Washington State University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Pharmacy Admissions

Pharmacy Student Services

PO Box 1495
Spokane, Washington 99210

Phone (Work): 509-368-6605


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: January 7, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Institution Type: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/Ph.D.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates


    Please see our Events Calendar for upcoming events - http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/calendar/ Or contact the Student Services office - pharmacy.admissions@wsu.edu or 509-368-6605 about upcoming prospective student events.

Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
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:
  • The WSU Doctor of Pharmacy program in Yakima Washington offers students the unique experience of a small cohort in a rural community on the Pacific Northwest University (PNWU) campus.

Program Description (back to top)

At Washington State University we are knowledgeable trailblazers. We believe in creating a better future, driving innovation and challenging limits to advance human health. We emphasize preeminent faculty, life-changing research and engaged learning.


The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences takes pride in the outstanding education and experience our Doctor of Pharmacy students receive. Below are just a few reasons why you should consider being a Cougar pharmacist.


Our curriculum focuses on student success. We have implemented an active learning classroom, which makes your time in class more efficient and increases your time to interact with your professors. We use proven evidence-based education approaches to create our teaching and testing style to ensure better knowledge retention and career success. 


Our program is at the forefront of pharmacy education that is defining the pharmacist as part of the health care team. Students are trained in the traditional practices of dispensing and compounding medications and also learn how to give flu shots, take blood pressure, test blood glucose, assess a patient’s overall health, and more.


Our introductory practice experiences begin in your first year and expand from there. Hands-on learning includes patient simulation, internships, rotations, community outreach, and volunteer opportunities that allow you to practice confidently immediately after graduation.


Our tuition is lower than private schools and the college alone awards roughly $300,000 in scholarships per year to student pharmacists. Plus, both Spokane and Yakima have affordable housing, short commutes, and a variety of outdoor and cultural activities.


We know that identifying which pharmacy program is right for you can be an overwhelming process. Our office is here to help you as you navigate this process with pre-pharmacy advising, application tips, and any questions you have throughout the application process.


Please contact our office at pharmacy.admissions@wsu.edu or (509)368-6605 if you have questions.  


You can learn more about being a Cougar Pharmacists by visiting us online at pharmacy.wsu.edu!

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 300-350
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 170
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 170
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 10
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.7
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.7
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.3
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-38
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 45-60
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
English Composition  3-4  4-5 
Philosophy - logic, ethics or critical thinking  3-4  4-5 
Psychology  3-4  4-5 
Microeconomics  3-4  4-5 
Statistics  3-4  4-5 
Calculus   4-5 
General biology - Must complete full year series with labs (Intended for Science Majors)  15 
General Chemistry - Must complete full year series with labs (Intended for Science Majors)  15 
Organic Chemistry - Must complete full year series with labs (Intended for Science Majors)  7-8  15 
Microbiology with lab  3-6 
Human Anatomy with lab  5-10 
Physiology with lab  5-10 
Biochemistry - Please reach out if considering taking at a Community College to ensure the course is approved. Most upper division courses accepted.   5-10 
Advanced English Composition   3-4  4-5 

Additional Information

Please contact the College of Pharmacy (pharmacy.admissions@wsu.edu) for more information on course equavlencies.

All science courses must be completed by the end of the spring term before beginning the PharmD program.

All non-science courses must be completed by the end of the summer term before beginning the PharmD program.

Pass/Fail courses will not be accepted. Official transcripts must be submitted directly to PharmCAS. 

Online courses may be considered to fulfill non-science prerequisite requirements, please send course syllabus/description of the course along with the link to the course information. Please send information along with PharmCAS ID, prerequisite course and the course details to pharmacy.admissions@wsu.edu.


AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?



 PCAT scores are not required. We will not be using scores during the admissions process in any way.

Please let our office know if you have any questions - pharmacy.admissions@wsu.edu.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



N/A; TOEFL is not considered as we do not accept international students.

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

No additional tests/credentials required. 

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
Is preference given to state residents? Yes
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
Are Canadian citizens considered? No
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: January 7, 2019 Postmarked by deadline

International transcripts must be evaluated by a Foreign Transcript Evaluation Service and the completed report received by PharmCAS by the deadline. Upper division coursework must be completed in the US. See the PharmCAS Foreign Transcript Instructions: https://portal.pharmcas.org/pharmcasHelpPages/instructions-and-faq/transcripts/foreign-transcripts/index.html   

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Four (4)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

Letters of Recommendation - Two letters are required: one from a professional source and one from an academic source. A letter from a pharmacist is not required but recommended. 

Academic sources include: professors or instructors who have directly interacted with the student in a classroom setting or official, university or college-affiliated academic advisors.

Professional sources include: employers or volunteer organization personnel with whom the applicant has directly worked.

Recommendations are NOT ACCEPTED from family members, friends, politicians, teaching assistants, fraternity or sorority advisors, personal health care providers or high school faculty/advisors. Recommendations are not accepted from career services or reference letter centers.

For questions about references, please contact the student services offfice - pharmacy.admissions@wsu.edu or 509-368-6605.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Employer
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Teaching Assistant
  • If applicant is unable to obtain an academic letter from a Math or Science faculty, we may consider a reference from a Liberal Arts instructor. Please contact us for more information. If academic LOR is to be provided by a TA, the faculty on record must support the letter and signature must be on the letter of recommendation.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Co-Worker
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
Are Committee Letters accepted? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • October 5th, 2018 - Yakima Early Decision
  • October 12th, 2018 - Spokane Early Decision
  • November 30th, 2018 - Spokane
  • January 11th, 2019 - Spokane
  • January 25th, 2019 - Yakima
  • February 15, 2019 - Spokane
  • March 1, 2019 - Yakima
  • March 29, 2019 - Spokane

Interviews are conducted by invitation only on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, Washington and the WSU Doctor of Pharmacy program extension on the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences campus in Yakima, Washington. Interview invitations will be sent via email.While the students we admit demonstrate very high academic achievements, grades are not the only consideration.

We are looking for well-rounded, highly motivated people who would make good practitioners. If you are invited for an interview, you will visit with a faculty member and a student ambassador for about 30 minutes. The entire interview process takes about 2 hours which includes an overview with administration, tour or learning spaces, and Q&A with current students. 

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Washington State University adheres to a rolling admission policy and will begin accepting students with Early Decision applicants in October. Regular decision applicants will be notified after the interview has been conducted. Most decisions are communicated in the late spring and early summer. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their complete applications as early as possible in the cycle as spots are being offered starting in October. Our recommendation: Start early and reach out often! While the regular PharmCAS application deadline is generally at the end of year, we begin receiving and reviewing applications in August. Even if you are not fully committed to WSU and do not want to apply through early decision, get your application in at the beginning of the admission cycle.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Response to the offer is due within two weeks of acceptance letter date. If additional time is needed, please let us know and we can extend your deadline.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500
Due: Within two weeks of acceptance letter date
Refundable? No
Details: Deposit is applied to tuition upon acceptance of offer and matriculation into program.
New Student Orientation Information:
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 19, 2019 Find more information for admitted students here: https://pharmacy.wsu.edu/doctor-of-pharmacy/admitted-student-resources/
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes