Why UW PharmD?

Our Graduates

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy offers a world-class educational opportunity and is consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally and internationally by U.S. News & World Report. In collaboration with students from our other nationally ranked health sciences programs, UW School of Pharmacy students have the opportunity to learn science, technology, and state-of-the-art pharmacy practice with globally-ranked faculty in an integrated, interprofessional educational program.

Our alumni are exceptionally well educated and well trained, entering the pharmacy profession with a wide range of employment and post-doctoral training opportunities.

First-attempt pass rates on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX)

Graduating Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019*
UW 98% 99% 98% 96% 98% 100%
National Rate 94% 93% 85% 88% 88% 91%

*based on those who have tested as of 8/31/2019


First-attempt pass rates on the Multi-State Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE)

Graduating Year 2016 2017 2018
UW 89% 88% 86%

On-time Graduation Rate

Graduating Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Number of students at entry 80 94 99 96 90 92
Graduated in 4 years 94% 86% 88% 88% 90% 91%
Graduated in > 4 years 4% 8% 7% 7% 4%
Still in program 1% 6% 7%
Dual degree students* 2 2 1 1 3

*Students enrolled in dual degree programs have extended timelines and are not included in the on-time graduation percentages listed above.

Career Plans

At graduation, the School of Pharmacy asked the classes of 2015-2019 about their career plans. Of those who provided information, the results are summarized below:

Area 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Community Pharmacy 46% 53% 44% 48% 49%
Institutional Pharmacy 49% 35% 50% 47% 46%
Fellowship 4% 7% 3% 4% 5%
Graduate School (Ph.D. or M.S.) 2% 5% 3%

Based on a survey of students on graduation day (second Friday in June), 78% of the respondents from the class of 2019 who where actively seeking employment (including residencies, fellowships and graduate programs) either had jobs or offers of employment. For the classes of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 this figure was 81%, 81%, 76%, and 75% respectively.


The percentage of UW student pharmacists applying for American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) residencies who successfully matched over the past four years:

  • Class of 2015 – 68%
  • Class of 2016 – 72%
  • Class of 2017 – 73%
  • Class of 2018 – 67%
  • Class 0f 2019 – 68%

UW Medical Center/Harborview Medical Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Residency Programs

UW Medicine: Valley Medical Center Residency Progam

Our Students

As a school, we look beyond academic measures for successful applicants. UW student pharmacists demonstrate excellence in service, leadership, communication, business acumen, and patient care.


We are proud of our tradition of equality and diversity, dating back to our founding class that admitted women 123 years ago.

Entry Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Asian/Asian-American 51% 57% 50% 60% 61%
Caucasian 37% 28% 31% 30% 21%
Underrepresented Minority* 9% 11% 13% 7% 15%
Not Reporting 3% 4% 6% 4% 3%

*Includes Black or African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Hispanic, Mixed Ethnicity, Native Hawaiian

Our Curriculum and Training Prepares Our Students

At the UW School of Pharmacy, you will learn along side other highly successful student pharmacists. At the end of their third year, students take the national standardized Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment exam and the results allow a benchmark measurement for comparison with similar students across the nation.

Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment Scores

Third year UW student pharmacists have always scored above the national average in the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment Exam. Many of our students are top scorers on the exam, including several who scored at or above the 90th percentile in one or more major content areas on the exam:

PCOA Results 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
≥ 90th percentile (1+ sections) 30% 36% 49% 46% 65%
≥ 90th percentile (overall) 16% 18% 26% 23% 37%
≥ 95th percentile (overall) 11% 5% 9% 13% 24%


Pharmacy Practice Experience Opportunities

As a student pharmacist, you will have the opportunity to gain experience in your training and education in both introductory and advanced practice roles (known as Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences ). When combined with your coursework, you will be very well prepared for practice when you graduate.

Regional IPPE Sites

Our students gain experience in Puget Sound regional health systems, hospitals, and community pharmacies that provide Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs). In your first three years as a student pharmacist, you will have over 160 placement options for your community and institutional IPPEs. In other programs, you may have to travel a great distance or move frequently to meet this requirement, but not at the UW. We offer a wide variety of options in the region.

Your first IPPE is an institutional experience that occurs in the summer after completing the first year of courses. Your second IPPE is conducted in a community setting and generally occurs the summer after the second year.

APPE Sites

Our student pharmacists currently spend several months pursuing their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in a variety of settings throughout the region, country, and world. Naturally, the majority of our student pharmacists complete their APPEs in the Pacific Northwest region. In a typical year 25–30% will complete one or more APPEs outside of Washington state, most commonly in California or Hawaii, and 5–10% will complete an APPE in an international location — making UW one of few schools of pharmacy offering international APPE placements.

Map of APPE Placements

Our Applicants

Our public role is at the heart of our philosophy and academic mission. At the UW, you are more than a test score or a GPA. We are interested in you as a whole person. We will prepare you to be able to make difference as a health care provider.

Entry Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Washington state residents 66% 62% 70% 61% 64%
% BS or BA degrees 91% 95% 94% 94% 94%
Cumulative GPA (Mean) 3.51 3.50 3.56 3.47 3.45
Applied 390 399 401 366 377
Offered Admission 127 132 132 153 151
Enrolled 90 93 106 105 108