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Husson University School of Pharmacy

Dean's Welcome

Dean Rhonda Waskiewicz, EdD, OTR (ret.)


As the Dean of Husson University’s School of Pharmacy it is my privilege to welcome you as you explore the PharmD program. As you explore these pages you will notice much that is similar to other schools of pharmacy because all accredited PharmD programs must meet the same rigorous standards. So let me share with you what is different or unique about our School of Pharmacy and what you should consider as you make decisions about your future. In addition to Central Maine’s scenic beauty, year-round outdoor recreational opportunities, and safe environment, I believe there are three distinct characteristics of our PharmD program.

First, in addition to direct entry into the professional program, many schools of pharmacy offer a 0-6 program where over the course of six years students complete pharmacy prerequisites prior to entering the 4-year professional program.  They graduate with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) at the end of the six years.

Husson University offers a 6-year program where students complete all prerequisites, a BS in Health Sciences, and the professional Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree in six (6) years.  We believe this is a better option for students looking to maximize their time and financial investment.

Second, our focus on student success is tangible. We offer highly competitive tuition which means our students generally graduate with less debt. Our classes are almost exclusively taught by our full time faculty and, with our low student to faculty ratio, students are assured direct and regular access to faculty. Additionally we offer academic support both embedded in our courses and through dedicated student support services and success coaching. Students who enter through the BS/PharmD program are assigned a pharmacy faculty advisor beginning in their freshman year.

Finally, we partner with the other community and health care programs at Husson to deliver authentic interprofessional education opportunities. Occupational and Physical Therapy, Nursing and Counseling students and faculty, along with our medical partners and their students, are engaged in didactic, simulated, and community outreach activities that mimic ‘real world’ situations. Husson has dedicated resources to support these initiatives so that all students are assured opportunities to learn about and work with other health care professions.

If you are exploring pharmacy programs then I hope you give Husson University’s School of Pharmacy serious consideration. If you have already made your decision to join us then I look forward to welcoming you in person.


Rhonda Waskiewicz, EdD, OT