Midwestern University - Downers Grove Campus

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Danielle Deno
Records Coordinator

Office of Admissions

555 31st Street
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515

Phone (Work): 630-515-7200

Phone (Fax): 630-971-6086


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 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:
  • Quarter (three terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs No
If Yes, Check all that apply:
Structure of your PharmD program: Two Curricular Pathways are offered : 2-3.5 (two years prepharmacy required + 3.5 years at MWU-CCP)-Standard Graduation Option (SGO) and 2-3 (two years prepharmacy required + 3 years at MWU-CCP)-Accelerated Graduation Option (AGO) Please refer to the following website for a Comparison of Three- vs. Three-and-a-Half-Year Curricula https://www.midwestern.edu/programs_and_admission/il_pharmacy/curriculum_and_student_life/curriculum_and_sample_block_schedules.html
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    Spring and Fall every year


Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: Our Dual Admission (DAP) and Pre-Pharmacy Advantage (PPA) Programs are Early Assurance Programs (guaranteed admission programs for student applying directly from high school). We offer these programs with the following institutions: Benedictine University, College of DuPage, Dominican University, Elmhurst College, Hebrew Theological College, Henry Ford College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lewis University, Loyola University-Chicago, Millikin University, Rockford University, University of St. Francis and University of WI-Milwaukee. www.midwestern.edu/DAP www.midwesten.edu/PPA
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:

Program Description (back to top)

PharmCAS Program Description

Midwestern University was founded in 1900 as the American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. In 1991, the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) was established, and we have been educating patient-centered pharmacists for a wide array of practice settings since then. Located 25 miles west of Chicago, our beautiful gated campus features 105-acres of wooded land and provides students with excellent living and learning opportunities.

The Chicago College of Pharmacy offers its students:

*  Dynamic Curriculum Beginning in fall of 2019, student may have a choice in the length of their curriculum.  Each option is specially designed to provide students with the flexibillity and opportunites they desire:

Three-year year-round program offers a fast-track, intensive program that prepares student to begin their pharmacy careers as quickly as possible while still benefiting from a well-rounded education focused on excellent patient care.  Students in this program attend courses year-round, including summers and graduate in late August.

Three-and-a-half year program offers two summers free of coursework, which may be used for enrichment experiences, such as summer internships, research, and/or a pharmacy-related job. Students in this program graduate in early March, which allows them to enter the job market earlier or prepare for residency training.

Regarless of which curricular pathway a student follows, in the first professional years in the program, student complete required courses, elective courses, and introductory pharmacy practice experiences.  Within these courses, students collaborate with faculty mentors, engage in lectures, work in small groups in workshop to solve problems and discuss patient cases, and get hands on experiences in laboratory practicing drug formulation and patient care in simulated as well as real world settings.  The final professional year consists of experiental learning at diverse clinical rotation sites.

* Interprofessional Education – At Midwestern University, healthcare education is all we do. Our pharmacy students work with other healthcare profession students to practice communication across disciplines, as well as collaboration.


* Premier Clinical Partners – CCP partners with the best medical centers, clinics, and community pharmacies in the Chicago area to provide rotation sites for students. International rotations are also available.


* Accessible Faculty – Our dedicated faculty mentor students in clinical service, research projects, community outreach, and leadership.


* Community Outreach – With more than 20 pharmacy-related student organizations, students develop leadership skills, serve the community, and work with professional pharmacy organizations.


* Supportive Alumni – CCP has nearly 4,000 alumni who practice in all areas of pharmacy all over the country.


* Career Support – From part-time pharmacy jobs and summer internships, to residency training and full-time career searches, CCP offers valuable resources to students to help ensure their success in beginning professional pharmacy careers.



Simulation Center Experience

Interprofessional Team of MWU Students on Guatemala Mission

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 500-600
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 400-500
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 180
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 25-30
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: Preferred minimum cumulative and science GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: We do not have a minimum score requirement.
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: 40%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.20
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-48
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 4:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 62
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 30
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 90
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 62  90 
Biology with lab   12 
Human or vertebrate anatomy  
Social and Behavioral Science Electives*  
General Education Electives**   12 
General Chemistry with labs   12 
Organic Chemistry with labs   12 
Physics (mechanics, heat, force and motion must be included in the course)  
Calculus (Integral & Differential)  
English Composition  
Speech/Public Speaking  
Statistics (general or biostatistics)  

Additional Information

*Social and Behavioral Science Electives: Includes courses within the areas of psychology, sociology and anthropology.
**General Education Electives** Any course not related to science, math, physical education or healthcare. Recommended course include arts and humanities, additional social and behavioral sciences, foreign language, business and computer courses.


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or from a recognized post secondary Canadian institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 hours must be in the sciences, six hours in non-remedial English composition, and three hours in speech/public speaking.


Applicants who wish to receive transfer credit for prerequisite coursework completed outside the U.S. or at a Canadian institution that does not use English as its primary language of instruction and documentation must submit an official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation obtained from one of the following evaluation services:



International students who do not provide documentation of acceptable U.S. or Canadian course/degree equivalency will not receive credit, and will be required to complete all prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university in the United States, or a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 2014
Regular Decision Applicants can take the PCAT in July, September or October/November 2018 or January, February 2019.
Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?


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

To be approved for Pharmacy Practice Experiences admitted students are required and must to provide documentation of appropriate immunizations, have a "clean" background check and drug screen, and have a valid Illinois pharmacy technician license.

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? Yes
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: March 1, 2019 Received by deadline
If you are seeking prerequisite credit for foriegn coursework, please also send an original copy of your foreign transcript evaluation to the MWU Admissions Office.  MWU only accepts detailed course-by course evaluations from; WES, ECE or Josef Silny & Associates International Education Consultants.

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:

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. It is required that one letter be from a faculty member who has taught you and/or a pre-health advisor/committee. It is preferred that the second letter be from a pharmacist.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Faculty Adviser
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)


  • Employer
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant


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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
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:
  • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • September thru May

Offered to select applicants only. To be considered for an invitation to attend an on-campus interview, applicants must meet the admission requirements listed. After the Office of Admissions receives all required application materials, the applicant's file is reviewed to determine if the applicant merits an invitation to attend an interview.

Invited applicants must attend an interview in order to be further considered in the admission process. As part of the visit, candidates will be required to participate in a group interview with other pharmacy applicants. The group interview will be used to evaluate the applicant's verbal communication skills, understanding of the pharmacy profession, commitment to patient care, and other elements as determined by faculty. Applicants will also be required to participate in a writing sample exercise during the visit. In addition, candidates will have the opportunity to learn more about our pharmacy program and Faculty, financial aid, student services, and tour the MWU campus.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Throughout the year, typically 1-3 weeks after the interview
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Initial Deposit is due Two (2) weeks after date of acceptance letter. Late admits may be given a shorter window to deposit.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: See details below
Due: See details below
Refundable? No
Details: Early Decision Admission Offer: Full acceptance deposit ($1000) - due two weeks after offer; Regular Admission Offer (before March 1, 2019): Initial acceptance deposit ($200) - due two weeks after offer/Final acceptance deposit ($800) - due March 1, 2019; Regular Admission Offer (after March 1, 2019): Full acceptance deposit ($1000) - due two weeks after offer
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 23, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: PS-1 Classes Begin Monday, August 26 Attendance is MANDATORY the first 2 weeks of classes
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No