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.
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.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|English Writing I & II||6-8||8-10|
|Philosophy - logic, ethics or critical thinking||3-4||4-5|
|General biology - Must complete full year series with labs (Intended for Science Majors)||8||15|
|General Chemistry - Must complete full year series with labs (Intended for Science Majors)||8||15|
|Organic Chemistry - Must complete full year series with labs (Intended for Science Majors)||7-8||15|
|Microbiology w/ lab||3-6||5|
|Human Anatomy w/ lab||4||5-10|
|Physiology w/ lab||4||5-10|
|Biochemistry - Please reach out if considering taking at a Community College to ensure the course is approved. Most upper division courses accepted.||4||5-10|
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.
Available mid-July, follow the steps listed to start your supplemental application here:
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
N/A; TOEFL is not considered as we do not accept international students.
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.
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.
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.
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.