WNE has submitted a proposal to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for a distance pathway to the PharmD degree. The PharmD program is fully accredited through 2029; the components of our distance pathway closely align with our in-person curriculum. We anticipate final approval in June 2022. While a positive outcome is expected, should the ACPE Board determine that the pathway is not ready to launch, admitted students can join our campus-based pathway for Fall, 2022.
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WNE has submitted a proposal to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for a distance pathway to the PharmD degree. The PharmD program is fully accredited through 2029; the components of our distance pathway closely align with our in-person curriculum. We anticipate final approval in June 2022. While a positive outcome is expected, should the ACPE Board determine that the pathway is not ready to launch, admitted students can join our campus-based pathway for Fall, 2022.
Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield
Massachusetts
01119
United States
Distance Pathway/Online
  • Name: Lori J Berg
    Title: Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Health Professional Programs
    Office: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    Phone (Work): 413-796-2073
    Email: lori.berg@wne.edu
  • Name: Paula Geddis
    Title: Assistant Director of Admissions for Health Professional Programs
    Office: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    Phone (Work): 413-796-2528
    Email: paula.geddis@wne.edu
Yes

Program Application Deadline

June 1, 2022
October 1, 2021
Students who have designated Western New England University as their first choice will want to strongly consider applying by the priority deadline.
Qualified applicants will be invited to complete their interview prior to the regular pool of applicants to the program. Applicants who submit their application by the priority deadline will receive their admissions decision for the PharmD program early in the admissions cycle, during the fall semester.
Yes

Program Information

Full Accreditation
No
Private
No
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 2 - 4
Not Required
Yes
Distance pathway offered, Other
Foreign Graduate PharmD Pathway - for foreign graduates currently residing in the U.S. who earned a pharmacy degree (Baccalaureate, PharmD, or equivalent to practice pharmacy) and desire to advance their careers by earning a PharmD degree in the U.S.
Yes

Last Entering Class

45
Yes

Dual and Concurrent Degrees

Yes
PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), Other Dual Degrees
Additional dual degree options are available for students enrolling in the on-campus PharmD program. Please see our website for details.
No
Yes

Program Description

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.

Pending approval from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will offer a full-time, online distance pathway to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.

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.

The Western New England University Doctor of Pharmacy program prepares entry-level practitioners to provide pharmacy care to an increasingly diverse patient population in a variety of practice environments. The WNE Doctor of Pharmacy Distance program is a four year, 146 credit curriculum that includes both online classroom instruction and hands-on, in person (experiential) learning. With an maximum incoming class size of 75, our low student-faculty ratio ensures students receive individualized attention. In the classroom, students engage in discussion and learn through integration and application of pharmaceutical, clinical and administrative sciences. Introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPE) and advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE) provide a framework for learners to integrate classroom skills in a supervised environment early in the program and practice the skills in a more independent manner during the final year as they evolve into independent practitioners.
Visit our web pages for additional information: http://www.wne.edu/pharmacy
Yes

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

N/A
3.0
Our preferred minimum GPA for prerequisite coursework is 3.0. We will consider lower GPAs on a case by case basis.
60
39
Yes

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Biology/Biological Science General Biology 1 with Lab 4
Biology/Biological Science General Biology 2 with Lab 4
Math Calculus 3
Statistics Statistics 3
English Composition / Writing English Composition 1 3
English Composition / Writing English Composition 2 3
Economics Economics 3
Psychology Psychology 3
Social/Behavioral Science Social Science Elective OR Public/Population-based Health 3
Anatomy & Physiology Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 with Lab 4
Anatomy & Physiology Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 with Lab 4
Chemistry General Chemistry 1 with Lab 4
Chemistry General Chemistry 2 with Lab 4
Chemistry Organic Chemistry 1 with Lab 4
Chemistry Organic Chemistry 2 with Lab 4
Microbiology Microbiology with Lab 3
Physics Physics with Lab 4
If admitted, all prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to orientation in August.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Yes
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Yes, but only if no letter grade option available
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes, but only if no letter grade option available
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes, but only if no letter grade option available
Applicants to our program will not be disadvantaged by coursework taken under Credit/No Credit or Pass/No Pass grading options offered at any school during the COVID-19 pandemic (Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters).
Science Courses must be designated for science majors. The Social Science Elective requirement may be satisfied with a course in history, sociology, political science, or law and society. Please visit our PharmD Admissions web pages: https://www1.wne.edu/pharmacy-and-health-sciences/admissions/pharmd/index.cfm
Yes

Supplemental Materials

No
No
Yes

PCAT and Other Tests

Recommended
While not required, applicants are encouraged to submit PCAT scores. All submitted PCAT scores will be reviewed by the admissions committee.
N/A
No
Yes

Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required
Yes

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Yes
Two (2)
  • Employer: ACCEPTED
  • Faculty Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Pharmacist: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Pre-Health Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Math): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Science): RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Supervisor: ACCEPTED
Conditionally accepted
Committee letters will fulfill one recommendation requirement.
No
Conditionally accepted
Composite letters will fulfill one recommendation requirement.
No
Two letters of reference are required, but additional recommendations up to four will be considered. It is required that one letter be from a professor, preferably from within a science discipline, We would prefer the second letter to come from a health care practitioner, preferably a pharmacist, however this is not required.
Yes

Residency

No
No
Yes

International Applicants

Yes
US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, US Temporary Residents, Canadian Citizens, Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa, Foreign (non-US) Citizens, Other Non-Citizens (e.g. DACA Students)
Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
N/A
Yes
English language testing (TOEFL or IELTS) is required for all applicants who 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.

PharmD applicants can use any of the following standardized tests to meet our English language requirement:
TOEFL - 79 IBT
IELTS - 6.5
PTE Academic - 58
STEP Eiken - 2A
iTEP - 4
Duolingo - 110 DET
No
Yes

Interviews

Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Yes
A typical in person interview day consists of a program overview presentation, tour of facilities, student panel and a writing sample is completed. Each applicant will Interview with faculty members and/or alumni Applicants can expect to be on campus for approximately 4 hours and are responsible for arranging accommodations and travel to campus.
Online interviews take approximately 1 hour with a writing sample being administered electronically via email.
Yes

Accepted Applicants

Yes
No
An enrollment deposit of $300 is required to be submitted within two weeks of acceptance. A second enrollment deposit of $300 is required to be submitted by May 1. After May 1, both deposits are due within two weeks of admission.
  • Aug 29, 2022
Orientation is mandatory and is held from August 22, 2022 through August 26, 2022. Classes begin on August 29, 2022.
No
Yes

Background Checks and Drug Screenings

Yes
No
Yes