Learning compassionate patient-centered care begins with student-centered teaching. For more than 20 years, Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) has been providing an outstanding pharmacy education for its students. Its alumni are successful pharmacists who practice in a variety of settings.
The pharmacist is the medication expert on the healthcare team. They counsel patients on medication use, provide treatment recommendations to the health care team, and supervise the medication dispensing process.
The faculty members at CCP are dedicated to teaching pharmacy students to become lifelong learners and make a difference in the lives of their patients. A minimum of six years of coursework are required, with the minimum first two years at another accredited college or university and the last four years at CCP.
The pharmacy curriculum is comprised of four types of teaching environments. Students attend lectures provided by faculty with clinical and scientific expertise, who provide real-life examples to illustrate concepts. Courses also may include workshops where students work in small groups to solve problems and discuss patient cases, using technology to access current treatment guidelines. Some courses include labs where students practice formulating unique drug dosage forms or practice patient care in simulated environments.
Students also participate in experiential courses. These courses begin in the first year and are required throughout the program. Experiential courses are often referred to as rotations and require students to practice pharmacy in the "real world" under the supervision of clinical faculty, referred to as preceptors.
CCP partners with the best medical centers, clinics and community pharmacies in the Chicago metropolitan area to provide rotations. For example, select practice sites where students may complete rotations include, and are not limited to, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center, Advocate clinics and hospitals, Edward Hospital, as well as a wide network of chain and independent community pharmacies. Students may also opt to complete their fourth year rotations out-of-state, subject to certain terms, conditions, and availability.
Summer breaks after the first and second professional years offer more opportunities to buildstudents' pharmacy resume before graduation. Most take advantage of this time to participate in various pharmacy internship positions or gain valuable research experience.
In addition to teaching, most faculty are also practicing pharmacists in many specialized areas of pharmacy practice, including cardiology, emergency care, critical care, oncology, infectious diseases, psychiatric care, ambulatory care, and many others. Most faculty are board certified in their areas of specialization. In addition, faculty in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy administration teach foundational scientific principles and the administrative sciences. Faculty members teach their courses themselves, and they are available for questions and dialog. They do not defer to teaching assistants.
Each student is assigned to a faculty advisor, who will assist the student in academic and non-academic matters. A faculty advisor serves as an advocate for his/her student, oversees academic progress and professional growth of the student, and provides appropriate counseling during the selection of a career within the pharmacy profession. In short, our faculty are known for the guidance they give to CCP students and the individual attention each student receives.
Campus Location and Focus
The Midwestern University campus is conveniently located 25 miles west of Chicago, offering easy access to all the metropolitan area has to offer, which includes top medical centers and large pharmacy corporations. At the same time its comfortable suburban location offers a safe, scenic, and secluded environment, so students can focus on their studies.
Our healthcare-focused campus allows pharmacy students to work with those in other medical fields, and strengthen healthcare team collaboration skills. Students can also network with others through intramural sports on campus, or through one of the many organizations that unite students from different corners of the campus.
Chicago College of Pharmacy fosters lifelong learning through excellence in education, postgraduate programs, and scholarship. The College encourages the development of professional attitudes and behaviors to prepare pharmacists who will provide exemplary patient care in a culturally diverse society.
The Chicago College of Pharmacy embraces the values of learning and discovery, excellence, professionalism, and collegiality in everything that we do: teaching, patient care, research, and service.
The Chicago College of Pharmacy will lead advances in pharmacy education, practice and scholarship through innovation and collaboration to meet the health care challenges of tomorrow.
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|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Biology with lab||8||12|
|Human or Vertebrate Anatomy||3||4|
|Social and Behavioral Science Electives*||6||9|
|General Education Electives**||8||12|
|General Chemistry with lab||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with lab||8||12|
|Physics (mechanics, heat, force and motion must be included in the course)||3||4|
|Calculus (Integral & Differential)||3||4|
|Statistics (general or biostatistics)||3||4|
*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.
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.
Offered to select applicants only. To be considered for an invitation to attend an on-campus Mandatory Candidate Visit, 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 a Mandatory Candidate Visit.
Invited applicants must attend a Mandatory Candidate Visit 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.