Doctor of Pharmacy Admitted Students
Congratulations and Go Cougs!

Admitted Student Checklist

Congratulations and welcome to the Cougar family! We are very excited to have you as part of our WSU Doctor of Pharmacy program and want to make your start at pharmacy school as smooth and successful as possible.

Here’s everything you need to do to get ready to start for Pharmacy Prep Week and your pharmacy education at WSU:

Remaining Prerequisites

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, 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 completed all of your prerequisite coursework please be sure to submit your final transcripts. WSU only accepts official transcripts from colleges and universities.

Regardless of how your transcripts are sent, please allow several days for us to update your student file. You will be notified by email when your transcript has been recorded.

WSU does not accept transcripts via email. If you would like to submit your transcript electronically, it must be done through a third-party vendor. Please see below for details on how to submit your transcripts.


The college/university may mail your transcript to the following address if it remains sealed; otherwise we will consider it unofficial and you will need to have an official transcript sent.

WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Attention: Office of Student Services, PBS 130
412 East Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99202-2131

Electronic via Vendor

You may request your transcript using a third-party vendor, such as Parchment, Naviance, National Student Clearinghouse, Scribbles, or eScrip-Safe. The third-party vendor may send it to We only accept electronic transcripts from third-party vendors if the email sent to us includes a URL that can be copied and pasted (we cannot click links in emails). If we are not able to accept a transcript from this method, we will let you know.

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Get Connected

Check Your WSU Email

Regularly check your WSU email for any official WSU communications. If you have trouble with your WSU email contact the WSU IT help desk at or 509-335-HELP.

Meet With Your Advisor

Advisors are available over the summer and welcome the opportunity to meet with you and answer your questions.

Get Ready

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 June 1.

Register for Fall Courses

You can register for fall semester courses starting in July; specific dates will be communicated via email. However, lab course registration does not open until orientation.

PharmD Course Schedule

Class of: 2024 | 2025 | 2026 | 2027

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.

Mark Your Calendar for Pharmacy Prep Week

Pharmacy Prep Week will be held August 12-15, 2024 ending with the White Coat Ceremony. Your attendance is required as this will be your introduction to all the resources and support available to you. More details about what to expect will be communicated over the summer.

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:

Processor: Core i5 or higher
RAM: 8GB+ recommended
Hard Drive: 256GB (or larger)
Network: 802.11g/n/ac wireless adapter
Video Conference:  Web camera and microphone

Operating System

Windows or macOS  *Note:  Your device must be within 2 versions of the latest released operating system by the vendor. Please review the minimum OS requirements for ExamSoft.

Microsoft Office 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.


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: AVG, ClamAv.


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.

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.


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

Examsoft supports Microsoft Surface Pro devices (*Other Windows 10 tablets are not supported). **iPads are not supported for College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Examsoft testing.

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.

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. Please note: you will need your WSU Network ID to view these PDFs.