Established in 1894, the University of Washington is proud of its strong commitment to excellence and the recognition given to its faculty, students, and graduates for their outstanding educational, research and service activities. The School is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and its programs are accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.
The School of Pharmacy is part of the Magnuson Health Sciences Center, which includes the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Social Work, Nursing, and Public Health and Community Medicine, as well as the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, five interdisciplinary research centers and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The School also contributes to interdisciplinary training programs in the Pharmacological Sciences, Biomolecular Structure and Design, Public Health Genetics, the Health Sciences Interdisciplinary Partnerships in Clinical Education, the Center for Nanotechnology and the Graduate Program in Biomedical and Health Informatics. The School's location in the Seattle metropolitan area offers students a wide variety of choices for clinical rotations. Students also appreciate the diverse academic, cultural and recreational opportunities associated with the University of Washington, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest region.
In addition to the Pharm.D. program described below, the University of Washington School of Pharmacy has recently introduced an accelerated Pharm.D./Ph.D. program. This concurrent degree program is intended for outstanding students who are committed to earning the Pharm.D. and a Ph.D. degree in either Pharmaceutics or Medicinal Chemistry. Scholarships will be available to outstanding students. The students are equipped to enter academic careers that require competence in both teaching and research. Graduates of this program will possess the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to work with colleagues across multiple disciplines essential to performing integrated and translational medical and pharmaceutical research.
For more information on the PharmD/PhD concurrent dual-degree program, please go to: http://sop.washington.edu/school-of-pharmacy/degree-programs/concurrent-degree-opportunities.html.
The School of Pharmacy offers a four-year program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the scientific background and clinical skills necessary to ensure the safe and effective use of medications in a variety of settings. Instructional emphasis is directed toward enhancing the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to provide rational drug therapy, promote healthy lifestyles and disease prevention, enhance patient compliance, reduce medication-related problems and improve health outcomes. The limited class enrollment allows for individualized attention from instructors while still enjoying the benefits of attending a large university. The School aspires to foster a commitment to life-long learning and provide an environment where students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills consistent with the profession's high standards.
Strong alliances with other Health Sciences Schools at the University of Washington provide exciting opportunities for collaborative partnerships. Innovative student projects have arisen from a shared commitment to improve access to health care, reduce disparities and optimize health outcomes in the community.
As a continuing education center for pharmacists, the School operates, among other programs, a geriatric pharmacy practice certificate program that provides advanced instruction in the care and management of medication for older adults.
To foster the interest of students who seek to engage in creative discovery and research, the School also offers PhD graduate programs in Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, a MS and PhD Program in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (PORPP), a PharmD/Physician's Assistant Degree (PharmD/PA) and a Master of Science in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs (BRAMS).
Minimum GPA and PCAT standards for interview consideration are established each year. In addition to academic preparedness, a number of other factors are considered to determine an applicant's aptitude for the program. These factors include, motivation, a social awareness and knowledge of the pharmacy profession, effective oral and written communication skills, critical-thinking ability, maturity, integrity, leadership, and compassion for others.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Total||Minimum of 64-70||Minimum of 96-102|
|General Biology with labs||8||15|
|Social Science Electives||3||5|
|General Chemistry with labs||8||15|
|Organic Chemistry with labs||8||15|
|Microbiology with lab||4||5|
|Interpersonal Communications/Public Speaking||3||5|
All science courses must include labs except Biochemistry. English composition requirement may be met through completion of two composition courses or one composition course & two writing intensive courses. Applicants who hold a BS/BA degree or higher from a US institution may waive the English Composition requirement. All courses must be taken for a numerical grade or letter grade if offered as such. Official, sealed transcripts are required from ALL colleges or universities attended or from which credit was awarded including college-level course work completed while still in high school (Running Start, College in the High School, etc.) Transcripts need to be submitted directly to PharmCAS. Biochemistry prerequisite needs prior approval of acceptance. We may request course syllabus for any courses that we need to review, especially for the biochemistry requirement.
For the most updated information, please visit our website: http://sop.washington.edu/school-of-pharmacy/pharmd-admissions/minimum-criteria.html
Early Decision Applicants must take PCAT between Jan 1, 2012 - July 2013. Traditional Admissions Applicants must take PCAT between Jan 1, 2012 – November 2013.
International Applicants (F-1 and H-4 Visa Holders) are required to take the TOEFL with a minimum score of 100 iBT.
The pharmacist’s role in health care delivery is evolving; therefore, it is important for applicants to carefully research the pharmacy profession and the attributes, skills and abilities necessary to provide care. Although not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to have some pharmacy experience, either as a volunteer or employee. Applicants who are unable to gain pharmacy experience are encouraged to consult with several pharmacists regarding the profession (e.g., what it involves, career opportunities, current issues and challenges, etc.). Prospective applicants may find useful information on the website of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
International Students with F-1 or H-4 Visa Status, Permanent Resident or Refugee/Asylee Visa Status are eligible to apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Applicants holding other visa classifications are not eligible to apply. A copy of the front and back of the visa or green card must accompany the UW School of Pharmacy PharmD Program Supplemental Application.
Course-by-course evaluations accepted from WES, ECE, or Educational-Perspectives need to be submitted to PharmCAS when applicants apply. Evaluations done by other agencies will not be accepted. Official Foreign Transcripts required ONLY if applicant is admitted into the program.
One academic letter of recommendation from an academic source including professors or teaching assistants who have directly interacted with the student in a classroom setting or official, university or college-affiliated academic advisors. If using a professor or teaching assistant as reference, we must be able to see the course which the student took with the professor or teaching assistant on the transcript.
One professional letter of recommendation from a professional source including employers or volunteer organization personnel with whom the applicant has directly worked.
Lab work counts as an academic reference IF a student received a grade or credit for a course and the course can be seen on the transcript. Lab work counts as a professional reference IF a student was paid.
The PharmCAS Letter of Reference evaluation form/checklist is required.
The most qualified applicants are invited for an interview in Seattle with members of the Pharmacy Admissions Committee. Phone interviews are not permitted. Applicants invited for interview will be evaluated on: academic preparedness, written and interpersonal communication skills, level of motivation, critical-thinking ability & decision-making skills, and aptitude for Pharm.D. Program & profession. Highly considered qualities are integrity, maturity, humanitarianism, compassion, leadership and other personal characteristics. Applicants invited for interview are required to show picture ID on the day of interview.
More information on our website: http://sop.washington.edu/school-of-pharmacy/pharmd-admissions/interview-process.html