Doctor of Pharmacy

Pharm.D. at Yakima

The College of Pharmacy has a Doctor of Pharmacy program extension on the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences campus in Yakima.

Incoming students are given the opportunity to indicate their campus of choice within the supplemental application and will be considered for that location on a space-available basis.

The WSU Doctor of Pharmacy program in Yakima offers students the unique experience of sharing a small campus with the medical students in the Pacific Northwest University (PNWU) Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program.

Read more about our Doctor of Pharmacy application process.

This effort with PNWU follows the College’s vision to be a leader in protecting, promoting and improving human health, and its mission to develop outstanding healthcare professionals. The goal of this academic collaboration is to prepare pharmacists to be members of health care teams and to care for patients in new and different ways to match the evolving health care landscape, ultimately expanding the availability of health services to underserved populations in rural settings.

About Yakima

Our Doctor of Pharmacy program in Yakima is located on the PNWU campus in central Washington.

  • 144 miles from Seattle, WA
  • 205 miles from Spokane, WA
  • 185 miles from Portland, OR
  • 364 miles from Boise, ID

Places to live:
Our partners at the PNWU have gathered an excellent list of housing resources on their website. Click here to view the list.

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Safety Information:
PNWU campus safety plan.

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WSU Doctor of Pharmacy - Why Yakima?

Being in Yakima gives student pharmacists interested in working with rural and underserved populations an ideal learning environment. Read more on our curriculum.

Class sizes are kept small at 25 to 50 students, offering a more personal learning experience.

Yakima students have the same access to scholarships and financial aid and pay the same tuition as those in Spokane.

The admissions process for students located in Yakima is the same as those who apply to attend Spokane. Students will have the opportunity to choose their preferred location when the application period opens.

The difference from Spokane

  • Student pharmacists in Yakima will have the option to be there all four years, including most of the rotations in the fourth year. Students choose between several geographical locations in the state to do most of their final year rotations.
  • Yakima offers the benefits of a small cohort, learning side-by-side with medical students in an environment that prepares practitioners to care for patients as part of an interprofessional health care team.

Our history in Yakima

The College of Pharmacy established a presence in Yakima in the 1990s, with both faculty and students. WSU pharmacy faculty work as pharmacists at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and supervise student pharmacists who obtain practice experience there.

Yakima has long been a practice site for WSU Doctor of Pharmacy students completing their fourth-year Advanced Pharmacy Practice rotations (APPE). The last year of pharmacy school is dedicated to six rotations, much like the way medical students complete clerkships in their third and fourth years of medical school.

In addition, Yakima is a location for Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) that student pharmacists begin after their first year.

The College has practicing pharmacists in Yakima who are trained and certified as preceptors to supervise student pharmacists during pharmacy practice rotations at multiple local practice sites. Students gain a variety of hands on pharmacy practice experiences during their professional education including rotations within a variety of settings: hospital, clinic based, community, and ambulatory pharmacy.

More information

Other Pharmacy Degrees:  Ph.D. in pharmaceutical science

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


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