Professional Electives

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Professional Elective Courses

Professional electives allow students the opportunity to design a program of study compatible with individual areas of interest. Please refer to the Professional Electives List on the UW PharmD Current Students Canvas site for lists of both School of Pharmacy and non-School of Pharmacy Professional Elective Courses.

PharmD students may substitute up to ten credits of general elective coursework for a portion of their elective requirements. General elective courses may be chosen from a number of different Departments or Schools at the University of Washington, provided the courses are 300 level or above. Students interested in taking general elective classes may want to consider doing so during the first professional year. PharmD students must complete a total of 28 elective credits, along with their core requirements, to graduate. At least eighteen of these credits must be from classes designated as professional electives by the School of Pharmacy (i.e., they must appear on the Professional Electives List). The remaining ten credits may be from either general or professional elective courses. Courses taken prior to entering the PharmD program will not count toward elective credit.

A professional elective course that is evaluated with a numeric grade must be taken as such to count toward the professional elective credit requirement. When registering, if a student selects the satisfactory/not satisfactory grading option (S/NS), then credits for that class will apply only towards the student’s general elective credits. Students who have already completed ten general elective credits will not receive additional credits counted toward their degree requirements. Alternatively, if a professional elective course is designated as a credit/no credit (CR/NC) course, it will count towards professional elective credit. It is important to note that it is the instructor’s prerogative to designate the grading of a course, whether it is numerically graded or CR/NC, and the student’s choice to select the S/NS option. CR/NC courses are identified in the UW Course Catalog and UW Time Schedule.

Students should not enroll in core courses S/NS. The following examples illustrate these points:

PHARM 501 is evaluated with the credit/no credit grading option, thus earned credits will be applied toward professional elective requirements.

PHARM 549 is a numerically graded course. It must be taken for a numeric grade if the student wishes to apply the credits toward professional elective requirements. If a student chooses the satisfactory/not satisfactory option, then the course credits are considered general elective credits. Please be aware that changing the grading option on this or any Geriatric Certificate course requirement will prevent you from earning the certificate.

Also, students should note that for selected courses there are limits on the number of credits that may be applied toward degree requirements. For example: PHARM 595 is a variable-credit course that may be taken more than once, for between one and six credits per quarter. A maximum of twenty-four credits for PHARM 595 may be applied toward the PharmD degree. Course descriptions will identify those courses that have maximum credit limits. For PHARM 595, this is designated as follows: (1-6, max.24).

Pharmacology 401/402 Variable Credit Option – PY2

PHCOL 401 and 402 are offered as 3-4 variable credit classes in Autumn and Winter Quarters of the Second Year. Students are required to take these courses for a minimum of 3 credits per course to satisfy the core curriculum graduation requirements. The four credit option includes additional classroom time, and most PharmD students choose to take these courses for 4 credits. Students who earn the additional credits beyond the core requirement of 3 credits per course will be able to count these one or two credits toward their professional electives.

Elective Count Procedure

Students are encouraged to track their elective credits each quarter, and have access to the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS), a useful tool for tracking student progress through degree requirements. Students should contact Micki Kedzierski with questions.