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PharmD Program

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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. Here, you will learn the technical, social, and administrative aspects of pharmacy as you also develop the skills needed to become a healthcare leader.

Our curriculum uses today’s best practices to enhance your learning and provide you with firsthand experience in our technologically advanced labs, in various types of pharmacy settings, and through service opportunities in the community. As a graduate of our program, you will be a highly prepared pharmacy practitioner, ready to provide care to an increasingly diverse patient population in an assortment of environments. Through our curriculum, you will develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become a licensed professional equipped to deliver optimal patient care in a caring, collaborative, safe, and culturally aware manner.

Outstanding Preparation for the NAPLEX Exam
The WNE PharmD Class of 2020 earned a high first-time pass rate (93.22%)
 on the NAPLEX Exam, greater than the national average (88.43%). This marks our third consecutive year of having a pass rate greater than 90%, making WNE one of only three programs in the northeast to achieve these results.

WNE is No. 2 in US for Post-grad Residency Match Rate 
When it comes to landing highly competitive 1-year or 2-year postgraduate pharmacy practice residency opportunities, the Class of 2020 ranked second best in the nation for postgraduate residency program match rate. Members of the class achieved an 82.4% Phase I match rate among candidates for postgraduate pharmacy residency programs, the highest match rate in the New England region and second nationally only to the University of California – San Francisco.

Why Choose the PharmD Program?

The Doctor of Pharmacy program fosters critical thinking skills; embraces professionalism; and instills a commitment to lifelong learning, community service, and leadership. The four-year program leading to the PharmD degree enrolls a maximum of 75 students for each incoming class. With a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1 and small laboratory classes, your professors will know your name and take a personal interest in your academic success, a hallmark of a Western New England University education. Students may also earn dual PharmD/MBA or PharmD/MS in Organizational Leadership degrees.

What Will You Learn?

The curriculum entails a competency-based framework, using integrated content and teaching, problem-based approaches when appropriate, integrated technology, and experiential exposure threaded throughout. It is designed to incrementally develop strong scientific foundations (in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, social and administrative, and clinical sciences) and professional skills. During pharmacy practice experiences, learners have many opportunities to demonstrate and apply these skills in progressively advanced methods. The Doctor of Pharmacy tablet (or mobile learning technology) program will enable learners to lease tablets and utilize them in every aspect of the learning process, both didactically and experientially. 


Each fall the PharmD program admits a maximum class of 75 students. Learn more about our admissions process and requirements.

Core Competencies

The Doctor of Pharmacy program has 10 general and professional ability-based outcomes which are required of its graduates. These are referred to as the WCOP Core Comps.

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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. Learn more


Experiential Education

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

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Western New England University offers campus housing for students in our doctoral programs as space allows.

Graduate Housing

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  • PharmD Viewbook

    Western New England University offers a personal pharmacy education for students who will go on to work in one of America’s most trusted professions in healthcare. Our professional program integrates science, communication, ethics, management, and practical learning in the four-year curriculum.

  • Dual Degrees

    Pharmacy learners who see their future careers in management and leadership roles may also choose to pursue one of our dual degrees offered through the AACSB International accredited College of Business: the PharmD/MBA or the PharmD/MS in Organizational Leadership.