Merit-based scholarships may be awarded to qualified applicants. For consideration as an Early Decision applicant, please apply by September 8, 2020.
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Contact Information

Merit-based scholarships may be awarded to qualified applicants. For consideration as an Early Decision applicant, please apply by September 8, 2020.
309 E. Second Street
United States

Program Application Deadline

March 1, 2021

Program Information

Full Accreditation
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 4

Last Entering Class


Upcoming Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees


Program Description

At Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, our mission is to enroll highly qualified students with diverse backgrounds recognized for professional competence, ethical character, personal initiative, and leadership.

Our PharmD program offers:

• An innovative block curriculum, the FIRST in the nation in pharmacy education, which allows for mastery of one subject at a time
• Curriculum taught by acclaimed faculty with expertise in numerous specialties
• Enhanced communication and clinical skills via simulated patient interactions through Objective Structured Clinical Examinations
• Interprofessional education promoting collaboration with students from other healthcare professions
• Ample opportunities for research experience with NIH and other externally funded faculty
• Fifty-nine weeks of extensive experiential learning in a variety of clinical settings integrated throughout your education to prepare you to be practice-ready
• Unique capstone rotation with opportunities for advanced clinical practice, research, or entrepreneurship

To learn more, visit our website:

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria


Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
English Composition / Writing College English 3 4
English Composition / Writing English Composition 3 4
Communication / Speech (Verbal) Speech Communication 3 4
Math Calculus (one semester or two quarters required) 3 8
Microbiology Microbiology - Lab Optional 3 4
Psychology Human Physiology 3 4
Biology/Biological Science General Biology - Lab Optional 3 4
Biochemistry Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or Cell Biology - lab optional 3 4
Biology/Biological Science Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or Cell Biology - lab optional 3 4
Chemistry General Chemistry with Lab 8 12
Chemistry Organic Chemistry with Lab 8 12
Other Elective 1 - Must be from one of the following areas:

- Economics
- Anatomy
- Statistics
- Physics
- Other Upper Science Division course
3 4
Other Elective 2 - Must be from one of the following areas:

- Public Speaking
- Social Sciences
3 4
Non-science prerequisites and electives will be waived with a confirmed U.S. baccalaureate degree at the time of application (does not include Calculus).

It is preferred to have all Science courses and AP Credit Test Scores completed no more than ten years prior to planned date of matriculation.

All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring term (May/June) prior to matriculation.
The Admissions Committee considers applicants with a minimum of two years of college (60 academic semester hours or 90 quarter hours) of pre-pharmacy study at an accredited college or university Pre-pharmacy courses taken from vocational or technical schools are not accepted. Candidates who have received or will receive a baccalaureate degree or who have completed units in excess of the minimum required will be considered more favorably than applicants who have fulfilled only minimum requirements. Non-science prerequisites and electives will be waived for students who have a confirmed baccalaureate degree at the time of application (does not include calculus). The recommended minimum cumulative pre-pharmacy and science grade point average (GPA) is 2.75 at the time of application. Grades of C- in any of the prerequisite courses are not accepted. Courses and AP Credit Test Scores must be completed no more than ten years prior to planned date of matriculation.

Supplemental Materials

This year Western University of Health Sciences is not requiring a supplemental application.

PCAT and Other Tests

Not Required or Considered

Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Two (2)
  • Clergy: ACCEPTED
  • Co-Worker: ACCEPTED
  • Employer: ACCEPTED
  • Faculty Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: ACCEPTED
  • Pharmacist: ACCEPTED
  • Politician: ACCEPTED
  • Pre-Health Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Math): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Science): ACCEPTED
  • Supervisor: ACCEPTED
  • Teaching Assistant: ACCEPTED
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No answer
Two letters of reference are required, and a third letter is recommended.
A letter is required from a science professor whose course you have completed or did research with. The remaining letter(s) should be from people who know you well, but that are not related to you. Examples include:
*healthcare providers
For applicants who have pharmacy experience, a letter from a pharmacist is highly recommended.



International Applicants

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 evaluations from the following agencies:

World Education Services (WES)
P.O. Box 5087, Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
(212) 966-6311

Josef Silny & Associates (JSA)
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 273-1616
TOEFL, including essay, is required for all applicants submitting course work from foreign schools. A minimum score of 79 for the Internet Based TOEFL (IBT) test must be submitted by June 1 prior to matriculation. Exception: The TOEFL will be waived for permanent and temporary residents of the U.S. who have completed the English and Speech prerequisites from an accredited institution in the U.S.


Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
The interviews are informal in nature. A wide variety of topics related to the profession as well as those of general interest may be discussed. Areas of communication skills, motivation, critical thinking and general knowledge are evaluated by the interview panel. The average interview is approximately 30 minutes in duration. The interview panel may be comprised of the following: admissions committee member, faculty member, Pharmacist and/or current student/alumni of Western University of Health Sciences. Interviewees will also be asked to write an essay on topics will be general in nature, not necessarily pharmacy related.

Accepted Applicants

Our program requires a $500 seat deposit to be paid two weeks after the offer has been made. There are no refunds on the seat deposit.
  • August 09, 2021

Background Checks and Drug Screenings