Washington State University
College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  January 5, 2018


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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:  
      • Details: Please see our Events Calendar for upcoming events - http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/calendar/ Or contact the Student Services office - admissions@pharmacy.wsu.edu or 509-368-6605 about upcoming prospective student events.  
      • Dates:  
      • Details:  
    • 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 offers students the unique experience of a small cohort in a rural community on the Pacific Northwest University (PNWU) campus. 



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Why Washington State University College of Pharmacy?

    We believe that our student pharmacists, faculty, staff and alumni create a community unlike any other. The role of pharmacists in the community is evolving as we continue to serve the growing health care needs of people today and tomorrow. Pharmacists do much more than dispense medications. At the Washington State University College of Pharmacy you will learn how to connect with patients and improve people’s live.

    Pharmacy today is about caring for patients. At WSU, we are training students to be part of an outstanding health care team. You will learn the traditional practices of dispensing and compounding medications and also be taught to give flu shots, take blood pressure, test blood glucose, communicate medical information in understandable language, assess a patient’s overall health, and more.

    Learn more about great things happening within our college: http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/">http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/

    Doctor of Pharmacy
    The ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program prepares pharmacists to provide patient care in multiple health care settings. The Pharm.D. program is offered at the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, Wash., and at an extension location in Yakima on the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) campus. The program emphasizes patient-centered care, drug therapy and disease state management, and interprofessional health team collaboration.

    In every practice environment pharmacists are accepting increasing responsibility for drug selection, therapeutic monitoring, and patient counseling. WSU ensures that each graduate will develop the necessary technical, communication, interpersonal, professional relations, and clinical synthesis skills to enter any clinical practice, residency or fellowship.

    The first three years of didactic studies are completed on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, or the PNWU Campus in Yakima. Our innovative curriculum delivers competency in all didactic areas with access to extensive academic support resources, and a student mentoring program that connects student pharmacists with current pharmacy practice innovators and leaders. The fourth professional year is spent based in one of our many geographic regions, with some options for international specialty rotations.

    To find out more information about our NAPLEX pass rates, job placement and class profiles (Class size, average age, etc…) http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/prospectivestudents/factsandstudentoutcomes.html">http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/prospectivestudents/factsandstudentoutcomes.html

    Come see for yourself what makes us different. Contact our office to set up an appointment for a tour, time with faculty, and/or current student pharmacists. Or join us for an interview to visit campus and learn more about what it means to be a Cougar Pharmacist. 


    Give yourself every advantage by following this advice:

    Apply early! While the regular PharmCAS application deadline is generally in January, 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. WSU College of Pharmacy has a rolling admission cycle meaning we begin making offers in October and end in the spring. Our Early Decision applicants have a 90% acceptance rate! Read more about Early Decision (http://bit.ly/WSU-pharm_early-decision). 

    Professional Goals Custom Questions - When completing your Professional Goals custom questions do not submit a general essay, directly answer every question since each question is evaluated. Take your time and write well thought-out responses to each question. Questions will be completed within your PharmCAS application and can also be found here - http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/prospectivestudents/pharmacyadmissioninformation.html ;

    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 you in a classroom setting or official, university or college-affiliated academic advisors.

    Professional sources include: employers or volunteer organization personnel with whom you have directly worked.

    PCAT - Effective for the 2016 admissions cycle, PCAT scores are not required and will not be used in the admissions scoring process.

    The interview - 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 PNWU 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. 


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 300-350
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 175-190
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 170-185
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: 6
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.3
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 18-38
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 3.5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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 2017 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total    
      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 Composition   3-4  4-5 
    • Additional Information: 

      Please contact the College of Pharmacy (admissions@pharmacy.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 will be considered to fulfill 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 admissions@pharmacy.wsu.edu.

       

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Starting the 2017-2018 cycle we will no longer require a supplemental application or fee. Custom questions will be asked within the PharmCAS application. 


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 

         

        Beginning in 2016 - 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 - admissions@pharmacy.wsu.edu.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Details: 

        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. 


  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: After submitting the PharmCAS application, non-resident applicants wanting to apply for Washington State residency must contact the residency office, contact information can be found at www.residency.wsu.edu.
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? No
    • 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 5, 2018 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      International transcripts must be evaluated by ECE (ece.org) or WES (wes.org), or any similar translating service and the completed report received by PharmCAS by January 5. Upper division coursework must be completed in the US.


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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 - admissions@pharmacy.wsu.edu or 509-368-6605.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • October 13th, 2017 - Yakima Early Decision  
      • October 20th, 2017 - Spokane Early Decision 
      • December 8th, 2017 - Spokane  
      • January 26th, 2018 - Yakima  
      • February 9th, 2018 - Spokane  
      • March 2nd, 2018 - Yakima  
      • March 30th, 2018 - Spokane 
    • Details: 

      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. 


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • 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 with all notifications sent by beginning of April. 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! Apply early! While the regular PharmCAS application deadline is generally in January, 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. WSU College of Pharmacy has a rolling admission cycle meaning we begin making offers in October and end in the spring. Our Early Decision applicants have a 90% acceptance rate!
    • 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? Yes
      • 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 20, 2017 Find more information for admitted students here: http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/prospectivestudents/pharmacyfuturestudents.html
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Deferred entrance considered on case by case basis, please contact the student services office if you would like to discuss this option - admissions@pharmacy.wsu.edu