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. As the practice of pharmacy transitions, WNE is meeting the moment through a comprehensive and adaptable online curriculum.
Our new PharmD Distance Learning Pathway has been approved by the Accreditation Council For Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and we are excited to offer this new pathway to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. You can find additional information regarding our PharmD accreditation here.
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. Click here to view a short video with tips on how to become a successful distance learning student.
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.
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 each semester 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.
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.