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Western University of Health Sciences Pharmacy Program

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by RaisingTheSteaks, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. Hello, I recently got an acceptance letter for the PharmD program from Western University in Pomona. Are there any current students or alumni that can give me the pros and cons of attending this university? I live in NorCal and would like to know how the student life is before making a big decision.

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  3. PharmDBro2017

    PharmDBro2017 2+ Year Member

    Dec 1, 2015
    Quit making so many threads. Go to the cheapest school.

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  4. BlackDiamond277


    Feb 15, 2017
    Roseman: $54,100 x 3 years = $162,300
    University of The Pacific: $76,421 + $76,421 + $50,954 = 203,796
    Western: $48,665 x 4 years = 194,660

    This should make the decision for you
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  5. Saiyo

    Saiyo 7+ Year Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    Wow those schools are all expensive AF
  6. stoichiometrist

    stoichiometrist 5+ Year Member

    Aug 2, 2011
    If you plan to remain in coastal California then I would pick a different profession, i.e software engineering. By going into pharmacy you will graduate with approximately $250k in loans and be forced to move out to the middle of nowhere, and that is if there are even any jobs available there when you graduate.
  7. Sine Cura

    Sine Cura 10 seconds or less 7+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    3-year = enter job market earlier
    4-year = more time to work

    Student life = more dumbasses at UoP who thought they were smart to get an "in" by entering out of high school but not smart enough to save money on pre-reqs
    3-year = less time to work
    4-year = enter job market later
  8. steveysmith54

    steveysmith54 Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Been about a decade since I was a P1 and we didn’t have KGI (about 5 miles from Western), CHU, chapman, Ketchum, Westcost, northstate, and god knows what other schools. I am sure more than several professors have already left. Having said that, the advantage is that we are the 4th oldest school in CA, we are not hated by too many people, we have established rotations, decent passing rates on boards, etc. disadvantage is that it’s in Pomona, expensive, you’re screwed with job market.
  9. ExpressMaiL

    ExpressMaiL alea iacta est Pharmacist 10+ Year Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    You not it dates Summer kuh
    Western is in a pretty sketchy area. UOP is by far in the worst area. At least at UOP there are pawnshops close by, so if you're low on funds you can hawk your personal belongings. :laugh: I don't know about Roseman.

    Be sure you're ready for tons of debt. Sit down with a calculator and see how much you'll need and can afford to pay WITHOUT a job, after you graduate.
  10. steveysmith54

    steveysmith54 Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    If this poster lives in NorCal, UOP is closer, one year shorter in duration of study. Doesn’t make all that much sense to go to Western over UOP. Also doesn’t make sense to go to Pharmacy school in general. But posters tend to consider us haters
  11. stoichiometrist

    stoichiometrist 5+ Year Member

    Aug 2, 2011
    Many pre-pharms worry about location, location, location.

    We pharmacists worry about cost, cost, cost.
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