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

Our Dean: Sean D. Sullivan, PhD

Our Students:

PharmD Students: 381
PhD Students: 59
MS Students: 40

PharmD Student Demographics & Statistics:

American Indian/Native Alaskan: 1%
Asian, Pacific Islander & Hawaiian: 53%
Black 1%
Hispanic 3%
White 36%
Other: 4%
Female: 64%
Male: 36%

The North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) pass rate for 2013 PharmD graduates who took the exam for the first time in 2015 was 99%.

Class of 2015 99%
Class of 2014 98%
Class of 2013 100%
Class of 2012 99%

The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) pass rate for 2015 was 99%.

Class of 2015 99%
Class of 2014 99%
Class of 2013 94%
Class of 2012 97%

The on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2016 was 86%.

More than 39 percent of PharmD graduates from the class of 2016 have been selected for PGY1 residencies, fellowships or other postgraduate opportunities.


  • We are the No. 10 ranked pharmacy school in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • Faculty secured more than $18 million in overall research funding in fiscal year 2014
  • UW School of Pharmacy ranks #3 in the world according to Shanghai Jiao Tong University based on faculty productivity

Departments, Centers and Programs

Under the leadership of Dean Sean D. Sullivan, the School of Pharmacy has 42 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: Kent Kunze, PhD

Department of Pharmaceutics

Conducting research in pharmacokinetics and drug disposition.
Chair: Kenneth E. Thummel, PhD

Department of Pharmacy

Leading in pharmacy education, research, and professional and outreach initiatives.
Chair: H. Steve White, RPh, Ph.D,

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

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

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, Ph.D, Professor

Educational Offerings

Professional Degree: Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
Master of Science (MS): Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy, Pharmaceutics, Professional MS in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy
Concurrent Degrees: PharmD/Physician Assistant, PharmD/MS, PharmD/PhD
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 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), American Chemical Society, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) and the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics

Recent faculty honors include an AAPS Research Achievement in Biotechnology Award, an AAPS Research Achievement in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Drug Metabolism Award, an Early Career Achievement Award from ASPET, and an American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Distinguished Nutrition Support Pharmacist Service Award

Recent student honors include two UW Thomas Francis, Jr., Global Health Fellowships, an ISPOR Distinguished Service Award, and a Chapter Achievement Award for our student chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists