About Us

Thank you for visiting the Wingate University School of Pharmacy. Whether choosing to attend classes on our Wingate Campus or in the mountains of Hendersonville, you are at the center of everything we do. Your success is truly our top priority! Success strategies begin even before your first day of pharmacy school and student support services are available to you at each step in your journey. In addition, our low student to faculty ratio of 8:1 ensures that you have access to the resources needed to succeed as a practicing pharmacist. Our graduates would agree as nearly 100% stated they felt prepared to enter pharmacy practice. On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of the Wingate University School of Pharmacy, I cordially invite you to visit both of our campuses to discuss your exciting future. – Dr. Kurt Wargo, Interim Dean, Regional Dean, Professor


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
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • 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 details

Mission Statement

The Wingate University School of Pharmacy intends to be a nationally recognized leader in the education of students and pharmacists for the practice of pharmacy in all patient care settings for all patients. 

Wingate seeks to pursue its mission by providing an individualized, state-of-the-art learning environment that will facilitate the development of its students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills for the pursuit of pharmaceutical care.  Wingate will stimulate scholarly inquiry and will facilitate serve to patients, to the community, to the health care professions and to the institution.  Consistent with the student-centered focus of the University, limited enrollment will allow for practice experiences during each year of the curriculum and the low student-to-faculty ratio necessary for the fulfillment of the School's stated mission.  

Philosophy

The philosophical approach of the School of Pharmacy puts our students at the heart of our approach. This philosophy helps you develop as a skilled professional and as a person.

We have been committed to excellence in the classroom since the first pharmacy class stepped into the Levine College of Health Sciences building in 2003. Highly qualified faculty members led interactive classes, small group discussions and labs then and today.

If you are thinking about earning your PharmD degree, you can rest assured that our faculty members strive to make students the center of their teaching focus — it's our philosophy. We believe it is the best way to facilitate and strengthen your critical thinking and problem-solving skills, scholarly inquiry and service to the community, profession and university.

Following our student-centered teaching philosophy ensures our program produces graduates with:

  • Complete pharmaceutical care skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding moral character
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ultimate professional commitment to the patient, community and employer

The School of Pharmacy’s philosophy complements the mission and vision of the university. The mission of Wingate University is to develop educated, ethical and productive global citizens. We do this by following our Judeo-Christian heritage and cultivating faith, knowledge and the spirit of service in our students.

If you want to see how this philosophy looks up-close, plan a visit to the School of Pharmacy. Ready to jump in? Check out our admission requirements for the pharmD degree and apply when you’re ready.

History

Wingate University has a long history of responding to the needs of the community. The School of Pharmacy continues this heritage.

Wingate University’s decision to begin a School of Pharmacy was yet another example of how the university has responded to the needs of the community throughout our history. When the School of Pharmacy began offering a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2003, it was the first step the university took into graduate healthcare education. The charter class graduated in 2007, the same year the School of Pharmacy received accreditation.

The Program Continues to Grow

Three years later, the Levine College of Health Sciences building was constructed on the Wingate campus to house the pharmacy program as well as the physician assistant studies program. A year later, in 2011, the Hendersonville campus was established, answering the need for a graduate pharmacy program in western North Carolina.

The Hendersonville campus graduated its first class in 2015. That same year, Wingate University partnered with Pardee Hospital, the City of Hendersonville, Henderson County and Blue Ridge Community College to construct a health education center to serve the community.

We welcome you to visit campus to see the new building in Hendersonville or the campus in Wingate or take the virtual tour. Ready to be a part of the history of the School of Pharmacy? Apply today.

Strategic Plan

Information Coming Soon! 

The Wingate Difference: Faculty

By the Numbers

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faculty turnover

Average percentage of faculty and staff turnover from 2016-2019

100%

of pharmacy courses are taught by WUSOP faculty

650

number of presentations at national conferences by WUSOP faculty

93%

percentage of clinical faculty who are board-certified

83% of faculty are at the senior rank of Associate or Full Professor