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Accreditation Updates

West Coast University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission and has been approved to administer the Doctor of Pharmacy program. The School of Pharmacy has been granted Precandidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

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The admissions process is intended to select individuals who possess the skills necessary to become competent pharmacists and life-long learners.

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West Coast University School of Pharmacy


The School of Pharmacy is a learning community that:

  • Delivers a dynamic curriculum emphasizing evidence-based practice
  • Prepares students to serve patients as a member of an interprofessional team
  • Engages in scholarship
  • Serves the community through outreach


We are committed to providing students with a learning environment which emphasizes patient-centered care, interprofessional education, and leadership development.  We are committed to fostering a culture of scholarship among faculty and students. We strive to lead the pharmacy profession to the forefront of an integrated and innovative practice.

Core Values

  • Professionalism
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Compassion
  • Excellence
  • Diversity
  • Adaptability
  • Accountability

Programmatic Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  1. Provide optimal patient-centered care.
    • Identify and respect patient differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs.
    • Identify medication-related problems, formulate medication treatment plans, and monitor and evaluate patient response to pharmacotherapy.
    • Listen to and educate patients and/or caregivers to optimize health outcomes.
  2. Collaborate as a member of interprofessional healthcare teams.
    • Collaborate with other members of the healthcare team to achieve quality patient outcomes.
  3. Employ evidence-based practice.
    • Integrate basic science knowledge into clinical practice.
    • Evaluate and assimilate scientific evidence and patient specific information to continuously improve patient care.
  4. Utilize medication-use-systems, drug and health information, and other technologies.
    • Utilize resources of the healthcare system to provide safe, accurate, and timely medication distribution, and improve therapeutic outcomes.
    • Utilize human, physical, fiscal, informational, medical, and technological resources in compliance with state and federal regulations to optimize the delivery of healthcare and medication safety.
  5. Engage in the promotion of public health through pharmacy services.
    • Engage patients and communities in promoting health improvement, literacy, wellness, and disease prevention.
    • Employ concepts of disease prevention and public health promotion into their practice and utilize available resources at the local, state, and federal levels to address public health issues.
  6. Demonstrate effective communication skills.
    • Communicate effectively in verbal and written formats.
    • Discuss ideas and concepts in audience-appropriate language and relay information in a logical and concise manner.
    • Accurately and persuasively convey proposals and recommendations.
  7. Demonstrate positive personal and professional aptitude.
    • Demonstrate self-awareness, accountability, and responsibility.
    • Identify characteristics that reflect leadership versus management.
    • Demonstrate creative decision making when confronted with novel problems or challenges.
    • Draw from professional values to make informed, rational, and ethical decisions.

Programmatic Accreditation

West Coast University School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Precandidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site

Precandidate Status

Granting of Precandidate status brings no rights or privileges of accreditation as associated with either candidate status or fully accredited status. Precandidate status indicates only that planning has taken into account ACPE standards and guidelines and suggests reasonable assurance of moving to the next step, that of Candidate accreditation status. Since Precandidate status does not create any rights of accreditation under the ACPE standards, it is the opinion of ACPE that graduates of programs of Colleges or Schools of Pharmacy that bear Precandidate status do not meet the educational requirements for licensure.

Accreditation Disclosure Statement

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits Doctor of Pharmacy programs offered by Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy in the United States and selected non-US sites. For a Doctor of Pharmacy program offered by a new College or School of Pharmacy, ACPE accreditation generally involves three steps: Precandidate status, Candidate status, and Accreditation status.

Precandidate status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans and within a defined time period. Precandidate status is awarded to a new program of a College or School of Pharmacy that has not yet enrolled students in the professional program and authorizes the school to admit its first class.

Candidate status is awarded to a Doctor of Pharmacy program that is currently recognized by ACPE with Precandidate status and has students enrolled but has not yet had a graduating class.

Accreditation status is awarded to a program that has met all ACPE standards for accreditation and has graduated its first class. Graduates of a class designated as having Candidate status have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from an accredited program. ACPE conveys its decisions to the various boards of pharmacy and makes recommendations in accord with its decisions. It should be noted, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules.

The Doctor of Pharmacy program of the West Coast University School of Pharmacy was awarded Precandidate status during the June 18-22, 2014 meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors based upon an on-site evaluation conducted April 29 - May 1, 2014, and discussion with University and College/School officials. Following the enrollment of the inaugural class of students in fall 2014, an on-site evaluation will be scheduled during academic year 2014-2015 for purposes of gathering additional information to be considered in the Board’s consideration of advancement to Candidate status. Based upon this evaluation, should the Board feel that Candidate status cannot be conferred, the School could respond to the Board’s concerns and reapply prior to the graduation of the first class. If Candidate status is not granted even after reapplication, graduates may not be eligible for licensure as pharmacists. If Candidate status is granted and the program continues to develop as planned, Accreditation status of the Doctor of Pharmacy program would be considered by the Board following the graduation of students from the program.