We want you to feel excited about the opportunities that await you at Western New England University!
The WNE PharmD Class of 2021 earned a high first-time pass rate on the NAPLEX Exam of 91.5%. This significantly exceeds that of the state and national rate, 78% and 83.6%, respectively. This is the fourth consecutive year our pass rates have topped state results and second consecutive year we have topped national results.
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We want you to feel excited about the opportunities that await you at Western New England University!
The WNE PharmD Class of 2021 earned a high first-time pass rate on the NAPLEX Exam of 91.5%. This significantly exceeds that of the state and national rate, 78% and 83.6%, respectively. This is the fourth consecutive year our pass rates have topped state results and second consecutive year we have topped national results.
Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield
Massachusetts
01119
United States
Massachusetts
  • 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, 2023
October 3, 2022
Students who have designated Western New England University as their first choice will want to strongly consider applying by the priority deadline of October 3rd. Qualified applicants will be invited to complete their interview prior to the regular pool of applicants to the program and receive their admissions decisions during the fall semester.
Yes

Program Information

Full Accreditation
No
Private
No
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 0 - 6/7
Not Required
Yes
Affiliation or articulation agreement with undergraduate institution(s), Early assurance , Other
Foreign Graduate PharmD Pathway - for foreign graduates who earned a pharmacy degree (Baccalaureate, PharmD, or equivalent) and desire to advance their careers by earning a PharmD degree in the U.S.

The M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (M.S.P.S.) pathway to the Pharm.D. program is intended for foreign and/or domestic graduates who earned a B.S., M.S., M.D., or Ph.D. degree and desire to advance their careers by earning both an M.S.P.S. and a Pharm.D. degree.
Yes

Last Entering Class

53
Yes

Dual and Concurrent Degrees

Yes
PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), PharmD/MSOL (Organizational Leadership), Other Dual Degrees
MSPS/PharmD- Through our MSPS to PharmD pathway, applicants can apply for the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences program. Admission to the PharmD program is not guaranteed. Completion of both programs will take approximately five years.

PharmD/MSPS or MSPGx - Students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program are eligible to apply for admission to the MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences or the MS in Pharmacogenomics program.
No
Yes

Program Description

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 program fosters critical thinking skills, embraces professionalism, and instills a commitment to life-long learning, community service, and leadership. The WNE Doctor of Pharmacy program is a four year, 146 credit curriculum that includes both classroom instruction and hands-on (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
2.70
48
24
Applicants with a bachelor's degree or higher may not be required to complete 24 credits of science coursework. The admissions committee will review on a case by case basis.
Yes

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Biology/Biological Science General Biology 1 with Lab or any biology course
Biology/Biological Science General Biology 2 with Lab or any biology course
Anatomy & Physiology Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 with Lab
Anatomy & Physiology Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 with Lab
Chemistry General Chemistry 1 with Lab or any chemistry course
Chemistry General Chemistry 2 with Lab or any chemistry course
Chemistry Organic Chemistry 1 with Lab
Chemistry Organic Chemistry 2 with Lab
Microbiology Microbiology
Math Calculus
Statistics Statistics
English Composition / Writing English Composition 1
English Composition / Writing English Composition 2
Social/Behavioral Science Social Science Elective OR Public/Population-based Health
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
Applicants with a bachelor's degree or higher are required to complete general biology with lab (or any two biology courses) and general chemistry with lab (or any two chemistry courses). Additional coursework based on the required course chart above may be required by the admissions committee on a case by case basis.
  • 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).
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

Optional
PCAT scores are not required.
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 (Any Subject Area): REQUIRED
  • 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, unless the applicant has not taken any college coursework within the three year period prior to their application. We would prefer the second letter to come from a health care practitioner, preferably a pharmacist.
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
Our program accepts WES and ECE course by course evaluations.
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 3.5 hours and are responsible for arranging accommodations and travel to campus.

Online interviews are conducted via Zoom and will take approximately one hour to complete. A writing sample will be administered following the interview.
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.
2023-08-28
Orientation is mandatory and is held from August 21, 2023 through August 25, 2023. Classes begin on August 28, 2023.
No
Yes

Background Checks and Drug Screenings

Yes
No
Yes