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PharmD International Pathway Program (PIP)

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CPJE & NAPLEX Pass Rates, Class of 2021

Our fully accredited and nationally recognized program will prepare you with the skills to become a pharmacy professional in a variety of rewarding careers. You will learn from nationally and internationally acclaimed faculty who have advanced training in a wide range of specialties.

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PharmD International Pathway (PIP)

WesternU College of Pharmacy offers American and/or foreign trained Pharmacists with a bachelor’s degree (B.S. or equivalent) who wish to progress to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree a three-year PharmD International Pathway (PIP) Program.

After a one-month summer orientation designed to acclimatize international students, applicants are admitted with advanced standing into the second year of our traditional PharmD curriculum, bypassing the first year entirely. The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree awarded to the students in the international program is the same as those awarded to our students in the traditional PharmD program.
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Long History of Success

288 students from 36 countries have matriculated into the PharmD International Pathway Program since its inception.*

*Formerly called the International Post-Baccalaureate PharmD (IPBP) program.
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Franco Dickson, PharmD’ 20 Accra, Ghana

“WesternU’s program definitely stood out to me because of its block system, its team-based learning structure, which helps to prepare oneself for pharmacy practice and the integration of the IPBP students into the traditional PharmD class, which helps us to easily socialize and adapt to the American system.”

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Khalid Taher, PharmD ’20, BCPS Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

“The PharmD program at WesternU is unique and crucial to helping me become highly educated and trained to be ready for my future goals.”

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Claire Spahn, PharmD ’13, BCPS Dublin, Ireland

“Working with students from other countries and cultures taught me to appreciate and anticipate patient and family preferences regarding treatment decisions.”