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 Degree Programs

PharmD Program

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree
The PharmD degree is the only professional degree in pharmacy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the national pharmacy accrediting agency. The curriculum of the PharmD Program is designed to provide students with 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.

Graduate Programs

Graduate Program in Medicinal Chemistry
The general objective of graduate training in medicinal chemistry is to provide the student with a solid background in the discipline and an in-depth experience in a specific area of research. Research in medicinal chemistry encompasses a broad spectrum of activities including studies pursuant to investigations of the interaction of both drugs and toxic substances with biological systems, and the relationship of chemical structure and dynamics to biological effect and function.

Graduate Program in Pharmaceutics
This program trains research scholars in the fundamental aspects of drug delivery, drug disposition, and drug action in animals and man. Drug disposition includes the facets of drug absorption, distribution, and elimination. Pharmacokinetics is the study of the time course of these processes and the time course of pharmacological effects. Drug delivery includes targeting of drugs and modulation of xenobiotic and drug transporters to tissues or specific cell types to improve their therapeutic effect.

Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy
Pharmaceutical outcomes research employs a variety of methods to evaluate the impact of healthcare interventions on clinical outcomes, patient quality of life and cost-effectiveness, and assess healthcare policy implications. The graduate program in pharmaceutical outcomes research and policy trains students in economic evaluation, pharmacoepidemiology, health services research, and pharmaceutical policy formulation and evaluation.

Professional Master of Science in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs
The Professional Master of Science in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs, 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 will serve those who wish to advance their careers in the medical products industry or those entering the field from related areas.

Concurrent Degree Opportunities

 

The goal of the accelerated concurrent degree program is to attract outstanding students who are committed to earning the PharmD degree and a PhD degree in either Pharmaceutics or Medicinal Chemistry or a PharmD degree and a MS degree in Pharmaceutical Outcomes, Research and Policy. These students are equipped to enter academic careers that require competence in both teaching and research. Graduates of a concurrent degree program 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.

PharmD and PhD in Pharmaceutics (extended program)
This program provides graduate training in pharmaceutics concurrent with clinical training in the PharmD Program. Graduates of this dual degree program are qualified to conduct research in drug formulation, delivery and disposition, drug interactions and related areas within the pharmaceutical industry or in academic research. Drug interactions and Pharmacogenetics are a focus of the Department of Pharmaceutics. Contact Dr. Ken Thummel for more information about this program.

PharmD and PhD in Medicinal Chemistry (extended program)
This program provides graduate training in medicinal chemistry concurrent with clinical training in the PharmD Program. Graduates of this dual degree program are qualified to conduct research within the pharmaceutical industry or in academic science. Research includes a broad spectrum of activities including studies pursuant to investigations of the interactions of both drugs and toxic substances with biological systems, and the relationship of chemical structure and dynamics to biological effect and function. Drug metabolism is a focus of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry.
Contact Dr. Allan Rettie for more information about this program.


PharmD and MS in Pharmaceutical Outcomes, Research and Policy (track-in program)
This program provides graduate training in pharmaceutical outcomes research and policy concurrent with clinical training in the PharmD Program. Graduates of this dual degree program provide pharmacoepidemiologic, pharmacoeconomic and policy information, through research and scholarship, to government, the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, and managed care organizations. Contact Dr. Sean Sullivan for more information about this program.

PharmD and Physician Assistant Program
This joint training program creates the unique opportunity to place cross trained individuals in academic instructional settings, such as residencies, in clinics providing care to the urban and rural medically underserved, and in newly developing hospitalist roles.  Contact Dr. Allan Ellsworth for more information about this program.  Deadline for application is October 1. http://depts.washington.edu/medex/pa-program/degrees-offered/other-options/pharmd/