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School of Pharmacy

Welcome to the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy. Our Doctor of Pharmacy program is nationally accredited with a 100% job placement rate. Our graduates' first-time pass rate on the NAPLEX is consistently over 95%, and our post-graduate residency placement rate is consistently well above the national average. Classes of 52 students assure each student maximum individual attention within our PharmD program.

In addition to the PharmD degree, we offer an online Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration for new and mid-career pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who want to become department directors, patient safety coordinators and/or directors, regulatory compliance officers, clinical research associates, health outcomes researchers or advance practice pharmacists.

Finally, our Medical Laboratory Sciences program is offered at UW-Casper. Career opportunities for graduates of this program can include working as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, Clinical Systems Analyst, Educator, Forensic Scientist, Health Care Administrator, Laboratory Manager, and more! 

The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy community is committed to supporting and promoting individual and collective excellence in teaching, research, service and pharmacy practice. We value responsibility, compassion, respect, and integrity in all endeavors.


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1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3375
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-6120
Fax: (307) 766-2953
Email: uwpharmacy@uwyo.edu  

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Wyoming Scripts 2018 Early Decision Program 2019 Reunion

Honoring Our Distinguished Alumna

Mary Walker, R.Ph., the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy (UWSOP) 2019 Distinguished Alumna

Mary Walker, Distinguished Alumna, School of Pharmacy, 2019Mary Walker earned her BS in Pharmacy with honors from the University of Wyoming in 1974 and has worked in hospital and community pharmacies in Cheyenne, Thermopolis, Basin, Shoshoni and of course, her family’s pharmacy, Newcastle Drug and Jewelry.

She married David Walker in 1972 and has two sons. Jesse lives in Cheyenne with his wife Jolea and children Renna and Rogen. Aaron and his wife Darcie Fontaine live in Tampa, Florida, where they are tenured professors.  Mary and David consider themselves blessed to frequently spend time with family.

Reflecting on the practice of pharmacy, Mary remarks that it has changed a lot during her career. She spent over 20 years as the director of pharmacy in what is now Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. When the Cheyenne hospitals merged, her staff went from 8 to 21 (pharmacists and technicians) almost overnight. Other challenges included computerization of records and practitioner orders and compounding of sterile products. Medication safety continues to be an important focus.

She was appointed by the governor to the Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy and was later hired as the Executive Director.  She served in that position for 10 years before retiring in 2018. The board regulates pharmacists, technicians, pharmacies and others through licensing, inspecting and investigating complaints. She enjoyed traveling the state and providing education regarding laws. In the Executive Director role, she testified at legislative committee meetings regarding the Controlled Substances Act and opioid abuse as well as pharmacy practice issues.

She is the past-president of the Wyoming Pharmacy Association (WPhA), the Wyoming Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy; and holds membership and leadership positions in a number of other community/service organizations and professional societies including Zonta International, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards, the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, and the Wyoming Rx Abuse Stakeholders taskforce to name a few.  She has received local, state and national leadership awards including the WPhA Bowl of Hygeia Award, the highest honor bestowed by the organization.

She has a long track record of involvement with the University, including serving on the UWSOP Dean’s Advisory Board; providing guest lectures; and precepting pharmacy students during experiential education courses.  Students nominated her for the UWSOP Preceptor of the Year award, which she received in 1995 and 2010.  She was also recognized as a Master Preceptor in 2017 by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Mary’s advice to students: "Don’t be afraid to try something you are not sure you will like.”

The Walker family built a log cabin from a kit and enjoy spending time in the Snowy Range. Mary and David also enjoy traveling and reading. Mary and her long-time friend, Debbie Ray Pinckney, have visited China, Russia, Europe and many places on their “bucket list.” Mary and David are Cowboy Joe Club supporters and attend football, basketball, soccer and volleyball games whenever possible.

“The faculty and staff of the School of Pharmacy selected Mary Walker as the 2019 Distinguished Alumna because of her sustained leadership in the profession, her commitment to students and her long track record of service to the people of Wyoming,” says Kem Krueger, Dean of the School of Pharmacy.

 

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