Start making connections with your future classmates before you start at WSU.
Advisors are available over the summer and welcome the opportunity to meet with you and answer your questions.
Apply for Financial Aid
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.
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.
Mark Your Calendar for Pharmacy Prep Week
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.
Let us know what size you need by June 1 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.
Washington State Intern License
If you have not started, please begin the multi-step process in applying for your intern license through the Washington state Department of Health. As a requirement of the program, your intern license must be issued by September 15.
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 Laptop Requirements
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:
Microsoft Office 365
Backing up Your Laptop
Prepare for Your First Year
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. You can find a list of the top 200 drugs through ClinCalc DrugStats Database and this YouTube playlist has 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. You can learn more about the various pharmacy career paths from Pharmacy is Right for Me. If you find certain career paths interesting, you can strategically focus your studies to fit your passion during pharmacy school.