Electives & Certificates

PharmD students have the ability to customize their education with a combination of approved Professional Electives and more broad General Electives. 25 quarter credits of electives contribute to the requirements of the PharmD degree. This generous proportion of elective coursework in the curriculum provides students with the opportunity to investigate individual areas of interest, develop emphasis in their training, and design their own path towards becoming a well-rounded pharmacist health professional.

Professional Elective Courses

Professional Electives are courses approved by the School’s Curriculum Committee as directly contributing to a student pharmacist’s learning as a healthcare provider. A diverse mix of Professional Electives are offered by the School of Pharmacy and there are also many offered by other health sciences disciplines. PharmD students are required to take 17 quarter credits of Professional Electives.

Example Professional Electives: Pharmacist Advocacy I: Legislative and Grassroots Affairs; Current Topics in Pharmacy

General Elective Courses

Any 300 level or above course offered at the UW is eligible to fulfill the PharmD program’s General Elective requirement. Students may prefer to take more Professional Electives to satisfy this requirements, however, some take courses outside of the Health Sciences in diverse subjects such as informatics and foreign languages to round out their electives coursework. PharmD students may take up to 8 quarter credits of any courses that qualify as General Electives to help satisfy their elective coursework requirement for the curriculum.

Certificates

PharmD students are able to earn additional curricular enhancements and certificates through their elective coursework. Learn more on our Certificates page.