California Northstate University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Gail Kubat
Admissions Advisor

Office of Admissions

9700 West Taron Drive
Elk Grove, California 95757

Phone (Work): 916-686-8798

Jason McDowell
Outreach & Admissions Advisor

Office of Admissions

9700 West Taron Drive
Elk Grove, California 95757

Phone (Work): 916-686-8799

Website:

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: 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:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.B.A
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    October 20, 2018

    Details

    For more information contact our admission staff at COPadmissions@cnsu.edu

Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:
  • None

Program Description (back to top)

California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP) is a traditional four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program dedicated to educating, developing, and training future pharmacists to provide competent, evidence-based care focused on improving patient outcomes and advancing the profession of pharmacy. CNUCOP provides unique learning experiences to our students through the use of active learning, specifically team-based learning, to deliver our curriculum. Through teamwork, students are exposed to a diverse population of classmates from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Students assume a more proactive role in the program as they learn to effectively interact with team members to enhance learning and practical application of the material taught in class. Team-based learning prepares our students to play a key role in a multidisciplinary team setting, enabling our students to serve as drug information experts, as they work collaboratively to improve patient care and enhance patient outcomes.  

 

The didactic component of the curriculum, which spans the first three years of the program, is comprised of an initial sequence of biomedical, clinical, pharmaceutical, and social and administrative science courses, followed by a series of organ system-based modules that integrate pathophysiology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacotherapeutics concepts into the management of acute and chronic conditions. 

 

The Experiential Education Program (EEP) enables students to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-life settings as they complete a variety of rotations in different areas of pharmacy. Students complete 300 hours of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience during the first three years of the program, alongside the didactic curriculum, and 1440 hours of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience during the fourth year of the program.  More information about the College of Pharmacy is available by visiting: pharmacy.cnsu.edu.

 

California Northstate University College of Pharmacy offers a unique dual degree program for PharmD students who would also like to obtain an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) while in the pharmacy program. The EMBA is a program created for experienced professionals who aim to achieve leadership positions within a variety of settings. In partnership with Sacramento State’s College of Business Administration, our students have the opportunity to earn a degree from an AACSB-accredited university with a dynamic history and flourishing alumni. The EMBA Program can be completed in 15 months with very flexible scheduling. Students begin the program during the second semester of the P2 year and complete the EMBA program prior to the fourth year of the pharmacy program. Students may also have the opportunity to travel abroad for one week as part of the EMBA program. 

 

California Northstate University's College of Health Sciences offers graduating high school students two pre-pharmacy program options leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.  The two options include the 2+4 and 3+4 Pre-Pharm to PharmD Combined Programs, with an option for students to obtain a Bachelor's degree while working towards their PharmD.  Students accepted to the Pre-Pharm to PharmD Combined Program begin their program of study in the undergraduate program at the College of Health Sciences.  Pre-Pharm to PharmD Combined Program students who meet all of the admission criteria after the second or third year of study are guaranteed an onsite interview at the College of Pharmacy. High school applicants must apply for the accelerated program through the College of Health Science at http://healthsciences.cnsu.edu.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 450-550
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 350-400
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 120-140
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 3
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 120-140
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 120-140
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.60
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? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 42%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 58%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.02
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-34
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 6:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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: 36 (est.)
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 91 (est.)
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 63  91 (est.) 
General Chemistry I and II with lab components  12 
Organic Chemistry I and II with lab components   12 
Biochemistry or Cell & Molecular Biology  
General Biology I and II with one lab or lab equivalent  12 
Microbiology  
Human Physiology (if taking a combined Anatomy and Physiology course, Anatomy and Physiology I and II both must be taken to fulfill the Physiology course requirement) 
Physics  
Calculus  
Statistics  
Public Speaking  
English Composition I and II  
General Education Requirements: Psychology, Economics, and two additional courses in the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences   12  18 

Additional Information

California Northstate University College of Pharmacy does not require a Bachelor's degree or PCAT; however, a Bachelor's degree is preferred. Applicants must have earned a high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent. Applicants seeking admission to California Northstate University College of Pharmacy must have a cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; a 2.6 science GPA is recommended.  A minimum of 51 semester units (76 quarter units) of prerequisite credit must be completed prior to matriculation into the program.  Additionally, a minimum of 12 semester units (18 quarter units) of general education courses are required prior to matriculation.  Science and math prerequisite coursework must be designed for science majors. Public speaking and science courses requiring a lab component (biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry) cannot be taken online or through distance education. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to carry full course loads (15 units per semester) during their undergraduate studies.  AP exam scores of 3 or higher, with 4 preferred, will be accepted for prerequisite coursework and/or general education requirements. AP credit must be reported by subject and credit and must be mailed directly from your institution or testing services to the College of Pharmacy by using college code: 7306. Additionally, the AP exam must have been taken no greater than nine years from the date of matriculation.  Please note, AP exam scores will only count towards the first course in a series of science courses.  For instance, an AP exam score of 3 or higher for chemistry would only count towards the General Chemistry I requirement.


In addition to completion of the PharmCAS application, CNUCOP requires a Supplemental Application, available on our webpage, which must be completed prior to the start of New Student Orientation, in mid-August. Two letters of recommendation are also required as part of the application; one letter must be from a healthcare professional or supervisor and the other letter from a science faculty member at your institution. Letters of recommendation from relatives and/or friends are not permitted.


Prior to applying to our program, all applicants are required to review the Professional and Technical Standards of the Doctor of Pharmacy program to ensure they meet the stated professional and technical criteria. The Professional and Technical Standards are located on the College of Pharmacy website.

 

In addition to the requirements described above, all prerequisite coursework must meet the following requirements:

1.  Must be completed at a regionally accredited US institution or its equivalent abroad.

2. Science and math courses, along with any AP credits, must have been completed no greater than nine years from the planned date of matriculation. 

3.  In addition to the 51 semester units (76 quarter units) of prerequisite coursework, applicants who will not have a Bachelor's degree prior to matriculation must complete 12 semester units (18 quarter units) of general education courses, which includes: psychology, economics (microeconomics or macroeconomics), and two additional general education courses in the Humanities and/or Social and Behavioral Sciences (two courses in one category is permitted).  

4. Must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

5.  May not be taken on a pass/no pass or credit/no credit basis.

6.  All prerequisite coursework taken from non-US institutions (including Canada) must be submitted the World Education Services (WES), Inc. for an evaluation of coursework.  WES evaluations should be sent directly to PharmCAS.

7.  International applicants who have not completed at least two years and at least 48 semester units (72 quarter units) at a US college or university are required to take the TOEFL IBT or IELTS exam.  Exam scores are only valid for a two year period from the date of the exam.  The minimum TOEFL IBT and IELTS scores, along with minimum section requirements, are provided below.

  • The minimum total TOEFL IBT score is 88 with minimum section score requirements of:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 20
    • Speaking: 25
    • Writing: 23
  • The minimum total IELTS score is 6.5 with minimum section score requirements of:
    • Reading: 6.5
    • Listening: 6.5
    • Speaking: 7.5
    • Writing: 6.0

8.  General Education requirements are waived for applicants who have or will be receiving a Bachelor's degree or US equivalent prior to matriculation in the pharmacy program.  For additional information about CNUCOP and the application process, please visit our website: pharmacy.cnsu.edu.  For questions, please contact COPadmissions@cnsu.edu.

9. Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview. 

10.  All prerequisites and general education requirements must be completed prior to Orientation, which is held in mid-August of each year; however, applicants may still interview prior to the completion of all prerequisite coursework. 

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework

Yes

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

Yes

Details: The Supplemental Application is available to all applicants beginning mid-July in 2018. Supplemental applications will be accepted up until the first day of orientation, which occurs in mid-August of 2019.
Deadline: August 12, 2019Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $50.00 Regular Cycle, Fee Waived for Early Decision Applicant
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

The web-based Supplemental Application can be found on our website under "Admissions" -> "Admissions Steps" -> Step 3: "Complete the Supplemental Application" or by visiting: http://pharmacy.cnsu.edu/prospective-students/admissions.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

No

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

Yes

Details:

International applicants who have not completed at least two years and at least 48 semester units (72 quarter units) at a US college or university are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam. The minimum total TOEFL IBT score is 88 with minimum section score requirements of 20+ for reading, 20+ for listening, 25+ for speaking, and 23+ for writing. The minimum total IELTS score is 6.5 with minimum section score requirements of 6.5+ for reading, 6.5+ for listening, 7.5+ for speaking, and 6.0+ for writing.  Exam scores are only valid for a two year period from the date of the exam.

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

Applicants must provide documention they have completed all required immunizations and the background check prior to matriculation.

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? No
Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
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: June 3, 2019 Received by deadline
Details:

Canadian and other foreign applicants are considered for admission. Canadian applicants and all other foreign applicants must submit a foreign coursework evaluation directly to PharmCAS. We accept WES, Inc., evaluations.   Foreign applicants must complete all of the pre-requisite course requirements. International applicants who have not completed at least two years and at least 48 semester units (72 quarter units) at a US college or university are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam.  The  minimum total TOEFL IBT score is 88 with minimum section score requirements of 20+ for reading, 20+ for listening, 25+ for speaking, and 23+ for writing. The minimum total IELTS score is 6.5 with minimum section score requirements of 6.5+ for reading, 6.5+ for listening, 7.5+ for speaking, and 6.0+ for writing.  Exam scores are only valid for a two year period from the date of the exam.  Two semesters of English Composition will be considered as met for foreign applicants who take English Composition at an English-speaking institution as part of their degree program.  All accepted students who matriculate must have all official transcripts for all courses taken since high school on record in the Admissions Office by September 30th. All qualifying applicants must interview for admission into the pharmacy program. Please note financial assistance may be limited for non-U.S. applicants. Personal transportation, such as a vehicle, will be necessary to participate in experiential education at clinical sites.

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 recommendation are required and must be written/typed on official letterhead and include contact information for the person writing the letter.  Additionally, the letter must be sent directly from the reference.  One letter from a science professor, and one letter from a healthcare professional or supervisor. If the student has been out of school for over three years, a letter from a recent supervisor and a healthcare professional can be submitted in place of the letter from a science professor. Letters of recommendation from family or friends are not acceptable.
  • A Teacher's Assistant letter is accepted, if approved and signed by the science course professor.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Health Care Professional
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor

LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED:

LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED:

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

  • Employer
  • Teaching Assistant

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Co-Worker
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? 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 Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • September to July
Details:

Interview information and tips can be found on our web site using the following link:

pharmacy.cnsu.edu/admission-interview

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are emailed following the applicant interview on a continual basis, as final decisions are released by the Admissions Committee to the Admissions Office. Follow-up communications with accepted candidates will be made through email and by phone. Applicants should add our institution URL to their computer web browser to avoid missing important communications from the Admissions Office.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? The time period to respond will be included on the "Enrollment Checklist" which is provided with the acceptance letter that is emailed to the acceptee.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?

Yes

Amount: $250
Due: 7-14 days
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • 08/13/19 to 8/16/19
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Monday, August 19, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes