Question 1: Who is qualified to apply for the IPBP program?
The IPBP program is open to all American- and foreign-trained pharmacists with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent who wish to progress to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree at the College of Pharmacy, Western University of Health Sciences. View requirements for more detail.
Question 2: When can I apply to this program?
Please visit the apply now page for the latest information on application availability and deadlines.
Question 3: Why is the application deadline October 1, when the interviews are in March/April?
The early deadline will allow timely processing of each application to give each selected applicant enough time to prepare for the Internal Assessment (IA) exam. Also, this deadline will allow us to accommodate changes in the rules of purchase of the IA study guide (see under “Admissions Process Information”).
Question 4: I am due to graduate with a BS in Pharmacy this year. Can I apply for the IPBP program now?
Yes. However, you must provide evidence, such as a letter from your school/college, stating that you are on track to graduate prior to the start of classes (July) at WesternU. All relevant documents must be submitted by the application deadline. Please visit the apply now page for details.
Question 5: What is the process for admission into the IPBP program?
Once your file is complete, the Admissions office will forward your application to the College of Pharmacy for a preliminary evaluation. The college of Pharmacy faculty will evaluate your file and provide a score, whereupon your application may be selected for an interview and internal assessment (IA) exam. If you are not selected for an interview and IA exam, you will be notified of this decision immediately and your file will be closed for that year.
Question 6: How does the October 1st deadline affect the admissions process?
All completed applications received by the deadline date will be evaluated by the admissions committee. The applicants selected for interviews will be notified by the end of November. This will allow the selected applicants sufficient time to study for the IA exam. Also, only those applicants selected for the interview and IA exam will be required to purchase the IA study guide (if applicable).
Question 7: When will the interview session take place?
Visit the apply now page for interview dates.
Question 8: Will the interviews and IA exam take place on the same day?
Yes. The IA exam is administered in the morning and interviews (including written essays) are conducted in the afternoon, of the same day. This arrangement is more convenient for applicants traveling from out of town.
Question 9: What can I expect on the day of the IA exam/interviews?
Applicants selected for interviews will be asked to arrive at the campus early in the morning on their assigned interview day. The morning starts with a brief introduction and orientation to the program by the Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management. The IA exam starts immediately after the orientation. Applicants are given four (4) hours to complete the IA exam. During the afternoon session, applicants are separated into two groups to complete the oral interview and the written essay component. Once all activities are completed, applicants are free to leave campus. You may wish to also review our internal assessment (IA) exam FAQ page.
Question 10: How are the oral interviews conducted?
Usually, a team of two members comprise an interview team consisting of one faculty and one current student of the College of Pharmacy. Each interview session lasts approximately 25-30 minutes during which time the applicant is also given an opportunity to ask questions. Although communication skills are evaluated extensively, the interview team also looks for qualities such as motivation, critical thinking, general knowledge, etc. Overall, every effort is made to keep the interview session friendly.
Question 11: How is the written essay session conducted?
As one group starts the oral interview session, another group is administered the written essay component. The essays topics are usually of general interest whereby the applicant is encouraged to provide a balanced view of the topic to the best of his/her ability. The writing session lasts approximately 40 minutes.
Question 12: Where will the interview sessions be conducted?
Interviews will be held at the WesternU campus in Pomona, CA. Other sites may be added depending upon the size of the application pool.
Question 13: When will I know whether I have been admitted into the program?
Admission acceptance letters will be sent out within two-three weeks of completion of the interview/IA process.
Question 14: Where can I get the application for admission?
Visit the apply now page for detailed instructions on how to apply.