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Contact Information

412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Pharmacy Admissions PBS 130
United States

Program Application Deadline

January 4, 2022
Applications received after the Priority Deadline and on/before January 4, 2022 are eligible for any remaining scholarships and are guaranteed placement on their campus of choice.

Applications received after January 4, 2022 are eligible to receive any remaining scholarships and campus placement is based on remaining seats at each location.

For more information about admission deadlines and application options visit
October 1, 2021
Applicants who apply by October 1, 2021 will be considered priority and, if eligible, will be invited to our Early Admission interviews in the fall. Early Admission applicants will receive an admission decision within one week of a completed interview. Admitted Early Admission applicants are guaranteed a scholarship and placement at their campus of choice.

For more information about admission deadlines and application options visit

Program Information

Full Accreditation
  • Yakima, Washington: Smaller class sizes allow Yakima students to gain a more personalized experience as they learn and work alongside other health care professionals to make an impact in rural communities.
  • Spokane, Washington: WSU Health Sciences campus. Students learn alongside Nursing, Medicine, and other health science students.
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 4
Not Required
Affiliation or articulation agreement with undergraduate institution(s), Early assurance

Last Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees

PharmD/MA (Master of Arts), PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), PharmD/PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), Other Dual Degrees
PharmD/METM: A degree/certificate in Engineering and Technology Management prepares PharmD students to become effective leaders in planning, implementing, and managing multifaceted operations to prepare for the growing need in technical management of manufacturing operations in the pharmaceutical industry, health care, and governmental research initiatives, among many others.

PharmD/MA in Strategic Communications or Communication Health and Promotion.

Learn more at
As the health care landscape continues to evolve, recruiters are looking for talent with knowledge in overlapping disciplines. WSU offers several dual degrees and certificate programs so that students can broaden their skill set.

Dual degrees offered:
Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD
Master of Business Administration, MBA
Master of Engineering and Technology Management, METM
MA, Strategic Communication
MA, Communication Health and Promotion

Learn more at

Program Description

The Washington State University Doctor of Pharmacy degree offers students one of the best programs in the West in terms of value. The leading residency match rate in Washington state, dual degrees and certificates in engineering, business, pharmaceutical sciences, and communications, and professional certificate trainings in administering immunizations are just some of the major features which sets this program apart from the rest. Students can also choose to do their PharmD from two program locations in Washington state: Yakima and Spokane. The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences also ranks in the top 20 pharmacy schools for NIH funding with plenty of opportunities for PharmD students to take part in cutting edge research.

Graduates from the WSU PharmD program have gone on to a wide variety of industries. Along with clinical practice in hospitals and community pharmacies, many alumni work in government, pharmaceutical companies, business, tech companies, and academia. The college’s 130+ year legacy gives students access to an established network of alumni around the nation who are passionate about helping the next generation of pharmacy leaders excel in their careers.

Washington State University’s personalized program is at the forefront of pharmacy education that is defining pharmacists’ roles as part of the health care team. Students are trained in traditional pharmacy practices and learn applied patient care practices for an expanded scope of pharmacy practice. Hands-on learning includes patient simulation, internships, rotations, community outreach, and volunteer opportunities that allow you to practice confidently after graduation. The college offers affordable tuition, and awards over $300,000 in scholarships annually to student pharmacists. To learn more, contact or (509)368-6605. You can also visit the website for more information at!

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

We have a preferred cumulative GPA of 2.70. However, we use a holistic admission process in which applicants with a cumulative overall GPA below 2.70 may submit a cover letter explaining extenuating circumstances for our office to consider while reviewing their application. We formally request these cover letters from students after they have applied. We recommend waiting to send cover letters until you receive a request to submit one.

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a C- (1.7) or higher. Courses that are repeated will be considered using the highest grade earned. However, all course attempts may be factored into the overall GPA as calculated by PharmCAS.

Acceptable courses must be letter graded on a 4.0 scale and must be credit bearing. For updates on our admission requirements during COVID-19, please visit our COVID FAQ at

Applicants are encouraged to go above the minimum number of credits and beyond the required prerequisites to help them establish a strong foundation in the sciences. We recommend completing courses such as genetics, medicinal chemistry, calculus, molecular biology, immunology, logic, or similar.

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Chemistry Organic Chemistry with Lab - Must complete full year series with labs (Intended for Science Majors). Minimum 2 semesters or 3 quarters. 8 15
Biochemistry Biochemistry - 1 semester or 1 quarter course required (lab not required). Please contact us if considering taking Biochemistry at a Community College to ensure the course is approved. Most upper division courses are accepted, but they must include metabolic pathways and RNA structure and transcription. 4 5
Microbiology Microbiology - 1 semester or 1 quarter course required. Upper division and/or intended for science majors. 4 5
Anatomy Human Anatomy with Lab - Students may take blended Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab, but they are required to complete the full year series with labs (minimum 2 semesters or 3 quarters). 4 5
Physiology Human/Mammalian Physiology with Lab - Students may take blended Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab, but they are required to complete the full year series with labs (minimum 2 semesters or 3 quarters). 4 5
Math Algebra, Pre-Calculus or higher - Minimum 1 semester or 1 quarter of Algebra, Pre-Calculus or higher level math class. 3 5
Statistics Statistics - Minimum 1 semester or 1 quarter. 3 5
Humanities Arts and Humanities - At least one course must be an English Writing/Composition course if not completing an associate's degree or higher. 12 15
Applicants must complete all science prerequisites by the end of the spring term prior to enrollment and must complete all non-science prerequisites by the end of the summer term prior to enrollment. Admitted students needing to complete science courses in the summer must receive approval from our office.

Example: For fall 2022, all science prerequisites must be completed by spring 2022 and all non-sciences prerequisites must be completed by summer 2022.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Varies
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Varies
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes
Applicants are encouraged to contact Pharmacy Admissions at or 509-368-6605 with any questions regarding course equivalencies, online vs. in-person coursework, transcript evaluations, and any other prerequisite related questions. Our office is happy to provide students with acceptable online courses that satisfy our prerequisites. For updates on our admission requirements during COVID-19, please visit our COVID FAQ at
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: No
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : No
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: No
We require all prerequisites be completed with a letter grade of C- or higher or the equivalent 1.7 GPA or higher. For updates on our admission requirements during COVID-19, please visit our COVID FAQ at
Applicants needing prerequisite advising are welcome to contact our admissions representatives for prerequisite advising and/or a transcript evaluation. If you're interested in obtaining a transcript evaluation, email unofficial transcripts to our office with your request. Generally, lower division online courses may be considered to fulfill non-science prerequisites, please email a course syllabus/description along with the link to the course information. Acceptable courses must be letter graded on a 4.0 scale and must be credit bearing.

All official transcripts must be submitted directly to PharmCAS by the deadline. We recommend having your official transcripts sent electronically to PharmCAS if your school offers electronic transcripts.

For updates on our admission requirements during COVID-19, please visit our COVID FAQ at

Read more about our prerequisite requirements at Please contact the Doctor of Pharmacy program for more information on course equivalencies at or 509-368-6605.

Supplemental Materials

Applicants must complete the Program Materials section in the PharmCAS application. Applicants should be prepared to respond to the required Professional Goals Statement at the time they submit the application. We encourage applicants to review the Professional Goals Statement prior to starting their PharmCAS application. You can view the Professional Goals Statement at

PCAT and Other Tests

Not Required or Considered
PCAT scores are not required. We will not use scores during the admissions process in any way. Our admissions team evaluates candidates based on a combination of academic metrics as well as soft skills. We also look for well-rounded students from diverse backgrounds, which is why we do not require or consider PCAT scores when reviewing applications or making admission decisions.

Please let our office know if you have any questions at or 509-368-6605.

Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required
We encourage prospective applicants to obtain either paid or volunteer pharmacy experience prior to applying. Depending on state licensing requirements, a good option for gaining experience is obtaining a Pharmacy Assistant or Tech License. If you cannot gain experience, we recommend having a conversation with a Pharmacist at minimum.

Pharmacy experience is not required. However, applicants should be able to speak to the profession and their motivation for pursuing a career in pharmacy.

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Two (2)
  • Clergy: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Co-Worker: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Politician: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Teaching Assistant: ACCEPTED
Not Accepted
Not Accepted
Two (2) letters of recommendation from evaluators who can speak to your professional character, accountability, and notable experiences, such as a professor, teaching assistant, employer or volunteer supervisor are required. It is recommended a supervisor, pharmacist or other health care provider submit an evaluation. It is also highly recommended you obtain an evaluation from an academic source that can speak knowledgeably about your academic history.

Up to 4 evaluations may be submitted.

Evaluators should speak to your adaptability, empathy, ethics, intellectual ability, interpersonal relations, judgement, leadership, reliability, and communication skills. More than 2 letters are not required but highly recommended. Please note that if you submit more than two letters of reference, our review committee has the ability to read them.

If you have questions about this requirement, please contact our office at or 509-368-6605.


Although Washington state residency is not required for admission, additional consideration is given to Washington residents, current WSU students, first generation students, and/or applicants who hail from a medically underserved area or from an economically disadvantaged family. While additional consideration is given to residents, approximately 30% of the incoming class are non-resident students. WSU also participates in WICHE and will give additional consideration to applicants receiving WICHE support. WSU offers reduced tuition for WICHE approved students.

Residents of other states may be eligible to apply for Washington state residency after establishing a domicile in the state of Washington for 12 consecutive months. By establishing Washington residency, you will be charged the resident tuition rate for your second through fourth year in pharmacy school. More information regarding establishing residency can be found at

International Applicants

US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, US Temporary Residents, Canadian Citizens, Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa, Foreign (non-US) Citizens, Other Non-Citizens (e.g. DACA Students)
Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
International transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) on a course-by-course basis and include all transcripts. The complete report must be submitted to and received by PharmCAS by the application deadline. Upper division coursework, including Organic Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry, should be completed at a regionally accredited institution in the US.

Syllabi for all international prerequisite courses completed must be submitted as PDFs in English and include modules covered, student learning outcomes, course description, and course assessment. Applicant's from a country that utilizes and supplies consolidated marks sheets must submit individual marks sheets.

Please see the PharmCAS Foreign Transcript Instructions at Please contact our office if you have any questions at or 509-368-6605.
Minimum TOEFL scores required are a 550 paper based, 90 internet based, or 250 computer based; or minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. Minimum TOEFL sub scores required: Reading 20, Writing 22, Speaking 22, and Listening 20. Exam date must be within one year of application.

Exceptions may be given to the English Language Proficiency Exam if one or more of the following conditions are met (verification is required):
•Applicant has completed a BA or BS degree in a native English-Speaking country.
•Applicant has completed a minimum of 25 semester/45 quarter credits of equivalent prerequisite coursework from an accredited U.S. based institution.
•Applicant is a citizen from one of the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, British Guyana, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, or Zambia.
•Applicant was schooled outside the U.S. at a school where the language of instruction was English.


Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Yes, but only if the campus is closed to visitors
Interviews are conducted by invitation only on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, Washington and the WSU PharmD program extension in Yakima, Washington. Interview invitations will be sent via email and we require candidates to confirm their interview via email.

If you are invited for an interview, you will interview with a faculty member and a student ambassador for 30 minutes in addition to an overview with administration, a tour of learning spaces, a current student panel, and an opportunity to meet individually with a WSU PharmD alumni.

The interview is required and provides candidates with an opportunity to learn more about the program. Due to COVID-19, interviews will be conducted virtually until further notice.

Accepted Applicants

A $500, non-refundable, advanced payment on tuition is required to secure a seat. Applicants offered admission to the program will receive instructions for creating a WSU student account and completing the required payment by the deadline. If an offer of admission is extended and an applicant does not pay the required admission deposit, they may forfeit their seat. Please contact Pharmacy Admissions if you have any questions regarding the deposit, or 509-368-6605.
  • Aug 22, 2022
Admitted students are required to complete their remaining prerequisites and provide our office with final official transcripts once they have completed all coursework. After we receive final official transcripts, admitted students can begin registering for fall semester pharmacy courses.

Admitted students are also required to obtain a Washington State Pharmacy Intern License and complete all required vaccinations and certifications. Pharmacy Prep Week and the White Coat Ceremony take place the week prior to the start of classes in August. Pharmacy Prep Week is mandatory for all admitted students.

Admitted students can prepare for pharmacy school by applying for financial aid and scholarships, reviewing prerequisite coursework, learning the top 200 drugs and practicing pharmacy calculations, and reviewing WSU pharmacy student organizations.

Read more on our Admitted Student Resources webpage at

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