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Hybrid* Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

The West Coast University School of Pharmacy offers an accelerated hybrid Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, blending in-person and online learning experiences that can be completed in less than three years.*

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Hybrid PharmD Program Highlights

Pursue your PharmD degree through our innovative experiential program and benefit from a multitude of opportunities to develop your leadership, clinical, and communication skills alongside students in other health professions.

 

*Pending ACPE Approval

<p><strong>Hybrid Format</strong></p>
<p>Combining the benefits of online and in-person learning, our hybrid PharmD program was designed to give students increased flexibility and access while still preserving the hands-on quality of in-person education.</p>

Hybrid Format

Combining the benefits of online and in-person learning, our hybrid PharmD program was designed to give students increased flexibility and access while still preserving the hands-on quality of in-person education.

<p><strong>Student Centricity</strong></p>
<p>From the moment you start your program at WCU, to beyond graduation, you’ll receive the personalized attention and support you deserve.</p>

Student Centricity

From the moment you start your program at WCU, to beyond graduation, you’ll receive the personalized attention and support you deserve.

<p><strong>Interprofessional Education</strong></p>
<p>Participate in an interprofessional team and practice alongside students in other health professions while developing communication and collaboration skills.</p>

Interprofessional Education

Participate in an interprofessional team and practice alongside students in other health professions while developing communication and collaboration skills.

<p><strong>Licensure Exam Preparation</strong></p>
<p>Get support as you prepare for the NAPLEX exam, including one-on-one guidance and tutoring.</p>

Licensure Exam Preparation

Get support as you prepare for the NAPLEX exam, including one-on-one guidance and tutoring.

<p><strong>Curriculum</strong></p>
<p>The hybrid PharmD program offers a dynamic evidence-based curriculum that balances hands-on practical learning with engaging academic coursework.</p>

Curriculum

The hybrid PharmD program offers a dynamic evidence-based curriculum that balances hands-on practical learning with engaging academic coursework.

Student Life at WCU

Join a diverse community of passionate, dedicated individuals at WCU. Small class sizes grant you the opportunity to get to know your professors—you’ll feel just like family. Find a community that helps you build on your strengths and reach your academic goals.

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About the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Program

The West Coast University School of Pharmacy offers a hybrid Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, blending in-person and online learning experiences that can be completed in less than three years. Our hybrid PharmD program strives to help prepare graduates for the opportunities and challenges of contemporary pharmacy practice. Our interactive-learning environment emphasizes interprofessional clinical experiences with students from other health professions, extensive use of innovative technology, and a multitude of community engagement and outreach activities.

What Makes the WCU School of Pharmacy Unique?

Hybrid Format
Our hybrid program was designed to give you increased flexibility and access. Take the didactic section of the curriculum online and a complementary series of hands-on experiential courses in person.

Student Leadership
With a variety of student organizations and professional associations, you can choose to pursue a range of student leadership roles to develop soft skills and network with other industry professionals.

Dynamic Curriculum
Learn in an environment that emphasizes patient-centered care, interprofessional education, collaboration, communication, and leadership development.

Simulation Lab Experiences
Our experiential education and simulation offerings help prepare you for what employers need in pharmacy graduates. Develop skills and strategies for real-world application.

Community Engagement
Give back to the community through outreach events including wellness fairs, blood pressure screenings, immunization clinics, and more. These events offer student pharmacists robust opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills developed on campus while helping real patients.

NAPLEX Support
Passing the NAPLEX certification exam is an important milestone for every pharmacy student. At WCU, you’ll get support as you prepare for the exam, including one-on-one guidance and tutoring.

The School of Pharmacy seeks qualified applicants possessing a well-balanced background. Applicants are evaluated on a variety of criteria, including:

  • Academic achievement in all prerequisite coursework, particularly math and science courses
  • Evidence of strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Letters of recommendation (two from a math/science professor and the third letter from a pharmacist (supervisor), math/science professor, employer (supervisor), healthcare professional (supervisor), or liberal arts professor).
  • Engagement in extracurricular activities
  • Knowledge, understanding, or individual curiosity about the pharmacy profession and/or previous work in a pharmacy or healthcare setting

Application Process

In addition to specified prerequisites listed above, all applicants seeking admission to WCU School of Pharmacy must meet minimum requirements. To apply:

First-Year Candidates:

  1. Submit the PharmCAS application
  2. Complete Kira Essay Assessment

P2, P3 Candidates:

  1. Submit the WCU Application 
  2. Complete Kira Assessment

Kira Assessment Requirement

As part of our online application process, you will be asked to complete a Kira online video assessment. The process takes about 30-60 minutes and can be done on your own time.

You will need: ·

  • A desktop or laptop computer with a functioning webcam
  •  A microphone 
  • and a hi-speed internet connection

The Kira assessment consists of a series of video questions. You will be asked a question, given prep time, and a set amount of time to respond. Your response gives us a chance to virtually meet you, get a sense of your personality and potential, and understand how well you think on your feet. Qualified candidates will be invited to complete the Kira Assessment. There is a screening fee of $32.75.

Admissions Requirements

Doctor of Pharmacy Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the Doctor of Pharmacy program must:

  1. Have completed specific prerequisite coursework (63 semester credit hours or 94.5 quarter hour equivalents) from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
  2. Required prerequisite courses:
    • Two (2) courses in General Chemistry (four semester credit hours each, including a lab).
    • Two (2) courses in Organic Chemistry (four semester credit hours each including a lab)
    • Two (2) course in General Biology (with Cell Biology) (four semester credit hours each including a lab).
    • One (1) course in Human/Mammalian Physiology (three semester credit hours each including lab).
    • One (1) course in Human Anatomy (three semester credit hours each including a lab).
    • One (1) course in Economics (Micro, Macro, or General)  (three semester credit hours).
    • One (1) course in Calculus (with Analytical Geometry) (three semester credit hours).
    • One (1) course in Statistics (three semester credit hours).
    • One (1) course in Speech Communication/Public Speaking/Interpersonal Communication or Debate (three semester credit hours).
    • Two (2) courses in English Composition (three semester credit hours each).
    • One (1) course in Psychology or Sociology (three semester credit hours).
    • Two (2) courses in Humanities and Social/Behavioral Sciences (three semester credit hours each).
    • One (1) course in Biochemistry (three semester credit hours each).
    • One (1) course in Microbiology (three semester credit hours each including a lab).

    Preferred Coursework (not required):
    Physics with Laboratory (may be non-calculus based) 4 credits/6 credits

     

  3. Completion of prerequisite coursework with cumulative and math/science grade point averages (GPA) of 2.50 or higher is preferred.
  4. Submit 3 letters of recommendation (two from a math/science professor and a third letter from a pharmacist (supervisor), math/science professor, employer (supervisor), healthcare professional (supervisor), liberal arts professor).
  5. Submit a complete PharmCAS application.
  6. Complete the interview process.

Admissions Waitlist

Based on the Admissions Committee recommendations, the School of Pharmacy may offer candidates to be placed on a Waitlist status. A Waitlist decision is neither an offer of admission nor a decision to deny admission. The School of Pharmacy will notify Waitlisted students of their final status no later than July 30th. Changes in Wait List status will take place in order of interview session attendance.

Pharmacy Curriculum & Graduation Requirements

601L Longitudinal Skills Lab I 1
602L Longitudinal Skills Lab II 1
603 Pharmaceutics I 3
604 Pharmaceutics II 3
605 Biosystems 4
607 Pharmacy Practice Foundations I 4
608 Pharmacy Practice Foundations II 4
609 Calculations 2
610 Principles of Drug Action I 4
611 Biostatistics and Drug Literature Evaluation 2
612 Principles of Drug Action II 4
679 IPC Fundamental 2
689 Professional and Interprofessional Development I 1
690 Professional and Interprofessional Development II 1
699 IPPE-1 Community Practice 2
701L Longitudinal Skills Lab III 1
702L Longitudinal Skills Lab IV 1
703 Pharmacokinetics 4
704 US Healthcare and Public Health 3
705 Institutional Pharmacy Practice 2
706 Pharmacogenomics & Biotechnology 3
707 IPC I 4
708 IPC III 4
709 IPC II 4
710 IPC IV 4
779 IPC Supplemental I 2
789 Professional and Interprofessional Development III 1
790 Professional and Interprofessional Development IV 1
799 IPPE-2 institutional Practice 2
801L Longitudinal Skills Lab V 2
802L Capstone Skills Lab 2
803 Pharmacy Practice Management 2
804 Pharmacy Law & Ethics 2
805 Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Science 2
806 IPC VII 4
807 IPC V 4
808 IPC VIII 4
809 IPC VI 4
879 IPC Supplemental II 2
889 Professional and Interprofessional Development V 1
890 Professional and Interprofessional Development VI 1
899 IPPE-3 Selective Elective 2
900 Professional Electives 4
991 APPE - Acute Care 5
992 APPE - Hospital Practice 5
993 APPE - Community Practice 5
994 APPE - Ambulatory Care Practice 5
995 APPE - Elective I 5
996 APPE - Elective II 5
997 Board Preparation I 2
998 Board Preparation II 1
999 Board Preparation III 1
Total Credit Hours:144

Transfer Policy

School of Pharmacy Transfer School of Pharmacy Transfer and Advanced Standing Credit Policy

Individuals previously enrolled in a Doctor of Pharmacy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education may request advanced standing transfer into the West Coast University (WCU) accelerated hybrid PharmD program. Requests for transfer into the WCU School of Pharmacy accelerated hybrid PharmD program will be reviewed in a case-by-case basis in accordance with the requirements noted below, and is contingent upon space availability. Acceptance of transfer credit does not guarantee that student will enter the same academic year as the Pharmacy School they are transferring from.

Only grades of C (73%) or better are eligible for transfer.

In addition to meeting all requirements for admission to the WCU School of Pharmacy accelerated hybrid PharmD program, the following documentation must be submitted for review.

  1. West Coast University Center for Graduate Study (CGS) Admission Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Personal statement to the Dean outlining reasons for seeking a transfer to West Coast University School of Pharmacy.
  4. A letter from the Dean of the originating College/School of Pharmacy outlining details of the applicant’s academic performance, and statement that transfer candidate is in good academic and professional standing. This letter must be in a sealed envelope with the respective Dean’s signature, addressed to the WCU School of Pharmacy Dean.
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation from a Professional Reference (Faculty, Healthcare Professional, or University Administrator).
  6. Official Transcripts from applicant’s current school/college/institution.
  7. Official Transcripts from all institutions where prerequisite course work was completed.
  8. Course syllabi for each pharmacy course completed at the school/college of origin.

Upon satisfactory submission and evaluation of the above documents, the transfer candidate will be notified to meet with the Assistant/Associate Dean of Student Affairs and the Assistant/Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for an interview.

 If approval to transfer to WCU SOP is granted, the candidate will be contacted by the School of Pharmacy Student Affairs.and Advanced Standing Credit Policy

Individuals previously enrolled in a Doctor of Pharmacy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education may request advanced standing transfer into the West Coast University (WCU) PharmD program. Requests for transfer into the WCU School of Pharmacy PharmD program will be reviewed in a case-by-case basis in accordance with the requirements noted below, and is contingent upon space availability. Acceptance of transfer credit does not guarantee that student will enter the same academic year as the Pharmacy School they are transferring from.

Only grades of C (73%) or better are eligible for transfer.

In addition to meeting all requirements for admission to the WCU School of Pharmacy, the following documentation must be submitted for review.

  1. West Coast University Center for Graduate Study (CGS) Admission Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Personal statement to the Dean outlining reasons for seeking a transfer to West Coast University School of Pharmacy.
  4. A letter from the Dean of the originating College/School of Pharmacy outlining details of the applicant’s academic performance, and statement that transfer candidate is in good academic and professional standing. This letter must be in a sealed envelope with the respective Dean’s signature, addressed to the WCU School of Pharmacy Dean.
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation from a Professional Reference (Faculty, Healthcare Professional, or University Administrator).
  6. Official Transcripts from applicant’s current school/college/institution.
  7. Official Transcripts from all institutions where prerequisite course work was completed.
  8. Course syllabi for each pharmacy course completed at the school/college of origin.

Upon satisfactory submission and evaluation of the above documents, the transfer candidate will be notified to meet with the Assistant/Associate Dean of Student Affairs and the Assistant/Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for an interview.

If approval to transfer to WCU SOP is granted, the candidate will be contacted by the School of Pharmacy Student Affairs.

How Much Does The Hybrid* Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program Cost?

We know school is a substantial commitment. At WCU, we want to equip you with all the information you need to make the right decision for your future.

Our goal is to give you a clear understanding of Hybrid* Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) tuition costs so you can be well-informed as you navigate the application and enrollment process. To assist you in your decision, we provide a breakdown below of the Hybrid* Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program costs at West Coast University.

We offer several financial aid options – including scholarships, grants, and loan access – to help support you through your studies.

For more information about your financial support options, visit our financial aid page.

Degree Type Doctorate
Total Program Credits 144
Program Length (Full-time) 9 trimesters
Tuition Cost (per credit) $1,321
Total Tuition Cost $190,224
Application Fee (non-refundable) $75
STRF Fee1 (non-refundable) $492.50
Estimated Total Book Costs3 $3,091
Estimated Total Book Shipping Cost2 $310
Estimate for Uniforms Fees2 $0
Estimate for Supplies & Licensure Preparation Fees2 $2,250
Technology Fee3 ($100 per trimester) $900
Estimated Total Program Costs $197,342.50

NOTE: Applicants that are conditionally accepted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program will be required to submit a $500.00 good faith payment for a Seat Deposit. The Seat Deposit will be credited to your program costs. The University will retain a maximum of $175.00 of this deposit should you cancel your enrollment within seven calendar days (excluding holidays) of enrollment or by the seventh calendar day of the first term, whichever is later. Deposits may be paid by money order or cashier's check made out to West Coast University

1Effective April 1, 2022, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges.

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 1747 N. Market Blvd. Ste 225 Sacramento, CA 95834, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120-day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120-day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

2 The Estimate for Book, Uniform, and Supply fees reflect the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price totals compiled in January 2022 and are subject to change.  Supplies become student purchases once issued to student.  Students who drop or have been dismissed after supplies have been issued will assume ownership for these items and will not be eligible for refunds.  For details on all of the supplies, contact the Bursar Office.&

3 Technology Fee includes student technical support, Office 365, blended and online course delivery/learning management system, mobile app, student portal technology and access, and required electronic course materials/software.

Note 1: Students who wish to take Challenge Exams will be subject to a fee of $100 for each Challenge exam.  Please see the campus Bursar Office for a full price listing.

Note 2: Course Audits - If a course(s) is being audited.  credits for these course(s) will be included for the student's schedule status for courses taken by semester. Audit course fees will be incurred by program, based on these schedule statuses shown above.

The priority deadline for receipt of all Pharmacy scholarship application materials is March 31st.  All offers must be accepted within 10 business days of receipt of the scholarship offer.  Funds remaining from unaccepted offers may be offered to additional applicants on a monthly basis. 

Presidential Academic Excellence Scholarship (up to five recipients per year)

  • $15,000 per academic year - up to $67,500 for the full 9 semester program
  • 3.50 and above cumulative GPA
  • Must have a Bachelor's degree
  • Renewable for 4 1/2 years - must maintain GPA of 3.25 or higher throughout the program
  • Student must have accepted admission offer at the time of the offer

Mark Hacken Trustee Scholarship (up to five recipients)

  • $10,000 per academic year - up to $45,000 for the full 9 semester program
  • 3.00 and above cumulative undergraduate GPA for the initial year offer
  • Member of an under-represented minority (African-American, Hispanic, and Native American)
  • Renewable for 4 1/2 years - must maintain GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program
  • Student must have accepted admission offer at the time of the scholarship offer
  • Must have accepted offer within 10 business days of receipt of the offer

Dean's Scholarship (up to twenty recipients)

  • Up to $5,000 per academic year
  • 2.75 and above cumulative undergraduate GPA for the initial year offer
  • Demonstrate excellence in service engagement
  • Renewable for 4 1/2 years - must maintain
    • GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program; and
    • Excellence in service engagement
  • Student must have accepted admission offer at the time of the offer
  • Must have accepted initial offer within 10 business days of receipt of the offer.
Scholarships for Current Students

Service Excellence Scholarship

  • Up to 10 recipients may be granted per year
  • Criteria:
    • Active participation in at least one professional organization
    • A proven record of leadership in community outreach and/or service agreement
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Scholarship Amount: $1,000 scholarship toward following year's tuition

Leadership Engaging and Advancing Pharmacy (LEAP) Scholarship

  • Up to 4 recipients may be granted per year
  • Criteria:
    • Leadership role in activities of a professional organization and/or student government
    • Leadership role in a project that promotes pharmacy profession/practice
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Scholarship Amount: $2,500 scholarship toward following year's tuition.

Students interested in receiving the President's, Mark Hacken, and/or Dean's Scholarships, described above, must notify the program Dean of his/her interest as a part of the program application process. 

Scholarships will be applied toward required tuition and fees.  Students who withdraw prior to program completion will forfeit future disbursements. 

Scholarship for Fourth Year Students

The following scholarships may be offered over and above any other scholarship for which a student may qualify. 

Academic Honors Scholarship

  • Criteria:
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
    • Third year PCOA ranking of 75th percentile or higher
  • Scholarship Amount: $5,000 scholarship toward fourth year tuition

Academic Merit Scholarship

  • Criteria:
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
    • Third year PCOA ranking between 50th and 75th percentile
  • Scholarship Amount: $2,500 scholarship toward fourth year tuition. 

Each of the above scholarship offers for new and current students is exclusive of the other offers and each recipient will be selected at the discretion of the Program using a scholarship rubric. A student will receive the amount for the highest level for which the student was eligible and selected. For example, if the student is selected for both a Presidential Academic Excellence Scholarship and a Dean Scholarship, then that student will receive only the Presidential Scholarship. Only one scholarship will be offered per student.

 

Programmatic Accreditation

West Coast University School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603-4810, 312-644-3575; fax 866-228-26431, web site www.acpe-accredit.org. The Doctor of Pharmacy program at WCU of received accredited status in 2018. The accreditation term granted for the Doctor of Pharmacy program extends until June 30, 2024. The professional program of the School and its accreditation status is designated on ACPE's website, www.acpe-accredit.org. PLEASE NOTE THAT LICENSURE TO PRACTICE AS A PHARMACIST IS REQUIRED IN EVERY STATE. HOWEVER, THE EXAM AND LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS VARY BY STATE. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO RESEARCH THE REQUIREMENTS IN THE STATE IN WHICH YOU PLAN TO PRACTICE. To learn more Click Here.

 

Mission

The hybrid Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at West Coast University combines a dynamic evidence-based curriculum with hands-on practical experience giving students a wider understanding of the entire healthcare field.

We use the combination of enhanced communication and teamwork skills, advanced technology, and interprofessional education to educate and train students to become flexible, inspired, and team-oriented pharmacists that improve patients' lives.

Vision

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

Benefit from Experiential Education

The purpose of providing experiential education is to help develop the student’s knowledge, skills, and attitudes/values as the student progresses through the curriculum. Practice Experiences, including both Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs), are designed to provide a structured learning process for students to be able to demonstrate the Program Learning Outcomes upon graduation. Students will have the opportunity to integrate, apply, reinforce and reflect on their practice abilities.

The overall goals of the Experiential Program are to:
(1) Develop entry-level pharmacists to practice at most major pharmacy sites.
(2) Prepare students to achieve the various competencies detailed in the Program Learning Outcomes.

Please feel free to contact the Office of Experiential Education to obtain further information:
West Coast University | School of Pharmacy
Office of Experiential Education
590 N. Vermont Ave Los Angeles CA 90004
Telephone: (323) 284-4799
eFax: (213) 377-5489
e-mail: expedu@westcoastuniversity.edu

Below is our previous PharmD numbers - data will be available for our Hybrid PharmD course in 2024.

Graduation Data

Year Students Entering/Graduating On-Time Graduation Rate *
2020 60/53 88.3%
2019 54/43 79.6%
2018 42/33 78.6%

*Graduating during the same calendar year as declared upon matriculation.

Graduation Data

Year: 2020
Students Entering/Graduating 60/53
On-Time Graduation Rate 88.3%
Year: 2019
Students Entering/Graduating 54/43
On-Time Graduation Rate 79.6%
Year: 2018
Students Entering/Graduating 42/33
On-Time Graduation Rate 78.6%

*Graduating during the same calendar year as declared upon matriculation.

Job Placement – Class of 2019

Overall job placement % of Graduates in Position
All graduates (n = 46) 63%
Board of Pharmacy Licensed Graduates (n=33) 87.8%

NAPLEX Pass Rates

Year First time pass rate
2021 77.3%
2020 72.34%
2019 66.67%
2018 65.52%

CPJE Pass Rates

Examination Window Overall Pass Rate * West Coast University
October 2020 through March 2021 50.8% 48.6%
May 2020 through September 2020 63.7% 53.1%
December 2019 – April 2020 45.7% 37.5%
April 2019 - November 2019 67.0% 68.4%
October 2018 – March 2019 48.9% 63.6%
April 2018 – September 2018 78.2% 78.9%

*Pass rate for all CPJE test takers

CPJE Pass Rates

Examination Window: October 2020 through March 2021
Overall Pass Rate 50.8%
West Coast University 48.6%
Examination Window: May 2020 through September 2020
Overall Pass Rate 63.7%
West Coast University 53.1%
Examination Window: December 2019 – April 2020
Overall Pass Rate 45.7%
West Coast University 37.5%
Examination Window: April 2019 - November 2019
Overall Pass Rate 67.0%
West Coast University 68.4%
Examination Window: October 2018 – March 2019
Overall Pass Rate 48.9%
West Coast University 63.6%
Examination Window: April 2018 – September 2018
Overall Pass Rate 78.2%
West Coast University 78.9%

*Pass rate for all CPJE test takers

MPJE Pass Rates

Year Overall Pass Rate1
2018 100%

For all students, the PharmD Student Handbook is designed to help you navigate through your time in our program. The Handbook collects academic standards, policies and procedures, student resources, as well as expected behaviors in a single location.  

Check it out here.

If you are considering getting your Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)– we invite you to attend an Information Session.

News and Events

The School of Pharmacy encourages participation in events that foster networking between students in different schools and programs, promote leadership development, and enable community service. 

WCU PharmD Students Gain Valuable Research Experience  

As part of a research elective course under Dr. Parto Khansari’ s supervision, two of the rising Professional Year 3 students, Mersedeh Kolyaei and Matthew Nadybal, are gaining intensive and cutting-edge research experiences during Summer 2022 at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) under the supervision of Dr. Marc Vidal, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, and Dr. David E. Hill, CCSB Associate Director.

Pharmacy Students

Pharmacy Students Test Debate Skills in Mock Trials

In a first-of-its-kind contest, pharmacy students from across the country competed in a mock trial competition launched by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Based on a teaching innovation developed and implemented by West Coast University professor Dr. Ettie Rosenberg, the Mock Trial Project won Honorable Mention in the 2017 AACP Innovations in Teaching Competition. This year, for the first time, student teams from participating pharmacy programs engaged in a courtroom-style debate over controversial topics in pharmacotherapy, pharmacy practice, healthcare, and/or public health which impact the pharmacy profession. The final top two teams will compete in person in Grapevine, Texas on July 23 in front of an audience of faculty from PharmD programs nationwide.

Core Faculty

Fred Farris, PhD

Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Professor

Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Professor

Contact Information
Email: frFarris@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Farris earned his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Purdue University and completed a post doctorate training program at the University of Rochester. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he teaches in pharmaceutical science arena and serves on a variety of academic committees. He was most recently the Department Chair of Pharmacy Practice at Manchester College School of Pharmacy.

Prior to that, he served as the Department Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy and as the Department Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Mercer University School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. He has nearly forty years of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences teaching experience and twenty-five years of administrative faculty experience. He has overseen numerous graduate students and authored a large number of scientific papers.

Parto Khansari, PhD

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Contact Information
Email: PKhansari@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography

Dr. Khansari holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences (Neuropharmacology) from University of the Pacific, M.S. in Biomedical Sciences from San Francisco State University, and a Bachelor degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from California State University Northridge. Dr. Khansari has held several administrative positions in pharmacy education and served as Assistant Dean and Department Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences at California Northstate University, CA and Associate Dean at Stony Brook University, NY. Dr. Khansari has received a certificate in “A Systems Approach to Assessment in Health Professions Education” from Harvard Macy Institute, MA.

As a Certified Team Based Learning (TBL) Trainer Consultant, she has led numerous national and international workshops and has published on innovative and active learning in pharmacy education.  She has mentored other educators to become TBLC certified trainers and has over 10 years of experience teaching pharmacology utilizing TBL pedagogy.

Prior to joining academia, over a period of 12 years, Dr. Khansari has held various positions at several biotech and pharmaceutical companies with increasing responsibilities to lead and support internal drug discovery and development in the area of ischemic stroke and inflammation. She has several peer-reviewed publications in this area and currently serves as Deputy Editor of Inflammopharmacology, Springer Journal.

Eric Kobayashi, PharmD

Assistant Dean, Experiential Education and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Assistant Dean, Experiential Education and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Contact Information
Email: EKobayashi@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Eric Kobayashi earned his Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy and completed an accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Sepulveda Veterans Affairs Hospital Medical Center.  Dr. Kobayashi’s pharmacy practice career bridges 30 years of experience in acute care pharmacy, clinical informatics, and pharmacy administration.

Dr. Kobayashi has extensive experience in Pharmacy Informatics and Technology with a passion for engineering workflow management.  Dr. Kobayashi’s endeavors include establishment of a Pharmacy Informatics Program, collaborative formation of Pharmacy Shared Services, and joint transformation of Medication Management with innovative redesigning of patient care and technology workflows.

Dr. Kobayashi’s commit to teach, mentor, and coach is founded on his philosophy that servant leadership advances growth for those he serves as well as his own personal growth.  Having the opportunity to precept student pharmacists for over 15 years, Dr. Kobayashi looks forward to the journey of serving West Coast University School of Pharmacy student pharmacists in their development to become future pharmacists.

William Ofstad, PharmD

Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Professor

 Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Professor

Contact Information
Email: wofstad@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Ofstad earned his B.A. in Chemistry from Whitman College concurrently with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and a Pharm.D. from the University of California San Francisco. He completed an ambulatory care and cardiology focused Pharmacy Practice Residency with Kaiser.  His past administrative roles include serving as Assistant Dean for Education, Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning, Director of the Center for Team-Based Learning and President of the Northern California College of Clinical Pharmacy.  He has served as chair for multiple college and university committees and serves nationally on the steering committees for the Team-Based Learning Collaborative and Academy of Process Educators. His primary research focus is in teaching and learning including team-based learning, team building, simulation, and interprofessional education.

His practice experience includes ambulatory care pharmacy at UC Davis Medical Center and Sacramento County Department of Public Health.  He is a licensed Advanced Practice Pharmacist and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist.  Among his goals as department chair is to promote a student-centered, collaborative, creative culture to advance the program through collective excellence in teaching, service and scholarship. He values working as one cohesive team, unlocking growth in everyone, cascading communication, essential integrity, and the transformation of education.

Dr. Ofstad is a father of two boys, Apollo and Orion, and husband to Amy, who is also a pharmacist.  He has an open door (open Zoom, open Teams) policy, so please feel free to connect anytime.

Ettie Rosenberg, PharmD, JD

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Contact Information
Email: eRosenberg@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Ettie Rosenberg earned her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Southern California, and Juris Doctor (JD) from Southwestern University School of Law, both in Los Angeles.

Her contributions include: “Commentary: Digging Deeper: Examining DEA Proposed New Rule to Enhance Cultivation of Marijuana for Research Exposes Conflict of Interest for DEA (JCPhP, Summer 2020) “Research Brief: A Pilot Study on Pharmacy Law Education across Doctor of Pharmacy Programs” (AJPE, 2019); “Common Legal Issues Confronted in Pharmacy Practice: Avoiding Common Legal Issues Confronted in Pharmacy Practice: Evaluating Prescriptions with PRN Wording and Calling for Refills” (JCPhP, 2019); “New Schools; Innovation at Its Best! Implementation and Lessons Learned from a Mock Trial as a Teaching- Learning and Assessment (CPTL, 2018); “Interpretation of California's Marijuana Regulation after Proposition 64, and Pharmacy Practice Roles in Medical Marijuana Dispensing against Federal Enforcement Risks (JCPhP, 2018); Laws Expanding the Pharmacist’s Role in Patient Care (CPJ, 2017); “Deliberate Integration of Student Leadership Development in Doctor of Pharmacy Programs” (AJPE, 2016).

Dr. Rosenberg received Honorable Mention in the 2017 AACP Innovations in Teaching Competition (April 2017) for her portfolio submission “Development, Implementation, and Lessons Learned from a Mock Trial as a Teaching and Assessment Activity in a Required Evidence-Based Practice Course” pioneering an active learning strategy in pharmacy education which develops student competencies in both the affective and cognitive domains. The mock trial project has since expanded to incorporate a second PharmD program (2017-2018), a “virtual” competition between two PharmD programs (2019), and in 2020 a “virtual” mock trial in response to declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, and implementation of remote-teaching/learning.

Gauri Sabnis, PhD

Assistant Dean of Assessment and Accreditation and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Assistant Dean of Assessment and Accreditation and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Contact Information
Email: gSabnis@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Sabnis received her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree in India from the University of Poona and Ph. D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Her doctoral and post-doctoral training efforts focused on the endocrine therapy of breast cancer. Dr. Sabnis has over 15 years of research experience. Prior to joining WCU, Dr. Sabnis was grand-funded Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, School of Medicine, where she worked on the strategy of re-sensitizing endocrine therapy resistant breast cancer through combination with targeted therapy. She has received numerous awards for her research from organizations such as American Association of Cancer Research, Endocrine Society and has published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts in journals such as Cancer Research, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, Molecular Cancer Therapeutics and Endocrine Related  Cancer. She also serves as a reviewer for over 10 peer-reviewed international journals. Dr. Sabnis has taught pharmacology to medical students, graduate students, and dental hygiene students for over 5 years.

Kurt Wargo, PharmD

Dean and Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Dean and Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Dr. Wargo received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kent State University in 1997 and his Doctorate in Pharmacy from Creighton University School of Pharmacy in 2002.  In 2003, he completed a Postdoctoral Residency at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas.  Dr. Wargo served on the faculty of Auburn University School of Pharmacy and the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Huntsville School of Medicine from 2003-2015.  There he practiced pharmacy in internal medicine and infectious diseases.  In 2015, Dr. Wargo became the regional dean of Wingate University in Hendersonville, NC where he led the school of pharmacy and physician assistant program.  In 2020, Dr. Wargo became the dean of the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy in Clinton, SC.  Dr. Wargo is board certified in pharmacotherapy and in 2016 was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.  Dr. Wargo has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters during his career.

Eman Atef, BSc, Ms, PhD

Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Contact Information
Email: EAtef@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Atef earned her Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics and Industrial Pharmacy from MCPHS-Boston University.

She has sixteen years of pharmaceutical sciences teaching experience. She taught at both MCPHS-Boston and CNSU- Elk Grove. Before WCU she held an associate professor position for 7 years at CNSU, where she taught in the PharmD program. Prior to that she taught for 9 years at MCPHS, led a research team and mentored many Masters and PhD students, in addition to directing the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Program.

She taught many courses in the PharmD and PhD programs such as Pharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics, Advanced Physical Pharmacy, Dosage Form Design among others.

She authored scientific papers and presentations in formulation, pre-formulation, and pharmacokinetic simulation

Ayda Awaness, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Contact information
Email: AAwaness@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Awaness has worked for many years in academia and retail pharmacies. She received her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, followed by her Masters and PhD degrees in Pharmaceutics and Pharmacological Sciences, all from Baghdad University, School of Pharmacy.

She worked as Assistant Professor in the Pharmaceutics Department for many years; she then moved to Jordan and worked as Assistant Professor in Al-Isra University, Pharmacy School in Amman, Jordan.

Prior to joining West Coast University, she worked for many years as Pharmacy Educator at different educational institutions in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Dr. Awaness has many publications related to the field of pharmaceutics and pharmacological sciences, but is most interested in the field of pharmaceutical formulations and ocular drug delivery systems. Her main approach is to improve a novel eye drop for the prevention and treatment of cataract.

Dr. Awaness is ASHP certified for sterile compounding; she has ASHP and AACP membership.

Leanne Coyne, PhD

Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Contact Information
Email: LCoyne@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Coyne earned her B.Sc. in pharmacology and Ph.D. in neuropharmacology from the University of Sunderland in the U.K. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Coyne has taught in a variety of areas, including neuroscience topics including neuroscience, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal pharmacology, physiology, and pathophysiology.

After her Ph.D., Dr. Coyne went on to complete post-doctoral positions studying the electrophysiological characteristics of stem-cell derived neurons at the University of Durham in the U.K. and University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Following her post-doctoral studies, Dr. Coyne continued her academic career, becoming a member of the founding faculty at California Northstate University’s College of Pharmacy. She then moved on the University of Tyler in Texas where she also served in administrative positions as the Director of Assessment and an interim role as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. While at the University of Tyler, Dr. Coyne began to study the impact of virtual reality on learning, a research interest that she has continued to pursue. Dr. Coyne moved back to California in 2019, as a Professor at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at California Health Sciences University and joined West Coast University in 2021.

Adam Kassan, PhD

Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Contact Information
Email: aKassan@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Kassan graduated from the Lebanese University in Lebanon with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and worked for several years as a clinical laboratory scientist (CLS) in Lebanon. He is currently a licensed CLS in the state of California. Subsequently, he went on to earn his Master’s and PhD degree in Cell Biology and Biomedicine at the University of Barcelona, Spain. His research during these graduate years focused on lipid involvement in liver regeneration. Following this, Dr. Kassan moved to the University of California, San Diego to work in research as a postdoctoral fellow. The main focus of his research was the cellular mechanisms involved in ischemic heart disease. He also led research projects studying neuroscience in the field of mental health and neuronal regeneration.

Dr. Kassan’s involvement in many projects has given him extensive experience in research. He was awarded a grant by the National Institute of Health (NIH) for his works. Dr. Kassan has contributed to the scientific community through publications of many papers and presentations of his research at many national and international meetings, and has mentored many undergraduate students interested in research. He is currently serving as a reviewer for peer-reviewed scientific journals such as The British Journal of Pharmacology.

Joe Su, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Contact Information
Email: JSu@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Su earned his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He completed his postdoctoral training at Pacific University Oregon investigating the in vitro anti-inflammatory functions of natural products under the supervision of Dr. Deepa Rao.

Dr. Su's lab is interested in the use of natural products in complementary and alternative medicine, focusing on botanical entities popular in traditional medicine (e.g. Turmeric Root, Senna Leaf, Goji Berries, Boswellia Bark, Black Pepper Fruit). Despite tightening federal regulations on the dietary supplement industry, consumers continue to self-medicate with natural products that generally have not demonstrated clinically significant results ($6.9 billion in US retail sales in 2015, American Botanical Council). The primary challenge in understanding the safety and efficacy of natural products lies in elucidating their multiple active ingredient composition. Mechanistic understanding of these phytochemicals will not only lead to improved patient safety but also to improved patient-centered care. Our current disease state of interest is chronic inflammation, which is implicated in the top killers in the United States: heart disease and cancer.

Dr. Su is an active member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Prior to academia, Dr. Su led operations at SUSS Technology, a dietary supplement manufacturing company in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Su is passionate about empowerment and success through positive reinforcement. Currently, he is applying these principles to his two toddler boys with mixed, yet interesting results! Joe is a super nerd who loves analyzing team-based games ranging from Dodgers baseball to League of Legends.

Ani Avoundjian, PharmD

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Dr. Avoundjian earned her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from California State University, Los Angeles. She then earned her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy. Dr. Avoundjian completed a PGY1 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Residency at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy. During residency, Dr. Avoundjian taught students in the didactic and clinical settings while obtaining a teaching and research certificate. Her clinical training is in chronic disease state management including diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, smoking cessation, asthma, COPD, and anticoagulation.

 Dr. Avoundjian’s longitudinal project focused on patient and provider preferences for telemedicine. As a student, she also conducted research in the scholarship of teaching and learning by measuring PharmD student retention of medicinal chemistry and assessing the impact of co-curricular activities on PharmD outcomes at USC.

 Through her experiences, Dr. Avoundjian aims to be an excellent role model and mentor to incoming and current students at West Coast University and wishes to help them become exceptional leaders of the pharmacy profession.

Parna Haghparast, PharmD, BCPS

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Contact Information
Email: PHaghparast@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Haghparast is a registered pharmacist with Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy. She has a variety inpatient, outpatient and academia related experiences.

Dr. Haghparast earned her Pharm.D. degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She completed an ambulatory care and psychiatry focused residency at The University of Texas Medical Branch‐Correctional Managed Care (UTMB‐CMC).  She provided care to inmates in a variety of pharmacist run-clinics such as ASTHMA/COPD, hypertension/hyperlipidemia, psychiatry, and anticoagulation. In addition, she was involved in medication use evaluation, drug class reviews and creation of disease management guidelines.

Post residency, she followed her passion for teaching by completing a Post-Doctoral Academic Fellowship at University of Houston, College of Pharmacy (UHCOP). Throughout her fellowship she was involved in both clinical (inpatient and outpatient) and academia related activities.

At West Coast University, Dr. Haghparast serves in multiple School and University level committees. Additionally, she is heavily involved in coordinating and teaching in variety of therapeutics courses and skills lab. 

Dr. Haghparast enjoys scholarly activity and loves involving her students in her research projects. Dr. Haghparast has been involved in multiple research projects including book chapters and scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL). Her research interests include mental health, substance use disorders and chronic disease management.

Yuqin Hu, PharmD, RPh, MS

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Contact Information
Email: YHu@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Hu received her B.S. in Biology and her M.S. in Zoology from Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from California Health Sciences University (CHSU). In addition, she did doctorate research in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in Beijing. Prior to joining WCU, Dr. Hu served as an Academic Fellow and Post-Graduate Instructor, as well as an Assistant Professor, at CHSU.

During her initial career Dr. Hu taught biology in secondary schools as well as genomics and biology teaching methods at Xinjiang Normal University in Urumqi, China. Later she conducted molecular biology research via DNA mapping and genome sequencing at the University of California, Davis.  She has taught many courses in the PharmD program including Patient Care series, Pharmaceuticals, and Natural Medicine.

She is involved with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC). Dr. Hu is passionate about teaching with focus on creating a safe learning environment, instilling critical thinking, and mentoring students to become well-rounded pharmacists. Her practice interests include clinical settings and innovative pharmacy services.

Catherine Hughes, PharmD

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Contact Information
Email: CHughes@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Hughes received her Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the accelerated program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Worcester. Dr. Hughes completed her ASHP accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice residency in acute care at Adventist Health Glendale. During residency, Dr. Hughes served as a preceptor for both IPPE and APPE students on rotation while obtaining a post-doctorate teaching certificate through West Coast University, School of Pharmacy.

Her longitudinal project focused on the impact of pharmacist intervention on patients that suffered an acute myocardial infarction. Her areas of interest include internal medicine, infectious disease, and transitions of care. Dr. Hughes is also a member of Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society.

Nadia Khartabil, PharmD, BCGP

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Dr. Khartabil is Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and Advanced Practice Pharmacist. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at the Lebanese American University and obtained a post-doctorate early drug development certification from University of Southern California. Currently, Dr. Khartabil has a master’s degree of Advanced Science in Clinical Research from the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include investigating barriers of access to care, specifically in the geriatric population.

She has over 15 years of experience in various pharmacy practice settings. She is an advocate for preventive health and has established walk-in immunization services for University of California-San Diego Health system patients. She established medication therapy management programs to reach out to the geriatric population in rural areas. Dr. Khartabil led pharmacy practice conferences, had the opportunity to precept student pharmacists, and assisted in conducting interprofessional objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).  Dr. Khartabil also guided collaborative practice agreements for pharmacist-run refill clinics and student-run free clinics.

Dr. Khartabil believes in open door policy, welcome questions and is passionate to make each pharmacy learning experience a positive one.

 

Su Lee, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCIDP

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Contact Information
Email: sLee@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Lee received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. She completed an ASHP accredited pharmacy practice residency at University of Minnesota Medical Center, and a two-year ACCP accredited fellowship in the Center for Anti-Infective Research and Development, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT. For the last 10 years, Dr. Lee has taught Pharmacotherapy in Infectious Diseases and Oncologic Disorders and Clinical Pharmacokinetics at University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Appalachian College of Pharmacy. She has also practiced Antimicrobial Stewardships and trained numerous students at Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD and Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, TN, as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualification in Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Lee obtained her Bachelor and Master of Science in Pharmacy at the Seoul National University, College of Pharmacy, Seoul, South Korea, and completed two-year residency at Seoul National Hospital including Therapeutic Drug Monitoring/Total Parenteral Nutrition and Pediatric Oncology.

Dr. Lee won Clinical Excellence of Teaching Awards and a Preceptor of Excellence award from Appalachian College of Pharmacy, a Young Investigator Award from Connecticut Infectious Diseases Society and has published articles in peer-reviewed journals including Annals of Oncology, Journal of Infections, and Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. She presented numerous original research posters in international meetings including Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), and Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Dr. Lee has been a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Society of Microbiology, and Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Her research/practice interests include antimicrobial pharmacodynamics and Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs.

Maya Leiva, PharmD, BCOP

Associate Professor for Pharmacy Practice

Associate Professor for Pharmacy Practice

Contact Information
Email: MLeiva@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Maya Leiva, PharmD, BCOP is a Hematology and Oncology Pharmacist and holds a Board Certification in Oncology Pharmacy. She received her pharmacy degree at Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy in 2010. Prior to pharmacy school, she completed her B.S. in Microbiology and was an NIH Fellow in the RISE program while pursuing her M.S. in Microbiology. In addition to practicing in three states, she has held multiple faculty appointments at pharmacy schools across the U.S. She has served as a preceptor to pharmacy students and pharmacy and medical residents and fellows. She has subspecialties in supportive care, immunology, clinical informatics, disaster preparedness, oncology stewardship, and health equity.

She most recently assisted the Inova health System to complete its first Health Equality Index survey through the Human Rights Campaign and spearheaded the development of a cancer health equity program. Her clinical research interests include the use of phytocannabinoids in the supportive care of cancer patients, optimizing supportive care measures for patients experiencing treatment related toxicities, reducing health disparities among historically marginalized communities spanning from cancer screening to diagnosis and treatment, and implementation of oncology stewardship to reduce financial toxicities to patients and health care.

Her passion for addressing disparities also extends into her scholarship interests. She is committed to assessing how social determinants of learning impact the student experience in a terminal clinical degree as well as the longitudinal implementation of cultural humility and trauma informed care curriculum from didactic to experiential education throughout the life span of a clinician's career. She has a collaboration with UCSF and Fresno State Faculty around interdisciplinary education and the opioid crisis and additional collaborations with Dana Farber and the CDC Foundation.

Jessica Louie, PharmD, BCCCP, APh

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Contact Information
Email: jLouie@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Louie believes people are capable of incredible things…if they feel confident in their environment and have opportunities to contribute authentically to all areas of their lives. Dr. Louie is at her best when she is able to push beyond the boundaries to think outside the box, challenge her team to raise the bar and help navigate the path towards simple solutions.

Dr. Louie earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Louie completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and a PGY2 Critical Care Specialty Residency at University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. During her residencies, she obtained a post-doctorate teaching certificate. She is a Board-Certified Critical Care Pharmacist (BCCCP) and Advanced Practice Pharmacist (APh). Dr. Louie has taught students both in the didactic and clinical settings, and provided patient care along with fellow residents and practitioners in an interprofessional team setting.

Dr. Louie leads the well-being initiatives for students and has a special interest in burnout prevention, resiliency, digital marketing and entrepreneurship. She hosts The Burnout Doctor Podcast and loves to reach beyond the classroom to help students and healthcare professionals. Dr. Louie is the CEO and Founder of Clarify Simplify Align, Find Your Script and Petite Style Script. She is a Certified KonMari Coach (KonMari Method) and uses this in her simple processes to avoid overwhelm and help others lead with confidence and curate lives they love.  Dr. Louie’s previous research experiences are in the areas of critical care, infectious disease and cystic fibrosis with prospective and retrospective studies showcased at international meetings.

Tina Menedjian, PharmD

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Contact Information
Email: TMenedjian@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Menedjian obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Her Doctor of Pharmacy degree was conferred by Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, in 2019. She then completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Kaiser Permanente (KP) Medical Center in Riverside, California, where she obtained a post-doctorate teaching certificate through ASHP. Her PGY1 provided versatile training in ambulatory care, acute care, and transitions of care pharmacy settings, in addition to longitudinal leadership and research development. Through training at KP, Dr. Menedjian also established a solid foundation and interest in preventative care and mind-body wellness. 

She maintains involvement with local pharmacy associations, the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP), and the Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) Pharmacy Leadership Society. With her role as academician, she aims to inspire and mentor students to become clinically astute and compassionate providers, excellent collaborators within the multidisciplinary healthcare settings, and innovative leaders within the pharmacy profession.

Glenn Morataya, PharmD

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Contact Information
Email: gMorataya@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Morataya completed his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at UC Irvine and received his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Touro College of Pharmacy.  His many years of management experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry prepared him for an extensive administrative role at his current clinical practice sites.  He most recently developed and implemented Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs at institutions including Glendora Community Hospital and Chino Valley Medical Center, where he is an active member of the ASP Committee and the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.  His experience and qualifications recruits his activity during surveys conducted by California Department of Public Health, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the California State Board of Pharmacy.

Dr. Morataya also played an integral role in the west coast expansion of an MTM business model integrated into specialty pharmacy sites for east coast based affiliates.  His passion for direct patient interaction has sustained a long-lasting rapport and affiliation with his east coast colleagues for numerous years.

As a native Los Angelino, he is excited and committed for the opportunity to work alongside West Coast University pharmacy students to support the Los Angeles community through public health services and community outreach functions.

Nicole Nielsen, PharmD, BCACP, APH, MEHP

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Contact Information
Email: NNielsen@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Nicole Nielsen graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa and received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed a PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency at Lipscomb University and Marcrom’s Pharmacy in Manchester, Tennessee. During her residency, she obtained a post-doctorate teaching certificate. She completed a PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in San Diego. Dr. Nielsen has experience teaching students in both the classroom (including the use of team-based learning [TBL] instruction) and clinical settings. She has extensive experience in the development and implementation of Observed/Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) assessments and was trained at the OSCE-ology Program in Canada. Dr. Nielsen’s research interests include chronic disease state management, natural medicines, simulation, active learning methodologies, and student mentorship.

Dr. Nicole Nielsen is a licensed pharmacist in California and Tennessee. In addition, she is a board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist and an advanced practice pharmacist. Dr. Nielsen is an active member of the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and Phi Delta Chi professional pharmacy fraternity.

Dr. Nielsen recently completed a Masters of Education in the Health Professions degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Rahul Nohria, PharmD

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Contact Information
Email: rNohria@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Rahul Nohria earned his pharmacy degree from Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. He then completed a two-year fellowship at American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). The first year of the fellowship was dedicated to developing an interprofessional education video game called MIMYCX. The second year of his fellowship was focused on student affairs at the AACP headquarters. In addition, he obtained a teaching certificate through Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. His current research interests include active learning strategies, interprofessional education, and communication. 

Busuyi Olotu, BPharm, MSPharm, PhD

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Contact Information
Email: bOlotu@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Olotu received his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. After over 7 years of pharmacy practice in Nigeria in academia, retail, and hospital settings, Dr. Olotu immigrated to the US where he received his Masters and PhD degrees in Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice (formerly Pharmacy Administration) from the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Soon after, Dr. Olotu completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in Health Economics and Outcomes Research at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Olotu’s primary teaching area is Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Science. His research interests are in the area of health outcomes such as pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, comparative-effectiveness research involving drug utilization and assessment of safety and risks, health outcomes of patients with chronic disease including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and renal disease, survey research, retrospective database analysis, and retrospective chart reviews using electronic health records.

Dr. Olotu has served in various capacities including as reviewer for International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE), Academy of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Dr. Olotu is a member of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society.

Michael Pondrom, PharmD, BCCP

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Contact Information
Email: mPondrom@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Pondrom received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He completed a psychiatric pharmacy specialty practice residency at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Pondrom has been in practice for 16 years and has worked in clinical practice, community pharmacy, ambulatory care mental health, inpatient mental health, managed care, pharmacy benefits management and the pharmaceutical industry. He was previously a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and has also served as clinical pharmacy specialist at the Southern Nevada Veterans Administration Health System. Most recently, he was a medical science liaison for Otsuka Pharmaceutical. He is board-certified in psychiatric pharmacy and is a member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. His areas of interest include behavioral health outcomes, psychopharmacology, and pharmacotherapy of mood disorders.

Marc Salvatus, PharmD, BCPS

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Contact information
Email: Msalvatus@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography

Dr. Salvatus received his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. He then earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from West Coast University, School of Pharmacy (WCU SOP), as a member of the inaugural class. Dr. Salvatus completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Adventist Health Glendale, where he obtained a post-doctorate teaching certificate through WCU SOP. His longitudinal project involved assessing the impact of a pharmacist-driven protocol to optimize antibiotic use in patients with pneumonia.

Dr. Salvatus has taught students in both the didactic and clinical settings. He is board-certified in pharmacotherapy, and he currently practices as a clinical pharmacist in an acute care community hospital where he focuses on internal medicine, antimicrobial stewardship, and transitions of care. Dr. Salvatus currently serves as a faculty advisor for the West Coast University student chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). He strives to create an open and safe learning environment for his students and is passionate about mentoring them in their professional journey.

Catherine Van, PharmD

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Contact Information
Email: cVan@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Catherine Van received her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry with summa cum laude from University of California, Irvine. She then earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Western University of Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Rho Chi Honor Societies. 

Dr. Van completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, where she obtained a post-doctorate teaching certificate. During the residency, her focus was on inpatient glycemic management service. Besides that, she served as a preceptor for both IPPE and APPE pharmacy students while contributing to patient care in collaboration with other health care professionals. Dr. Van also has outpatient experiences through practicing as a staff pharmacist at community pharmacies where she provides medication therapy management service and immunization. Her areas of interest include glycemic management, cardiology, transitions of care, and interprofessional education.

Staff

Alexander Castaneda

Program Assistant

Program Assistant

Contact Information
Email: AlCastaneda@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Alex has been with WCU since Summer 2019 and has contributed to the success of the program by providing administrative support to the School of Pharmacy. Before being brought on to the WCU School of Pharmacy team, Alex was previously employed at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Diego, CA where he was brought on as the Flex Weekend Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program Assistant. After a few months and a new-found passion for Higher Education, Alex was quickly promoted to the role of the lead residential DPT Program Assistant, while also taking on the role of the university’s Tutoring Program Manager.

Alex also has an extensive professional background in Business Administration, Social Media Management, and most recently, Project Management. He recently received the “Asana Project Management” certificate from the University of San Diego, and is now aiming to become a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) in the near future.

Brenda Chum

Experiential Education Coordinator

Experiential Education Coordinator

Contact Information
Email: BChum@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Brenda Chum is from Long Beach, CA and received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Certificate in Health Care Administration from California State University, Long Beach. She has over 5 years of working in a school and medical setting. Brenda always enjoyed working with students and patients in both fields and it is very rewarding and exciting to be part of the WCU team as she have always wanted to be in a career that involved an educational setting.

Christina Collard, MA

Admissions Advisor

Admissions Advisor

Contact Information
Email: cCollard@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Christina Collard received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from California State University San Bernardino and earned her Master of the Arts degree in Management from the University of Redlands School of Business. She is a current member of the prestigious Whitehead Leadership Society (WLS) at the University of Redlands, School of Business. Her career has encompassed a diversity of roles including Assistant Vice President, Senior Business Control Manager at Bank of America where she worked across 16 lines of businesses improving business processes.  In addition, she worked as an AVP Senior Mortgage Manager where she managed over 100 mortgage and credit card collections associates in a call center environment. Christina began working at West Coast University in 2018 as an Admissions Coordinator and soon after was promoted into her current role as an Admissions Advisor for the School of Pharmacy. She plans to pursue a Doctorate in Management and further her career in higher education.

Reanna Gibbs

Academic Support Coordinator

Academic Support Coordinator

Contact Information
Email: RGibbs@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Reanna has over five years of experience working as an academic advisor and coordinator for on-ground and online universities and colleges. She has worked at universities and college across the nation, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Reanna has worked alongside a diverse group of individuals and continues her collaboration in projects across the country. She uses her background and experiences to connect with students and help them achieve their academic goals.

Reanna earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Riverside while competing as a Division I collegiate athlete in both women’s soccer and women’s track and field. Following her bachelor’s degree, she coached collegiate athletics for several years, which included mentoring and advising student-athletes in academics and academic NCAA compliance. She completed her master’s degree at The University of Concordia, Irvine in athletic administration. 

Currently, Reanna is enrolled in a Doctor of Education program. In addition, she continues her involvement in cultural and non-profit organizations. She is a leader in her community and strives to learn how she can positively impact students and those around her. Reanna has a passion for helping others to dream big and make those dreams become a reality.

Annie Mouradian, MA

Student Affairs Advisor

Student Affairs Advisor

Contact Information
Email: aMouradian@westcoastuniversity.edu                      

Biography
Annie received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Communication Studies from California State University Northridge. As an undergraduate at CSUN, she served on the board of the Communication Association as the Publicist and held a position as a Student Ambassador through the San Francisco Regional Center.    

As the Student Advisor in the School of Pharmacy, Annie is able to integrate her knowledge and skills in communication with her passion for encouraging student growth and success throughout their academic journey. Prior to her current role as a student services professional, she served as the Administrative Assistant in the School of Pharmacy, maintaining operational efficiency and supporting over 20 faculty in both departments of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Aside from higher education, Annie has experience in various professional settings, including client services and public relations.  

Matthew Martinez

Coordinator, Experiential Education

Coordinator, Experiential Education

Matthew Martinez is from Pasadena, CA and received his Bachelor of arts in English Literature from Whittier College in 2019. After college, Matthew has developed solid administrative skills, mostly within the legal field, but has fostered working experience from different vocations. Matthew was also a freelance writer during 2020 and found passion in understanding and analyzing a wide variety of topics and stories. He is ready to bring this affection to the education field and is excited to be involved with the WCU faculty where he will be helping students fulfill their academic journeys and professional goals.

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FAQs
How many years is a PharmD program?

WCU's PharmD program takes approximately 3 years to complete.

Are all pharmacists PharmD?

To become a pharmacist, you need to have a Doctorate in Pharmacy, which is abbreviated as PharmD.

How does WCU School of Pharmacy support students preparing for the NAPLEX exam?

The School, through the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) maintains contact with alumni in California, across the US, and internationally through professional association meetings, email, LinkedIn, social media, and alumni engagement events. OSA has invited alumni to engage current students and participate in on-campus or virtual events. Alumni also participated in video- interviews and testimonials about their experiences when in our PharmD program. We also take great pride in the fact that a graduate from our inaugural cohort (Class of 2018) returned to WCU to become a pharmacy faculty member after completing a post-graduate residency. Our alumni have also participated in panel discussions sponsored by Career Services to engage our current students in an audience Question and Answer format. Four alumni from the Class of 2018 are being video-interviewed so they can share their individual experiences while in the program in the School’s early years (2014-2018).

Where are the WCU School of Pharmacy graduates working today?

Our graduates practice in various pharmacy practice areas.  For more information please click here.

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