PharmD Program Overview

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Washington State has long been one of the most progressive places to practice pharmacy, thanks in part to the efforts of UW faculty, students and alumni. There are collaborative drug therapy agreements in this state that allow pharmacists and pharmacy interns to provide immunizations, tobacco cessation counseling, blood pressure screenings, and clinics for management of pain, diabetes, anticoagulation and other therapies. Pharmacist involvement in such services improves patient health outcomes.
Student participation in patient care and outreach projects seems to increase with each incoming class. Some of the many projects that students organize and volunteer with are health fairs, the Border-to-Border relay and fundraiser, global health projects, vaccination programs, hypertension screenings at Seattle Seahawks games, brown bag medication reviews at continuing care retirement communities and much more.

The Student Experience

We encourage student involvement in professional and academic associations, conferences and leadership activities. Students often travel throughout the region and nation for conferences, in some cases with financial assistance from the School of Pharmacy.
Our students are known for creating tight bonds. In addition to conducting many outreach programs together and being active in numerous student groups, students regularly socialize in their free time. They also organize many social events — including picnics, a variety show and spirit week. Faculty and staff members enjoy taking part in and supporting these events.

Awards & Honors

We are proud of the achievements of our School, faculty and students. The following are just a few recent honors:

  • In 2012, our chapter of the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) won the 2011 AAA Division Chapter Achievement Award
  • Our School received the 2010-2011 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award and the 2009 AACP Student Community Engaged Service Award
  • In 2011, one of our pharmacy students was named president of APhA-ASP and another was elected president of the National Community Pharmacists Association – Student Leadership Council
  • A UW student pharmacist team won first place in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2011 Clinical Skills Competition
  • Our Dean received the 2011 American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Toxicology Founders’ Award
  • Two faculty members were named 2011 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Educational Opportunities

The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum provides students with the scientific background and clinical skills to offer patient-centered, team-based care in an evolving health care system. Electives allow students to explore career options and interests. Independent study offers opportunities to learn from faculty at the forefront of research and practice.

Students can follow a specialized track of study (in topics such as chemical dependency) or receive certification in biomedical regulatory affairs, clinical research methods or geriatric pharmacy. Faculty from the Departments of Pharmacy, Medicinal Chemistry, and Pharmaceutics as well as from the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program teach PharmD courses.

Students can also take electives from other health sciences disciplines. PharmD lab sections are taught in the state-of-the-art Bracken Pharmaceutical Care Learning Center.
PharmD students can apply to receive a concurrent PhD degree in Medicinal Chemistry or Pharmaceutics or a joint MS degree in Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy. They can also pursue certification as a Physician Assistant (PA-C) while earning a concurrent Master of Clinical Health Services degree from the School of Medicine.
We offer a diverse range of introductory through advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Our School has more than 500 preceptors at sites throughout the region, nation and world.

Support & Guidance

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends, many students receive scholarships of at least $1,000 each year. Students also receive career guidance and support through the pharmacy career fair, residency information day and academic advising resources. The School also offers opportunities for students to meet and network with alumni, practitioners and health care leaders. Faculty, staff and advisers have an open-door policy. The School seeks to create an environment that supports student growth, development and well-being