California Northstate University
College of Pharmacy

Fall 2016 CNU Admission Application Period for PHARMCAS is July 2015 - March 2016 Supplemental Application Fee Waived for Early Decision Applicants

  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: 

      • Jason McDowell 
      • Outreach & Admissions Advisor 
      • Admissions 
      • 9700 West Taron Drive 
      • Elk Grove 
      • California 
      • 95757 
      • Phone (Work): 916-686-8799 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  March 1, 2016

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Individual deadline extensions will be considered until June 1, 2016 for applicants who have created a PharmCAS account.

    • 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: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: 8/7/15, 1/8/16 
      • Details: For more information contact our admission staff at 
    • 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 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.

    Beginning Fall 2015, California Northstate University's College of Health Science's will offer graduating high school students two pre-pharmacy program options leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.  The Pre-Pharmacy Plus Program options include an accelerated 2 + 4 (2 years undergraduate + 4 years PharmD coursework) and a 3+4 (3 years undergraduate + 4 years PharmD coursework).  High school applicants must apply for the accelerated program through the College of Health Science at


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

    Web Link:  Pharm D Pogram


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    The Supplemental Application fee will be waived for Early Decision Applicants 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 384
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 280
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 120
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 10
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.25
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 380
    • 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 2016 entering class: N/A
    • 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)
    • 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: 10:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:  60 + semester hours Bachelor's Degree Preferred
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: See prerequiste course list
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 90 + Quarter Hours
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 60 + semester hours Bachelor's Degree Preferred  90 + Quarter Hours 
      General Chemistry   12 
      Organic Chemistry   12 
      Public Speaking  
      Biochemistry, or Cell & Molecular Biology  
      General Biology* with one lab or lab equivalent   12 
      General Education. The Prerequisite coursework counts toward the calculation of this requirement. 24 semester hours/36 quarter hours of the General Education requirement must be coursework in the Liberal Arts.   60  90 
      English Composition  
    • Additional Information: 

      Applicants must successfully complete a minimum of 2 years of coursework (60 + Sem Hrs/90 + Qtr Hrs) leading to a Bachelor's degree including 24 Sem Hrs/ 36 Qtr Hrs of coursework in the Liberal Arts.   Proof of completion for prerequisite courses not reported on the PharmCAS application must be provided by accepted students as soon as the course has been completed and grades posted.  The General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry courses must include 2 labs or lab equivalents. The Biology sequence must include at least one lab or lab equivalent. Summer 2016 prerequisite courses must be completed three weeks before the first day of class.

      Prerequisite courses can be located on our website at

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Required if invited for an interview. Invited students should follow the directions provided by the Office of Admissions.
      • Deadline: June 1, 2016 Postmarked by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50.00 Reg. $0 for Early Decision Applicants
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        The web-based Supplemental Application can be found on our website under Prospective Students at

        Contact the Office of Admissions if you require assistance at

  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: 

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

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

        Health care experience may be obtained by work, volunteering, or shadowing a health care professional such as a pharmacist, a medical doctor, nurse, dentist, or other professional working in healthcare. 

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Details: The school accepts and admits students from throughout the U.S. and Canada
    • 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? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: June 1, 2016 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 

      Canadian applicants will be considered for admissions beginning July 2015.  Applicants who are selected to interview must plan to attend an on-campus interview day at our California campus. Finanical Assistance may be limited for non-U.S. applicants.  

  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 (2) letters of recommendation from science course faculty*.  Applicants may also substitute one science course letter with a letter from an employer or supervisor.
      • *Teaching Assistant letter is accepted if approved and signed by the professor for the science course faculty letter.
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Teaching Assistant
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Employer
      • Teaching Assistant
      • Teaching Assistant Letter is accepted if approved and signed by the faculty for the science course letter(s). 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 ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • Sept. 2015 - June 2016 
    • Details: 

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

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed to applicants within three to five weeks after the candidate interview
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? The time period to respond will be provided a checlist in the acceptance letter.
    • 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: 
      • 8/16/2016-8/19/2016 
      • Details: Orientation and all orientation activities are mandatory for new students. The orientation program is typically scheduled from 8:30am-4:30pm each day.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/22/2016
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: Certain extenuating circumstances will be considered.