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College of Pharmacy

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College of Pharmacy
Academic Center 525, WSU Spokane

COLLEGE OF PHARMACY Dean and Professor, G. Pollack; Associate Dean and Professor, D. E. Baker; Associate Dean and Clinical Professor, B. J. Gates; Associate Dean and Clinical Professor, L. G. MacLean; Associate Dean and Professor, K.E. Meier; Director of Student Services and Clinical Assistant Professor, J. D. Robinson. DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES: Professor and Chair, P. Lazarus; Professors, G. G. Meadows, K. E. Meier, J. Zhu; Associate Professors, S. Ahmed, S. S. Daoud, D. X. Liu, Z. Wang; Assistant Professors, G. Poon, G. Trobridge; Clinical Associate Professor, S. Wang; Clinical Assistant Professors, T. T. Denton, C. M. Remsberg. DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACOTHERAPY: Professor and Chair, J. R. White; Professors, D. E. Baker, T. L. Skaer; Associate Professors, M. W. Garrison, J. J. Neumiller; Clinical Professors, T. L. Levien, B. J. Gates, L. G. MacLean; Clinical Associate Professors, B. Bray, C. R. Schwartz, A. Stewart, C. M. Terriff, L. Woodard; Clinical Assistant Professors, J. Akers, G. Matsuura, K. McKiernan, S. Panther, J. Robinson, T. Sartent, M. Willson. DIVISION OF CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY: Professor and Chair, M. Gibson; Associate Professor, M. F. Paine; Assistant Professor, S. Gaddemeedhi, S. Marsh; Clinical Professor, A. Lazarus.

The College of Pharmacy offers a course of study leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. The PharmD schedule of studies involves four professional years. The first three professional years of the PharmD curriculum are delivered on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, Washington. The fourth professional year of the PharmD curriculum consists of advanced experiential training, in which students will be assigned to one of the following geographic locations: Spokane, Yakima, Vancouver, Tri-Cities, Tacoma, Olympia, Wenatchee, or Pullman. Students are expected to complete the majority of their rotations in their assigned geographic locations. Students will gain experience in a variety of health care environments, including community, institutional, and long-term care settings. One hundred and twenty five students are enrolled annually in the fall in the first professional year of the PharmD program.

The application period each academic year is from July to January. Although a bachelor degree is not required for admission, pre-requisites for admission require three years of pre-pharmacy education. Because the number of applicants to the professional program exceeds the number that can be admitted, no assurance can be given that those who successfully complete the pre-pharmacy requirements will be admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy pro­gram. For additional information regarding the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum, please see the College of Pharmacy home page at, or contact the College of Pharmacy Office of Student Services at 509-368-6605.

Student Learning Outcomes

We expect our Doctor of Pharmacy graduates to successfully achieve the following competency-based outcomes:

Outcome 1 -- Knowledge Acquisition and Critical Thought: The graduate shall acquire, analyze, synthesize, and apply knowledge in biomedical, pharmaceutical, and clinical sciences to facilitate positive therapeutic outcomes and prevent drug therapy related misadventures.

Outcome 2 -- Communication: The graduate shall acquire a repertoire of verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills, demonstrate professional level competency in applying these skills in a variety of cultural and practice contexts, and select appropriate methods for use in all facets of pharmacy practice.

Outcome 3 – Professionalism: The graduate shall practice ethically within the boundaries of the laws of pharmacy, uphold values and integrity embodied in the practice of pharmacy, and provide leadership/influence for the improvement of the profession.

Outcome 4 -- Knowledge of the Profession, Professional Development, and Public Service: The graduate shall thoroughly understand the profession, assume responsibility for continuous professional development, and provide leadership/influence for the improvement of the health and wellness of individuals and society.

Outcome 5 -- Medication Therapy Management: The graduate shall integrate and apply requisite biomedical, pharmaceutical, and clinical sciences, and communication skills, to evaluate, design, implement, and monitor optimal patient-centered pharmacotherapy plans, educate patients, identify and resolve drug related problems, and assure patient safety.

Outcome 6 -- Management Systems, Processes and Operations: The graduate shall understand multiple factors/perspectives in US healthcare systems delivery; medication distribution, control, and quality management systems; and pharmacy management systems, policies, and operations to optimize patient/population outcomes. 

Pharmacy Prerequisites for Admission to the Professional Pharmacy Program

Written Communication I – 3 credits

Written Communication II – 3 credits

Philosophy – Logic, Critical Thinking or Ethics – 3 credits

Microeconomics – ECONS 101 – 3 credits

Introductory Psychology – PSYCH 105 – 3 credits 

Calculus – MATH 140 or 171 or 202 – 4 credits

Statistics – STAT 212 – 3 credits

Introductory Biology – BIOLOGY 106 and 107 – 8 credits

Principles of Chemistry – CHEM 105 and 106 – 8 credits

Organic Chemistry – CHEM 345 and 348 – 7 credits

Microbiology – MBIOS 305 – 3 credits

Human Anatomy with lab – BIOLOGY 315 – 4 credits

Advanced Human Physiology – BIOLOGY 353 – 4 credits

Biochemistry – MBIOS 303 – 4 credits

Microbiology and Molecular Biology Laboratory – MBIOS 304 – 3 credits 

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