WSU Pharmacy Recruiting Students from Tri-Cities for Rural Health Initiative
Posted Date: September 22nd, 2022Access to health care continues to be a challenge for nearly 800,000 Washingtonians,
according to data provided by Health Resources and Services Administration. To combat
this chronic issue, the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical
Sciences is facilitating the pathway for Tri-City students to pursue their doctor
of pharmacy degree with a specialization in rural health. Through a renewed agreement
between the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Columbia Basin
College, students can earn their doctor of pharmacy degree in as little as six years.
Those who choose to specialize in rural health are eligible to receive up to $10,000
in scholarship per year.
Washington State University
By: Connie Young
“There are many people in rural Washington who live in pharmacy deserts. Students
interested in pursuing health care are highly encouraged to consider this specialized
path with Washington State University and Columbia Basic College,” said Associate
Dean of the Rural Health Initiative Angela Stewart.
Students who complete the approved transferable Associate of Science-Transfer (AS-T)
degree will be eligible for admissions into the WSU doctor of pharmacy program where
they can apply to specialize in rural health.
The new pathway hopes to return health care workers to rural and underserved communities
in the state, where health care services are in high demand, but often not easily
accessible. Through the WSU-CBC collaboration, students benefit by saving on costs
and completing their degree in minimal time. Following the completion of their AS-T
degree, students will be eligible to pursue the WSU doctor of pharmacy program located
on the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus and the Pacific Northwest University campus
in Yakima Valley.
“CBC is proud to continue our partnership with the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical
Sciences to give our students a streamlined path to a rewarding pharmaceutical career.
The AS-T degree prepares our students to apply directly to the WSU Doctor of Pharmacy
program. Given the continued need for health care services in rural communities, this
program continues to support aspiring local pharmacists achieve their dream within
their communities,” said Dr. Rebekah Woods, President, Columbia Basin College.
The WSU doctor of pharmacy program does not require a bachelor’s degree. Interested
students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. High school students are encouraged to apply early through the Save-A-Seat program which guarantees students a spot in the WSU PharmD program once pre-requisites are