CUSP is accredited by WASC and has received candidate status accreditation from ACPE. See https://www.chapman.edu/pharmacy/accreditation.aspx for more detailed information.
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 http://www.Chapman.edu/pharmacy
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 Candidate Status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE).
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. 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.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|General Biology w/lab||4||6|
|Human Physiology w/lab||4||6|
|Microbiology with lab||4||6|
|Chemistry w/lab (General)||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry w/lab||8||12|
|Genetics or Molecular Biology||3||4|
|Psychology or Sociology||3||4|
|Economics (Micro or Macro)||3||4|
|Electives (History, Political Science, Sociology, or Psychology preferred)||6||8|
|Human Anatomy with lab||4||6|
Physics can be non-calculus based
Genetics should be Human Genetics (Can be an on-line course)
Can take Genetics or Molecular Biology course
Economics can be Micro or Macro
Statistics can be BioStatistics or Statistics for Business majors
Make sure Microbiology course includes a lab
A course must have a grade of C or better to meet a prerequisite requirement
More info at http://www.chapman.edu/pharmacy/admission.aspx
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.
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, and drug testing prior to the start of Orientation Week (August 21st, 2017).
School prefers evaluations from World Educations Services (WES).www.wes.org
English translation is required.
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.
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.