The following information is regarding elements that are submitted through PharmCAS.
Grade point averages
To be considered for admission your preferred overall GPA as reported by PharmCAS must be 2.7 or higher. If your GPA is lower but you have extenuating circumstances that you believe should be considered, you may write a letter to explain. Letters of explanation should be addressed to the Director of Student Services, and be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org as a Word or PDF document.
Letters of recommendation
We require two letters of recommendation from evaluators who can speak to your professional character, accountability, and notable experiences, such as a professor, teaching assistant, employer or volunteer supervisor. More than two letters are not required but highly recommended and up to four letters may be submitted.
Evaluators should speak to your adaptability, empathy, ethics, intellectual ability, interpersonal relations, judgement, leadership, reliability, and communication skills. It is recommended a supervisor, pharmacist or other health care provider you have worked with submit an evaluation. It is also highly recommended you obtain an evaluation from an academic source that can speak knowledgeably about your academic history. A letter from a pharmacist is not required but highly recommended.
Recommendations are NOT ACCEPTED from family members, friends, politicians, fraternity or sorority advisors, personal health care providers or high school faculty/advisors. Recommendations are not accepted from career services or reference letter centers.
Admission process information
Applications may be completed and submitted beginning mid-July. Consideration of complete applications for interview will begin the first week of August—first priority is given to completed early decision applicants and proceeds to regular decision applicants on a rolling basis. The number of interviews available is limited, it is to your advantage to apply as early as possible. Have all transcripts ready to send to PharmCAS to prevent delays in the release of your application. If PharmCAS does not receive all required materials and transcripts, they will not release your application to WSU for review.
After your application, official transcripts and fee are received allow up to four weeks for PharmCAS to process your application.
Our program deadline date for the 2019-20 cycle is April 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. The PharmCAS application deadline indicates the date your application and all materials must be received in the PharmCAS office.
For application instructions to help with applying for Pharmacy school, please click the helpful link below.
Gaining pharmacy experience
WSU does not require pharmacy experience but it is highly recommended. If you are interested in gaining experience in a pharmacy, start talking with pharmacists about a career in pharmacy and consider applying for a pharmacy assistant license. It is hard to gain pharmacy related experience unless you work in a pharmacy. Learn how to get your pharmacy assistant license »
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Criminal background checks
If you are offered admission to the PharmD program, you will receive an email request from PharmCAS for information to allow a criminal background check. Be apprised that the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission can refuse to issue you a license to practice in the state of Washington due to a felony conviction.
WSU will not automatically or unreasonably deny an applicant’s admission or restrict access to campus residency based on an applicant’s criminal history. While public institutions may or may not deny your admission based on a criminal record, you may not receive board approval based on a felony record. Since a board-approved internship licensure is required to complete the experiential portions of the professional curriculum, you would not be able to academically progress successfully beyond the first professional year.
If you have a criminal conviction on your record you may not be able to complete your degree, regardless of whether WSU grants you admission to the PharmD program.