharmacy

College of Arts & Sciences


Western New England University's two-year Pre-pharmacy program is an ideal place for future pharmacists to excel. Through the Early Assurance Program (EAP), qualifying high school seniors applying to the Pre-pharmacy program can be assured a seat in the Pharmacy program. Students must meet GPA and course grade requirements in prerequisite Pre-pharmacy courses and complete a successful admissions interview. Successful EAP candidates will not have to take the PCAT exam, saving time and reducing stress. Once in the PharmD program, qualifying students are eligible to receive a bachelor's degree after four years of study and the PharmD degree after six years.

Why Choose Pre-Pharmacy?

There’s never been a more important time to start a career in Pharmacy, and Western New England University will transform you into the innovative and compassionate pharmacist that you’ve always dreamed of being.

If you aspire to be an expert in medicine, a community educator, and a leader in healthcare during critical times in public health, then Western New England University will help you become all of those things and more.

Pharmacists play several crucial roles:

  • Dispensing medication to patients;
  • Educating both patients and the community about best practices when it comes to taking prescriptions; and
  • Researching and testing new medicines and drug therapies to better treat diseases.

Pharmacists don’t just dispense prescriptions; they’re experts in medication, from common prescriptions all the way up to the newest drugs on the market. They help inform patients about possible side effects, determine whether a prescription is meeting their needs, and provide counsel about the proper use of over the counter medications.

Pharmacists Have the Ability to Make a Real Impact.

Imagine this; you could play a role in:

  • Helping to manage and diminish the opioid crisis
  • Providing a child with chronic asthma with an inhaler so they can play at recess
  • Assuring patients that their medications will not interfere with each other so they take them without fear
  • Administering flu shots and other vaccines to reduce spread of preventable illnesses
  • Promoting responsible prescription adherence

Pharmacists work in a variety of settings including community pharmacies, hospitals, long term care organizations, in private practice, pharmaceutical research, and in a variety of healthcare facilities, so you’ll have plenty of options geared toward your interests!

In times like these, pharmacists are needed more than ever, and if it’s your calling, there’s no better time to get started.

What Will You Study?

In the Pre-pharmacy program, you will be immersed in the study of biology to understand the basic structure and functioning of cells and organisms. You will also take courses in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, and Physics, as well as a selection of general education courses required before applying to the professional program. The majority of Pre-pharmacy courses are offered in Western New England University's newest academic building, the Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy, which features state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms.

Early Assurance Admissions Program

Through the Early Assurance Admissions program (EAP) qualifying high school seniors applying to the Pre-pharmacy program are eligible to participate in the Early Assurance Admissions program (EAP).

EAP students who successfully complete the below criteria will be assured a seat in the Doctor of Pharmacy program:

(a) attain a 3.30 GPA in pre-requisite coursework at the close of both the second and third semester of Pre-pharmacy studies without any individual course grades below "C-”; and

(b) complete a successful admissions interview for the Pharmacy program.

These students will not need to obtain letters of recommendation or take the PCAT, saving you both time and stress. Learn More.

TRANSITIONING TO THE PHARMD PROGRAM

Transitioning to the PharmD Program after two years of Pre-pharmacy will be a breeze, especially if you qualify for EAP. You will be living on the same campus you know and love, be taught by familiar professors, and be among classmates that you’ve known for the past two years.

Not only will you develop strong scientific foundations needed in the field, but you will also learn the technical, social, and administrative skills required of a healthcare leader, as well as instill in yourself a commitment to community service and lifelong learning. Functional learning tools and facilities, such as our model pharmacy and simulation manikin will give you the practice you need to feel confident in your abilities.

PharmD Program

Faculty

You will be mentored by outstanding faculty who has studied at such institutions as University of Massachusetts, Amherst and UMass Medical School; Dartmouth; Kent State; Brown University; Columbia; Yale; University of Oregon; and the University of Texas at Austin. Our distinguished science faculty conducts fascinating research, yet outstanding classroom teaching is always each professor's top priority.

Faculty

Campus Life

You'll have every opportunity to participate in all aspects of campus life with your peers, including senior year activities during your second year in the PharmD program.

Pre-pharmacy students are encouraged to join our many clubs and organizations as well as varsity sports. You’ll also be able to live on campus for all six years, putting you at the center of the action.