Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. When will the program begin?

The Doctor of Pharmacy program seated its first cohort of students in the Fall of 2014.

Q. Is the Pharmacy program accredited?

West Coast University is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. The West Coast University Pharmacy program was approved by WASC in January 2013. West Coast University school of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate status 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 

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Q. What is the physical address of the program?

The School of Pharmacy is located at 590 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004.

Q. What are the admissions requirements for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program?

Applicants must have evidence of successful completion of the required pre-pharmacy coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. All math / science prerequisites must be completed within the last 10 years. Entering students must complete all pre-requisite coursework by the end of the spring term preceding the Fall semester class start. The applicant must be in good academic standing at each college or university attended and must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 (4.0 scale) in the Sciences, Mathematics, and English plus an overall GPA of 2.50 (4.0 scale) in all pre-pharmacy prerequisite courses. The minimum overall cumulative GPA for admission is 2.50 on a 4.00 scale with no required course grade lower than a “C” grade (2.00 on a scale 4.00). For complete admissions information, please visit the School’s PharmCAS page at: http://schoolpages.pharmcas.org/publishedsurvey/1750 

Q. When can I apply?

Applications for the Doctor of Pharmacy program are only accepted through PharmCAS. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Q. Do you accept foreign credentials and/or coursework?

No, we only accept coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States of America.

Q. What are the benefits of your program?

West Coast University's School of Pharmacy will offer a professional Doctor of Pharmacy degree program which will help provide students with an educational experience that combines hands-on practical experience blended with rigorous academic coursework. This will allow the student to reinforce the theoretical framework and concepts with practical hands-on experience from the outset. Additionally, our program will provide interprofessional education, allowing for integration within a variety of healthcare professions. This approach will allow a wider breadth of understanding of the interconnectedness of pharmacy within the entire array of healthcare professions. Students will also benefit from the University's rich history and reputation in the healthcare field. West Coast University facilities offer advanced Simulation Centers, which provide the student with a wide variety of “real life” patient scenarios. This technology will further enhance the student’s ability to recognize and experience a full range of patient related issues long before their clinical rotation experience.

Q. How long does the Doctor of Pharmacy program take to complete?

If all courses are completed successfully, the program can be completed in 4 years.

Q. Is student housing provided?

While WCU does not provide student housing, there are many housing opportunities in the area. Please contact the School of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs for assistance.

Q. What are the job prospects for PharmD graduates?

Both the nation and California are in need of pharmacists due to an increased use of prescription medications and an aging population. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of pharmacists nationally is expected to increase by 14 percent from 2012 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Pharmacists.htm)