Wilkes University


Dean: Dr. Scott Stolte, Pharm.D
Assistant/Associate Deans: Dr. Jennifer Malinowski, Dr. Julie Olenak
Chairperson, Department of Pharmacy Practice: Dr. Judith Kristeller
Chairperson, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Dr. Zbigniew Witczak


Professors: Kristeller, Stolte, Witczak
Associate Professors: Bolesta,, Bommareddy, J. Ference, K. Ference, Jacobs, Longyhore, Malinowski, Manning, McManus, Olenak, Roke-Thomas, Trombetta, VanWert
Assistant Professors: Franko, Hong, Kheloussi, Lewis, McCutcheon, Nguyen, Pezzino, Shah
Instructors: Holt-Macey, Powers
Professor Emeritus: Kibbe
Dean Emeritus: Graham

The School of Pharmacy offers a program of professional study leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates for successful pharmacy practice in the health care environment of the twenty-first century. The U.S. health care system has been undergoing rapid, even dramatic, change. This transformation is expected by most observers to continue for some time. Those individuals and organizations responsible for the delivery of pharmaceutical care have not been and will not be sheltered from the forces of change. It becomes necessary, therefore, to provide new practitioners with the necessary knowledge base and skills required in a transformed health care system.

With the rapid transformation of health care delivery, a strong foundation in the basic sciences (e.g., pharmaceutics, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, anatomy and physiology) remains essential while clinical knowledge (e.g., therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and pathophysiology) and skills (e.g. physical assessment, patient counseling, clinical decision-making) become even more important. Successful practice will demand an improved understanding of the social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, economics, health policy, management). Most importantly, the future pharmacy practitioner must have outstanding interpersonal skills. Among these are the abilities to communicate effectively and to function in a team environment.

Our Mission

Our mission is to develop pharmacists who will provide high quality health care and to make meaningful contributions to the science and practice of pharmacy.

Our Vision

We will be recognized as an exceptional pharmacy program through innovative education, contemporary practice, and valuable scientific contributions.

Our Values

Teamwork, Professionalism, Lifelong Learning, Cultural Competency, Personalized Attention, Community Engagement


Wilkes University's Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503; 312-664-3575; FAX 312-664-4652; www.acpe-accredit.org.

Professional Program

The Professional Program is four years and leads to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree after successful completion of a pre-professional program typically completed in two years. Graduates of the program are eligible for state examination to become licensed pharmacists after completing appropriate internship hours. The four years of education consist of three years of mostly in-class (i.e., lecture, laboratory, discussion group) and one full year of experiential education.

Admission into the Professional Program (Enrollment limit: 72)

To be admitted into the Professional Program of the School of Pharmacy, a student must have either enrolled in and successfully completed the Prepharmacy Program at Wilkes University or have submitted a successful application to the School of Pharmacy. Student are required to obtain a Pennsylvania Intern License once accepted to the program and in the summer prior to the start of the first professional year

Admission through the Application Process

Faculty reserve the right to select from among the applicants who will have the best opportunity to complete the curriculum within four years and have productive professional lives. Admission is based upon the student's academic ability as reflected in grades from pre-pharmacy courses, number of courses repeated, typical course loads, PCAT scores, total academic career, and references, as well as a successful interview. If applicable, the committee will also consider the most recent academic performance for those non-traditional students returning to college life after a hiatus. Each spring, a select group of applicants is invited for an interview, based upon a complete evaluation of all submitted application materials. Any missing documentation will compromise the application.

The number of seats in the professional program available through the application process is dependent on the number of Pre-pharmacy Guaranteed Seat students able to claim a seat. A portion of remaining seats is available on an academically competitive basis to Wilkes students with overall and prerequisite GPAs above a 2.5, and a portion of seats is available to transfer students with overall and prerequisite GPAs above a 2.5 on a competitive basis. To be classified as a Wilkes student, the student 1) must complete and be enrolled at Wilkes University for two full-time consecutive semesters before enrollment in the Professional Program, AND 2) must complete 18 credits of prerequisite courses at Wilkes University by the end of the spring semester prior to enrollment in the Professional Program Failure to meet both criteria will result in classification as a "transfer" student.

A maximum of 8 credits for prerequisite courses may be transferred to Wilkes University while enrolled in the Pre-Pharmacy Guaranteed Seat Program. The Registrar Office will determine course equivalency for transferred courses. The remaining prerequisite courses must be completed at Wilkes University. The Organic Chemistry prerequisite requirement may be met by taking 1)Organic I with lab and Organic II with lab or 2) Essentials of Organic Chemistry with lab at Wilkes University.

Applicants should review the technical standards set forth by the School of Pharmacy, which are available at: 


These technical standards describe non-academic abilities that are required for admission to, continuation in, and graduation from the School of Pharmacy to obtain a Pharm.D. degree.

How to Apply

To obtain a School of Pharmacy application, you may call or write:

School of Pharmacy
Wilkes University
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
(570) 408-4280
1-800-WILKESU ext. 4280

or download an application from https://wilkes.edu/academics/colleges/nesbitt-college-of-pharmacy/program-information/pharmd-program/how-to-apply.

Please note: The School of Pharmacy application is in addition to the Wilkes University application. All applicants must complete the application and return it before January 15th for the upcoming fall semester.

Pharmacy Minimum Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Professional Program of the School of Pharmacy, the applicant:

  • should complete the Wilkes University General Education Course Requirements or have completed a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of two deficient General Education courses will be considered for admission into the pharmacy program. Students with more than two deficient General Education courses may appeal to the Student Affairs Committee of the School of Pharmacy for consideration. 
  • must successfully (2.0 or higher) complete the Pharmacy Prerequisite Courses listed below by the end of the spring term prior to fall admission;
  • must obtain a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 and a minimum GPA of 2.50 in the Pharmacy Prerequisite Courses listed below (Wilkes student) by the end of the spring semester prior to admission. Preferential consideration will be given to Wilkes students with GPAs of 3.0 or higher.

Prerequisite grades less than 2.0 may be repeated with the higher grade factoring into the GPA. However, applications will be placed at a lower priority for repeated courses of less than 2.0 in prerequisite courses are recorded. In addition, repeating courses in which a grade above a 2.0 was earned will not factor into the GPA. However, exceptions to the above rules will be considered on an individual basis and only if students can provide written explanation of extenuating circumstances.

(Note: admission into the Pharmacy Program is extremely competitive. Earning the minimum academic criteria necessary to submit an application does not in any way infer or promise an interview or admission into the program.)

  • must provide three completed recommendation forms;
  • must successfully complete the interview process;
  • must demonstrate acceptable written communication skills; and
  • • must submit scores on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), . Please note only PCAT scores taken prior to January, in the year a student is applying, will be accepted.

Pharmacy Prerequisites

Two semesters (8 credits) of General Chemistry with labs of General Chemistry with labs Two semesters (8 credits) of Organic Chemistry with labs OR 4 credits of Essentials of Organic Chemistry with lab at Wilkes University
Two semesters (8 credits) of General Biology with labs
One semester (4 credits) of Calculus
One semester (3 credits) of Statistics
One semester (4 credits) of General Physics with lab
One semester (3 credits) of Microeconomics
One semester (3 credits) of Oral Communications

Professional Standards

Students enrolled in the program of the School of Pharmacy are expected to endorse professional standards by subscribing to the Oath of the Pharmacist. Students are also expected to abide by the American Pharmacists Association's Code of Ethics of the Profession.

Technical Standards

Students applying to and enrolling in the School of Pharmacy are expected to read, acknowledge, and understand the Technical Standards. These technical standards describe non-academic abilities that are required for admission to, continuation in, and graduation from the School of Pharmacy to obtain a Pharm.D. degree.

A candidate must have abilities and skills in the following five areas: 1) observational skills; 2) communication skills; 3) motor skills; 4) intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative skills; and 5) behavioral and social skills. Detailed descriptions of the Technical Standards are provided in the School of Pharmacy Application or by contacting the School of Pharmacy Dean's office.

Progression Requirements

All students in the Professional Program of the School of Pharmacy are required to meet minimum standards for progression. Academic progression requirements include a minimum semester and a cumulative pharmacy GPA of 2.0. In addition, no student shall be allowed more than 8.0 credits of less than 2.0 grades in required professional courses both inside and outside of the School. Any course with a grade of 0.0 must be repeated. At the end of each semester the progress of each student in the Professional Program will be reviewed. Students failing to meet minimal academic standards at the end of any semester must petition the Student Review Subcommittee through the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs to further progress in the School. More inclusive policies, including but not limited to acceptable classroom and experiential site behavior, alcohol and substance abuse, and other issues impacting the image of the professional program and the student, adopted within these guidelines are distributed to all students in the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Student Handbook distributed annually. APPE progression is described in the APPE Course Manual.

Experiential Curriculum Component

Experiential learning is a critical component of the curriculum at Wilkes. Before being placed in an experiential setting, all students are required to:

  • possess an active Pennsylvania Pharmacy Intern License;
  • possess professional liability insurance,
  • have documentation of immunizations,
  • pass a physical examination,
  • be certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support (healthcare provider) and Basic First Aid,
  • have a criminal background check complete and clear, per site requirements, by an approved provider; and
  • complete and clear other site-specific requirements, such as FBI fingerprint check, PA child abuse background check, etc.

These criteria are fully described throughout the curriculum, including deadlines and ramifications of non-compliance.

The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) consists of a number of different experiences. During the summer following successful completion of the P-1 year, students will complete a 2-week (80 hours) Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE I). The second professional year (the P-2 year) includes 40 hours of IPPE II during the fall and/or spring semester. In addition, students will complete a 2-week (80 hours) IPPE III during the summer after the P-2 year. In the third professional year (P-3) of the professional program, the curriculum includes a two-semester course in service learning (longitudinal care), and 40 hours of IPPE IV. IPPE V is a self-directed IPPE and consists of 20 hours of independent pharmacy-related, service-oriented learning earned during the P1 through P3 years. IPPE's occur at practice sites and in the community in locations not on campus.

The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) occurs during the  fourth professional year (the P-4 year) of the professional program. Each student will be assigned to 1 six-week rotation, plus 6 five-week rotations, some of which may be at some distance from the Wilkes-Barre area. As much as possible, The School of Pharmacy will assist in locating safe, affordable housing for APPEs. Since patient care is a continuous activity, some experiences may be conducted outside of regular school/business hours. Note also that APPE start and end dates do not adhere to the regular university calendar. The student is responsible for paying all transportation and housing costs for all experiential components of the curriculum, except where noted.

Graduation, Degree and Licensure Requirements

It is the student's responsibility to meet all graduation requirements, and it is expected that all students accepted into the Pharm.D. Program will meet regularly and frequently with their advisors to ensure timely progress toward their Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Graduation is dependent on successful completion of all required and elective course requirements in the School of Pharmacy (see Progression Requirements) AND completion of all General Education Requirements mandated by Wilkes University.

A student entering the Professional Program with a bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited college or university is exempted from the University's General Education Requirements, but is not exempted from the prerequisite entry requirements prescribed by the School of Pharmacy for entry into the Professional Program.

Students applying with degrees or courses from foreign colleges or universities will be evaluated to ensure significant portions of the General Education Requirements are satisfied.

All non-degreed students entering the Professional Programs are encouraged to complete the General Education Requirements prior to beginning the Professional Curriculum. As mentioned, a student may be deficient in two General Education requirements and be granted admission into the program. Student will receive consultation and documentation from their advisor that these courses must be completed prior to graduation. Students with more than two deficient General Education courses may appeal to the Student Affairs Committee of the School of Pharmacy for consideration. This requirement is in place since there is  no room within the professional curriculum, including summers, to complete the courses. As a matter of record, non-degreed students who have successfully completed the second professional year (P-2) in the School of Pharmacy AND completed all General Education Requirements will be awarded a  Bachelor of Science in Science degree. The pass-through B.S. degree does not meet eligibility requirements for licensure as a pharmacist; it is only intended to acknowledge the academic achievement of students completing four years of university-level education.

Pharmacy licensure is governed by state law. All states require graduation from an accredited School or College of Pharmacy. Additional requirements for licensure should be requested from the state in which licensure is sought. It is the student's responsibility to fulfill all requirements for the state in which they seek licensure. Students must contact that State Board of Pharmacy for all appropriate paperwork. For further information, please contact the Dean's Office in the School of Pharmacy.

The School of Pharmacy reserves the right to revise the Pharmacy Curriculum at any time in order to prepare students for future practice roles, meet new accreditation requirements and to incorporate innovations in instruction