- Offered as:
- Specialization track
Pharmacy is the art and science of preparing, administering, and monitoring the effects of drugs to help other people. Pharmacists understand how drugs work in the body and how they might interact with each other.
Before you can apply to a professional pharmacy program, you will need to complete a specific set of pre-pharmacy requirements. Pre-pharmacy courses are offered at WSU Pullman. The pre-pharmacy specialists in the Health Professions Student Center on the Pullman campus provide expert guidance.
Students who are admitted to the University's Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program will complete their program at WSU Spokane.
The WSU College of Pharmacy (as with most pharmacy schools) does not give preference to any particular major. As long as you complete the pre-pharmacy core requirements, you can select any undergraduate major you wish.
- Requirements and core courses
Applicants to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program can complete their pre-pharmacy work at Washington State University or at any other accredited college or university
If you'll be transferring credits earned elsewhere, check the WSU transfer credit equivalency website to see if they match the pharmacy prerequisites.
A three-year pre-pharmacy program, including the prerequisites below, must be completed before beginning a Pharm.D. professional program. Most Pharm.D. programs don't require a completed bachelor's degree for admission. However, the majority of successful applicants — about 70% of students admitted to the WSU College of Pharmacy — have completed their bachelor's degree, so you should plan for four years of pre-pharmacy study.
As a pre-pharmacy student, you can major in anything you want. Your academic advisor and the pre-pharmacy specialist in the Health Professions Student Center will help you integrate the pharmacy prerequisites with your major and prepare to apply to Pharm.D. programs.
Here's a quick overview of the WSU College of Pharmacy's prerequisite courses.
Requirements may vary from school to school; be sure to check the specific requirements for the pharmacy program you'll be applying to.
Verify the current WSU pre-pharmacy requirements before you plan your courses.
- English Writing – 2 semesters, 3 credits each
- Philosophy – One course in Logic, Critical Thinking, or Ethics – 3 credits
- ECON 101 – Microeconomics – 3 credits
- PSYCH 105 – Introductory Psychology – 3 credits
- MATH 140 or 171 or 202 – Calculus – 4 credits
- STAT 212 – Statistics – 4 credits
- BIOL 106 and 107 – Introductory Biology – 8 credits
- CHEM 105 and 106 – Principles of Chemistry – 8 credits
- CHEM 345 and 348 – Organic Chemistry – 8 credits
- MBIOS 304 and 305 – Microbiology and Microbiology Lab – 6 credits
- BIOL 315 – Human Anatomy with lab – 4 credits
- Physiology – BIOL 353 or NEURO 425 & 426 – 4 credits
- MBIOS 303 – Biochemistry – 4 credits
The WSU College of Pharmacy considers several factors in admission. Learn more about the pre-pharmacy requirements, recommended courses, and applying for the Pharm.D. program at the WSU College of Pharmacy website.
See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, start by doing these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need.
For pre-pharmacy students
In addition to general university scholarships and other financial aid, the University's academic units offer scholarships to students who have an interest in their programs.
Check the departmental scholarship page to see what's available in the areas that interest you.
- Suggested strengths, interests, and preparation
If your strengths and interests are similar to these — or if you can develop them — pharmacy could be a good goal for you.
- Compassion for people who are ill or injured
- Interest in how the body works
- Desire to help others
- Good verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Scientific aptitude, especially chemistry and biology
- Commitment to leadership, community service, and activism
Preparation for pre-pharmacy study should include:
- High school studies in algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry, chemistry, biology, physics, and health.
- Pharmacy experience — you may be able to work part-time as a pharmacy assistant, which will let you see how pharmacies are run and what pharmacists do on the job.
- Community service — volunteering with hospitals or community organizations can give you valuable leadership and service experience.
- Careers and salaries
Pharmacists work in many different settings. You could see patients at the drug store counter, in hospitals, clinics, senior living centers, mental health facilities, home health care, managed care, or nuclear pharmacies. Pharmacists also work at pharmaceutical companies and at universities teaching and doing research.
It's a highly rewarding profession: for more than a decade, pharmacists have ranked at the top in the Gallup Poll of the most trusted professionals.
Newly graduated pharmacy students with a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree can expect to earn annual salaries starting between $93,000 and $104,000 in Washington state.
The job market in this field is excellent, as there is a projected need for more pharmacists in the United States.