Chapman University
School of Pharmacy

Chapman will accept applications until June 1st on a case by case basis. To apply, send an email to with "Application Extension Request" as the subject & include your name, PharmCAS ID #, and cell phone # in the email.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Lawrence Brown, PharmD, PhD 
      • Associate Dean of Student Affairs 
      • Office of Student Affairs 
      • Chapman University School of Pharmacy 
      • 9401 Jeronimo Road 
      • Suite 116 
      • Irvine 
      • California 
      • 92618 
      • Phone (Work): 714-516-5487 
      • Phone (Fax): 714-516-5481 
      • Email: 

      • Mr. Rocke DeMark 
      • Director of Student Affairs 
      • Office of Student Affairs 
      • 9401 Jeronimo Rd #115 
      • Irvine 
      • California 
      • 92618 
      • Phone (Work): 714-516-5460 
      • Email: 

      • Ms. Sandra Robbie 
      • Senior Administrative Assistant 
      • Office of Student Affairs 
      • 9401 Jeronimo Rd 
      • Irvine 
      • California 
      • 92618 
      • Phone (Work): (714) 516-5497 
      • Email: 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2017:  March 1, 2017

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    CUSP is acrredited by WASC and has received precandidate status accreditation from ACPE. See for more detailed information

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: This is a year-round pharmacy program that includes three 15-week trimesters in year 1 (Fall, Spring, and Summer), three 15-week trimesters in year 2 (Fall, Spring, and Summer), and then the final two 15-week trimesters in year 3 (Fall & Spring). There is a 2-week break between the Fall & Winter trimesters and the Winter & Summer Trimesters, and a 3-week break between Summer & Fall Trimesters.
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-3 (two years prepharmacy required; accelerated)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: Wednesday July 22nd, 2016 
      • Details: Info Session from 6 to 8pm Tour from 8 to 8:30pm Students and Family are Welcome Must register to attend. Go to for more information on how to register. 
      • Dates: Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2016 
      • Details: Open House Info Session from 8am to Noon Tour from Noon to 1pm Students and Family are Welcome Must register to attend. Go to for more information on how to register.  
      • Dates:  
      • Details:  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
      • Accelerated progression (year-round classes)
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Welcome to Orange County’s first School of Pharmacy! 



    Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy (CUSP) is Orange County’s first School of Pharmacy. Housed at Chapman’s Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, the first professional degree class enters in September 2015.  


    CUSP empowers students with broad and deep scientific foundations on future therapeutics and flawless personalized patient care, where pharmacy practice, industry, bio-medical/clinical sciences, and global health system informatics intersect.


    The school will deliver a 3-year accelerated  Doctor of Pharmacy degree, as well as an M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and soon a Ph.D. degree. The year-round program consists of eight 15-week trimesters with a two or three week break between trimesters. Students will go to school eight straight trimesters including the summers of the P1 and P2 years.


    The high tech Rinker teaching and research labs will provide a unique flipped classroom andragogy and world-class discovery experiences for every student.


    More information at



    Located on the Chapman University Harry & Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, California, the Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP) is conveniently located one mile from the Irvine Metrolink train station, two miles from the Irvine Spectrum Shopping Center & the I-5 and I-405 freeways, 15 minutes from John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, 20 minutes from the main Chapman University campus in Orange, Ca, and about 20 minutes from Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Dana Point. We are also one hour south of Los Angeles, and about an hour north of San Diego.

    Irvine, California is one of the safest places to live in the U.S., and has repeatedly made the Top 15 places to live in the United States.

    Ideally situated in Irvine, our southern California location provides easy access to beautiful beaches, snow-covered mountains, beautiful deserts, Disneyland, and world-class entertainment and sports venues that are second to none. Our personalized education attracts students from different backgrounds and countries from all over the world. Our diverse student body combined with our small classes make it possible for you to connect across borders and backgrounds, broadening your experience to different cultures and ways of viewing the world.


    Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP) will engage student pharmacists in science-based, personalized, interdisciplinary education and training and will help students focus on the lifelong pursuit of answers to the grand challenges in human health around the world and their role in compassionate delivery of those solutions, starting with engagement in the local Orange County community. Our focus will be on preparing students well to provide flawless medication management services as part of a health care team in various health care settings and to prepare those who might wish to head toward practice and work within the pharmaceutical industry or other parts of the health care research and delivery industry.


    CUSP will not only utilize the innovative year-round, 3-year accelerated program, but also will provide integrated courses so that the pharmaceutical science, clinical science, and social and behavioral science are linked cohesively, allowing students to see how they all fit together.


    CUSP's unique program uses the innovative and student-centered method of instruction called flipped-classroom andragogy. In place of the more traditional, lecture-based model, many classes will devote time for team-based and active learning exercises. To succeed at CUSP, students will be required to have viewed assigned video, audio and other exercises or readings before coming to class. Quizzes may be given at the beginning of class to allow students to demonstrate the knowledge gained from pre-class preparation, and allow faculty to tailor the discussion and active learning exercises to best meet student needs.


    As an added benefit of attending CUSP, students will receive an iPad, MacBook, and electronic access to most textbooks free of charge.


    CUSP has received accreditation for the Doctor of Pharmacy program by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and pre-candidate status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE).


    We are also the first school in California to require the PCAT exam for admission. Given the competitive environment for admission to pharmacy schools, this additional metric will further distinguish our students among their peers at other schools.


    CUSP will confer the professional degree, Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), upon those who successfully complete the didactic & experiential educational components, as well as the professionalism components of the program. Responsibility for the use of medication and the health outcomes associated with such use are at the core of the pharmacist’s role in advancing health.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 128
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 117
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 65-75
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: 0
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: Preferred applicants have overall GPA of 3.0 or greater.
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: Preferred applicants have prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or greater.
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Preferred applicants have PCAT composite score of 50 or higher.
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.3
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 21-55
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 7:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 63
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 43
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 95
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2017 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 63  95 
      General Biology w/lab  
      Human Physiology w/lab 
      Microbiology with lab 
      Chemistry w/lab (General)  12 
      Chemistry w/lab (PharmOrganic)  12 
      Physics w/lab 
      Intro to Genetics 
      Psychology or Sociology 
      Economics (Micro or Macro) 
      English Composition 
      Electives (History, Political Science, Sociology, or Psychology preferred) 
      Human Anatomy with lab 
    • Additional Information: 

      Physics can be non-calculus based

      Genetics should be Human Genetics

      Economics can be Micro or Macro

      Statistics can be BioStatistics

      More info at

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2014
      • Details: 

        Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in July, September, October, or November of 2015. The latest PCAT accepted for admission is the July 2016 PCAT.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Details: 
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      Applicants must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations, background checks, and drug screenings prior to matriculation.

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: 
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? No
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? No
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: March 6th, 2016 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      School only accepts evaluations from WES. English translation is required.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Two letters of reference from 1) a math or science teacher, and 2) a health professional or someone else who is knowledgeable of your character.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Advisor must have 2+ years of familiarity with applicant and have 10 plus years advising experience and limit the number of such LOR's they deliver to a top specified percent of advisees.
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: Committee must include required and conditionally accepted types of members and specify the percentage of students such letters are provided for from a specified size class.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
      • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • September 2015 through April 2016.  
    • Details: 

      Individual and group performance evaluated. Interviews are structured with exercises, problem solving, team work and group presentation evaluaitons in addition to multiple interviewers simultaneous with one student. 

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are typically e-mailed within 24 hours after the interview. If student qualifies for a scholarship, a scholarship offer letter will be included in the email. All students will also receive a Fellowship Award application.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due?  A signed Intent to Enroll form and a Non refundable deposit of $1,000 are due within 14 days after official admission letter email is sent.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $1,000.00
      • Due: Within 14 days of letter of admission email date
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 29-September 2, 2016 
      • Details: Flipped classroom training will be held as part of orientation. Students will receive training on various technologies, and other University and School of Pharmacy information. Students are required to attend all five days of orientation.
      • September 1, 2015 
      • Details: 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Wednesday, September 6th, 2016
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: