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.
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, a MS and PhD Program in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (PORPP), a PharmD/Physician's Assistant Degree (PharmD/PA), PharmD/MBA 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|
|Biochemistry (topic specific, syllabus review is required, prior approval of biochemistry courses must be given before we can accept specific courses). Minimum of of 4 sem or 6 qtr hours but more hours may be required depending on course content.||4-10||6-12|
|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 must be submitted directly to PharmCAS. Biochemistry prerequisite require review of course syllabus and prior approval by the UW School of Pharmacy before they can be accepted as fulfilling our prerequisites. We may request course syllabus for any courses that we need to review, especially for the biochemistry requirement.
The following prerequisite courses must be completed in a traditional on-site classroom setting, on-line courses are not acceptable:
Biology with Labs, General Chemistry with Labs, Organic Chemistry with Labs, Microbiology with Labs and Public Speaking.
The following courses, when taken on-line, require review of course syllabus and prior approval by the UW School of Pharmacy before they can be accepted as fulfilling our prerequisites:
Biochemistry, English Composition, Calculus, Statistics, Microeconomics, Interpersonal Communication, Humanities and Social Science electives.
For the most updated information, please visit our website: https://sop.washington.edu/pharmd/admissions/prerequisite-info/
For school-specific prerequisite courses, please visit our website:
To apply to the UW School of Pharmacy Supplemental Application, visit: https://www.applyweb.com/uwsop/
For more information about our application procedures, please visit: https://sop.washington.edu/pharmd/admissions/application-procedures/
Early Decision Applicants must take PCAT between Jan 1, 2015 - July 2016.
Standard Admissions Applicants must take PCAT between Jan 1, 2015 – January 2017.
International Applicants: F-1 Visa students are required to take the TOEFL with a minimum score of 100 iBT. The TOEFL must be taken within two years of application.
H-4 visa holders must apply for and be awarded F-1 visa status in order to be eligible to apply to the PharmD Program by the deadline.
International Students with F-1 Visa Status, Permanent Resident or Refugee/Asylee Visa Status are eligible to apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy program. H-4 Visa holders must apply for and be awarded F-1 Visa status in order to be eligible to apply to the PharmD Program. F-1 Visas must be confirmed by the deadline. Applicants holding other visa classifications are not eligible to apply. A copy of the front and back of the visa or green card are required to 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. For more information, please visit the School of Pharmacy website: https://sop.washington.edu/school-of-pharmacy/pharmd-admissions/international-applicants-eligibility-to-apply.html
Study abroad courses will not need a separate evaluation provided the grades and credits are posted on the official university transcript.
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 in a paid position.
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/pharmd/admissions/interview-process/