Congratulations and Go Cougs!
This page is designed to provide incoming student pharmacists with information to make the transition to WSU as smooth as possible. Follow the steps below to prepare for orientation:
The Doctor of Pharmacy program consists of four professional years of study, following the completion of the required pre-pharmacy courses. Please be aware that if your overall GPA decreases during these terms, if you receive grades below a C- in any prerequisite courses, or if you fail to complete all prerequisites as listed on our website, we reserve the right to rescind your offer of admission. All science prerequisites should be completed by the end of spring term and all other prerequisites must be completed by the first day of classes. Please contact us if you are unsure what courses you have not satisfied.
Final Transcript Reminder
Once you have finished your prerequisite coursework, please send official transcripts to:
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Attention: Office of Student Services, PBS 130
412 East Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99202-2131
We cannot accept electronic transcripts at this time. Once we have received your transcripts your prerequisite checklist will be updated and you will be sent an email notification. If you are taking summer term courses, please request official transcripts to be sent as soon as final grades are posted. Students who attended WSU for their prerequisite coursework do not need to submit transcripts.
Students admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program will be required to pay professional-level tuition. Tuition and fees are posted on the WSU Spokane Student Financial Services webpage. Please complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to ensure financial aid is processed in a timely manner. Check the FAFSA website for the application. WSU’s school code is 003800 and our priority deadline is January 31.
For more information on financial aid, visit the WSU Spokane Student Financial Services webpage.
Start checking your WSU email account
Please regularly check your WSU email for important information from the admissions office. Build the habit early and use your WSU email for all official WSU business, in accordance with the WSU email policy. If you are having trouble with your email account please contact the WSU IT help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-335-HELP.
Mark your calendar for Pharmacy Prep Week
Pharmacy Prep Week will be held virtually in August. More details will be communicated over the summer. Due to restrictions on social gatherings the White Coat Ceremony has been postponed.
Prepare your wardrobe
All professional pharmacy students will need a business casual wardrobe for events and courses throughout the program.
Do you know your white coat size?
To find your white coat size see our size chart. Or try one on in person at a Cherokee Uniforms supplier, please call ahead to ensure they have the correct coat in stock (men’s coat number 1389, women’s coat number 348). Once you know your white coat size, let us know and we will order it.
All white coats are donated courtesy of Walgreens, let us know what size you need by May 31 to ensure there are no delays in getting your white coat. We will not have extras, so it is important you let us know your size before the deadline. If you need more information or additional size options please contact us.
Register for your fall courses
You can register for your fall semester courses starting May 18. View the list of courses here. Please keep in mind you will not be able to register for lab courses, such as Pharmacy 509, until orientation.
Get vaccinated and certified
To participate in patient care activities, you are required to have certain immunizations and licensure. Don’t delay and get started on this process as early as possible.
Washington State Intern License
If you have not started, please begin the multi-step process in applying for your intern license here. As a requirement of the program, your intern license must be issued by the time classes begin.
Intern licenses are not granted until enrollment verification letters are received by the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission. We will begin sending enrollment verification letters as soon as they are accepted in the spring, you do not need to request this letter from us.
If you would like to verify that your application is complete and ready for processing, please call the Department of Health and ask to speak to the pharmacy credentialing specialist for intern licenses: 360-236-4986.
Minimum requirements for your laptop computer
All professional pharmacy students are required to have a laptop computer for academic use. If you have one, make sure it meets our minimum specifications:
Processor: Core i5 or higher
RAM: 4GB+ recommended
Hard Drive: 256GB (or larger)
Network: 802.11g/n/ac wireless adapter
Video Conference: Web camera and microphone
OS: Windows 10 or macOS 10.14+
Office: Microsoft 365
Students receive free access to Microsoft 365 with their WSU email account. Access is not available until officially enrolled in courses for fall semester.
Anti-virus: All computers including Macs must have anti-virus software installed on them. The following are just a few of the many free anti-virus solutions available: Security Essentials, AVG, Sophos, ClamAv.
Warranty: You are highly encouraged to purchase a service contract/warranty that covers your laptop for 3 years. You may also want to opt for a service contract/warranty that includes accidental damage.
Tablets: Tablets are not a substitute for a laptop. If you elect to purchase a tablet, you will still need a laptop for your classes and exams. Microsoft Windows 10 S, Surface Go, and Surface Pro X devices are not supported for exams. If you have questions or unsure if your device is supported please contact Pharmacy IS at 509-358-7916, email email@example.com
Examsoft supports Microsoft Surface Pro devices (*Other Windows 10 tablets are not supported). **As of Fall 2018 iPads will no longer be supported for College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Examsoft testing.
Smartphones: Some students elect to purchase smartphones in addition to a laptop. When purchasing a smartphones please read the specifications carefully to understand data plan limits/overage charges and pharmacy applications requirements before purchasing a smartphone.
Backing up your laptop: It is recommended that you back up your computer to external hard drives or online backup storage to protect your computer from any data loss. Students receive free OneDrive cloud storage with their Office 365 subscriptions.
Prepare for your first-year courses
Review your prerequisite coursework
Having a strong working knowledge of the prerequisite coursework, especially the high-level science courses, will help support your success in the first semester. We recommend reviewing this coursework so the information stays within your working memory.
Start learning the top 200 drugs
Start learning information and the pronunciations for the top 200 drugs. This Pharmacy Times article lists the 2017 top 200 drugs and a link to a YouTube video with pronunciations and drug classes. There are also phone applications, such as FlashRX, which can be helpful to learn these drugs.
Investigate your career options
With the changing landscape of health care, pharmacists are becoming more involved in patient care and as a result creating more career opportunities. View the list of these career options on the American Pharmacists Association website. If you find certain career paths interesting, you can strategically focus your studies to fit your passion during pharmacy school.
Review our student organizations
Take a look at our leadership directories to get an idea of our student organizations and leadership opportunities that are available to you during pharmacy school.