University of Alaska Anchorage Idaho State University College of Pharmacy


Joint Pharmacy Program

  • Applications accepted August 1, 2017 - February 1, 2018 for classes beginning fall of 2018
  • Early assurance application deadline September 5, 2017
  • Program offered in its entirety in Anchorage – no travel required outside of Alaska
  • Idaho State University faculty on site in Anchorage
  • All classes taught via synchronous distance learning technology among:
Pocatello Campus University of Alaska Anchorage Meridian Campus
Pocatello, Idaho Anchorage, Alaska Meridian, Idaho


Tom Wadsworth,
Assistant Dean for Alaska Programs
(907) 786-6211

Christina Jackson,
ISU/UAA Program Coordinator
(907) 786-6553


What is the objective of this collaboration?

The primary objective of this joint pharmacy program is the recruitment of students who want to practice in the state of Alaska after graduation.

Would I have to leave Alaska at any time during the program?

No. You would have the option to indicate a preference for Idaho or Nevada or Alaska for your final clerkship year, but this is not a requirement.

What is the cost of this program?

The cost for Alaska students (or students who are residents of other states) will be $14,600 per semester for PharmD fees and an additional $5 for malpractice insurance for the 2017-2018 academic year.

How many students will you accept?

The goal is to accept 15 to 20 students at the Alaska site each year.

How is this program different from other pharmacy distance education programs?

Idaho State University College of Pharmacy commits to having faculty on site. Idaho State has a long history of providing quality pharmacy education in both Pocatello and Meridian, Idaho. Anchorage has become our third site where all students receive an equivalent pharmacy education.

What is your educational philosophy?

Socialization within the construct of our pharmacy profession is critical to the development of student pharmacists with the requisite interpersonal skills to effectively advocate for their patients with other healthcare providers. The socialization process occurs during traditional classroom learning, the delivery of community outreach projects, experiential learning and in small group case studies. Our goal is to provide a venue for this socialization and experiential learning in Anchorage.

What major should I declare?

The University of Alaska system does not have a defined Pre-Pharmacy major. However, like any student planning on pursing a professional school education, you can get your start at UAA by completing the prerequisite courses. There is no specific major that is required for Pharmacy school. However, many students gravitate toward science degrees such as Biology or Natural Sciences because the prerequisite courses for pharmacy school are typically already included in the degree program. UAA has two options for degrees that many students gravitate toward. The first is the BS Natural Sciences Pre-Health Professions Track and the second is the BS Health Sciences with a Pre-Pharmacy emphasis.   

Can I be a non-degree seeking student at the University of Alaska for the purpose of completing prerequisites?

Yes. If you plan to only take the prerequisite classes at the University of Alaska and then transfer those credits to Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, you do not need to establish yourself as a degree seeking student. However there are a few important things to keep in mind.  Degree seeking students receive priority registration based on the number of credits they currently carry. Being a degree seeking student will make it easier to get into the classes you desire/need to fulfill your pre-pharmacy requirements for Idaho State University. If you later decide that you want to earn a degree from the University of Alaska system, you can still apply for admission and continue with your new plan.
How long will it take for me to complete my prerequisites?

Most students take 3 years to complete their prerequisite requirements.  This timeframe is highly dependent on what math level a student is testing at (since math is a prerequisite for chemistry) and the semester course load a student is carrying. Students attending less than full-time would take longer to complete prerequisite credits than a student with a 15 credit courseload.  Some students are able to complete them in as little as 2 years, and some take longer. Completion of your prerequisite coursework will depend on several factors:

  • How much preparation in math and science did you receive in high school?
  • Do you have a past degree or have you already completed some college credits that fulfill some of the prerequisites?
  • How many credits are you able to carry each semester?
  • Do you plan on taking courses during the summer?

Does UAA offer the prerequisite science courses over the internet, such as biology, chemistry and organic chemistry? 

Although UAA does offer many classes online, Idaho State University's College of Pharmacy will not accept online labs which are required for the Biology and Chemistry prerequisites. Those would require you to take some courses on an actual campus and not online.