College of Pharmacy: Frequently asked questions
About the College of Pharmacy development
When will classes begin at the Manchester University College of Pharmacy?
Fall semester 2012 classes begin Aug. 13 for the inaugural class, which will graduate in May 2016.
Where is new College of Pharmacy?
Manchester University has constructed a new facility especially designed for its College of Pharmacy on the far north side of Fort Wayne, east of the Dupont Road exit of Interstate 69.
How many students will attend the College of Pharmacy?
The first class will have about 70 students. Total enrollment of 280 students is anticipated when the first class graduates four years later, in May 2016.
Will the new College of Pharmacy be accredited?
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education has awarded precandidate accreditation status to the Manchester University College of Pharmacy. For more information regarding the accreditation status, please click here.
Why did Manchester University form a College of Pharmacy?
Commitment to serving others is central to the Mission of Manchester University. Pharmacists in today’s world work beyond the drug store. They are becoming an active part of the health care team, along with physicians and geriatricians.
Second, there is a regional and national shortage of pharmacists. Manchester University’s College of Pharmacy will help fill this need with graduates who value professional competency and service to community.
Third, Manchester University has impressive historic strength in the natural sciences. Our graduates include a Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, the inventor of Teflon®, the discoverer of acid rain in North America, the first female FDA commissioner, the winner of the Dan David prize for research in solar photovoltaic cells, and hundreds of doctors and health care providers. BACK TO TOP
For students interested in pharmacy
What do I have to do to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree?
The graphic below illustrates a common path students can take to earn their professional Doctor of Pharmacy degree:
Remember that students must complete the prerequisite coursework required by the pharmacy program to which they apply. Upon completing prerequisite coursework, students are eligible to apply to pharmacy programs.
Does Manchester University offer a pre-pharmacy program?
Manchester University offers a two-year pre-pharmacy program with the coursework necessary to fulfill pre-pharmacy requirements of the Manchester University College of Pharmacy and other pharmacy schools.
Will applicants need to complete their two-year pre-pharmacy requirements at Manchester University?
No. Qualified applicants to the College of Pharmacy will compete with pre-pharmacy students from throughout the nation.
If students complete two years of pre-pharmacy coursework at Manchester University or another undergraduate institution, do they earn an undergraduate degree?
No, a two-year pre-pharmacy curriculum is designed to prepare students for admission into a Doctor of Pharmacy program, and students would not earn an undergraduate degree, nor can they earn one at the College of Pharmacy. The Doctor of Pharmacy is a four-year professional program that awards the Pharm.D. degree.
What opportunities will be offered for Manchester University pre-pharmacy students to work with faculty at the College of Pharmacy?
Research experiences will be available through the College of Pharmacy and through individual investigator research support. Both opportunities are limited and competitive.
What happens if I complete the pre-pharmacy curriculum at Manchester University and I'm not admitted to the College of Pharmacy?
Applicants not admitted to the College of Pharmacy can request a meeting with the associate dean for student affairs to discuss their application materials and credentials. They may choose to return to Manchester University to continue coursework in the Biology-Chemistry major. Students are encouraged to improve their grade-point average during a third year of undergraduate work, or complete their undergraduate degree. They should work closely with their undergraduate advisor to develop a plan for a third and/or fourth year, and may reapply for admission to the College of Pharmacy. BACK TO TOP
For prospective applicants to the College of Pharmacy
How many years will it take to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from Manchester University?
The doctoral program will take four calendar years to complete. Students will need at least two years of undergraduate pre-pharmacy coursework before entering the Pharm.D. program.
Do undergraduate scholarships awarded at my undergraduate institution carry over to the College of Pharmacy?
No, academic scholarships awarded to undergraduates apply only to undergraduate studies. Financial aid will be available for students enrolled at the College of Pharmacy.
What types of financial aid will be available to students?
Loans will be available, and scholarships may be an option. These will be highly competitive and shouldn't be relied upon to pay for tuition.
What type of housing is provided for Pharmacy students?
The College of Pharmacy does not provide student housing. Fort Wayne and the surrounding area offer many housing options for students. A list of available housing options is shared with students upon admission to the program.
Will transportation be available to get to the College of Pharmacy and to off-campus rotation sites?
No. Students will provide their own transportation to and from the College of Pharmacy and to off-campus locations.
What off-campus learning opportunities are offered by the College of Pharmacy?
The College of Pharmacy's experiential learning program places students in pharmacies, hospitals and other health care institutions in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area.
Am I eligible to play Manchester University athletics as a student at the College of Pharmacy?
Students at Manchester University have four years of athletic eligibility, which includes time as a student at the College of Pharmacy. Students are advised, however, that a rigorous academic schedule and experiential obligations make athletic participation difficult, and student-athletes must meet the demands of the schedules as set forth by individual coaches. BACK TO TOP