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.
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.
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.
All entering student pharmacists must provide evidence of completing the series of Hepatitis B shots and Hep B titer before the beginning of the second semester of the pharmacy program (this series takes 6 months to complete). Inability to complete these vaccinations will result in an enrollment blocking hold for your spring course registration. There are more vaccinations you will need as well: Tdap, MMR, Polio, and Varicella. Please see the Immunization Record sheet for detailed information and direct all questions to the Office of Experiential Services at email@example.com. Introduce yourself as an incoming student pharmacist in the class of 2022.
Mark your calendar for orientation & the White Coat Ceremony
Orientation will be held during the week of August 13-17, ending with the White Coat Ceremony. *Dates subject to change, official notifications and invitations will be sent out during the summer.
Prepare your wardrobe
All professional pharmacy students will need a business casual wardrobe for events and courses throughout the program.
Go shopping for a laptop
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 i3 or higher
RAM: 4GB+ recommended
Hard Drive: 128GB (or larger)
Network: 802.11g/n/ac and 10/100 wired Ethernet
OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 or Mac OS X 10.10+
Office: Microsoft Office 2013 or higher.
Students receive free access to Microsoft Office 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. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 & 4 devices are considered laptops.
Examsoft currently only supports Apple IPad and Microsoft Surface Pro 1-4 (*Other Windows 8/8.1/10 tablets are not supported).
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 DVDs, external hard drives or online backup storage to protect computer from any data loss.
The college hosts many events throughout the year to bring our alumni, students, faculty, and colleagues together! Keep an eye on our pharmacy calendar for upcoming events in your area. We also post events in our monthly CougaRx Newsletter which can be emailed directly to your inbox. Subscribe here!
Prepare for your first-year courses
Review your pre-requisite coursework
Having a strong working knowledge of the pre-requisite 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.