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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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Admissions Information

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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Library Resources

The Library provides essential resources needed for scholastic and professional success.

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Information Sessions

Attend one of our Information Sessions, meet our leadership and faculty team, and learn more about our Doctor of Pharmacy program.

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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.