MEDEX Northwest and the PharmD Program at University of Washington have agreed to cross-train a limited number of students for a developing role as PharmD/PA-C. MEDEX places a high priority on the development of new niches of physician assistant practice as a strategy for increasing healthcare access throughout the region. The PharmD-PA dual degree program creates the unique opportunity to place cross-trained individuals in academic instructional settings, such as residencies, in clinics providing care to the urban and rural medically underserved, and in newly developing hospitalist roles.
The PharmD-PA option is only available to students already enrolled in the Pharmacy Doctorate Program at the University of Washington. Students must be second-year PharmD students in good academic standing. Applicants must meet all MEDEX academic prerequisites, however the clinical experience prerequisite is more flexible.
Satisfactory grades in basic science and pharmacy courses taken within the PharmD program will allow MEDEX Northwest to waive the first summer Basic Science course, and the Patient Mangement course offered by MEDEX Northwest may be waived for students in the MEDEX-PharmD program.
Year one and two: Enrolled in UW Pharmacy program
Summer after year two: Make an application directly to the MEDEX Physician Assistant Program submitting all required documentation and application materials no later than September 1st. UW PharmD students will be required to complete a CASPA online application. The link to the CASPA website can be found on the Apply to MEDEX page of the MEDEX website. We will also require a MEDEX supplemental application before September 1st.
Year three: Pharmacy school
Summer after year three: Pharmacy rotations and start MEDEX.
Years four & five: The fourth year of Pharmacy School will be partially replaced by years 1 (didactic) and 2 (clinical) of PA training. The second year of PA training is comprised of clinical clerkships that will satisfy the elective clerkship requirements for the PharmD program. PharmD-PA students will receive their Pharmacy degree in June of their fifth year, followed by their PA certificate in August.