Doctor of Pharmacy

Program Location

Center for Graduate Studies

- Accelerated Hybrid

- Ground                     

Program Credits

144 Credits


Program Length*

8 Trimesters, 132 Instructional Weeks

9 Semesters, 132 Instructional Weeks

Time to Complete*

33 Months

45 Months

*Program Length may vary.  This program allots a maximum of 6 calendar years to complete.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1051.00

Program Mission: 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, and serves the community through outreach.

Program Learning Outcomes: Each student will have the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and professional behaviors in order to:

  1. Provide optimal patient-centered care.
    •  Recognize 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.
    •  Demonstrate a climate of mutual respect and shared values within an interprofessional team. 
    • Identify roles and responsibilities of interprofessional team members to optimize outcomes.
    • Communicate effectively in an interprofessional team. 
    • Apply principles of team dynamics to perform effectively within interprofessional teams.
  3. Employ evidence-based practice.
    •  Integrate basic science knowledge into clinical practice.
    •  Evaluate and assimilate scientific evidence to improve patient care.
  4. Utilize medication-use-systems, drug and health information, and other technologies.
    • Utilize components of medication-use-systems (i.e., procuring, storing, furnishing, transcribing, compounding/preparing, dispensing, and administering) to provide safe, accurate, and timely medication distribution.
    •  Apply relevant concepts in utilization of human, physical, fiscal, informational, and technological resources in the health care system in compliance with state and federal regulations.
  5. Engage in the promotion of public health through pharmacy services
    •  Employ concepts of disease prevention, public health promotion, literacy, and/or wellness.
    •  Evaluate population health issues by considering quality of care, access, and cost at the local, state, and federal levels.
  6. Demonstrate Effective Communication Skills
    •  Discuss ideas and concepts in audience-appropriate language and relay information in a logical and concise manner.
    •  Convey proposals and recommendations persuasively.
  7. Demonstrate Positive Personal and Professional Aptitude
    •  Demonstrate the ability to examine and reflect on personal knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
    •  Apply values and principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in various team roles to achieve shared goals.
    •  Demonstrate creative decision making when confronted with novel problems or challenges.
    •  Exhibit behaviors and values that are consistent with the trust given to the profession.

Candidate Seat Deposit

Applicants are conditionally accepted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program until a non-refundable $250.00 good faith payment for a Seat Deposit has been submitted. The Seat Deposit is not a separate charge but will be credited to the program costs should the student not cancel their enrollment. The University will retain the full amount of this deposit should the student cancel their enrollment at any time, for any reason. Seat Deposits may be paid by credit card, debit card, money order, or cashier's check made payable to West Coast University. A Seat Deposit will be collected for each enrollment and cannot be applied to or carried over to enrollments for other programs or start terms. At their discretion, the Executive Director may refund the full Seat Deposit for unusual or unexpected circumstances that would warrant a full refund.

Health Insurance Requirement

Students enrolled in the PharmD program will be required to provide evidence of health insurance during their education at West Coast University.  Students are required to carry and maintain personal health insurance during their entire tenure.

Laptop Requirement

Students enrolled in the PharmD program are required to have a laptop.  West Coast University does not provide laptops for rent or for sale.