Curriculum and Registration

Curriculum Overview

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The curriculum of the PharmD program is designed to provide students with the scientific background and clinical skills necessary to render pharmaceutical care in an evolving health care system (See UWSOP Practice Foundations, Care Definition and Ability-Based Outcomes). Instructional methods emphasize the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to ensure patient-centered and evidence-based care, promote healthy lifestyles and disease prevention, optimize therapeutic outcomes by reducing medication-related problems, enhance patients’ understanding and adherence to their medication regimen, and effectively manage health system resources as part of an interprofessional team. Diverse educational goals are accommodated by the many elective opportunities offered throughout the program.

Student Representatives serve on the Curriculum and Assessment Committees as voting members and act as liaisons between their classmates and the Committees. Rosters will be posted on the UW PharmD Canvas page.

Graduation Requirements

UW PharmD students must meet the following requirements in order to graduate:

  1. Satisfactorily complete the pharmacy core and elective credits:
Core Credits Elective Credits Total Credits
(core & electives)
180 28 208

The complete four-year curriculum and the Professional Electives List may be viewed on the UW PharmD Current Students Canvas page.

Note: Elective credits earned in courses taken prior to School of Pharmacy enrollment will not be counted toward the degree requirement.

  1. Earn a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 in the required core professional courses and an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 for all courses taken at the University of Washington. Please refer to the Grading Section for individual course and series requirements.
  2. Meet the standards as outlined in the School of Pharmacy’s Admissions, Retention and Graduation Standards and the Ability-Based Outcomes documents in the Academic and Professional Policies and Procedures and Introduction sections of this Handbook.

Student Responsibility Statement

The UW School of Pharmacy seeks to provide a supportive learning environment that fosters academic excellence, encourages continuous professional development, and inculcates the attitudes, behaviors, and ethics consistent with the profession’s high standards. The curricular goals of the PharmD program, as defined in the Care Definition, Practice Foundations, and Ability-Based Outcomes document, are designed to provide our graduates with the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes/behaviors necessary to render care in a changing health care system.

Students are responsible for knowing their academic standing in terms of grades and progress toward degree completion and for complying with all course-based policies (e.g., course remediation, grading, exams, etc.) and Department, School, and University requirements and regulations. Students should proactively address circumstances affecting academic performance in a timely manner. Advisors in Student Services will provide referral to School, University or community resources. Please see UW and community resources in the Student Services and Resources section.