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Husson University School of Pharmacy

Dean's Welcome

Dean Rhonda Waskiewicz, EdD, OTR (ret.)

Waskiewicz_sm.jpgAs the Dean of Husson University’s School of Pharmacy it is my privilege to welcome you to our website. 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 I would like to 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, 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 student to faculty ratio approximately twelve to one, 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.

Second, as an outgrowth of our mission, our students are instructed on the unique health care needs of rural populations and exposed to a variety of rural and diverse populations through their clinical experiences. Maine competes with Vermont for the title of most rural state in the United States. Over three percent of the population are immigrants and between one and five percent of the population in the eastern portion of the state are Native American. Students interested in rural health will find a home at Husson.

Finally, we partner with the other health care programs at Husson to deliver authentic interprofessional education opportunities. Occupational and Physical Therapy, Nursing and Counseling students and faculty are engaged in simulation 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’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.


Dean Rhonda Waskiewicz, EdD, OTR (ret.)