Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

West Coast University's School of Pharmacy offers a traditional four-year degree program.

The Doctor of Pharmacy program combines rigorous academic coursework with hands-on practical experience.

This approach allows the student to reinforce and translate the theoretical framework and concepts into practice from the outset. Additionally, our PharmD program provides interprofessional education into the curriculum, allowing students to provide patient care in a collaborative team of health professionals. 

The approach allows a wider breadth of understanding the interconnectedness of pharmacy within the entire healthcare field.

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The School of Pharmacy is a learning community that:

  • Delivers a dynamic curriculum emphasizing evidence-based practice
  • Prepares students to serve patients as a member of an interprofessional team
  • Engages in scholarship
  • Serves the community through outreach


We are committed to providing students with a learning environment which emphasizes patient-centered care, interprofessional education, and leadership development.  We are committed to fostering a culture of scholarship among faculty and students. We strive to lead the pharmacy profession to the forefront of an integrated and innovative practice.

Core Values

  • Professionalism
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Compassion
  • Excellence
  • Diversity
  • Adaptability
  • Accountability

Programmatic Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  1. Provide optimal patient-centered care.
    • Identify and respect patient differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs.
    • Identify medication-related problems, formulate medication treatment plans, and monitor and evaluate patient response to pharmacotherapy.
    • Listen to and educate patients and/or caregivers to optimize health outcomes.
  2. Collaborate as a member of interprofessional healthcare teams.
    • Collaborate with other members of the healthcare team to achieve quality patient outcomes.
  3. Employ evidence-based practice.
    • Integrate basic science knowledge into clinical practice.
    • Evaluate and assimilate scientific evidence and patient specific information to continuously improve patient care.
  4. Utilize medication-use-systems, drug and health information, and other technologies
    • Utilize resources of the health care system to provide safe, accurate, and timely medication distribution, and improve therapeutic outcomes.
    • Utilize human, physical, fiscal, informational, medical, and technological resources in compliance with state and federal regulations to optimize the delivery of health care and medication safety.
  5. Engage in the promotion of public health through pharmacy services.
    • Engage patients and communities in promoting health improvement, literacy, wellness, and disease prevention.
    • Employ concepts of disease prevention and public health promotion into their practice and utilize available resources at the local, state, and federal levels to address public health issues.
  6. Demonstrate Effective Communication Skills
    • Communicate effectively in verbal and written formats.
    • Discuss ideas and concepts in audience-appropriate language and relay information in a logical and concise manner.
    • Accurately and persuasively convey proposals and recommendations.
  7. Demonstrate Positive Personal and Professional Aptitude
    • Demonstrate self-awareness, accountability, and responsibility.
    • Identify characteristics that reflect leadership versus management.
    • Demonstrate creative decision making when confronted with novel problems or challenges.
    • Draw from professional values to make informed, rational, and ethical decisions.


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Distance education is offered through the Orange County, CA campus. Texas residents' distance education is offered through the Dallas, TX campus.

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