Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Welcome from the Dean


W. Thomas Smith,
Pharm.D., J.D.
Professor and Dean of Pharmacy and Graduate Life Sciences
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 eight classes of enthusiastic and capable pharmacy students.
  • Graduating nearly 300 pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists from our professional and graduate programs, who are educated, trained and committed to practice and work at the top of their respective fields.
  • Producing nearly 50 first-year post-graduate (PGY1) residents, practicing in institutions and clinics across the country – a dozen of whom furthered their training and specialization by completing PGY2 residencies.
  • Launching the first-of-its kind Master’s degree program in pharmacogenomics (PGx) in 2016, and then expanding the program online in 2018.
  • Introducing the nation’s first dual PharmD/Master’s in PGx program, offered exclusively to qualified Manchester PharmD students.
  • Beginning a second-year postgraduate (PGY2) residency program in 2017, accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), with emphases in ambulatory care and academic pharmacy.
  • Celebrating the accomplishments of our talented and dedicated faculty, including Drs. Diane Calinski and Vaibhav Mundra from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences who were selected in consecutive years (2018 and 2019) as recipients of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP’s) prestigious and competitive New Investigator Award. 
  • Winning AACP’s inaugural Outstanding Commitment in Health Disparities and Cultural Competence Award (awarded by the Health Disparities and Cultural Competence special interest group).
  • Earning full accreditation for the PharmD Program from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) through June of 2022. Click here.

The pharmacy programs here at Manchester – which includes the PharmD Program, the graduate program in pharmacogenomics, and the dual PharmD/MS in PGx Program – 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 provideconnections 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. Wesupport 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 cannot teach our students about medications, therapies and technologies that do not 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 and Health Sciences
Manchester University College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences