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PharmD Distance Pathway

The role of the pharmacist is changing, and the Western New England University Doctor of Pharmacy program prepares you to be a part of that future through the Distance Learning Pathway (DLP). As the practice of pharmacy transitions, WNE is meeting the moment through a comprehensive and adaptable online curriculum.

Offered as a high-quality online alternative to our campus-based Doctor of Pharmacy program, the PharmD distance pathway will allow you to pursue a career in pharmacy wherever you are and with more flexibility to meet life’s demands. As an ideal program for the self-motivated student, you’ll work through the same curriculum as our campus-based program, and there is no added time to degree completion. 

Through both synchronous and asynchronous mod­ules, the DLP program offers the flexibility to learn on your schedule while maintaining a connection to and engagement with the program and your cohort. On-campus 1-2 week immersive sessions bring you and your classmates together for practical learning and networking at specific points in the program.

We believe a diverse student body becomes a diverse profession that can provide care to more patients. Our students come from a variety of back­grounds that contributes to cohorts with rich experi­ences, knowledge, and viewpoints. We celebrate this diversity and engage it to help teach our students to meet the moment in healthcare and to provide culturally competent and compassionate care.


The new PharmD Distance Learning Pathway has been approved by the Accreditation Council For Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

The Doctor of Pharmacy Program at the Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652.

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How Are Courses Offered

The online curriculum of the distance pathway closely mirrors that of the campus-based program, except for the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE), which will take place over the summers between professional years 1 and 2 (PY1-PY2) and professional years 2 and 3 (PY2-PY3). Students can expect the same quality, content, and rigor regardless of pathway.

Courses are offered online through both synchronous (at the same time as on-campus students) and asynchronous (not occurring at the same time) modalities. Synchronous learning will utilize Zoom and simulation platforms and will be scheduled between the hours of 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET on two predetermined days each week. These class meetings may be for examinations, reviews/recitations, graded discussions/presentations, virtual office hours, or question/answer sessions. Asynchronous learning will occur on other days of the week and may include lecture recordings, readings, and discussion boards.

Additionally, campus-based weeks will be required during the program. A one-week immersive session for orientation will occur at the beginning of the program, and at the end of most semesters, there will be 1-2 weeks of hands-on learning and assessment immersive sessions.

Laboratories and hands-on instruction will use several online simulation platforms and Zoom, in addition to the in-person campus sessions each semester.

Student effort and time to complete the distance pathway will be similar to the campus pathway rigor. Students should expect between 20-25 hours of class sessions (synchronous or asynchronous) weekly.


We give you the tools! Students in the DLP program receive a tablet/laptop loaded with all the software needed to be successful in the PharmD program. Technology support is available; students purchase the computer for $1 at the end of their program.


Our diverse faculty are skilled professionals who use their experience to teach students both foundational science and real-life application. During the WNE PharmD experience, our students are transformed from being students in the classroom to skilled pharmacy practitioners.


Experiential Learning

Learn more about the practice component of the Pharmacy curriculum, which we call Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs).

Experiential learning may be completed in proximity to the student’s residence. Coordination and assurance of suitable experiential education sites will be overseen by the Office of Professional Affairs. Students may also choose to complete experiential requirements in the Springfield area. Temporary on-campus housing will be made available for students seeking housing during their immersive sessions or experiential learning; a nominal prorated housing rate will be charged.

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Frequently asked questions about the PharmD Distance Pathway.

Click here to view a short video with tips on how to become a successful distance learning student.

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