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Admissions information

The WSU Doctor of Pharmacy program evaluates admission applications through a holistic review process by giving balanced consideration to academic record, evaluations, personal and professional goal statements, and life experiences.

How to Apply

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) 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.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2020 EnrollmentFall 2021 EnrollmentFall 2022 Enrollment
Early Admissions N/ASept 15, 2020Sept 15, 2021
Regular AdmissionsN/ASept 16, 2020 – Jan 1, 2021Sept 16, 2021 – Jan 1, 2022
Late AdmissionsJul 1, 2020Jan – Jun 2021Jan – Jun 2022

For more details on deadlines, visit the PharmCAS deadlines webpage. Not ready to apply for the Doctor of Pharmacy program yet? Consider our Save-A-Seat program.

Application Options

 Early Admissions*Regular Admissions*Late Admissions
Advantages
  • Begin planning for your future
  • Early access to financial aid
  • Guaranteed scholarship
  • Invitations to WSU alumni networking events
  • Notice of acceptance, denial, or need for more info within one week of your interview
  • Secure a seat at your location of choice
  • More time to complete your application
  • Eligibility to receive remaining scholarships
  • Secure a seat at your location of choice
  • More time to complete your application if you missed previous deadlines
  • Eligibility to receive remaining scholarships after Early and Regular Admissions candidates
Deadline to submit transcripts to PharmCASSept 15Sept 16 – Jan 1Jan - Jun
Deadline to submit supporting information:
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Cover letter
  • Additional information
Sept 30Sept 16 – Jan 1Jan - Jun
Interview datesOctDec - Feb Mar - Jun
Interview locationAt the campus you apply to. At the campus you apply to. Dependent on remaining seats at Spokane or Yakima campus.
*Note: Early and Regular Admissions applicants receive priority on location preference and scholarships.

Can you still apply Early Decision?

In order to have a more inclusive admissions process, which gives you the ability to choose the best PharmD program that meets your goals, the governing body for pharmacy schools, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), declared in 2019 that Early Decision will be eliminated for the 2021-22 admissions cycle. To support this initiative, the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has decided to end Early Decision for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Early Admissions will replace Early Decision.  With this change you are no longer obligated to enroll in the school if you are accepted. Choosing a Doctor of Pharmacy program is a significant decision for any student and we believe that you should be able to choose the school that best fits your needs.

Save-A-Seat

This option is for any current high school senior or college student who is working to complete their pre-pharmacy requirements and plan on applying to the WSU Doctor of Pharmacy program. The Save-A-Seat Program secures a seat in the program so you can focus on learning, not competing for a seat in pharmacy school.

Learn more about Save-a-Seat

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 preferred 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 pharmacy.admissions@wsu.edu as a Word or PDF document.

Letters of recommendation
We require two letters of recommendation from evaluators who can speak to your professional character, accountability, and notable experiences, such as a professor, teaching assistant, employer or volunteer supervisor. More than two letters are not required but highly recommended and up to four letters may be submitted.

Evaluators should speak to your adaptability, empathy, ethics, intellectual ability, interpersonal relations, judgement, leadership, reliability, and communication skills. It is recommended a supervisor, pharmacist or other health care provider you have worked with submit an evaluation. It is also highly recommended you obtain an evaluation from an academic source that can speak knowledgeably about your academic history. A letter from a pharmacist is not required but highly recommended.

Recommendations are NOT ACCEPTED from family members, friends, politicians, fraternity or sorority advisors, personal health care providers or high school faculty/advisors. Recommendations are not accepted from career services or reference letter centers.

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

Admission process information
Applications may be completed and submitted beginning mid-July. Consideration of complete applications for interview will begin the first week of August—first priority is given to completed early decision applicants and proceeds to regular decision applicants on a rolling basis. The number of interviews available is limited, it is to your advantage to apply as early as possible. Have all transcripts ready to send to PharmCAS to prevent delays in the release of your application. If PharmCAS does not receive all required materials and transcripts, they will not release your application to WSU for review.

After your application, official transcripts and fee are received allow up to four weeks for PharmCAS to process your application.

Our program deadline date for the 2019-20 cycle is April 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. The PharmCAS application deadline indicates the date your application and all materials must be received in the PharmCAS office.

For application instructions to help with applying for Pharmacy school, please click the helpful link below.

PharmCAS application instructions

Gaining pharmacy experience
WSU does not require pharmacy experience but it is highly recommended. 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 »

Get more information from the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission »

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

WSU will not automatically or unreasonably deny an applicant’s admission or restrict access to campus residency based on an applicant’s criminal history. While public institutions may or may not deny your 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 PharmD program.

Pharmacy careers

“As the pharmacy manager I oversee all aspects of the pharmacy department including personnel oversight, budget management and safety and quality. I am the responsible pharmacist for our facility.”
– Chris Greer, Pharmacy Manager at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Hospital

View career profiles

The interview

In the interest of health and safety we are currently conducting all of our interviews virtually. We are monitoring the ongoing public health crises and plan to return to in-person interviews in January 2021, as it is safe to do so. During our interviews prospective students will have the opportunity to meet and talk to students, faculty and staff from their preferred campus location via Zoom. Interview invitations will be sent via email.

If you are invited for an interview, you will visit with a faculty member and a student ambassador for about 30 minutes, receive a virtual campus tour and meet current students. The entire interview process takes about 3 hours.

Decisions:
Late October: Early admission applicants will be notified.
June: All decisions made (offers, waitlisted applicants and denials).

Financial aid

Pharmacy students may apply for financial aid and should submit the FAFSA online. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and use 003800 as the school code. Some loans for healthcare professionals require parent information, regardless of the student’s age and dependent status.

If you have any questions about financial aid please contact spokane.financialaid@wsu.edu or 509-368-6956.

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
info-sep@wiche.edu | http://www.wiche.edu/sep

International students

The college does consider international students for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program. International applicants are required to complete a foreign transcript evaluation and send this evaluation directly to PharmCAS and take the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

Coursework

International transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) on a course-by-course basis and include all transcripts. The complete report must be submitted to and received by PharmCAS by the application deadline. Upper division coursework, including Organic Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry, should be completed at a regionally accredited institution in the US.

Syllabi for all international prerequisite courses completed must be submitted as PDFs in English and include modules covered, student learning outcomes, course description, and course assessment. Applicant’s from a country that utilizes and supplies consolidated marks sheets must submit individual marks sheets.

TOEFL/IELTS

Minimum TOEFL scores required are a 550 paper based, 90 internet based, or 250 computer based; or minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. Minimum TOEFL sub scores required: Reading 20, Writing 22, Speaking 22, and Listening 20. Exam date must be within one year of application.

Exceptions to English Language Proficiency Exam:

  • Applicants may be exempt if they have completed a BA or BS degree in a native English-Speaking country.
  • Applicants may be exempt if they have completed a minimum of 25 semester/45 quarter credits of equivalent prerequisite coursework from an accredited U.S. based institution.
  • The applicant is coming from a country where English is the official mode of instruction, may be exempt from testing requirement. Documentation confirming English mode of instruction is required.

Transfer admission policy

The college may consider students who have previously attended another professional pharmacy program. Only students in good academic standing will be considered (proof of academic standing will be required). 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.

View the policy and procedures transfer requests document for further instructions.