Chapman University

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

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

Dr. Rocke DeMark
Assistant Dean of Student & Academic Affairs

Office of Student Affairs

9401 Jeronimo Rd #115
Irvine, California 92618

Phone (Work): 714-516-5460

Jasmine Villa-Stofko
Student Affairs Specialist

9401 Jeronimo Rd
Irvine, California 92618

Phone (Work): 714-516-5471

Erica Wondra
Student Affairs Coordinator

9401 Jeronimo Rd
Irvine, California 92618

Phone (Work): 714-516-5413


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: February 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
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 each trimester. Students also get the entire week of Thanksgiving off in November.
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



    Info Sessions occur about once every other month on a Wednesday from 6 to 8pm and campus tour from 8 to 8:30pm. Students and Family are Welcome. We also have an Open House every September and June on a Saturday from 9am to 1pm Must register to attend. Go to for dates and more information on how to register. Open House Dates: See website 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.

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:

Program Description (back to top)

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 entered 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.

CUSP offers a 3-year accelerated  Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, as well as an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The year-round Pharm.D. program consists of eight 15-week trimesters with a two 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) engages student pharmacists in science-based, personalized, interdisciplinary education and training and helps 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 is also unique in that we utilize a computerized electronic exam process, where the students take an exam every three weeks that includes the content from all of their courses. The exam is around 3 hours in length, and encourages students to study every day, since cramming for exams is not possible.

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.

CUSP offers multiple opporunity for leadership and community service activities through the following student organizations: APhA-ASP/CPhA, CSHP/ASHP, Hispanic Pharmacists Association, Vietnamese Pharmacy Student Association, Middle Eastern Pharmacists Association, Korean American Pharmacy Student Association, Chinese-American Pharmacy Student Association, ISPOR-CU, ACCP, AMCP, AAPS, Phi Delta Chi Fraternity, and Kappa Psi Fraternity.

And CUSP offers multiple research opportunities in a wide variety of areas, including Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Social and Administrative Pharmacy, and Clinical Pharmacy. Students can get involved in research via the CAPSTONE research project, through elective courses, and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.

As an added benefit of attending CUSP, students will receive a 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 Full Accreditation 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. Preferred applicants would have a composite PCAT score of 50th percentile or higher and a pre-req GPA of 3.0 or higher. A composite PCAT score of 70th percentile or higher also helps students who may have a less competitive GPA.

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.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 200
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 125
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 100
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 32
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: Preferred applicants have overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: Preferred applicants have prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher, however, students with lower GPA would be more competitive if they have a composite PCAT score of 70th percentile or higher.
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: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 35%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 65%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.3
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-61
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 4:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 62
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 42
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 93
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 62  93 
General Biology w/lab  
Human Physiology w/lab 
Chemistry w/lab (General)  12 
Organic Chemistry w/lab   12 
Physics w/lab 
Genetics or Molecular Biology 
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 (Can be an on-line course)

Can take Genetics or Molecular Biology course

Cell & Molecular Biology course does not fulfill the Genetics requirement

Economics can be Micro or Macro

Statistics can be Biostatistics or Statistics for Business majors

Speech cannot be taken online, and it must be a course that includes actual public speaking

Microbiology lab not required

A course must have a grade of C or better to meet a prerequisite requirement

On-line lab courses are not accepted.

AP Credit accepted for Biology, Physiology, Psychology, and Statistics with AP or IB Exam score of 4.0.

AP Credit accepted for Calculus with a score of 4 or higher on Calculus AB exam or 3 or higher on Calculus BC exam.

Helpful tips for students with courses from a quarter-based school:

The Biology pre-req requires 6 quarter units. This means you will need Biology 1a and 1b with labs, if taken at a Quarter unit school.

For Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, you will need all three courses and labs in each series.


Helpful tip for all students:

Don't forget that you must have a grade of C or better for a course to count as fulfilling a pre-req (Grades of C- or lower are not accepted.)

For the Anatomy and Physiology pre-reqs, you cannot mix A&P courses with stand alone courses. You need to take A&P I with lab and A&P II with lab (Also A&P III for some quarter based schools) or Anatomy with Lab and Physiology with lab.


Most importantly, we offer a transcript review process for students. Just email your unofficial transcripts to We will conduct a transcript review and let you know which courses we can accept, and which courses you still need to take. It is best to do this as early as possible.

More info at


AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: January 2017

Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in July, September, October, or November of 2018, if they have not taken the PCAT already since January 2017, or if they have a Cummulative PCAT score of 40th percentile or less.

The latest PCAT accepted for admission is the February 2019 PCAT.


Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?


Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Admitted students must provide documentation that they have access to a dependable form of transportation to get to IPPE and APPE sites, and have completed all required immunizations, criminal background checks, CA Intern Pharmacist License Requirements and Paperwork, and drug testing prior to the start of Orientation Week during the week of August 26th, 2019).

Please note: Students who are not able to get their CA Intern Pharmacist License by December 1st, are subject to dismissal from the program, since they are not able to complete their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience without an Intern License.

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

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

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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: February 1st 2019 Received by deadline

Chapman requires evaluation of foreign transcripts be conducted by World Educations Services (WES)


Letters of Reference (back to top)

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 required, however, students can submit up to four letters. One must be from a math or science professor*, and the second should be from a person who is knowledgeable of your character. A letter from a health care professional (pharmacist, nurse, physician, physician assistant, or dentist) is preferred for the second letter. If you currently work in a pharmacy, an additional letter from your supervisor is highly recommended.

*Note: Applicants who are no longer taking classes, at the time of their application, can request a waiver of the math/science professor LOR by emailing If approved, a different LOR can be submitted in its place. Two LORs are still required.


LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)


  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Supervisor


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
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
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.
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

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 2018 through April 2019

Interview day typically occurs on a Friday from 8 am to 1 pm.  There will be two Saturday interview days available. One in the Fall and one in the Spring.

Interview days starts with a 30 minute information session, then a welcome from the Dean, and a 40 minute tour of the Rinker Health Science Campus.

After the tour students are broken up into two groups. One group does Interviews first, while the other group participates in the Group Session.

The interviews consist of interviews with faculty.

In the Group Session students are broken up into two groups to compete against each other in individual and group activities. The final activity is a group presentation.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are typically e-mailed within 72 hours after the interview. If a student qualifies for a scholarship, a scholarship offer letter will be included in the email. All students will also receive a Fellowship Award application. Fellowship awards are one year financial awards. We offer GPA based scholarships of 5, 10, or 15%, and a 10% scholarship for students who have an 80th composite percentile score or higher on the PCAT. These scholarships are renewed each trimester as long as the student maintains a cumulative 3.0 GPA, a trimester GPA of 3.0, and does not receive a grade less than a C in any course.
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 the official admission letter email is sent.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $1,000.00
Due: Within 14 days of letter of admission email date
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • Week of August 26th. 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes