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Distance Learning Resources

2020 has challenged us all in ways we never could have predicted. We are all finding new ways to learn and keep socially connected while keeping physically apart. As a college we want to assure you that one thing that has not changed is our commitment to academic excellence. While health and safety concerns may keep us apart, we want you to know we are all here to help and dedicated to the success of each and every student.

As you know, all fall 2020 and spring 2021 didactic classes will be delivered via distance learning with the goal of in-person instruction in the fall 2021 semester. To help make this transition as seamless as possible, we have compiled the following resources. This list is by no means complete and will be updated as more resources become available. Please check your WSU email often to keep up to date on the most recent developments from the college and University.

Resources for Success

WiFi Access
If you do not have access to WiFi or high-speed internet, please contact your instructors as soon as possible. The Washington State University Office of the Provost is partnering with Information Technology Services to provide WiFi access via mobile hotspots for WSU’s fall semester. If you are interested in borrowing a WiFi hotspot device to use for fall courses or other academic activities please fill out the hotspot request form.

All professional pharmacy students are required to have a laptop computer for academic use. While the University does have a Computer Loan Program available, computers checked out through the University do not meet the minimum computer requirements for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and will not work for testing through ExamSoft.

Keeping up to date
Please be sure to regularly check your WSU email to receive all the latest updates from the college and the University. You can also stay up to date on what’s going on at the college by reading the monthly CougaRx Newsletter (students get it automatically in your inbox), paying attention to upcoming events, and checking out the college’s social networks .

If you are interested in growing your professional network and learning about the latest job opportunities, we also highly recommend joining the WSU CPPS Professional LinkedIn group. This is a private group for only WSU CPPS students, faculty, staff, and alumni and you will need to request to join from your LinkedIn.

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Your Support Network

The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is committed to helping every student succeed. All of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni come together to make one community, one pharmacy family. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you need anything.

Academic Advisors

Your academic advisors are to answer questions, help solve problems and generally support you while you navigate your academic life at WSU. Please also feel free to connect with Experiential Services at for assistance with onboarding, non CPD-related e*Value questions, and questions about IPPEs and APPEs.

Learn more about advising at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Information Technology (IT)

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has a dedicated IT staff who are here to help with any technical issues you may have. The CPPS staff are especially well positioned to help with any pharmacy specific issues. You can contact them by emailing or calling 509-358-7916.

Other Students

The college has numerous student groups all finding ways to keep connected and support the community. To learn more about these groups we encourage you to reach out to their leaders or find them on social media.

Spokane Student organizations
Yakima Student organizations
WSU Spokane organizations

Zoom Backgrounds

Do you want to feel like you’re on campus even while away? Check out these Zoom backgrounds for all of your virtual meetings, conference calls, online classes and more.

How to change your Zoom background:

  1. Right click any of the CPPS background images below and choose “Save Image As” to save it somewhere you can find later (if you’re using a Health Sciences background just click the image and you’ll be taken to Flickr to download)
  2. Open a Zoom meeting
  3. Click the up arrow to the right of the “Stop Video” button at the bottom of your screen
  4. Select “Choose Virtual Background” and Zoom will open a new Setting window .
  5.  If prompted, click “Download” to download the smart virtual background package. You only need to download it once.
  6. Click the “+” next to “Choose my background” (above the existing background options)
  7. Select add image
  8. Find the image you saved before and hit “Open”
  9. Make sure “Mirror my video” is checked
    Note: this will make any text or logos look backwards to you, but they will be facing the correct way for everyone else viewing you video.
  10. Close the Settings window

CPPS Backgrounds

WSU Health Sciences Backgrounds


Zoom Etiquette

Avoid embarrassing mistakes. Pay attention to your video, microphone, and screen sharing settings to avoid embarrassing mistakes. Always keep the chat rooms appropriate.

Designate your workspace. Ensure your workspace is quiet, clean, and has an appropriate background. Or, use a virtual background.

Set up your tech. Check your Wi-Fi, test your video and audio, and get familiar with the software before entering the meeting.

Communicate with the host. Zoom includes buttons for raising your hand, responding yes or no, asking a host to adjust speed, requesting a break, and more.

Be professional. Be on time for meetings, dress appropriately, and sit tall and look directly into the camera when using video.