Doctor of Pharmacy FAQ
General Program Information:
What Degree is offered?
Students successfully completing the program will earn the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). Students also have the option of participating in one of two dual degree programs in collaboration with the University's College of Business: PharmD/Master of Business Administration (MBA) or PharmD/Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL).
How many students are in the program?
The program admits a maximum of 75 students to begin the professional phase of the program each fall.
How many years does it take to complete the program?
The professional phase of the pharmacy curriculum takes four years to complete.
Do I have to be a full-time student?
Yes, students admitted into the Doctor of Pharmacy program must enroll as full-time students.
Can I start the program in the spring semester?
No, students can only begin the professional phase of the program in the fall.
Is the program accredited?
Yes. Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' Doctor of Pharmacy program 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, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.
Can I live on campus?
Students may live on campus for all four years of the Doctor of Pharmacy program. While the University does not presently offer housing specifically for married students or those with domestic partners, housing is available in Gateway Village, where PharmD and JD students reside.
What kind of technology can I expect?
The Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy boasts state-of-the-art technology and is equipped with a ''demonstration pharmacy'' which is utilized to train students in community care pharmacy. The Center is designed to ensure a close learning environment that facilitates faculty-student interactions and small group activities. A robust and innovative technology plan is included in tuition and fees, and includes student tablet computing devices, human simulation mannequins, lecture capture, learning management systems, interactive classroom technology, online testing, and electronic portfolios.
Where may I complete the prerequisite coursework?
Prerequisite coursework may be completed at any accredited college or university.
What is the deadline for completing all of my prerequisites?
You must complete ALL prerequisite courses with a grade of 'C-' or higher before matriculating into the Doctor of Pharmacy program. All academic updates are due to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in August prior to orientation for the professional program.
What academic updates are required?
When you apply via PharmCAS, you are required to list the courses that you are taking in the fall semester, as well as the courses that you plan to take in the following Spring and Summer semesters. You should post an academic update with PharmCAS in January, after you receive fall grades. Spring and summer semester updates should be sent directly to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences if you are accepted into the program.
Are all applicants interviewed?
No, qualified applicants will be selected for an interview by the Admissions Committee based on their application materials.
What can I expect during interview day?
Interview days are typically conducted on campus and in-person. During the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews moved to an online Zoom format. You will be notified of the interview format within your interview invitation.
During on campus interview days, applicants will receive programmatic information from the Dean and Assistant/Associate Deans through several brief presentations, interview with two Pharmacy faculty members, complete an on-site writing sample, tour our pharmacy facilities, and meet with students currently enrolled in our program. In-person interview day activities last for approximately four hours.
When does the application cycle for the incoming class of Fall 2021 begin and end?
All applications to the Doctor of Pharmacy program are handled through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). The PharmCAS 2020-21 application cycle (for students beginning the professional program in fall 2021) opens on July 14, 2020. Applications to the Western New England University Doctor of Pharmacy and Health Sciences can be submitted to PharmCAS through March 1, 2021.
I have a disability; how do I request extra time for the writing sample administered on interview day?
Applicants seeking accommodations should contact the University Office of Student Accessibility Services at (413) 782-1258 to inquire about the documentation required for disability certification. In order to ensure that accommodation requests can be reviewed and administered in a timely fashion, it is strongly recommended that requests and supporting documentation be submitted to the Office of Student Accessibility Services no later than 5 days prior to the interview date. For requests that extend beyond the standard testing accommodations (extended time, distraction reduced environment, etc.), a two week notice is recommended.
What is the preferred GPA?
The preferred GPA for pre-pharmacy coursework is 3.0.
Does the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences participate in the PharmCAS Early Decision Program?
Yes, the Doctor of Pharmacy program participates in the Early Decision Program. Click here for more information.
How are GPAs calculated?
PharmCAS calculates an applicant's overall GPA using all coursework completed. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will calculate an applicant's prerequisite GPA based only on the courses required by the Western New England University Doctor of Pharmacy program (67 credits of pre-pharmacy coursework).
Is the PCAT required?
No, the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) is not required.
How many letters of recommendation should I submit?
Two letters of recommendation are required and should be submitted on an applicant's behalf directly to PharmCAS; one of these letters must be from a teacher or professor. We prefer the other letter to be from a health care practitioner (preferably a pharmacist). Up to two additional recommendations may be provided by individuals who can attest to an applicant's abilities and potential to succeed in a Doctor of Pharmacy program. Do not have letters of recommendation or other materials sent directly to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; these materials will not be included in your application file, unless there are special circumstances.
Who is required to provide English language proficiency test scores?
English language testing (TOEFL or IELTS) is required for all applicants who: (a) Completed the pre-requisite coursework in a country where English is not the primary language of instruction, OR (b) Are non-native English speakers who have resided in a country, where English is the primary language, for less than 10 years, UNLESS the applicant has earned or is degree pending (will have earned by anticipated matriculation date) a bachelor's degree or graduate degree following three or more years of campus-based post-secondary instruction in the United States. Additional information can be found here.
Do I need to work in a pharmacy before applying?
Qualified applicants with pharmacy work experience are preferred for admission. If you do not have pharmacy work experience, you should become familiar with the profession by volunteering at a free clinic or hospital, shadowing a pharmacist, and/or participating in a pharmacy internship.