Graduate Program Coordinator
The Department of Pharmacy offers graduate study leading to a PhD degree in pharmaceutical outcomes research and policy. Emphasis of this program is on the health and cost outcomes of pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical services and policies. Graduate training in this program prepares students for career opportunities in teaching and research in universities, safety and economic evaluation of products in the pharmaceutical industry, policy analysis of governmental agencies, and drug use management within healthcare delivery and financing organizations.
Also offered is a track in the PharmD/MS program in pharmaceutical outcomes research and policy, which provides an opportunity for one-to-two students currently completing their PharmD training at the UW to enter the graduate program in their fourth year of training. The program requires completion of 64 credit hours, a written thesis, and a quarter of practicum in a managed care, government, industry, or other appropriate setting. At the end of this training, students may elect to receive a master's degree, or continue on toward a PhD degree.
The UW's biomedical regulatory affairs Master of Science program, offered by the UW School of Pharmacy in partnership with UW Educational Outreach, addresses a growing need for well-trained professionals in the regulatory field. The degree serves those who wish to advance their careers in the medical products industry or those entering the field from related areas.
Deadline for application for the PhD and the PharmD/MS programs is December 31. Applicants are notified of acceptance or rejection by March 30. Refer to the application deadline for the biomedical regulatory affairs master-of-science program posted at: www.biomedreg.uw.edu/admissions/deadlines.asp.
Application materials and additional information are available in the Department of Pharmacy or at program websites listed below:
Residency and Fellowship Programs
The Department of Pharmacy offers several postdoctoral fellowships in pharmacotherapeutics and pharmaceutical outcomes, and advanced community residency programs, primarily intended for PharmD graduates. Additional information is available on the department's website: sop.washington.edu/pharmacy/about/fellowship-a-residency-opportunities.html.
Clinical and Affiliate Faculty
In addition to the School of Pharmacy's full- and part-time faculty listed above, a large number of practicing pharmacists contribute to the School's academic programs. Over 500 pharmacists throughout the Pacific Northwest are members of the clinical and affiliate faculty, representing a variety of pharmacy practice settings such as community, hospital, nursing home, government, and industry. Information on the names, addresses and practice settings of these faculty members is available from the Office of Professional Pharmacy Education.
Doctor of Pharmacy
A four-year professional program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, the curriculum is designed to provide students the scientific background and clinical skills necessary to render pharmaceutical care in various healthcare settings. Individuals who wish to practice pharmacy in the United States must earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from an accredited college or school of pharmacy, complete required internship hours, pass licensing examinations, and meet other state-specific licensing requirements.
Consideration for admission to the professional program requires a minimum three years of pre-pharmacy training. An applicant who is admissible to the University is not assured admission to the School of Pharmacy. Admission is competitive, based on a number of factors. Academic preparedness, motivation, oral and written communication skills, critical-thinking ability, and decision-making skills are among the criteria used to determine a candidate's aptitude for the program. Following a preliminary assessment of the applicant pool, the most qualified applicants are selected for an interview in Seattle. A writing assessment is also conducted at that time. Further details on admission requirements, application procedures, and program content are available from the School's Office of Academic and Student Programs or its website.
Current degree requirements for entering classes are reflected in the graduating class of 2015 and later. (Graduating classes of 2014 and earlier have different course sequences as a result of this revision.) Below are the current degree requirements:
PharmD/PhD Concurrent Program
PharmD/PhD Program Coordinator
The accelerated dual-degree program is intended for outstanding students committed to earning the PharmD degree and a PhD degree in either Pharmaceutics or Medicinal Chemistry. Students are equipped to enter academic careers that require competence in clinical practice, teaching, and research. They will possess the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to work with colleagues across multiple disciplines essential to performing integrated and translational medical and pharmaceutical research. Many of our trainees have worked in research and developed an interest in public health and pharmaceutical sciences through that experience.
Students admitted to the concurrent degree program are able to complete the requirements for both degrees in about eight academic years, rather than the nine years normally required to receive both degrees.
Admission to the PharmD/PhD program is based on the recommendation of the admission committees of the professional degree program, the graduate program, and the PharmD/PhD program. For additional admission criteria, see respective programs.
Applicants must complete admission requirements of both the PharmD and PhD programs. Consideration for the PharmD/PhD program is contingent upon completion of a PharmD application, Graduate School application, and PharmD/PhD application (available online at: sop.washington.edu/school-of-pharmacy/degree-programs/concurrent-degree-opportunities.html).
Financial support in the form of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships may be available to prospective and continuing students. Availability of financial aid is limited, typically to the first and second academic year. Prospective students should contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for more information on financial support.