A new linkage agreement between the College of Our Lady of the Elms and Western New England College of Pharmacy will make it easier for Elms students to forge a career in pharmacy.

Linkage Agreement with WNE College of Pharmacy

Elms College Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Walter C. Breau (left); WNE College of Pharmacy's Evan T. Robinson, R.Ph., Ph.D., dean and associate provost for academic affairs; and Janet Williams, Ph.D., professor of biology at Elms, signed a linkage agreement on the Elms campus on Oct. 13, 2016. (Elms College photo)

Elms Teams with WNE College of Pharmacy to Facilitate Admission for Qualified Students

Qualified Elms Students Will Be Guaranteed Admission Interviews for Postgrad Program

A new linkage agreement between the College of Our Lady of the Elms and Western New England College of Pharmacy will make it easier for Elms students to forge a career in pharmacy.

Janet Williams, Ph.D., professor of biology, and WNE College of Pharmacy’s Evan T. Robinson, R.Ph., Ph.D., dean and associate provost for academic affairs, formalized the link between the two colleges by signing the agreement today on the Elms campus. Going forward, qualified Elms students will be guaranteed admission interviews for the WNE College of Pharmacy.

“Having a college of pharmacy in the vicinity of Elms College is a wonderful pathway for our students, because a lot of our students are local. This will give them opportunities to not only get their education in pharmacy, but also possibly continue to practice in the area,” Williams said.

The agreement will directly impact healthcare in Western Massachusetts by helping to keep pharmacy students and graduates in the area, where they can work to improve the lives of local residents.

“One of the reasons an agreement like this makes so much sense and is so practical is that when you look at where individuals want to practice healthcare, they always say, ‘I want to be local.’ Well, local isn’t where the school necessarily is -- local is the hometown and the heart,” Robinson said. “If we can get Springfield-area students to stay in the Springfield area and be pharmacists, I think we’ve got a much better chance of trying to impact some of the care issues that are going on right in our yards.

“We need students to stay. We need to retain them in Western Massachusetts.”

Elms currently has a range of agreements in dozens of programs with more than six institutions throughout the region, including one announced this summer with the Western New England University School of Law.

The WNE College of Pharmacy offers a high-quality yet highly personal approach to advanced learning -- a hallmark of Western New England University -- to students seeking to earn a doctor of pharmacy degree. The college prepares entry-level practitioners to provide pharmacy care to an increasingly diverse patient population in a variety of practice environments.