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Institution Name Washington State University
College or School Name College of Pharmacy
Short Name Washington St U
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Street 1 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Street 2 Pharmacy Admissions PBS 130
Street 3
City Spokane
State Washington
Zip 99202-2131
Country United States
Program Location: Washington
Admissions Office Contact(s):
Institutional Website:
Contact Information Video:
What is the application deadline for your program? January 4, 2021
Application Deadline Description: We encourage applicants to apply by the Sept. 15 Early Admission deadline. Applicants who apply by Sept. 15 will be considered priority and, if eligible, will be invited to our Early Admission interviews in October. Early Admission applicants will receive an admission decision within one week of a complete interview. Accepted Early Admission applicants are guaranteed a scholarship and placement at their campus of choice.

Find the admission deadlines at
Does your institution participate in Early Decision? No
Please select the appropriate ACPE accreditation status for your institution from the list below: Full Accreditation
Satellite/Branch campuses:
  • 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.
Does your program follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Is your institution public or private? Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Academic Term Type: Semester (2 terms per academic year)
What is the primary program structure for the Pharm.D. curriculum? * 3 - 4
Is a Baccalaureate degree required or preferred for admissions? Not Required
Does your institution have alternative enrollment options available? Yes
If Yes to alternate enrollment, check all that apply: Affiliation or articulation agreement with undergraduate institution(s), Early assurance
Total number of Pharm.D. seats filled in the last P1 entering class: 133
Anticipated number of Total Pharm.D. seats available in the upcoming P1 entering class: 170
Anticipated number of early assurance students advancing to the P1 year in the upcoming entering class: 4
Does your institution offer a dual degree program, as defined above? Yes
If yes, check all that apply: PharmD/MA (Master of Arts), PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), PharmD/PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), Other Dual Degrees
If other dual degrees, as defined above, please list: PharmD/METM - The Engineering and Technology Management (ETM) Master’s Degree and Certificate programs prepare PharmD students to become effective leaders in planning, implementation, and management of 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.

Learn more at
Does your institution offer a concurrent, double, or second degree program, as defined above? Yes
Provide any additional information regarding dual, concurrent, double, or second degree programs: As the health care landscape continues to evolve, recruiters are looking for talent with knowledge in overlapping disciplines. WSU offers several concurrent degrees and certificate programs so that students can broaden their skill set.

Concurrent degrees offered:

Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD
Master of Business Administration, MBA
Master of Engineering and Technology Management, METM
Master of Arts, Strategic Communication
Master of Arts, Communication Health and Promotion
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 90% NAPLEX pass rate, concurrent 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!
Program Description Video:
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.70
Minimum Prerequisite GPA: 1.70
Provide any additional information regarding GPA policies for applicants: 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.

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 61
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 40
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 100
Total number of basic science college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 65
Provide any additional information regarding credit hour policies for applicants: 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
List of Course Prerequisites:
Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Biology/Biological Science General Biology 1 with Lab - Must complete full year series with labs (Intended for Science Majors). Minimum 2 semesters or 3 quarters. 4 7.5
Biology/Biological Science General Biology 2 with Lab - Must complete full year series with labs (Intended for Science Majors). Minimum 2 semesters or 3 quarters. 4 7.5
Chemistry General Chemistry 1 with Lab - Must complete full year series with labs (Intended for Science Majors) 4 7.5
Chemistry General Chemistry 2 with Lab- Must complete full year series with labs (Intended for Science Majors). Minimum 2 semesters or 3 quarters. 4 7.5
Chemistry Organic Chemistry 1 with Lab - Must complete full year series with labs (Intended for Science Majors). Minimum 2 semesters or 3 quarters. 4 7.5
Chemistry Organic Chemistry 2 with Lab - Must complete full year series with labs (Intended for Science Majors). Minimum 2 semesters or 3 quarters. 4 7.5
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 with Lab - 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 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 Calculus - Minimum 1 semester or 1 quarter. 3 5
Statistics Statistics - Minimum 1 semester or 1 quarter. 3 5
English Composition / Writing English Composition - Minimum 1 semester or 1 quarter. 3 5
English Composition / Writing Advanced English Composition - Minimum 1 semester or 1 quarter. 3 5
Ethics Philosophy - logic, ethics or critical thinking. Minimum 1 semester or 1 quarter. 3 5
Psychology General Psychology - Minimum 1 semester or 1 quarter. 3 5
Economics Microeconomics - Minimum 1 semester or 1 quarter. 3 5
When do applicants need to complete all course prerequisites prior to enrollment (e.g. date or term)? 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 2021, all science prerequisites must be completed by spring 2021 and all non-sciences prerequisites must be completed by summer 2021.
Enter any additional information regarding course prerequisites: 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.
I would like to mark this section as done. Yes
Does your institution require applicants to submit a supplemental application or supplemental materials directly to the institution and outside of PharmCAS? No
Will your institution require a supplemental application fee? No
Provide any additional information about the supplemental application, materials, or fee requirements: 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
Select the option that best describes the program’s PCAT policy: Not Required or Considered
Link to PCAT information on institutional website:
Additional PCAT information: 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.
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Do you accept or require other admission tests? Do not include immunization requirement or other similar documentation requirements. No
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Please note any additional relevant information: 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.
Are evaluations (letters of reference) required by your institution? Yes
 If yes, how many evaluations are required? Two (2)
Please indicate your evaluation type requirements. Select all that apply.
  • 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): CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED
  • Teaching Assistant: CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED
What is your college/school policy on committee letters? Not accepted
What is your college/school policy on composite letters? Not Accepted
Provide institution specific details regarding evaluations: 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.
Is preference given to state residents? Yes
Is preference given to residents of other states? No
Additional information about the program’s state residency requirements: 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 a tuition break 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
Does your institution consider foreign citizens (excluding Canadian citizens)? Yes
Select the citizenship types eligible for admission: US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, US Temporary Residents, Canadian Citizens, Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa, Other Non-Citizens (e.g. DACA Students)
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Other clarifying information, if necessary: 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.
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores? Yes
If the TOEFL is required for non-native English speakers, provide additional details about the requirement below: 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 to English Language Proficiency Exam:
• Applicants may be exempt if they have completed a BA or BS degree in a native English-Speaking country.
• Applicants may be exempt if they have completed a minimum of 25 semester/45 quarter credits of equivalent prerequisite coursework from an accredited U.S. based institution.
• The applicant is coming from a country where English is the official mode of instruction, may be exempt from testing requirement. Documentation confirming English mode of instruction is required.

Interview Format: Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Briefly describe your institution's interview process: 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.
Link to institutional webpage for more detailed description:
Is a deposit required to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
Is the deposit refundable for any period of time? No
Enter details on the deposit (e.g. amount) and deposit refund policies: 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.
Date of first day of classes and/or matriculation for the next entering class:
  • August 23, 2021
Additional details for accepted applicants: 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
Are accepted applicants required to have CPR certification prior to matriculation? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Criminal Background Check (CBC) Service? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
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