Marshall B. Ketchum University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Christopher Bell
Director of Admissions

2575 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Fullerton, California 92831

Phone (Work): 714-872-5698

Triseinge Ortiz
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

2575 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Fullerton, California 92870

Phone (Work): 714-872-5705


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: June 3, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Candidate

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:
  • Quarter (three terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs No
If Yes, Check all that apply:
Structure of your PharmD program: Baccalaureate degree recommended
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
  • Dates


Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • None
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)

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Year 1. Provides the foundation for professional practice with instruction on pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, body systems and disease, epidemiology, public health, ethics, pharmaceutical self care, pharmacy law and roles of the pharmacist. The curriculum also teaches US and global health care systems, interpersonal and interprofessional communications, pre-clinical laboratory skills, pharmacy practice skills, and provides certifications in immunization and life support. 

Year 2. Continues to build on the foundation courses from year one with instruction on applied biomedical sciences, pharmacology, clinical medicine and pharmacotherapeutics. The curriculum also teaches professional ethics, behavioral aspects of health, drug information, evidence-based practice, research methodology, biostatistics, pharmacokinetics and basics of laboratory medicine.  Students will start IPPE courses.

Year 3. Continues with focused instruction on the principles of clinical medicine and pharmacotherapeutics. Also incorporates biotechnology, pharmacogenomics, pharmacoeconomics, special populations and contains skills lab for clinical/evidence-based reasoning and certification in medication therapy management. The curriculum also includes a doctoral level capstone project and provides students an opportunity to take three didactic electives of their choice. Students will continue their IPPE courses.

Year 4. Also known as the experiential year curriculum lists all the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) courses. Students will also take APPE electives of their choice. The Case Conferences will consist of reflection sessions that discuss pertinent clinical areas through case studies and will also provide a NAPLEX preparatory course to assess NAPLEX readiness.


Program Highlights:

Student to Faculty Ratio.  With a class size of 52 students, the small student to faculty ratio provides a greater opportunity to ask questions, participate in discussion, and professors who can offer individualized attention.

Advanced Integrated Curriculum. The curriculum is designed to provide comprehensive pharmacy education in a student-focused environment which prepares students to practice pharmacy as competent, compassionate, and ethical professionals dedicated to providing patient-centered care to culturally and ethnically diverse patient populations.

Foreign Language Component. By developing proficiency in one of the primary foreign langaguages spoken in Southern California, students are preparing to better communicate with growing key demographic segments of the community. Students will learn common conversational skills and medical terminology to better facilitate patient understanding and consultation. Providing this language training while making experiential opportunities available to successively practice these language skills will better enable students to meet an important health care community need.

Opportunities to Help Others. MBKU has strong professional relationships with the community. Our students participate in many events at elementary schools and senior facilities, Boys and Girls Clubs, Special Olympics, etc.

Interprofessional Education. Interprofessional Education (IPE) courses offered at MBKU are not simply “parallel learning” where students from each program sit together to hear the same lecture.  Our IPE courses are designed to include active learning as well as interprofessional interaction and collaboration. Students from each discipline will participate in shared learning environments such as: journal clubs, workshops, problem-based learning, case studies, and small groups.

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: 100
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 52
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
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: N/A
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
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? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.0
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 23-42
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 8:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 48
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 27
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 71
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 48  71 
General Biology (with labs, one year sequence) 
General Chemistry (with labs, one year sequence) 
Organic Chemistry (with labs, one year sequence) 
Microbiology (General or Medical lab required) 
Human Anatomy (Lab required) 
Human Physiology (Lab required) 
Calculus (For science majors preferred) 
General Psychology (Specialty Psychology courses not accepted for this requirement) 
Economics (Micro or Macro accepted) 
English (Preferred: composition, Critical Reading and Writing, Critical Analysis, Technical Writing)* requirement waived for students with a B.A. 
Behavioral or Social Science course (Preferred: Human Behavior, Cognitive Science, Social Psychology, Sociology) * requirement waived for students with a B.A. 
Communication course (Preferred: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication) 
Electives that include: Physics, Statistics, Leadership Development, and Cultural Diversity are recommended 

Additional Information

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent institution as determined by Marshall B. Ketchum University, is preferred for admission, but not not required for consideration. 

Competitive Applicants
Outstanding applicants will have taken courses in Biochemistry, Physics, Statistics, Leadership Development, and Cultural Diversity. Additional consideration will be given to those with volunteer, patient care, pharmacy, and/or military experience. Competitive applicants will have a 3.0 GPA or higher, as calculated by PharmCAS. 


The Pharmacy College Admissions Test ( is optional and you do not need to have taken the PCAT to submit your application. Applicants that choose NOT to get a Bachelor’s Degree are required to take the PCAT. The PCAT is also required for foreign degree applicants.


For further details on preferred prerequisites, please review the Admissions Requirements page on the website:

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?



The PCAT is not required for students who will earn a Bachelor's degree.  PCAT scores are required for applicants with a foreign degree 

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



For the 2018-2019 application cycle, international applicants must be US citizens or have permanent resident status.

Applicants educated outside the U.S. must utilize a transcript evaluation service to verify their degree and course work.  The academic record must show credits and grades equivalent to those given by U.S. institutions of higher learning.

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Applicants who have not earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution must also submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), regardless of the official language of the country in which the education took place or the predominant language of the degree-granting institution.  Scores should be sent directly using Marshall B. Ketchum University Code 4893.  Minimum scores are noted below:

  • Reading 22/30
  • Listening 22/30
  • Speaking 26/30
  • Writing 24/30
Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

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: 06/03/2019 Postmarked by deadline

PCAT scores are required for applicants with a foreign degree. 


Preferred transcript evaluation services:


  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
  • World Education Services, Inc.
  • Joseph Silny & Associates, Inc.
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

Strongly Preffered: Pharmacist and Science Faculty

Recommended: Immediate supervisor, healthcare provider, Non-Science Faculty

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Teaching Assistant
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
Does it count as more than one LOR? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:

Applicants will interview with 2 individuals affiliated with the College of Pharmacy (i.e. faculty, student, preceptors, etc.).  These are 30 minute closed file interviews.  

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Accepted students are contacted within 2 weeks following the interview.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Response to the acceptance offer is due within 21 days.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $1500
Due: Within 21 days of the offer
Refundable? Yes
Details: Partial refunds for deposits may be made available for students who withdraw by May 1st.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • 08/13-08/17
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 19, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes