Chapman University
School of Pharmacy

Chapman University School of Pharmacy will be accepting applications on a case-by-case basis until June 1, 2015. Please email your name and PharmCAS ID to

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Lawrence Brown, PharmD, PhD 
      • Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs 
      • Office of Student and Academic Affairs 
      • Chapman University School of Pharmacy 
      • 9401 Jeronimo Road 
      • Suite 205 
      • Irvine 
      • California 
      • 92618 
      • Phone (Work): 714-516-5487 
      • Phone (Fax): 714-516-5481 
      • Email: 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  March 1, 2016

  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: Trimester (Three 15 week Trimesters per year - 8 straight Trimesters) with a 2 week break between Fall/Winter & 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:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • 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 MS and eventually Ph.D. research degrees.


    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 freeway, 10 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. Ideally situated our southern California location provides easy access to beautiful beaches, snow-covered mountains, beautiful deserts, Disneyland, world-class entertainment and sports venues 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.


    What is unique about the CUSP program is that it will use more innovative and student-centered methods of instruction. In place of the more traditional, lecture-based model, most class time will be devoted to discussion 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 will 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 not only receive an iPad for their use, but also will have electronic access to all books free of charge.


    CUSP has received accreditation for the Doctor of Pharmacy program by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is applying for accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE). It is anticipated that ACPE accreditation approval will be received in time for students to begin the program starting in September 2015.


    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 interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: N/A
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: N/A
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 240
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: N/A
    • 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: N/A
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: N/A

  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: Summer 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 63  95 
      Biology w/lab (General, Human Anatomy)  12 
      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) 
    • 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: 2013
      • Details: 

        Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in June, August, or October of 2014. The latest PCAT accepted for admission is the July 2015 PCAT.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • 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
    • 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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: March 6th, 2015 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 who is knowledgeable of your character.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Health Care Professional
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • 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 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:
    • Interview Dates:
      • September 2014 through April 2015. However, we have extended interviews until late May 2015 since we are accepting applications between March 3 and June 1, 2015. 
    • 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 mailed one or two weeks after the interview. Financial aid awards are made via a specific process following acceptance. see financial aid.
    • 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 30-September 1, 2015 
      • Details: As CUSP uses a Flipped Classroom andragogy, a student Bootcamp will be held as part of orientation. Students are required to attend all three days.
      • September 1, 2015 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No