Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Welcome from the Dean

W-Thomas-Smith

W. Thomas Smith,
Pharm.D., J.D.
Professor and Dean of Pharmacy and Graduate Life Sciences
Phone: 260-470-2668
wtsmith@manchester.edu

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

At Manchester Pharmacy and Graduate Life Sciences, our first class of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) students matriculated in 2012. Now, nearly a decade later, I am proud to share some of our milestone achievements that illustrate how we are advancing pharmacy education and specialized training in a vibrant health-centered community.

We have:

  • Enrolled 10 classes of enthusiastic and capable pharmacy students
  • Graduated more than 400 pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists from our professional and graduate programs who are committed to practice and work at the top of their respective fields
  • Prepared nearly 70 first-year post-graduate (PGY1) residents, who are practicing in institutions and clinics across the country
  • Facilitated 12 post-graduates to further their training and specialization by completing PGY2 residencies

Accreditation

Pharmacy and Graduate Life Sciences programs – along with all other programs at Manchester University – are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Pharm.D. program is also accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE), effective June 2016 through June 2022. Since summer 2020, we have been preparing our accreditation self-study in anticipation of an April 2022 visit from ACPE. In addition, the self-study of our soon-to-launch graduate program in nutrition and nutrigenomics is underway and we are working with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics to plan a site visit early in 2022.

Fort Wayne / Community Impact

The National Civic League named Fort Wayne a 2021 All-America City. Awarded to 10 communities each year, the organization recognizes U.S. cities and towns that engage residents in innovative, inclusive and effective efforts to tackle critical challenges.

We provide connections for Manchester Pharmacy students to engage in their communities and model active service. Students often volunteer and complete clinical rotations working with patients within vulnerable populations in keeping with our mission. Through annual rotations, our Pharm.D. students explore future practice options while gaining experiential on-site training and practicing patient-centered care in a variety of health care settings.

Manchester Pharmacy’s North Fort Wayne campus metro area location enhances the student experience in a vibrant city situated among health care networks and community pharmacies. Our campus is neighbor to Parkview Health Systems, steps away from Parkview Regional Medical Center and the Mirro Center for Research and Innovation.

Innovation

Our credentialed faculty are experts in their fields who are fully engaged and recognized nationally. Many serve in leadership roles in pharmacy and science associations. We offer a forward-looking education and current technologies to prepare our graduates for success in an ever-evolving profession. At Manchester Pharmacy and Graduate Life Sciences, we strive to provide a dynamic learning environment, engaging students in innovative, effective and experiential learning in a variety of settings. A video-equipped pharmacy communications lab allows students to practice patient communication skills. Our students gain a thirst for learning, an ability to adapt and a curiosity about innovation.

As a leader in the future of health care, Manchester Pharmacy offers innovative programs that provide unique opportunities for graduates, such as:

Lasting Relationships

As a younger collection of programs in a small-campus setting, students form meaningful relationships with fellow students, faculty, staff and preceptors. Faculty mentors accompany Pharm.D. students on their four-year journey, presenting the first-year white coat and finally the graduation hood. Graduates make lifelong friendships and build professional relationships, sharing accomplishments with their professors.

As a university that is rich in diversity, Manchester Pharmacy received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) inaugural award for inclusion and diversity.

Liberal Arts Connections

The liberal arts play a foundational role in student development to instill transferrable skills, interprofessional collaboration, leadership and lifelong learning. Students gain strong interpersonal skills vital to professional identity formation. We support students as whole persons, treating them as individuals and nurturing knowledgeable and compassionate professionals committed to improving the human condition through service.

Manchester Pharmacy and Graduate Life Sciences programs 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.”

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. I hope you will browse our website to learn more about our career-enriching pharmacy programs; the Pharm.D. Program, the graduate program in pharmacogenomics, the dual Pharm.D./MS in PGx Program and our latest opportunity – the dual Pharm.D./MBA pathway, a partnership between Manchester and Indiana Tech University.

Whatever your interest, Manchester Pharmacy and Graduate Life Sciences is a diverse academic community where students thrive.

I hope you’ll join us!

W. Thomas Smith

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