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School of Pharmacy

School Overview

Sean D. Sullivan

Associate Deans
Nanci L. Murphy
Stanley S. Weber

Established in 1894, the UW School of Pharmacy is proud of its strong commitment to excellence and the recognition given to its faculty, students, and graduates for their outstanding educational, research, and service activities. The School's Dean's Office and three departments - Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacy - are located in the H-Wing of the Health Sciences Building and the South Campus Center. The School is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and its programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education.

Doctor of Pharmacy Program

The School of Pharmacy offers a four-year program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. The curriculum of the PharmD program is designed to provide students the scientific background and clinical skills necessary to take the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) to enter professional practice.

Limited class enrollment allows for individualized attention from instructors while students still enjoy the benefits of attending a large university. Instructional methods emphasize the critical thinking, problem-solving, and clinical skills necessary to provide rational drug therapy, reduce medication-related problems, promote healthy lifestyles and disease prevention, optimize health outcomes, enhance patient adherence, and render care in a changing health-care system. The School fosters a commitment to life-long learning and provides an environment where students develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills consistent with the profession's high standards.


Admission is for autumn quarter only. Applicants who are current UW students or who are considered admissible to UW are not assured admission. Admission is competitive, based on a number of factors including cumulative and prerequisite GPAs, PCAT scores, written communication skills as demonstrated in application essays, interview results, and review of all application materials. Competitiveness varies from year to year, depending on size and strength of the applicant pool.

Because of limits on enrollment, the School cannot admit all qualified applicants. On average, over 600 students apply each year for 100 generally available positions. Admission is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all prerequisites, eligibility to obtain a Washington State Pharmacy Intern Certificate, and satisfactory results on the Criminal Background Check and Conviction/Criminal History Information Form. Accepted students are required to meet the University and health sciences immunization requirements.

After a preliminary assessment of the applicant pool, based on completeness of the application, review of all application materials, prerequisite and cumulative GPA thresholds and PCAT score thresholds, the most qualified applicants are invited for an interview in Seattle with members of the PharmD Admissions Committee. Residents from states participating in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Pharmacy Student Exchange Program (Alaska and Nevada) are encouraged to apply. Applicants who meet or exceed GPA and PCAT minimum thresholds are not guaranteed an interview. Offers of interview are dependent on the size and competitiveness of the applicant pool during each annual admission cycle.

Further information on admission requirements, application procedures, and program content is available from the School of Pharmacy Office of Academic and Student Programs or at

Graduate Programs

Graduate Program Coordinator
H375 Health Sciences, Box 357630
(206) 616-1383

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:

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:

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.