California Northstate University
College of Pharmacy

The required Supplemental Application will be available on the CNU web site beginning July14, 2014.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Gail Kubat  
      • Admissions Advisor  
      • Office of Admissions  
      • 9700 West Taron Drive  
      • Elk Grove 
      • California 
      • 95757 
      • Phone (Work): 916-631-8108 
      • Email: 

      • Jason McDowell 
      • Outreach & Admissions Advisor 
      • Admissions 
      • 9700 West Taron Drive 
      • Elk Grove 
      • California 
      • 95757 
      • Phone (Work): 916-503-1817 
      • Email: 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  March 2, 2015

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    WE HAVE MOVED! NEW SCHOOL ADDRESS: 9700 West Taron Drive, Elk Grove, CA 95757

    • 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 No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: Baccalaureate degree required for admission
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: October 2014 
      • Details: The annual Admissions Open House date will be posted to our web site  
    • 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? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:
      • None 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    CNU CAMPUS VIDEO LINK:">   (Copy and paste to your internet browser)

    California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP) is dedicated to educating, developing, and training individuals to provide competent, patient-centered care. CNUCOP offers a progressive educational program that emphasizes active learning, direct patient care experiences, and the role of research in advancing the profession of pharmacy. The goal is to graduate highly skilled pharmacists who improve the well being of their patients, who contribute to the scholarship and research of pharmacy practice, and who promote the expanding role of pharmaceutical services in the health care system in a inter-professional context.

    Our Mission:

    To advance the science and art of pharmacy.

    Our Vision:

    To utilize innovative active learning strategies in educating students and practitioners, advance the practice of pharmacy, and improve the health of Californians and beyond.

    Our Values:

    Advancing our college, our goals, and our discipline. Caring about our students, our staff, our faculty, and our profession. Teamwork in teaching, learning, research, scholarship, and service.


    Our Goals

    The following goals will help us accomplish our mission:

    An academic program that fosters critical thinking, problem-solving, clinical reasoning, and self-directed learning skills.

    An experiential program that progressively develops student skills, attitudes, values, judgment, professional behavior, and expertise in patient-centered care.

    Graduates who attain effective oral and written communication skills.

    Graduates who use technology to support life-long learning, research, and practice.

    A research infrastructure that promotes collaboration, innovation, and discovery.

    A faculty engaged in discipline-related research and other scholarly activities.

    A faculty development program that nurtures and supports a learning-centered curriculum and the scholarship of teaching.

    Faculty engaged in professional and community activities.

    A continuing education program responsive to the needs of alumni, pharmacy practitioners, and other health care professionals.

    Student participation in professional organizations and community projects to learn skills needed to be an advocate for the profession

    Web Link:

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 401
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 248
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 120
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 40
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.25
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 450
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 120
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 120
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 5
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.80
    • 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: Baccalaureate degree in other discipline
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 23-47
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 13:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Bachelors Degree Req'd
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: N/A
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total Bachelors Degree Req'd    
      General Chemistry*   12 
      Organic Chemistry*   12 
      Public Speaking  
      Biochemistry, or Cell & Molecular Biology  
      General Biology* with one lab or lab equivalent  12 
      Economics (Micro or Macro)  
    • Additional Information: 

      Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites. Proof of completion for all prerequisites courses not reported on the PharmCAS application must be provided by accepted students at least two weeks prior to orientation. The Biology sequence must include at least one lab or lab equivalent.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: All applicants must submit a supplemental application. Submit this document close to or at the same time the PharmCAS application is submitted. Offers to interview will not be made until the PharmCAS and the Supplemental Application have been received.
      • Deadline: April 1, 2015 Postmarked by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $75.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Supplemental Application link:

        Invitations to interview are offerred to select candidates after the receipt of the supplemental application. Please make sure to complete and send as soon as possible.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        May be required for applicants who receive their degree from a college in a non-English speaking country.

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

      1. Applicants must also provide documention that they have completed all requried immunizations prior to matriculation.

      2.  A short algebra/basic math assessment quiz will be given during the on campus interview session.

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended
      • Details: 

        Experience may be obtained by work, volunteering, or shadowing a health care professional. 

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Details: The school accepts and admits students from throughout the U.S.
    • 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: 3/2/2015 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 

      We currently are unable to grant student visas. Please visit our web site for additional information at Coursework completed at Canadian institutions do not require a foreign evaluation of the transcript. US residency status must be established prior to acceptance to the program.

  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: 
      • How many letters of reference will your school require? Two (2) - One from a health care professional and one academic letter, such as a professor.
      • Teaching Assistant Letter is accepted if approved and signed by the professor for academic professor letter. A supervisor’s letter is accepted for students who have graduated and been in the work force for more than 3 years.
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Teaching Assistant
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Employer
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
      • Teaching Assistant Letter is accepted if approved and signed by the professor for academic professor letter. A supervisor's letter is accepted for students who have graduated and been in the work force for more than 3 years.
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance Directions Can Be Found On Our Web Site at: Estimated notification is 2 - 4 weeks after the interview date. A delay in notification may occur during certain periods due to holidays and/or academic activities.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? The time period to respond will be provided in the acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $1500
      • Due: 7-14 days
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 8/18/2015-8/21/2015 
      • Details: Orientation and all orientation activities are mandatory for all new students. The orientation program is typically scheduled from 8:00am-5:00pm each day.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/24/2015
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: Certain extenuating circumstances will be considered.