Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences
Western University of Health Sciences logo.png
Motto The Discipline of Learning. The Art of Caring.
Established 1977
Type Private
President Philip Pumerantz
Academic staff 250 full-time
1,200 adjunct professionals
Admin. staff 700
Students 2,659 (2009-10)
Location Pomona, CA, USA
Campus Urban, 22 acres (8.9 ha)
Website www.westernu.edu

Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) is a non-profit, private, graduate school for the health professions. The university campus includes 11 major buildings on 22 acres (8.9 ha) in downtown Pomona, California.

Founded in 1977 with a student body of 36, it now has more than 2,600 students. The College of Veterinary Medicine (opened 2003) was the first to open in the country in 20 years. WesternU is one of the largest graduate schools for the health professions in California, offering 18 programs in nine colleges.

All of the health care programs have professional accreditation, and the university is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The D.O. program is also accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.


Institutional mission

To produce, in a humanistic tradition, health care professionals and biomedical knowledge that will enhance and extend the quality of life in our communities.

Colleges and degrees offered

  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) and the branch campus of COMP Northwest: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
  • College of Veterinary Medicine: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • College of Allied Health Professions: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT); Master of Science (MS) in Health Sciences; Master of Science (MS) in Physician Assistant Studies
  • College of Graduate Nursing: Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP); Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); Master of Science Nursing Entry (MSN-E); Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate Doctorate Of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • College of Pharmacy: Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD); Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies (MSPS); Mid-Career Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • College of Dentistry: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
  • College of Optometry: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
  • College of Podiatric Medicine: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)
  • Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Master of Science in Medical Sciences

Impact in the community

WesternU's state-of-the-art Patient Care Center, which opened in May 2010, includes a Medical Center, Foot & Ankle Center, Eye Care Center, Dental Center and Pharmacy. The Medical Center offers primary care services to more than 10,000 clients a year.

The university is home to the nationally renowned Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy. The University's recent $100-million expansion accommodated its three newest colleges -- dentistry, podiatry and optometry -- as well creating a new home for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.[1]

See also

  • Banfield


  1. ^ Kennedy-Ross, Selicia (October 17, 2007). "What's in the future for I. E. universities?". San Bernardino Sun. http://www.sbsun.com/search/ci_7342616?IADID=Search-www.sbsun.com-www.sbsun.com. Retrieved 2007-10-20. [dead link]

External links

Coordinates: 34°03′28″N 117°44′49″W / 34.057904°N 117.746851°W / 34.057904; -117.746851

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