Please note that many of our programs have made exceptions to the application process and admissions requirements due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Additionally, references to in-person campus visits, events, lab work, or classroom interactions should be read in light of current campus health and safety guidelines, which continue to evolve in response to changing conditions. More information can be found on WesternU’s COVID-19 Information page.  Please contact us if you have any questions or need further information.

Question 1: Who is qualified to apply for the PIP program?
The PIP program is open to all American and foreign trained pharmacists with a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy or the 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: I am due to graduate with a BS in Pharmacy this year. Can I apply for the PIP 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 4: What is the process for admission into the PIP 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. If you are not selected for an interview you will be notified of this decision immediately and your file will be closed for that year.

Question 5: When will the interview session take place?
Visit the apply now page for interview dates.

Question 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 process.

Question 10: Where can I get the application for admission?
Visit the apply now page for detailed instructions on how to apply.

Question 1: Am I required to have a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy or equivalent?
Yes. You must provide evidence, such as a letter from your school/college, stating that you are on track to graduate prior to start of classes (July ) at WesternU. All relevant documents must be submitted by the application deadline. Visit the view requirements page for a complete list of requirements.

Question 2: Are there any requirements to pass the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) for admission into the PIP program?
No. FPGEE scores are not required or considered for the PIP program.
However, you must obtain a passing grade in the IA exam administered by the College of Pharmacy. For more details see FAQ’s on the IA examination.
Information on pharmacist licensure can be obtained at www.nabp.net especially if you have a BS degree prior to 2003 or graduated from a 5-year pharmacy curriculum.

Question 3: Is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) a requirement for admission into the PIP program?
Yes. TOEFL is a mandatory requirement for all graduates from non-English speaking countries. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) is required for consideration of admission. For students appearing for the TOEFL exam under the new guidelines, a minimum score of 79 (internet-based) is required for consideration of admission. Scores must be submitted by June 1 of the year of admission. Visit the requirements page for a complete list of requirements. The TOEFL exam will be waived for students who have graduated with a confirmed baccalaureate or higher degree from a United States institution.

Question 4: Is the Test of Spoken English (TSE) a requirement for admission into the PIP program?
No. At this time, TSE is not required for admission. However, the College of Pharmacy places a strong emphasis on communication skills, both oral and written, for all students. We believe that a strong foundation in communication is vital to becoming a competent practitioner of the profession. Good communication skills also facilitate productive interaction with fellow students, faculty, the healthcare team and your patients.

Question 1: What is the PIP program?
The PharmD International Pathway Program (PIP) offers a unique training opportunity for domestic and international graduates with a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in pharmacy. Like most Colleges/Schools of Pharmacy in the United States, WesternU requires four years of professional training following a minimum of two years of pre-pharmacy coursework. The PharmD International Pathway Program (PIP) allows the successful applicant to bypass the first year and enter directly into the second year of the traditional program. Thereafter, the program is completed within a three-year duration. The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree awarded to the PIP student is to the same as the degree given to traditional students.

Question 2: How long is the PIP program?
The duration of the program is 3 years. PIP students join the second year of the traditional Pharm.D. program and complete the remainder of the program within the time frame of 3 years.

Question 3: What are the tuition and other fees for the PIP program?
The tuition and other fees are the same as for our students in the traditional program.  Visit the financing my education page for tuition, scholarship and loan information. Please also review the international student financial aid page.

Question 4: If I am a foreign student, will you assist me in completing student visa/immigration formalities?
Yes. The WesternU Admissions Office will assist you in completing your immigration formalities. All foreign applicants are required to provide documentation such as financial support no later than the day of the interview/IA to enable the Admissions Office to prepare related paperwork for F-1 visa, should they be admitted. Please see our International Student website for more information regarding requirements for international students. Contact the Admissions Office for additional information. Please remember all required paperwork should be turned in as quickly as possible for the Admissions Office to issue the I-20 form to the student.

Question 5: When do classes begin for the PIP program?
Although classes for the traditional PharmD program students start in early August of each year, the PIP students will start classes early to mid-July. A three to four-week orientation course, PHRM 5601: Overview of Clinical Practice, is offered (1) to orient the new students to the block system, (2) provide other relevant information provided to traditional Pharm.D. students during their first year curriculum and (3) prepare PIP students for the didactic blocks during the upcoming years. PHRM 5601 is a graded course, hence attendance is mandatory. Following the completion of PHRM 5601, all students will be expected to participate in a University orientation session a week before regular classes start in August. More information on this orientation will be provided at a later date.

Question 6: Is attendance at the “Overview of Clinical Practice” course a mandatory requirement?
Yes. This is a graded course based on exams and quizzes. Your grade in this course will be applied towards your overall grade point average (GPA) in the program.

Question 7: Am I eligible for employment as a student on an F-1 visa?
Yes. However, there are certain restrictions on employment. Please visit our F-1 Transfer and Change of Status page for more information on employment and issuance of social security numbers.

Question 8: Is on-campus housing available?
Please refer to our housing website to view housing options for Pomona and surrounding areas.

Question 9: Can I visit your campus?
While we would love to have you on campus, we are not currently offering in person tours.  If you are interested, please take a virtual tour of our campus.

Admissions

Please note that many of our programs have made exceptions to the application process and admissions requirements due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Additionally, references to in-person campus visits, events, lab work, or classroom interactions should be read in light of current campus health and safety guidelines, which continue to evolve in response to changing conditions. More information can be found on WesternU’s COVID-19 Information page.  Please contact us if you have any questions or need further information.

Question 1: Who is qualified to apply for the PIP program?
The PIP program is open to all American and foreign trained pharmacists with a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy or the 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: I am due to graduate with a BS in Pharmacy this year. Can I apply for the PIP 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 4: What is the process for admission into the PIP 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. If you are not selected for an interview you will be notified of this decision immediately and your file will be closed for that year.

Question 5: When will the interview session take place?
Visit the apply now page for interview dates.

Question 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 process.

Question 10: Where can I get the application for admission?
Visit the apply now page for detailed instructions on how to apply.

Prerequisites

Question 1: Am I required to have a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy or equivalent?
Yes. You must provide evidence, such as a letter from your school/college, stating that you are on track to graduate prior to start of classes (July ) at WesternU. All relevant documents must be submitted by the application deadline. Visit the view requirements page for a complete list of requirements.

Question 2: Are there any requirements to pass the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) for admission into the PIP program?
No. FPGEE scores are not required or considered for the PIP program.
However, you must obtain a passing grade in the IA exam administered by the College of Pharmacy. For more details see FAQ’s on the IA examination.
Information on pharmacist licensure can be obtained at www.nabp.net especially if you have a BS degree prior to 2003 or graduated from a 5-year pharmacy curriculum.

Question 3: Is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) a requirement for admission into the PIP program?
Yes. TOEFL is a mandatory requirement for all graduates from non-English speaking countries. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) is required for consideration of admission. For students appearing for the TOEFL exam under the new guidelines, a minimum score of 79 (internet-based) is required for consideration of admission. Scores must be submitted by June 1 of the year of admission. Visit the requirements page for a complete list of requirements. The TOEFL exam will be waived for students who have graduated with a confirmed baccalaureate or higher degree from a United States institution.

Question 4: Is the Test of Spoken English (TSE) a requirement for admission into the PIP program?
No. At this time, TSE is not required for admission. However, the College of Pharmacy places a strong emphasis on communication skills, both oral and written, for all students. We believe that a strong foundation in communication is vital to becoming a competent practitioner of the profession. Good communication skills also facilitate productive interaction with fellow students, faculty, the healthcare team and your patients.

Online Application

Question 1: What is the PIP program?
The PharmD International Pathway Program (PIP) offers a unique training opportunity for domestic and international graduates with a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in pharmacy. Like most Colleges/Schools of Pharmacy in the United States, WesternU requires four years of professional training following a minimum of two years of pre-pharmacy coursework. The PharmD International Pathway Program (PIP) allows the successful applicant to bypass the first year and enter directly into the second year of the traditional program. Thereafter, the program is completed within a three-year duration. The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree awarded to the PIP student is to the same as the degree given to traditional students.

Question 2: How long is the PIP program?
The duration of the program is 3 years. PIP students join the second year of the traditional Pharm.D. program and complete the remainder of the program within the time frame of 3 years.

Question 3: What are the tuition and other fees for the PIP program?
The tuition and other fees are the same as for our students in the traditional program.  Visit the financing my education page for tuition, scholarship and loan information. Please also review the international student financial aid page.

Question 4: If I am a foreign student, will you assist me in completing student visa/immigration formalities?
Yes. The WesternU Admissions Office will assist you in completing your immigration formalities. All foreign applicants are required to provide documentation such as financial support no later than the day of the interview/IA to enable the Admissions Office to prepare related paperwork for F-1 visa, should they be admitted. Please see our International Student website for more information regarding requirements for international students. Contact the Admissions Office for additional information. Please remember all required paperwork should be turned in as quickly as possible for the Admissions Office to issue the I-20 form to the student.

Question 5: When do classes begin for the PIP program?
Although classes for the traditional PharmD program students start in early August of each year, the PIP students will start classes early to mid-July. A three to four-week orientation course, PHRM 5601: Overview of Clinical Practice, is offered (1) to orient the new students to the block system, (2) provide other relevant information provided to traditional Pharm.D. students during their first year curriculum and (3) prepare PIP students for the didactic blocks during the upcoming years. PHRM 5601 is a graded course, hence attendance is mandatory. Following the completion of PHRM 5601, all students will be expected to participate in a University orientation session a week before regular classes start in August. More information on this orientation will be provided at a later date.

Question 6: Is attendance at the “Overview of Clinical Practice” course a mandatory requirement?
Yes. This is a graded course based on exams and quizzes. Your grade in this course will be applied towards your overall grade point average (GPA) in the program.

Question 7: Am I eligible for employment as a student on an F-1 visa?
Yes. However, there are certain restrictions on employment. Please visit our F-1 Transfer and Change of Status page for more information on employment and issuance of social security numbers.

Question 8: Is on-campus housing available?
Please refer to our housing website to view housing options for Pomona and surrounding areas.

Question 9: Can I visit your campus?
While we would love to have you on campus, we are not currently offering in person tours.  If you are interested, please take a virtual tour of our campus.