Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Welcome from the Dean


W. Thomas Smith,
Pharm.D., J.D.
Professor and Dean of Pharmacy Programs
Phone: 260-470-2668

Thank you for taking time to learn more about the pharmacy programs here at Manchester University.

Since 2012 – the year in which we matriculated our very first class of doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students – we have reached several major milestones, including:

  • Enrolling six classes of enthusiastic and capable pharmacy students.
  • Graduating more than 120 talented and dedicated pharmacists from our first two PharmD classes.
  • Launching the first-of-its kind Master’s degree program in pharmacogenomics in May 2016, and graduating our first class of students in spring 2017.
  • The creation of a second-year postgraduate (PGY2) residency, with emphases in ambulatory care and academic pharmacy.
  • Having our very own Dr. Robert Beckett selected as one of just four pharmacy educators nationwide as a recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Emerging Teaching Scholar Award. Click here.
  • The completion of more than 4,000 hours of service to over 50 northern Indiana organizations by our students, staff and faculty in 2016-2017 alone (and more than 17,000 service hours completed since 2012).
  • Earning full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Click here.

The pharmacy programs here at Manchester – which includes both the PharmD program and the graduate program in pharmacogenomics – are rooted in the University’s mission: 

Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.

  • The “infinite worth of every individual” is a central tenant of the pharmacy profession by which every patient deserves dignity and respect.
  • Our graduates of “ability and conviction” will be well-prepared professionals who are committed to giving back to their communities and workplaces.
  • Our faculty, staff and students are “principled, productive and compassionate” people motivated to help others and “improve the human condition.”

Four goals distinguish Manchester’s pharmacy programs:

  1. We strive to provide students with a dynamic learning environment, engaging them in innovative, effective and experiential learning. They learn with their heads, hands and hearts in a wide variety of settings.
  2. We provide connections to the community, creating meaningful opportunities for our students to serve others in a variety of health care and non-health care related settings.
  3. We support students as whole persons, treating them as individuals and nurturing knowledgeable and compassionate professionals.
  4. We offer a forward-looking education, preparing our graduates for success in a constantly changing profession. We can’t teach our students about medications, therapies and technologies that don’t exist, but we can teach them a thirst for learning, an ability to adapt and a curiosity about innovation.

Our students remind us every day of their enormous potential. Through their commitment to education and service, they are the living embodiment of Manchester’s mission. Feel free to browse our website to learn more details about our programs; and, again, thank you for your interest in Manchester University.

W. Thomas Smith

W. Thomas Smith, Pharm.D., J.D.
Professor and Dean of Pharmacy Programs
Manchester University College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences