College of Pharmacy

History & Accreditation


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.