Admission Information

The WSU College of Pharmacy’s application is through the PharmCAS national application service for pharmacy schools. Within the PharmCAS application students will need to submit a professional goals statement. Read below for our complete application process.

Professional goals statement

The professional goals statement must be submitted within the PharmCAS application. When composing your Professional Goals Statement do not submit a general essay, directly answer every question since each question is evaluated. Take your time and write well thought-out responses to each question.

PharmCAS application

The following information is regarding elements that are submitted through PharmCAS.

PCAT scores

The PCAT is not required and will not be used in the admissions scoring process.

Grade point averages

To be considered for admission your overall GPA as reported by PharmCAS must be 2.7 or higher. If your GPA is lower but you have extenuating circumstances that you believe should be considered, you may write a letter to explain. Letters of explanation should be addressed to the Director of Student Services, and be sent to as a word or PDF document.

Letters of recommendation

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.


In PharmCAS you will be asked to send official transcripts from all institutions that you have attended.

General admission process information

Applications may be submitted beginning mid-July, and consideration of complete applications for interview slots will begin on August 1 - giving first priority to Tier 1 and Early Decision applicants - and proceed on a rolling basis. Since interview slots are limited, it is to your advantage to apply as early as possible.

  • Tier 1 - Mid-July through September 6
  • Tier 2 - September 7 through November 1
  • Tier 3 - November 2 through January 5

Tier 1 and Early Decision applicants will receive first considerations for interview slots. Tier 2 applicants will receive second consideration for interview slots. Tier 3 applicants will receive third consideration for interview slots. Applications not completed by January 5 are LATE and will limit your opportunity for admissions during that cycle.

After interviews are completed, applicants are notified of admission decisions by mid-October for Early Decision Program applicants, and by mid-March for the regular application process.

Gaining pharmacy experience

WSU does not require pharmacy experience but it 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.

Learn how to get your pharmacy assistant license »

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The interview

Interviews are conducted by invitation only on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, Washington and the WSU Doctor of Pharmacy program extension on the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences campus in Yakima, Washington. Interview invitations will be sent via email.

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.

If you are invited for an interview, you will visit with a faculty member and a student ambassador for about 30 minutes. The entire interview process takes about 2 hours.

Criminal background checks

If you are offered admission to the Pharm.D. program, you will receive an email request from PharmCAS for information to allow a criminal background check. Be apprised that the Washington State Board of Pharmacy can refuse to issue you a license to practice in the state of Washington due to a felony conviction.

While public institutions may or may not deny you admission based on a criminal record, you may not receive board approval based on a felony record. Since a board-approved internship licensure is required to complete the experiential portions of the professional curriculum, you would not be able to academically progress successfully beyond the first professional year.

If you have a criminal conviction on your record you may not be able to complete your degree, regardless of whether WSU grants you admission to the Pharm.D. program.

Financial aid

Pharmacy students may apply for financial aid and should submit the FAFSA online. Go to and use 003800 as the school code.

Some loans for healthcare professionals require parent information, regardless of the student's age and dependent status. has more information. 

Out-of-state residents

Washington state residents are given additional consideration in the admissions process, however approximately 30 percent of the incoming class are out of state students.

If you are a resident of a WICHE state, you may be eligible for a tuition break. For more information, contact WICHE at:

WICHE Student Exchange Program
3035 Center Green Drive
Boulder, CO 80301-2204
(303) 541-0214

International students

We do not consider international students for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Students from foreign countries who have become U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or who have a green card will be considered for admission if they have a critical mass (two years or more) of credits earned from post-secondary schools in the United States. Anyone who holds international transcripts is required to have them evaluated by ECE (, WES (, or any similar translating service if you are requesting a unofficial evaluation of your coursework. Please note we do not accept upper division science coursework from non-U.S. colleges.

Transfer admission policy

A student who is currently enrolled in good academic standing in a Doctor of Pharmacy program at another campus, and is applying to the WSU Pharmacy program, is considered a "transfer student."

Students who have been decertified, or asked to leave their original program due to academic deficiencies, are not eligible for transfer into the WSU program.

Please see the policy and procedures document below for further instructions.

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2017 - 2018
admissions timeline

Summer 2017: PharmCAS application opens

September 5: Early Decision Program admission deadlines. PharmCAS application due

October 13: Yakima Early Decision Program interviews conducted

October 20: Spokane Early Decision Program interviews conducted

Late October: Early Decision Program applicants notified of admission decisions

December 8: Spokane Interviews conducted

January 5: PharmCAS filing period closes.

January 26: Yakima Interviews conducted

February 9: Spokane Interviews conducted

March 2: Yakima Interviews conducted

March 1: Save a Seat applications due

March 30: Spokane Interviews conducted

March 30: Save a Seat interviews (Spokane)

Late March: Applicants notified of admission decisions


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