College of Pharmacy

About the College

Dr. Robinson photoshoot

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy Web site. The College of Pharmacy at WesternU is an exciting place to visit and an exciting place to learn. I hope that you will use this Web site to explore our academic programs, learn about our outstanding faculty and read about our many accomplishments. Whether you are a prospective student, a proud member of our alumni, part of our network of affiliated health care institutions, a future employee, or simply someone who wants to learn more about the College, we hope these pages provide the information you are looking for.

WesternU is a graduate university for the health professions that is committed to preparing graduates, in a learner-centered academic and professional environment, who will serve the health care needs of society for today and for the future. We accomplish this through the delivery of an innovative curriculum by a team of dedicated faculty and professional staff who promote independent and group learning, problem-solving, and continuous self assessment. With these tools our graduates are prepared as lifelong learners who will always be able to provide the best in contemporary care.

As a College that continually strives to improve its programs and extend its national influence through education and scholarship, we welcome your comments and suggestions.

Daniel Robinson, PharmD
Professor, Dean

Vision Statement:

Develop leaders in pharmaceutical care and research who will advance global health outcomes through innovative pharmacy practice, interprofessional collaboration, scholarship and service.

Mission Statement:

  • To provide innovative educational experiences that produce humanistic, caring, and competent team-ready health professionals and scientists. 

  • To support and stimulate scholarship, teaching, and service to improve the human condition.

  • To engage local, national and international partners to maximize the impact of the College.


  1. Identify, attract, and enroll highly motivated students with diverse backgrounds who are highly qualified in their academic preparedness, motivation, professionalism, communication skills, ethical character, leadership, and critical thinking ability.
  2. Deliver an innovative educational program that prepares life-long learners for successful careers in pharmacy, education, and research.
  3. Create the national model for developing team-ready health professionals.
  4. Recruit, develop and retain highly qualified faculty who are leaders in education, scholarship, research, patient care, and professional service.
  5. Foster an environment that facilitates innovative, collaborative, and externally funded research programs.
  6. Generate and disseminate new knowledge that contributes to patient care and the understanding, prevention and treatment of disease.
  7. Provide leadership in professional, scientific and healthcare organizations in order to advocate for patient care and to advance the science and profession of pharmacy.
  8. Broaden support and secure funding for student scholarships, educational and research endeavors, and critical needs.
  9. Develop strategic national and international partnerships with students, faculty, alumni, and friends to broaden the global impact of the College.


The founding institution, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), was established in 1977 as a direct and important response to a critical shortage of primary care physicians in the western United States. Philip Pumerantz, PhD, accepted the invitation of the college’s board of directors to become the founding president in September of 1977. In January 1978, COMP received pre-accreditation status from the American Osteopathic Association. Provisional accreditation status was achieved in July of 1978 and full accreditation in February 1982. In August of 1996, in order to better reflect its stature, COMP was restructured into a university with a new name: Western University of Health Sciences. The College of Pharmacy welcomed its charter class into the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in the Fall of 1996. This program was the fourth college of pharmacy to be established in the State of California and prepares students in a humanistic, interdisciplinary tradition to become competent, qualified professionals. Graduates of Western University’s College of Pharmacy complement other health care team members by offering their expertise in comprehensive drug therapy management.


The WesternU College of Pharmacy is fully accredited through June 2021 by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program. ACPE is the sole accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit professional degree programs in pharmacy and is located at 135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603-4810. They can be contacted at (312) 664-3575, Fax (312) 664-4652, or at their web site: www.acpe-accredit.org.

Pharmacy: About the Profession

The practice of pharmacy has evolved from a historical emphasis on the preparation and distribution of drug products to new activities and responsibilities that focus on the rational, safe and cost-effective use of drugs. Just as it is generally assumed that physicians are primarily involved in providing medical care and nurses in providing nursing care, pharmacists are the primary providers of pharmaceutical care. The mission of the pharmacy profession, therefore, is to meet the pharmaceutical care needs of the public. Pharmaceutical care is patient-centered, outcome-oriented, contemporary pharmacy practice that requires the pharmacist to work in concert with the patient and the patient’s other health care providers to promote health, prevent disease, and assess, monitor, initiate and modify medication use so that pharmacotherapy is safe and effective. The provision of pharmaceutical care to patients requires an understanding of the chemistry of drug entities, the delivery characteristics of dosage formulations, the disposition of drugs within the body, the physiologic and pharmacologic outcome of drugs’ interactions with the human body and the social systems in which medications are used. As a pharmacist you will be able to care for your patients in many important ways:

  • Participate in the planning and implementation of effective drug therapy.
  • Monitor and evaluate drug therapy to identify and solve patient-specific drug therapy problems.
  • Evaluate clinical literature.
  • Prepare medications.
  • Select the drug product dosage form.
  • Calculate the dose and determine the dosing schedule.
  • Educate and counsel patients, and;
  • Work with other health care providers and the patient to promote health and prevent disease.