Over 130 Years

Educating Future Pharmacists and Researchers

Based in Spokane, Washington, the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is one of the original areas of study since the founding of the university in 1891. From its inception as a land-grant university, the college has become a leader and resource on the West Coast for pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical research. 

It’s ranked top tier of all public and private pharmacy schools for research funding by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and ranked top 10 in the West Coat by collegefactual.com. The college has paved the way for pharmacists to play a greater role in a health care team authoring trainings for pharmacies to offer immunizations along with other point-of-care tests and treatments. 

The pharmacy program has been accredited since 1912 and relocated to WSU Spokane campus from Pullman in 2013. The campus is home to the College of Nursing and the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. In 2015, it extended its PharmD program to Yakima, located on the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.  

Our Mission

To improve health in our community through excellence in collaborative research, scholarship, and clinical education, and to develop outstanding health care professionals and scientists. 

Our Vision

To be a leader in advancing, promoting, and protecting human health. 

About the College 

The college has two departments: Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacotherapy. Along with conducting groundbreaking research in drug metabolism, cancer, and cell signaling, among other topics, the two departments are committed to educating future scientists and health care providers. 

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Teaches courses in integrated pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutics, compounding, toxicology, drug development, and pharmacogenomics, and actively participates in the training of PharmD students in research. Faculty also conduct research across areas including studies of drug metabolism, cancer, tobacco biomarkers and cessation, cell signaling, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation, and aging.

Department of Pharmacotherapy

Teaches courses on patient care, professional communication for health care providers, evaluating drug information, as well as various other courses in pharmacotherapy. In addition, faculty are also practitioners with research areas focused on diabetes, teaching and learning innovations including the use of human patient simulation, geriatrics, and novel practice methods. 

Our College by the Numbers

2 Campus Locations in Spokane and Yakima, Washington
320+ PharmD and PhD students

Supported by 69 faculty and 65 support staff all dedicated to seeing students succeed.

Doctor of Pharmacy students learn to provide direct patient care and expertise in a variety of health care settings such as hospitals, specialized clinics, and more. 
PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Molecular Medicine students work with a faculty mentor to complete research projects. The Natesan lab studies computational drug design.
Top Tier Ranked in the top one-third nationally for grant funding

Dedicated to revolutionizing health, health care education, and patient outcomes.

250 experiential practice sites across Washington, California, Oregon, and Idaho plus APPE sites across the country and worldwide
Every year, student pharmacists on the international Advance Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotation in Ecuador work to set up mobile clinics and try to see as many patients as possible.



The Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603-4810. TEL (312) 664-3575, FAX (866) 228-2631.