At the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, we are committed to educating the next generation of leaders in pharmacy, pharmaceutical research and health care – while seeking to ensure the safe, rational and cost-effective use of medicines.

Mission Cornerstones

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We educate student pharmacists to work in partnership with other health professionals to provide accessible, compassionate, and integrative pharmaceutical care with the goal of enhancing patient outcomes. In addition, we provide high quality graduate and post-graduate education tailored to foundational and advanced training in the pharmaceutical, clinical and health outcomes sciences.

Research and Discovery:

We provide scientific leadership through development of innovative research programs in the biomedical sciences, conduct basic, translational and outcomes research, and make informed decisions at preclinical, clinical and post-approval stages of drug discovery, development and implementation.


We serve patients and the wider community as committed and compassionate leaders in the use of our knowledge and discoveries to help develop and disseminate solutions to complex healthcare problems and promote the health and well-being of regional, national and global populations.

For more information, please view our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan

Our Interim Dean: Peggy Soule Odegard, BSPharm, PharmD, CDCES

Our Students:

PharmD Students: 399
PhD Students: 72
MS Students: 45
PharmD/PhD: 2
PharmD/MBA: 6
PharmD/Physician Assistant: 1
Credit and non-credit certificate students: 130

PharmD Student Demographics & Statistics:

American Indian/Native Alaskan: 1%
Asian, Pacific Islander & Hawaiian: 55%
Black 3%
Hispanic 3%
White 31%
Other: 5%
Not reported: 3%
Female: 65%
Male: 35%

The North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) first-time pass rate

Class of 2019 100% (as of 8/31/2019)
Class of 2018 98%
Class of 2017 96%
Class of 2016 99% (UW was #1 in the U.S. for initial pass rate)
Class of 2015 99%
Class of 2014 98%

Class of 2018 86%
Class of 2017 88%
Class of 2016 90%*
Class of 2015 99%
Class of 2014 99%
*Note: there was a significant change to the MPJE exams. UWSOP alumni pass rates are still ~5% ahead of the national pass rate.

The on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2019 was 91%.

More than 41 percent of PharmD graduates from the class of 2019 have been selected for PGY1 residencies, fellowships or other postgraduate opportunities.


  • We are the No. 7 ranked pharmacy school in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • Faculty secured more than $20 million in overall research funding in fiscal year 2019
  • UW School of Pharmacy ranks #2 nationally for federal research support among Schools of Pharmacy.
  • In 2019, UW School of Pharmacy ranked #4 in the U.S. and #13 in the world according to the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities based on faculty productivity

Departments, Centers and Programs

Under the leadership of Dean Sean D. Sullivan, the School of Pharmacy has 67 full-time equivalent faculty members.

Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Conducting research in drug metabolism, bio-analytical chemistry and the biophysical characterization of viral protein assembly.
Chair: Bill Atkins, PhD, Sid Nelson Endowed Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Department of Pharmaceutics

Conducting research in pharmacokinetics and drug disposition.
Chair: Nina Isoherranen, PhD, Milo Gibaldi Endowed Chair

Department of Pharmacy

Leading in pharmacy education, research, and professional and outreach initiatives.
Chair: H. Steve White, RpH, PhD, Professor

The Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy, and Economics (CHOICE) Institute

Conducting research in pharmaceutical economics, drug safety and pharmaceutical policy.
Director: Anirban Basu, PhD, Professor and Stergachis Family Endowed Director

Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Research, Education and Outreach

The Plein Center in Geriatrics encompasses training, research, and service with focus on the optimal use of pharmacotherapy in older adults.
Director: Shelly Gray, PharmD, MS, AGSF, Shirley and Herb Bridge Endowed Professor

Educational Offerings

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD): our professional degree
Master of Science (MS): Medicinal Chemistry, Health Economics & Outcomes Research (CHOICE), Pharmaceutics, Professional MS in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Health Economics & Outcomes Research (CHOICE)
Concurrent Degrees: PharmD/Physician Assistant, PharmD/MS, PharmD/PhD, PharmD/MBA
Certificate Programs: Biomedical Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Trials, Comparative Effectiveness Research, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Plein Certificate in Geriatric Pharmacy
Residency Programs: Ambulatory Care, Community Pharmacy, Critical Care, General Residency, Oncology, Pharmacy Management/Master of Health Administration

Awards and Honors

Faculty hold leadership roles in associations including the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), American Chemical Society, and the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX). Recent faculty honors two K12 career development program investigators from UW’s ITHS; Best Poster by a New Investigator and Best New Investigator Podium Research Presentation from ISPOR; ASHP Fellow; AcademyHealth Methods Council; eGEMS special issue editor; American College of Apothecaries award; Committee on the Evidence Base for Genetic Testing; PharmaVOICE honoree; special dedicated issue of Neurochemical Research; and multiple WSPA awards and most-cited article recognitions.

Recent student honors include #1 initial pass rate on NAPLEX pharmacy licensing exam; multiple Best Presentation and Posters at the North American ISSX meeting; two TL1 grants from the Institute of Translational Health Sciences; ARCS Fellowship; Gordon Conference Podium Presenter; AMCP P&T National Competition (second place); AFPE Pre-Doctoral Awards in Pharmaceutical Sciences; two Best Poster Finalist Awards from ISPOR; John Mahan Best Abstract Award; Top 10 placement in the NCPA Student Business Plan Competition; Emil A. P tzer Student Award; UW Global Health Fellow; UW Business Plan Competition (grand prize winner); and Global Innovation Challenge (third place).