Concordia University Wisconsin

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Sarah Blake
Director of Recruitment & Admissions

12800 N Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, Wisconsin 53097

Phone (Work): 262-243-2747

Phone (Fax): 262-243-2752


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: May 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
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
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
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)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Pharmacy is committed to the development of pharmacists and professionals who are servant leaders, dedicated to improving the health of our communities through excellence in teaching, research, service, and practice. We do this through a student-centered approach that provides a world-class clinical and scientific knowledgebase, with optimal focus on active applied learning throughout the curriculum. Our accomplished faculty are committed to teaching and mentoring in a welcoming Christian environment that maximizes students’ future success. With more than 99% of our graduates finding a job upon graduation, it is certain that Concordia will prepare you to have an immediate impact in the field of healthcare.


Student-Centered Approach

  • Optimal focus on active, applied learning through skill-development laboratories and practice-based experiences in all semesters of the curriculum
  • Curriculum framework intentionally designed for students active involvement in organizations and professional development
  • Weekly exam blocks space out exams evenly throughout semester
  • Accomplished faculty members committed to teaching and mentoring students for future success

Experiential Education 

  • P1/P2 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs): 2-week rotations during the middle of the first four semesters, occurring in a break from the didactic coursework
    • Designed to build up patient interaction skillset into the 2-week rotation and then bring personal experience back to the classroom
    • Free from coursework, students are able to solely focus on pharmacy practice while on rotations
    • Office of Experiential Education works individually with students to coordinate IPPE rotations with our extensive network of healthcare partnerships
  • P3 Elective IPPEs: uniquely available during students’ third year to diversify professional experiences and explore specialized pharmacy settings
  • P4 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs): 8 rotation blocks throughout students’ fourth year to develop advanced pharmacy practice skills in diverse pharmacy and patient care practice settings
  • Post Graduate Residency Programs: Optional continued professional development programs for PharmD graduates to gain specialization within advanced pharmacy fields
    • Concordia sends graduates into residency programs at more than double the national rate!
    • Concordia offers two PGY1 residency emphasis options: a 24-Month Practice and Academic Leadership Emphasis and a 12-Month Urban Underserved Emphasis.

Team-based Patient-centered Care 

  • Gain essential healthcare team experience with peers who are also pursuing advanced healthcare-related professional degrees
  • Interprofessional Education (IPE) program coordinates patient care case study simulations comprised of students pursuing the following careers: Pharmacy, Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Medicine
  • A team-based healthcare approach unifies specialized healthcare knowledge for patient-centered care to:
    • Significantly reduce errors and healthcare costs
    • Improve the patient’s overall quality of care

PharmD/MBA Dual Degree: Concordia University Wisconsin offers a dual PharmD/MBA degree for students who are looking to expand their career opportunities and wish to be a highly qualified pharmacy graduate with a focus on both patient care practice and business and practice-based management.

  • Gain admission into the PharmD/MBA program prior to starting your P1 year
  • Begin MBA coursework as early as the P1 year
  • Earn your PharmD and MBA simultaneously in as little as four years
  • Choose from 15 MBA concentrations, including: Health Care Administration, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Sustainability Management and Analytics, Management Information Systems, Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Earn up to 19 credits towards both degrees, leaving only 20 additional credits exclusive to the MBA curriculum
  • MBA courses are offered in face-to-face and online formats, allowing you to choose the learning environment that fits your lifestyle

PharmD/MPH Dual Degree: Concordia University Wisconsin, in collaboration with Concordia University Nebraska (CUNE) is pleased to offer a dual PharmD and Master of Public Health (MPH) dual degree for students who are looking to expand their career opportunities and wish to be a highly qualified pharmacy graduate with a focus on both patient care practice and the desire to improve public health.

  • The online MPH dual degree program allows you to focus on a medication safety & pharmacovigilance concentration to complement your passion for service and the desire to improve public health.
  • Graduates will be prepared to:
    • Resolve complex health issues and enhance the well-being of communities
    • Manage safety regulations on a local (e.g. departments of public health), national (e.g. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), or international (e.g. World Health Organization) level
    • Work in industry with post-marketing surveillance/safety monitoring
    • Work in epidemiology/with big data (e.g. insurance companies/managed care)
    • Many other capacities
  • Program Requirements
    • Students must apply, be admitted, and accept admission to each professional (PharmD) and graduate (MPH) program and abide by all program requirements
    • The PharmD/MPH dual degree requires both the usual 148 credits for the PharmD degree and the usual 39 credits for the MPH degree. However, 12 credits of MPH concentration courses could count toward the 10 credits minimum of PharmD professional elective coursework. This makes the total minimum credit load for the dual degree program 175

Founded in 1881, Concordia University Wisconsin was one of the state's earliest institutions of higher learning and is currently the second largest private university in Wisconsin, with almost 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan in suburban Mequon, Wisconsin, just minutes from downtown Milwaukee. Concordia's commitment to health care education can be seen through its nationally recognized programs in nursing, physical therapy and occupational therapy. The pharmacy school is an excellent complement to the existing programs and encourages interdisciplinary approaches to health care education.

For more information:

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 200-250
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 180
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 80-90
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 10
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: 2.75 preferred
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.00 prerequisite GPA preferred
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 35th percentile and above to be eligible for interview
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 38%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 62%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.3
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-35 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 4.2:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 64
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 32
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
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 64   
General Chemistry I with Lab 
General Chemistry II with Lab 
Biology I with Lab (Human Anatomy or Anat. & Phys would also count) 
Biology II with Lab (Human Anatomy or Anat. & Phys would also count) 
Organic Chemistry I with Lab 
Organic Chemistry II with Lab 
Physics I with or without Lab (Algebra or Calc based both acceptable)  3-4 
One or more advanced science elective course(s) (Examples: Physics II, Physiology, Anatomy, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, or other advanced science course.)  4-5 
Calculus (for math and/or science majors) 
English Composition or Writing Course 
Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking Course 
Economics (micro, macro or general course) 
Statistics (Biostats also acceptable) 
General Education Electives  17   

Additional Information

General education electives include any course not offered through a math or science department.

All prerequisites have exceptions, please contact us at with questions about what will and will not fulfill these requirements.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 2015 calendar year

All test dates for the admissions cycle year are accepted - including February.  The rolling admissions model allows for a student to take the February PCAT in 2019 and still have time to apply for Fall 2019 entry into the PharmD program.

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



All non-US citizens with less than ten (10) years of academic experience in an English-speaking environment.

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

Applicants must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations prior to matriculation. Students must complete a background check, a Wisconsin care giver background check and a drug screen.

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? 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: 5/1/2019 Postmarked by deadline

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:

Ultimately, it is the applicant's decision who they elect to have write their letters, but we recommend the following: One letter from a professor of science who has taught the student at a high level.  A second letter from a health care practitioner who can speak to the applicant's ability to succeed in pharmacy school.  Thirdly, a letter from either another professor, a pharmacist, or supervisor for a community service or volunteer activity.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Clergy
  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
Are Committee Letters accepted? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

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

After a thorough review of your PharmCAS application, you will be invited to campus for an interview, if qualified. To guarantee an interview invitation, candidates must have:

  • A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • A composite PCAT score of 35 or greater
  • A grade of C- or better in all pharmacy prerequisite coursework

At Concordia, our Interview Day is just as much about you getting to know us as it is about us getting to know you. That’s why our Interview Day is a half-day program, where you will meet faculty, staff, and current students in the School of Pharmacy. You will learn and see:

  • Our student-centered approach to teaching you to become an exceptional pharmacist practicing as part of an interprofessional team
  • Our innovations in pharmacy education at Concordia that prepare you for your pharmacy career no matter what your area of interest
  • Our flexible, compact, commuter and family friendly schedule designed to fit your needs
  • Our state-of-the-art facility sitting alongside the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.

In addition, you will complete a writing sample, and interview with one or two faculty and/or practicing pharmacists over about an hour.  The rest of your 3-4 hours at Concordia is focused on beginning to build relationships with our faculty, staff, and current students as well as a brief tour of our pharmacy building. 

Did you know? Approximately 80% of applicants are invited for an interview.


Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and acceptance letters are mailed October through May, within two weeks after the applicant's Interview Day.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 2 weeks from date of acceptance letter
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $200.00
Due: 2 weeks from date of acceptance letter
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 8-10, 2018
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/13/18
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes