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): 206-616-2740 
      • Email: pharminf@uw.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  January 6, 2014


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 




  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.

    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.

    CURRICULUM

    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.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 161
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 117
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 101
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 1
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 25%
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.5
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: N/A
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: N/A
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: N/A
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2014 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: Baccalaureate degree in other discipline
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-49
    • 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 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total Minimum of 64-70  Minimum of 96-102 
      Biochemistry  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 
      Calculus 
      Statistics 
      Interpersonal Communications/Public Speaking 
      Microeconomics 
    • 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 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


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 01/01/2012
      • Details: 

        Early Decision Applicants must take PCAT between Jan 1, 2012 - July 2013. Traditional Admissions Applicants must take PCAT between Jan 1, 2012 – November 2013.

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

        International Applicants (F-1 and H-4 Visa Holders) are required to take the TOEFL with a minimum score of 100 iBT.

      • 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 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.


  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 http://www.washington.edu/students/reg/residency.html
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  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  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.

      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

  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 paid.

      The PharmCAS Letter of Reference evaluation form/checklist is required.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT 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 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 uwpharmd@uw.edu for additional information. http://sop.washington.edu/school-of-pharmacy/pharmd-admissions/applications-to-pharmd-program.html
    • 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 Dates:
      • October for Early Decision Application 
      • January-March for Traditional 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: http://sop.washington.edu/school-of-pharmacy/pharmd-admissions/interview-process.html


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Early Decision Applicants will know their status in October. Traditional 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 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: https://depts.washington.edu/chsweb/hsi
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due: 2 - 3 weeks from the time we received acceptance from applicant.
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Applicants will receive a request to send in deposit after all appropriate paperwork has been sent in and approved.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 9/15/2014-9/19/2014 
      • Details: The new student orientation is part of a required course and is a week-long event.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Requests for deferment are considered but are NOT considered for financial reasons.