Thank you for visiting Wingate University School of Pharmacy, where we have a strong and longstanding tradition of graduating practice ready pharmacists. We have two pharmacy campus locations, one in western North Carolina (Hendersonville) and one in mid-state (Wingate). If you are uncertain if pharmacy is right for you, our staff will be happy to meet with you to assist you in making that determination. You may also refer to this link for additional information regarding pharmacy as a career, hosted by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. At Wingate, we recognize that healthcare is a dynamic and challenging arena, it is our goal to assure your success, and deciding on a career path is a critical first step.
How do we assist our trainees in gaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities to become practice ready? Our low student to faculty ratio, early clinical exposure opportunities, practice based learning experiences, and stellar student organizations are just some of the methods and student supports employed to assure your success. Our classes are led by clinical faculty whose primary teaching focus is student content mastery, with over 93% of faculty being board certified in their clinical specialty area. At Wingate, we believe that the profession of pharmacy continues to be an exciting healthcare domain with a multitude of potential career pathways. With the aging of the U.S. population (sometimes referred to as the “silver tsunami”), the increasing complexity of treating multiple chronic diseases with increasingly powerful medications, and personalized medicine, projections suggest that the career opportunities for pharmacy and pharmacists will continue to be present.
I invite you to consider a visit to either or both of our campus locations to see first-hand that, at Wingate, we value you and your success. - Jerry McKee Pharm.D, M.S., BCPP – Interim Dean
You’re at the Center
The faculty and staff of Wingate University believe in the primacy of our teaching mission. While we place the patient at the center of our healthcare equation, we place the student at the center of our academic mission. All classes, case studies, discussions and laboratory sessions are taught by faculty, not graduate students. All classes are supported fully with Web notes in advance of each session. The student is able to listen to lectures and participate fully in discussions because the notes are provided, rather than penned by the students as the sessions unfold.
More Hands-on Opportunities
Wingate University’s commitment to building the confidence of its students is second to none among schools of pharmacy. This confidence is built through extensive learning and practice opportunities which focus on:
- Business management
- Communication skills
- Disease management
- Drug order processing
- Pharmaceutical care
- Professional decision making
- Professional ethics
The pharmacy practice component comprises a greater percentage of the curriculum than that of any other school in the United States. Patient care is practiced in each year of the program. Clinical rotations in community practice, long-term care practice, ambulatory clinic practice and acute care practice are all integral, required experiences within the curriculum. Additionally, students are allowed to elect special rotations to build special clinical or management skills.
The Wingate Difference: Faculty