College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences News

Established in 2010, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has the resources of a century-old, comprehensive, national university and the agility to introduce forward-leaning programs to educate the leaders of tomorrow in the health and wellness fields. Resilient and adaptive, WNE students connect theory to practice to become lifelong learners amid revolutionary changes in science, medicine, and wellness.
Members of the West Springfield Fire Department and WNE OTD students pose for a photo with BEary Bags in front of a fire engine at the WSFD station.

Department of Occupational Therapy Collaborates with West Springfield Fire Department to Launch New Project Aimed at Promoting Calmness

April 12, 2024

The "BEary Calm Bags" project, a collaboration between Western New England University Department of Occupational Therapy and the West Springfield Fire Department, aims to improve emergency response experiences for individuals with sensory sensitivities, disabilities, and communication barriers.

Attendee of the event from several learning institutions working together take a moment to smile for the camera

Interprofessional Healthcare Simulation Day Cultivates Collaborative Skills Among Health Profession Students

April 12, 2024

At Western New England University, Pharmacy, OT, PA, and Nursing students engage in an Interprofessional Healthcare Simulation Day, honing collaborative skills vital for effective patient care in today's complex healthcare landscape.

Occupational Therapy students working on patients in the Bear Paw Center.

WNE's Occupational Therapy Program Recognized Among the BEST Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report

April 09, 2024

U.S. News & World Report ranks Western New England University's Occupational Therapy program among the BEST Graduate Schools, affirming its dedication to quality education and outstanding student outcomes.

Pharmacist filing a syringe

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Introduces PharmD Distance Pathway - Extended Program

April 08, 2024

Western New England University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences unveils a new six-year PharmD Distance Pathway - Extended Program for aspiring pharmacists seeking flexible academic timelines.

Pharmacists consulting

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Launches Master of Science in Medical Sciences Program, Now Accepting Applications

March 26, 2024

Western New England University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences launches Master of Science in Medical Sciences program, catering to domestic and international graduates seeking advanced healthcare careers in the U.S.

Dr. Melissa Mattison with fourth-year pharmacy student Nduta Njubi in Ghana, assisting with school health screenings

Western New England University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Expands Global Healthcare Reach in Ghana

March 12, 2024

Western New England University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences expands its global impact with a successful APPE rotation in Ghana, fostering intercultural learning and healthcare outreach.

WNE students working with faculty

Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Partners with American Pharmacogenomics Association to Enhance Master's Program

March 07, 2024

Collaborating with the American Pharmacogenomics Association, Western New England University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences amplifies its Master in Pharmacogenomics program, offering students comprehensive training and hands-on experience for careers in healthcare and related industries.

Nadine Vogel

Western New England University Presents Wellen Davison Seminar: "Disability 101" Featuring Keynote Speaker Nadine O. Vogel

March 01, 2024

Join Western New England University for the Wellen Davison Seminar, "Disability 101," featuring keynote speaker Nadine O. Vogel, a global leader in disability inclusion, on March 14th.

Potential students taking a selfie with a WNE student with the WNE cupola in the background.

Western New England University and Greenfield Community College Forge Joint Admissions Agreement

February 23, 2024

Western New England University (WNE) and Greenfield Community College (GCC) reaffirm their commitment to student success through the re-signing of a joint admissions agreement, enhancing transfer pathways and academic support for GCC students.

WNE OTD students and faculty working with patients in the Bear Paw Clinic

Western New England University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Unveils Innovative Online OTD Distance Pathway

February 08, 2024

Responding to shifts in occupational therapy, Western New England University unveils the online Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Distance Pathway. Applications for the inaugural Fall 2024 cohort are open. The hybrid program combines online and on-campus experiences, ensuring flexibility without extending time to degree completion and preparing students for evolving healthcare demands.

Dr. Dana-Lynn Koʻomoa-Lange

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Receives Grant from National Cancer Institute for Pediatric Neuroblastoma Research

January 30, 2024

Western New England University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences secures a $423,743 grant from the National Cancer Institute for a three-year research project on pediatric Neuroblastoma. Led by Dr. Dana-Lynn Koʻomoa-Lange, the study focuses on targeting relapsed high-risk Neuroblastoma by manipulating aberrant calcium signaling, showcasing WNE's dedication to innovative cancer research.

Duggan Academy students visit the WNE College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

WNE-Duggan-BBBS Community Health Leadership Program Creates Lasting Impact with Enriching Day at WNE College of Pharmacy

January 02, 2024

Seventeen enthusiastic 7th-grade students from the John J. Duggan Academy recently experienced a transformative day at WNE's College of Pharmacy, marking the conclusion of the WNE-Duggan-BBBS Community Health Leadership Program. The program, led by dedicated WNE Clinical Associate Professors, aimed to spark curiosity and excitement about healthcare and pharmacy careers through hands-on activities and mentorship.

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Western New England University Achieves Outstanding Success with 97% Pass Rate on BACB Exam

December 14, 2023

Western New England University celebrates an outstanding 97% pass rate on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) exam, surpassing the national average. The accomplishment underscores the program's excellence and the proficiency of students and faculty.

2023 Rho Chi Inductees

Western New England University Celebrates Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society Induction

November 21, 2023

Western New England University's Epsilon Iota chapter of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society celebrated the induction of nine outstanding members from the PY3 Pharmacy Class. The ceremony at Munich Haus in Chicopee, MA, emphasized the society's dedication to promoting pharmaceutical sciences and fostering fellowship among pharmacy students.

OTD students with swimming buddies

OTD Students Buddy Up with Aqua Buddies with Springfield's Center for Human Development

October 26, 2023

Western New England University Doctor of Occupational Therapy students are enhancing the lives of young participants in the Aqua Buddies program, a collaboration with the Center for Human Development. These students provide aquatic therapy, fostering connections and therapeutic play, while gaining valuable learning experiences themselves.

WNE OTD Graduate Kelsey Fitzhugh, OTD, OTR/L Receives Hand Therapy Fellowship with NYU

WNE OTD Graduate Receives Hand Therapy Fellowship with NYU

October 09, 2023

WNE graduate Kelsey Fitzhugh OTD ’21 has been awarded the prestigious Hand Therapy Fellowship at NYU. This 12-month program in New York City equips her to treat a variety of hand and upper extremity conditions while preparing for the Certified Hand Therapy (CHT) examination.

Occupational Therapy students and faculty get the chance to meet with Congressman Richard Neal in Washington DC.

Western New England University Students and Faculty Engage in AOTA's Hill Day in Washington, DC

October 06, 2023

A delegation of Western New England University (WNE) students and faculty participated in the American Occupational Therapy Association's (AOTA) Hill Day in Washington, D.C. This event allowed them to advocate for occupational therapy, discuss key healthcare issues, and meet with congressional representatives.

Dr. Parsons and her research team

Western New England University Congratulates Dr. Katelyn Parsons on Receiving the 2023 ADCES Research Award

September 05, 2023

Dr. Parsons' innovative diabetes research, focusing on diabetes distress and pharmacist-led interventions, earns her the prestigious 2023 ADCES Research Award, showcasing Western New England University's commitment to impactful and empathetic research.

Dr. Daniel Kennedy stands alongside fellow authors of the Curricular Outcomes and Entrustable Professional Activities (COEPA) document, a significant milestone in professional standards for pharmacy graduates.

WNE Celebrates Faculty Achievement: Daniel Kennedy's Key Role in Pharmacy Education Advancement

August 21, 2023

Dr. Daniel Kennedy's outstanding contributions to pharmacy education take center stage as he completes his term on the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy's Academic Affairs Committee. Dr. Kennedy played a key role in overhauling and consolidating the pharmacy COEPA (Curricular Outcomes and Entrustable Professional Activities) document, a foundational professional standard. His work underscores Western New England University's commitment to innovative teaching and its impact on shaping the pharmacy landscape.

Sign announcing CARFIT event in front of Blake Law School

OTD Presents CarFit: Enhancing Senior Driver Safety and Comfort

May 31, 2023

Western New England University's Department of Occupational Therapy hosts CarFit, a 12-step vehicle check event to enhance driving safety and comfort, particularly for senior citizens. Trained technicians will provide personalized attention and guidance during the event.

Dr. John Pezzuto at the podium

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Students Honored For Outstanding Achievements

May 04, 2023

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at WNE honored high-achieving students for their academic excellence and contributions to their fields.

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College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Summer Camp Offers Free Career Exploration for High School Students

May 04, 2023

Western New England University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences announces the Golden Bear Summer Camp, offering high school students hands-on experiences to explore careers in pharmacy and occupational therapy.

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Western New England University Students Inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma National Honor Society

April 28, 2023

Eleven students from Western New England University were inducted into the Phi Lambda Sigma National Honor Society, recognizing their dedication to pharmacy leadership and fostering further leadership development.

ODT students working with community members

Bear Paw Center Looks to Expand Services to WNE and Greater Springfield Community

March 17, 2023

Bear Paw Center at WNE, operated by OTD students, set to offer comprehensive OT services to pediatric clients, prioritizing community partnership and accessibility.

Pharmacist helping a customer

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Celebrates High Match Rates

March 16, 2023

WNE College of Pharmacy celebrates a successful match rate with 81.8% matched to PGY1 and 100% to PGY2 programs.