Washington State University
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  January 4, 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:
    • 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:
      • In the fall of 2015, the WSU College of Pharmacy will offer the PharmD program in Yakima, WA located on the campus PNW School of Osteopathic Medicine. 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The Washington State University College of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy professional program is preparing the pharmacists of the future as pharmacists in every practice environment 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 3 years of didactic studies are completed on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, Washington. 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 4th professional year is spent in various geographic regions, such as Spokane, Wenatchee, Yakima, Seattle, Olympia, Tacoma, Vancouver, Pullman, Tri-Cities, and some international specialty rotations.


    WSU is a student-oriented campus with face-to-face opportunities to meet with world-class professors. Our faculty rank among national leaders in diabetes research and education, and cancer research.


    Typically we receive over 500 applications for 125 seats in the fall classes. In the past few years the average cumulative GPA for the admitted group has been in the 3.3-3.4 range, based solely on college-level courses. Over 75% of the admitted students have already completed their bachelor degrees, and about a quarter of our students are concurrently enrolled in the WSU Honors College.


    Student pharmacists admitted to the WSU PharmD program are eligible to apply for the over $200,000 in scholarships awarded by the College of Pharmacy each year. WSU student pharmacists pay professional-level tuition each semester of the four-year professional program that is lower than tuition at a private pharmacy school.


    WSU also offers a combined PharmD/MBA or PharmD/PhD option for those interested in research, with a sequential program schedule that allows completion of the PhD degree up to two years ahead of the regular PhD schedule.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 250
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 199
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 125
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 5
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 44
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.4
    • 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: 19-44
    • 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 
      Microbiology with lab  4-6  5-10 
      Human Anatomy with lab  5-10 
      Physiology with lab  5-10 
      Philosophy--logics, ethics or critical thinking 
      Intro to Psychology  
      Calculus  4-5 
      Introductory Biology with lab  15 
      Principles of Chemistry with lab  15 
      Organic Chemistry with lab   15 
      English Writing I & II  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/pharmacyprerequirements.html


      Biochemistry must be an uppderdivision course taken at a 4 year college/university.


      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? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: July 2012
      • Details: 

        Applicants must provide a writing score, thus tests prior to July 2012 are not accepted.


        Regular decision applicants should sit for PCAT no later than November to ensure we have PCAT scores in time for applicaiton evaluation. Early decision applicants should test in July.

      • 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: 

        Find our most complete and up-to-date information on our web site at: http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/prospectivestudents/pharmacyadmissioninformation.html

  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 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: 

      1 professional and 1 academic LOR are required. A third letter is RECOMMENDED.

    • 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
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
    • Interview Dates:
      • Early decision interviews--October 10, 2014 
      • December 5, 2014 
      • January 10, 2015 
      • February 6, 2015 
    • 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 at the interview 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. 

  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 mid-March.
    • 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: $200
      • 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 25, 2015 Find more information for admitted students here: http://www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/prospectivestudents/pharmacyfuturestudents.html
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No