Doctor of Pharmacy


Pharmacy today is about caring for patients. At WSU, we are training students to be part of an outstanding health care team. You will learn the traditional practices of dispensing and compounding medications and also be taught to give flu shots, take blood pressure, test blood glucose, communicate medical information in understandable language, assess a patient’s overall health, and more.

New Yakima location

In addition to our pharmacy program on the WSU campus in Spokane, starting August 2015 we will have a new satellite campus in Yakima on the campus of Pacific Northwest University Health Sciences (PNWU). Learn more.

Pharm.D./Ph.D. program

In collaboration with the WSU Graduate School, the College of Pharmacy has established a combined, sequential Pharm.D./Ph.D. program that allows some aspects of the Ph.D. experience to be initiated during the Pharm.D. portion of the program.

Applications will be accepted concurrently with the Pharm.D. application, or in the first two years of the Pharm.D. curriculum. Read more.

Strengths of our program

  • Washington State University College of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Click here to see full details on our accreditation.
  • Your first-year courses focus on pharmacy - pharmaceutics, integrated pharmacology and pharmacy communications – compared to other schools where you study general sciences such as biochemistry, genetics, physical chemistry, and anatomy/physiology.
  • Tuition is lower than private schools.
  • You have the option for more intensive study of pharmacy business management and could be selected to represent us nationally in business plan competitions, where we are proven leaders!
  • You have the opportunity to do laboratory research for credit.
  • Our student ambassadors and professional mentors help you adjust to student life and get a jump-start on networking with the pharmacy community.
  • You will have leadership opportunities within multiple student organizations on campus and nationally.

WSU pharmacy fact sheet for students

Average time to completion

Pre-pharmacy prerequisites: 2.5 years
Pharmacy school: 4 years
Pharmacy specialty residency (optional): at least 1 year

See our NAPLEX and MPJE pass rates

Annual tuition for 2015-2016

Resident tuition: $20,512
Non-resident tuition: $37,166
Mandatory fees: various
*Non-resident students may apply for state residency after living in the State of Washington for 12 months. Read more information on student residency »

Scholarship quick facts (2015-2016)

Number of scholarship applications

Number of individual

Total scholarships awarded last year: $372,950
These figures reflect Pharm.D. and Ph.D. applications and scholarships.

Student demographics

Applications (2015): 665
Candidates Interviewed 304
Total accepted: 167
(65% female, 35% male)
Average age: 24
See more student facts


More information

Pharm.D. in Yakima Helpful application tips
Frequently Asked Questions Gaining Pharmacy Experience
Teaching with Simulation
Estimate Your Financial Aid

Other Pharmacy Degrees:  Ph.D. in pharmaceutical science

Pre-Pharmacy at WSU:  Undergraduate pharmacy program (University College)

About Spokane

The College of Pharmacy has recently relocated to the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane. Our proximity to the Spokane health care community and our health sciences colleagues in the Spokane University District means a multitude of unique academic and professional opportunities for our students, and provides excellence in teaching, collaborative research and scholarship is what we are all about.

Spokane is Washington's second largest city. WSU in Spokane shares the University District with Gonzaga University, Whitworth University and Eastern Washington University. Plus the housing is affordable, the commutes are short, and the great Northwest outdoor recreational opportunities are close and plentiful.