Registration

PharmD Handbook Avatar

Please see the Registration Deadlines section of the UW Academic Calendar for registration dates, links to explanations of Registration Periods, and the Adding/Dropping Courses or Complete Withdrawal section for information about course add and drop deadlines, late fees, and more. Students will typically register for the upcoming academic quarter in the midst of the current quarter (for example, registration for Winter Quarter typically occurs early in November, during Autumn Quarter). Quarterly schedule planning and registration can be complex due to lab and/or conference placement, in addition to elective opportunities, and class size limits. We hope that the following information will assist you in understanding the procedures that guide this process.

  • All students are guaranteed enrollment in their core classes.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to know when registration for the next quarter begins.
  • Every effort is made to allow students access to a broad selection of elective courses.
  • Students who intend to take electives that conflict with core course lab or conference sections, causing them to need a particular lab or conference section, may contact Susan Taylor to see if a schedule accommodation may be This request should be sent two weeks prior to the beginning of Registration Period I. Lab or conference section accommodations are given for course conflicts only; they may not be given for work schedules or other commitments or preferences. We are not able to guarantee enrollment in particular open electives, except by permission of instructor with add-code restricted courses.
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and typically opens at 6:00am on the first day of Registration Period I (controlled by the UW Registrar’s Office). Some lab sections and elective courses tend to fill up quickly, so students are encouraged to log in early and register right when the system opens. Students wishing to change lab sections after the sections are full may ask other students to trade sections; if doing this, please consult with Susan Taylor for assistance with registration when trading sections.
  • Independent study/research/special studies courses: Courses designated in the Time Schedule as “IS” – “Independent Study” – require an Instructor ID code for To obtain an ID code, students must meet with the instructor to discuss the course learning objectives, required assignments, the number of credits assigned, and the evaluation process. The faculty member provides the student with their Instructor ID. Please note that independent study/research courses may be graded numerically (standard grading) or credit/no credit (CR/NC), and some courses have sections for each grading option. In addition, some IS courses are listed with variable credit options, so be sure to specify the correct number of credits. The expected time commitment for IS courses is 1 credit = approximately 30 hours per quarter.
  • Add Codes: Some courses require Add Codes for An add code restriction may be placed on a course to prevent or limit enrollment, or to allow a coursemaster to require permission to enroll in certain courses. Students should consult with the coursemaster to request an Add Code. Please email Susan Taylor with questions.
  • Students who need to take core courses out of sequence (such as retake a core course, or who are on a varied schedule) should contact Cher Espina for registration assistance, two weeks prior to the opening date for registration.
  • APPE Registration is handled by Experiential Students should contact Curtis Jefferson for APPEs.

Course Scheduling Conflicts – Registration Transaction Form

Students who want to register for two courses that conflict in time must complete the Registration Transaction Form, and bring this in person to the Registration Office, 225 Schmitz Hall. If the time conflict is one hour or less per week, students must obtain verbal approval to the overlap from both coursemasters, and sign the form, indicating that this verbal permission has been obtained. For conflicts of more than one hour per week, students must obtain signatures from both instructors.

Academic and Professional Standards Progress Committee (APSPC)

Student academic progress is reviewed by the APSPC, an appointed committee of the School. Membership on the Committee is composed of the Director of Advising and Counseling Services, the Chief Assessment Officer, a faculty member from each of the School’s three departments, and a staff member from the Office of Professional Pharmacy Education. Other faculty may be added to the Committee as determined by the Dean. The Committee will monitor and enforce the School’s academic policies and professional standards and make recommendations to the Dean regarding student progression, leave of absence, extended curricular program, and other ad hoc duties as assigned by the Dean.

Prerequisites and Student Progression

Students should carefully review course prerequisites before enrolling in any of their core or elective courses. Failing a prerequisite more than once for a core course, or failing an individual core course twice, will result in dismissal from the program. Please consult an academic advisor in Student Services with any questions.

Please note the minimum grades for individual School of Pharmacy courses and course series to apply toward the Doctor of Pharmacy degree requirements: Consult Grading Policies and the course syllabus for the most current information on minimum grades that will apply toward student progression and degree requirements.

Information about the IPPE and APPE courses can be found on the Experiential Education Course Information website, as well as in the Experiential Education section of this Handbook.