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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.
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.

Dr. Sheralee Tershner

WNE Congratulates Dr. Sheralee Tershner on Being Named One of 10 Fearless Women

March 14, 2023

Western New England University congratulates Professor Sheralee Tershner for being recognized as one of 10 Fearless Women by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Tershner is applauded for her contributions to neuroscience education and advocating for underrepresented students in sciences.

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WNE College of Pharmacy Student Kathryn Grant Awarded Student Registration Grant from AAPP

March 03, 2023

Kathryn Grant, a PharmD student at WNE, awarded prestigious Student Registration Grant to attend American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists' annual meeting.

Therapy student working with patient having leg problem

WNE OTD Program Achieves a 90% Pass Rate on the 2022 NBCOT Exam

March 01, 2023

Western New England University's OTD program celebrates a 90% pass rate on the 2022 NBCOT exam, showcasing the program's commitment to excellence in occupational therapy education.

Dr. Melissa Mattison

Dr. Melissa Mattison Receives $50K Grant for Naloxone Education

February 17, 2023

Western New England University's Dr. Melissa Mattison secures a $50,000 grant to educate healthcare professionals and communities about naloxone's life-saving effects in opioid overdose cases.

Students in Pharmacy setting

Prestige and Financial Stability Sited as Motivating Factors to Pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree

January 25, 2023

New research from Western New England University reveals that financial stability and prestige are key motivating factors for individuals pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.

Grape Consumption Helps Counter UV Damage to Skin

November 30, 2022

Researchers at Western New England University find that consuming grapes boosts skin's UV resistance, offering potential skin protection against sunburn.

Dr. Charles Caley

Dr. Charles Caley Selected to Receive the 2023 Judith J. Saklad Memorial Award

November 01, 2022

Dr. Charles Caley, Chair of Pharmacy Practice at Western New England University, receives the 2023 Judith J. Saklad Memorial Award for his distinguished contributions to psychiatric pharmacy.

Dr. John Pezzuto-WNE College of Pharmacy Dean

Study Finds Astounding Effects of Dietary Grapes and the Potential for Health Benefits

August 03, 2022

Studies led by Dr. Pezzuto at WNE reveal that dietary grapes alter gene expression, preventing fatty liver, boosting antioxidant genes, and extending mice lifespan.

Anne Wepfer outside the Blake Law Center