California Northstate University
College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Gail Kubat  
      • Admissions Advisor  
      • Office of Admissions  
      • 9700 West Taron Drive  
      • Elk Grove 
      • California 
      • 95757 
      • Phone (Work): 916-686-8798 
      • Email: COPadmissions@cnsu.edu 

      • Jason McDowell 
      • Outreach & Admissions Advisor 
      • Office of Admissions 
      • 9700 West Taron Drive 
      • Elk Grove 
      • California 
      • 95757 
      • Phone (Work): 916-686-8799 
      • Email: jmcdowell@cnsu.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  March 1, 2018


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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: TBA 
      • 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 



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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 Experential 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 Program, 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.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    The Supplemental Application fee will be waived for Early Decision Applicants. 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 450-550
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 350-400
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 120-140
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: 1
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 120-140
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.13
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 21-49
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 9:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 66
    • 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: 99 (est.)
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 66  99 (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  
      Physiology (if taking a combined Anatomy and Physiology course, both Anatomy and Physiology I and II must be taken to fulfill the individual Anatomy and Physiology course requirements) 
      Anatomy (if taking a combined Anatomy and Physiology course, both Anatomy and Physiology I and II must be taken to fulfill the individual Anatomy and Physiology course requirements)  
      Physics (AP exam scores of 4+ may fulfill this requirement)  
      Calculus (AP exam score of 4+ may fulfill this requirement)  
      Statistics (AP exam score of 4+ may fulfill this requirement)  
      Public Speaking  
      English Composition I and II (AP exam scores of 4+ may fulfill these requirements)  
      General Education Requirements: Psychology, Economics, and two additional courses in the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences (AP exam scores of 4+ for each course may fulfill these requirements)   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 54 semester units (81 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.


      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 exams, must have been completed no greater than nine years from the planned date of matriculation.


      3. In addition to the 54 semester units (81 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)
      • 2 additional general education courses in the Humanities and/or Social & Behavioral Sciences (2 courses in one category is permitted)

       

      4. AP credits may be accepted if AP exam scores of 4 or higher are achieved for the following courses:

      • Calculus
      • Economics
      • English Composition I
      • English Composition II
      • Physics
      • Psychology
      • Statistics
      • Humanities
      • Social & Behavioral Sciences

       

      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.


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


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


      7. All prerequisite coursework taken from non-US institutions (including Canada) must be submitted to an approved foreign transcript evaluation service. CNUCOP accepts foreign transcript evaluations from: World Education Services, Inc., Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., International Education Research Foundation, Inc., and Educational Perspectives.


      8. 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 7.5. Exam scores are only valid for a two year period from the date of the exam.


      9. 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.

       

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: The Supplemental Application is available to all applicants beginning mid-July. Early decision applicants must submit the Supplemental Application by October 1. It is recommended that all other applicants submit the required Supplemental Application upon verification of your PharmCAS application.
      • Deadline: July 1, 2018 Received 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 Prospective Students at pharmacy.cnsu.edu/prospective-students/admissions. ;


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 
      • 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 7.5. 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.


  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: The school accepts applications and admits eligible students based on academic experience, successful completion of the admission interview, and other holistic application criteria. The institution accepts admission applications for consideration from interested students throughout the U.S., Canada, and other countries. Due to the nature of the programs team-based learning (TBL) platform, applicants must have excellent English writing and communication skills.
    • 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? 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 1, 2018 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 ECE, IERF, WES, and Educational Perspectives 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 7.5.  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.


  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 recommendation are required. 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
      • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • Interview Dates:
      • Sept. - July 
    • Details: 

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

      pharmacy.cnsu.edu/admission-interview


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • 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: 
      • 08/14/2018-8/17/2018 
      • Details: The New Student Orientation is mandatory for all matriculated students. The White Coat Ceremony is also mandatory and will be held on Saturday, August 18th of 2018.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Monday August 20, 2018
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Extenuating circumstances will be considered.