College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy is proud to offer an outstanding cutting edge curriculum, state of the art high tech classrooms, inter-professional education experiences, and a talented group of faculty and staff committed to the success of students.

Daniel C. Robinson, BA, PharmDMessage from the Dean


Welcome to the Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy Website. The College of Pharmacy at WesternU in Pomona, California is an exciting place to visit and an exciting place to learn. I hope that you will use this Website to explore our academic programs, learn about our outstanding faculty and read about our many accomplishments.


Faculty Spotlight

Sam Shimomura, PharmDDr. Sam Shimomura

Dr. Sam Shimomura has been with the College of Pharmacy since 1996.  Dr. Sam has been recognized by the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) with their CSHP Lifetime Honorary Membership Award.  This is only the sixteenth time in their 46-year history that they have given this award.  From 1989 – 1992, Dr. Sam served on the CSHP Board of Directors as president elect, president, and past president.  He also served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) from 1999 – 2002.  In 1995 he received the CSHP Pharmacist of the Year Award and in 2006, the Distinguished Service Award.  Dr. Sam is a Fellow of both CSHP and ASHP. 

In his 48 years as an educator, mentor, and colleague, Dr. Sam has touched the lives of so many and has had a truly remarkable impact on CSHP, the profession and pharmacy education.  For more news about Dr. Sam click here.

Featured Story

Cultivating the Next Generation of Health Providers

Discover more about the events that have transpired over the year, and the many accomplishments of our college, students and alumni. Read our latest issue of RxBound to learn more about Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy. 



For information about how to support the College of Pharmacy, please contact the Office of Annual Giving and Donor Relations:
(909) 706-3476.

COP News


CASE Honors WesternU RxBound Publication

Western University of Health Sciences’ RxBound magazine won the CASE District VII Award of Excellence Silver Award in Special Constituency Magazines.

RxBound is a joint effort of the College of Pharmacy (COP), University Advancement and University Public Affairs, and is published biannually for alumni, faculty, students and friends of the College of Pharmacy.

Click here to read the full story.

College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony

Jon Roth, CEO, CPhA

White Coat 2017

Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy (COP) held their White Coat Ceremony on August 12, 2017 following President Wilson’s Inauguration and Convocation ceremony.  There were 119 PharmD and 14 International Post-BS PharmD students who donned a white coat for the first time, symbolizing their entry into the Pharmacy profession.  Jon Roth, CEO of California Pharmacists Association, and this year’s COP White Coat speaker, had encouraging words of welcome for the incoming class, including the following: “From this point forward, you create your own mark in the profession. Don’t wait for experiences to come to you, go find them, or better yet, create them.”

WesternU Summer Health Professions Education Program


WesternU Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) students participate in a hands-on workshop making hand cream and lip balm in the WesternU College of Pharmacy Compounding Lab. WesternU is one of 13 institutions nationwide hosting SHPEP, which encourages underrepresented students to enter health professions.  Click here to view the video.


Faculty In Action

Sheryl Chow, PharmD

College of Pharmacy Associate Professor Sheryl Chow, PharmD, is a featured expert on the 12 segment web-based video series on heart failure produced by MD Magazine. The Peer Exchange series is built around video panel discussions featuring some of the most recognizable names in medicine. Topics discussed by Dr. Chow and her colleagues include “Acute Decompensated Heart Failure Hospitalization” and “Novel Approaches in Improving HF Management.”  Click here to view the videos.


David Pham

College of Pharmacy Associate Professor David Pham, PharmD, has created two YouTube videos to educate the public about diabetes. In “Diabetes Pathophysiology, Types of Diabetes, Complications,” Dr. Pham explains the different types of diabetes, how insulin and glucose work, and the harmful effects of having too much glucose in your system. He provides step-by-step instructions to test blood sugar levels in “Glucometer Tutorial, How to Use a Glucose Meter, Accu-Check Aviva.”  Click here to view the videos.

Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences Program Designated as one of the Best National Programs

The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) program in the College of Pharmacy has been recognized as a top national program and “hidden gem” at the MS level, according to an external peer review.  To read the full article click here.

Continuing Education and Events

April 19: Ray Symposium
April 21-24: NACDS Meeting
April 23-26: AMCP Meeting
May 22: COP Commencement Dinner
May 23: COP Commencement


Dr. Amandi Law with fellow Yuna Bae

Only nine fellowship programs in the U.S. meet the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s (ACCP) rigorous standards and guidelines for certification. Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Pharmacy has two of them.

The ACCP Board of Regents and the ACCP Research Fellowship Program Peer Review Committee re-certified the COP Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration Chair and Professor Dr. Anandi Law’s Fellowship in Health Outcomes for a full five years. This certification recognizes that her program meets ACCP Fellowship Guidelines. A full review is conducted on established fellowship programs and preceptors who have graduated two or more fellows. For the full article click here.


The WesternU Patient Care Center Pharmacy Provides Free Medication Disposal to the Community

Dr. MirelesThe Pharmacy in the Patient Care Center (PCC) at Western University of Health Sciences now has a secure dropbox to assist the local community with the disposal of unnecessary and expired non-controlled medications .