Chapman University
School of Pharmacy

Chapman will accept applications until June 1st on a case by case basis. To apply, send an email to pharmacyadmissions@chapman.edu 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: lbbrown@chapman.edu 

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

      • Ms. Sandra Robbie 
      • Student Affairs Coordinator 
      • Office of Student Affairs 
      • 9401 Jeronimo Rd 
      • Irvine 
      • California 
      • 92618 
      • Phone (Work): (714) 516-5471 
      • Email: villasto@chapman.edu 

    • Website:

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  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 https://www.chapman.edu/pharmacy/accreditation.aspx 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 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: Multiple 
      • Details: Info Sessions once a 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 January on a Saturday from 9am to 1pm Must register to attend. Go to www.chapman.edu/pharmacy for dates and 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 www.chapman.edu/pharmacy 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:
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  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Welcome to Orange County’s first School of Pharmacy! 

     

    Summary:

    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 http://www.Chapman.edu/pharmacy

     

    Details:

    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, rather than just cramming for exams.

     

    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 should be notified of receiving Candidate Status in June or July 2016.


    With respect to clarification of the meaning of Candidate status, graduates of a program so designed would, in the opinion of ACPE, have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program. The Candidate status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans within a defined time period. It should be underscored, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules. Should Candidate status be awarded to a program, ACPE would, however, make its position known and make recommendations consistent with that position.

     

    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. 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.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 120
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 95-100
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: 20
    • 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, however, students with lower GPA
    • 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)
    • 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 
      Calculus 
      Statistics 
      Psychology or Sociology 
      Economics (Micro or Macro) 
      Communications/Speech 
      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)

      Economics can be Micro or Macro

      Statistics can be BioStatistics or Statistics for Business majors

      More info at http://www.chapman.edu/pharmacy/admission.aspx

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2015
      • Details: 

        Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in July, September, October, or November of 2016, if they have not taken the PCAT already or if they have a Cummulative PCAT score of 40th percentile or less.

        The latest PCAT accepted for admission is the January 2017 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, criminal background checks, and drug testing prior to the start of Orientation Week (August 22nd, 2016).


  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, 2017 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      School only accepts evaluations from World Educations Services (WES).www.wes.org

      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 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 health care professional or a professor who is knowledgeable of your character. A letter from a health care professional (pharmacist, nurse, physician, physian assistant, or dentist) is preferred. If you currently work in a pharmacy, an additional letter from your supervisor is highly recommended.

      https://www.chapman.edu/pharmacy/admission.aspx

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Supervisor
    • 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 2016 through April 2017.  
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    • Details: 

      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 consists of two 30-minute interviews with 2 faculty or 1 faculty and 1 student or affiliated pharmacist.

      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.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are typically e-mailed within 24 to 48 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.
    • 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 21 days after the official admission letter email is sent. *Students who deposit before March 1st, will get $500 of their deposit refunded if they withdraw by March 1st.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $1,000.00
      • Due: Within 21 days of letter of admission email date
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: *Students who deposit before March 1st, 2017 will get $500 of their deposit refunded if they withdraw by March 1st, 2017.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 22-August 26, 2016 
      • Details: Student ID's, iPads and MacBooks will be distributed and a student-faculty Bar-B-Que will be held. Students are required to attend all five days of orientation. On May 26th, students will participate in a White Coat Ceremony.
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      • Details: 
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      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Monday, August 29th, 2016
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Deferrals are allowed on a case by case basis, and are not typically allowed. Only in extenuating circumstances are deferrals allowed. Contact Dr. Brown, Associate Dean of Student Affairs to request a deferral.