Washington State University
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

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

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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/P.H.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: 6/24/2015 
      • Dates: 7/23/2015 
      • Details: Please contact Lindsey Friedly - lindsey.friedly@wsu.edu for more information on how to register for this information session.  
    • 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). 

  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.

    Learn more about great things happening within our college here: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 these geographic regions: Spokane, Wenatchee, Yakima, Seattle, Olympia, Tacoma, Vancouver, Pullman, or Tri-Cities, 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…) click here: http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/prospectivestudents/factsandstudentoutcomes.html">http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/prospectivestudents/factsandstudentoutcomes.html

    Residency Block Scheduling

    In an effort to help support and prepare students interested in pursuing a residency or post-graduation training, the Office of Experiential Programs has recently established a block scheduling process which will allow the fourth year student pharmacists to complete the majority of their rotations within a single hospital/health systems setting while being exposed to and working with current residents, residency preceptors and directors. To learn more visit: http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/prospectivestudents/pharmacyexperientialprograms.html">http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/prospectivestudents/pharmacyexperientialprograms.html

    Come see for yourself what makes us different. Contact our office to set up an appointment with our Admissions Coordinator for a tour, time with faculty, and/or current student pharmacists.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 250-275
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 160-170
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 160-170
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 3
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 65-70
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.3-3.4
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 250
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: 5
    • 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-47
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 3.5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 60
    • 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: 99
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 60  99 
      English Writing I & II   6-8  8-10 
      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 w/ lab  3-6 
      Human Anatomy w/ lab  5-10 
      Physiology w/ 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 
    • Additional Information: 

      Please contact the College of Pharmacy for more information on course equavlencies or refer to our website at: http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/prospectivestudents/transfer/default.aspx

      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.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 

        Starting the 2015-2016 application cycle, PCAT scores are optional. We will not be using scores during the admissions process.


        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. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

        WSU College of Pharmacy reviews applicants using a holistic approach. We are looking for well-rounded students who have a passion for pharmacy as a career and will be leaders in this profession.


        WSU does not require a minimum number of hours of experience, but pharmacy related experience is highly recommended. Many applicants have worked in a health care environment.


        If you are interested in gaining experience in a pharmacy, start talking with pharmacists about a career in pharmacy and consider applying for a pharmacy assistant license. It is hard to gain pharmacy related experience unless you work in a pharmacy.


        Applicant's academic performance, extracurricular involvement, work experience, leadership experience, supplemental application essays, and interview performance are considered, among other factors. 

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • 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? 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? 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, 2015 Postmarked 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 sent to PharmCAS postmarked by December 1. 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: Two (2)
      • 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. Three letters are recommended. A letter from a pharmacist is not required but highly 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.


    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • 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
      • Teaching Assistant
    • 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:
      • Early decision interview (Spokane)--October 10, 2015  
      • Early decision interview (Yakima) - Friday October 1, 2015  
      • Regular Decision (Spokane) - December 11, 2015 
      • Regular Decision (Spokane) - January 15, 2016 
      • Regular Decision (Yakima) - January 22, 2016 
      • Regular Decision (Spokane) - February 26, 2016 
      • Regular Decision (Yakima) - March 4, 2016 
    • Details: 

      Interviews are by invitation only. Applicants will be notified by email if they are selected for an interview. Interviews will include an interview with 1 faculty and 1 current student ambassador. The applicant is interviewed for about half an hour. Candidates are then given an opportunity to socially interact with current students and alumni as well as a brief campus tour.

      Total time on campus is approximately 3 hours. Interviews are conducted in Spokane, at the WSU Spokane Health Sciences Campus or in Yakima, at the Pacific Northwest University campus. 

      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.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? WSU 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!
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due?  Response to the offer is due within two weeks of acceptance letter date.
    • 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 24, 2015 Find more information for admitted students here: http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/prospectivestudents/pharmacyfuturestudents.html
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No