Western University of Health Sciences has two community pharmacy programs. One with Ralphs Pharmacy (a retail chain pharmacy) and one with 986 Pharmacy (an independently owned pharmacy).
The purpose of the Western University School of Health Sciences PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program is to build upon the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community-based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications.
This program develops pharmacy practitioners who are leaders and skilled patient care providers within the independent community pharmacy or health center setting. This program prepares its graduates to assume positions as independent pharmacy owners, outpatient clinic/community pharmacy clinicians, community pharmacy managers, to serve as adjunct faculty for a college of pharmacy, or to pursue careers in academia.
The resident will rotate through a variety of community and ambulatory care pharmacy practices providing various clinical services at an independent pharmacy and a safety-net clinic. Clinical service activities include counseling patients, initiating and adjusting medication therapies, ordering laboratory tests, performing physical assessments, implementing patient care programs, communicating with other health care providers, and managing a clinical practice. The resident will also get hands-on experience in independent pharmacy ownership and management. Through the program, the resident will have the opportunity to receive a teaching and research certificate and participate in didactic and experiential teaching activities. Research experience will involve the completion of a major clinical project during the course of the residency year.
The Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy opened in 1996. The PharmD program prepares pharmacy professionals in a humanistic, interdisciplinary tradition to become competent, qualified practitioners. WesternU offers various types of postdoctoral training programs in pharmacy practice:
PGY1 Residencies: Ambulatory Care, Community Pharmacy, Geriatrics
PGY2 Residencies: Cardiology
Fellowships: Health Outcomes Research, Cardiology Outcomes Research, Digital Health and Informatics