University of Washington
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • UW School of Pharmacy 
      • Admissions Coordinator  
      • Office of Academic & Student Programs  
      • 1959 NE Pacific Street  
      • H362 Health Sciences Building  
      • Box 357631  
      • Seattle 
      • Washington 
      • 98195-7631  
      • Phone (Work): 206-543-6100  
      • Phone (Fax): 206-685-9297 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

      • UW School of Pharmacy

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  December 1, 2015

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    For standard application cycle for 2015-2016, we accept January 2016 PCAT scores. Early Decision applications last PCAT date we accept is July 2015

    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Quarter (three terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.S.
      • PharmD/P.H.D.
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: PharmD/MS or PhD Program in Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy (PORPP), PharmD/Physician's Assistant Program (PharmD/PA)
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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) 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.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 148
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 132
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 96
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 38%
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 42%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 58%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.5
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.9
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.9
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Chemistry: 60%; Verbal 25%, Biology 25%, Quantitative 25%, Reading 25%, Composite: 25%
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20-53
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 4:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Minimum of 64-70
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Minimum of 32-38
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Minimum of 96-102
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      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   15 
      Humanities electives  
      Social Science Electives  
      General Chemistry with labs   15 
      Organic Chemistry with labs   15 
      Microbiology with lab  
      English Composition   10 
      Interpersonal Communications/Public Speaking 
    • Additional Information: 

      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:

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 01/01/2014
      • Details: 

        Early Decision Applicants must take PCAT between Jan 1, 2014 - July 2015. Standard Admissions Applicants must take PCAT between Jan 1, 2014 – January 2016.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        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.

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended
      • Details: 

        Pharmacy Experience

        The pharmacist’s role in health care delivery continues to expand and evolve; 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.

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Details: Proof of state residency will be required for the UW Residency Office. For more information, please visit: UW Residency Office Students intending to apply for in-state residency should contact the UW Residency Office for information about establishing A Bona Fide Domicile (resident status). We encourage all students seeking in-state residency to begin the application process soon after they arrive in Washington State. Most applicants will only be eligible one year after arrival, but military veterans may qualify immediately. Please note that PharmD students are NOT required to work 30 hours per week to be eligible for Washington residency (even though the UW Residency Website may not yet reflect this recent change). Contact the UW residency Office at or call 206-543-5932.
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes
      • Details: Preference is not given but students from Alaska or Nevada may apply for WICHE status. Please visit their website for more information:

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Details: 

      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:

      Study abroad courses will not need a separate evaluation provided the grades and credits are posted on the official university transcript.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      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.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Co-Worker
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Politician
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
      • Recommendations are NOT ACCEPTED from clergy, family members, friends, fraternity or sorority advisors, personal health care providers, high school faculty/advisors, mentors or job shadow professionals. Recommendations are not accepted from career services or reference letter centers. If applicants have used up their 4 letters of recommendations on PharmCAS, please contact for additional information.
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • October for Early Decision Application 
      • January-March for Standard Application 
    • Details: 

      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:

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Early Decision Applicants will know their status by October 23rd. Standard applicants will know their status during January through April.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 1 week from receipt of acceptance letter via email. Other Required Credentials: Applicants who are accepted into the program must receive satisfactory results on a Certiphi Background Check as well as a UW Conviction/Criminal History Information Form. Accepted students are also required to meet the University and Health Sciences immunizations requirements. For more information, please visit their website:
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due: 2 weeks from the time appicant receives acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Applicants will receive a request to send in deposit after all appropriate background check paperwork has been sent in and approved. The $500 deposit is credited towards tuition.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 22, 2016 
      • Details: Pharm 500 Profession of Pharmacy is a required core course for incoming Pharm.D. students with an online component. Students will only need access to the internet to complete tasks. Date are subject to change.
      • September 19-23, 2016 
      • Details: The orientation to the PharmD Program component starts the week prior to the start of Autumn Quarter. Students must physically be here in Seattle on UW Campus to attend. Dates subject to change.
      • September 23, 2016 
      • Details: Welcome to the Profession Ceremony. Students may invite family and friends to this ceremony and reception.
      • September 26th or 27th, 2016 
      • Details: Typically there is CPR/First Aid required component on either Monday or Tuesday prior to the start of the first day of autumn quarter.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Requests for deferment are considered but are NOT considered for financial reasons. Applicant must provide a statement and reasons why they are requesting a deferment. Contact to request a deferment.Applicants will be asked to submit a letter requesting deferment addressed to the UW School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee.