Midwestern University - Downers Grove Campus
College of Pharmacy

Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy will be accepting applications from students who have already created a PharmCAS account through May 18, 2017. Students may be granted individual deadline extensions through June 1, 2017.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • 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 
      • Email: admissil@midwestern.edu 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2017:  March 1, 2017

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: Spring and Fall every year 
      • Details:  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Dual Acceptance Programs
    • 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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. 


    Program Faculty

    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.


    Learn more about us and our Admission process and requirements at


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 700
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 550
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 200
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: 30
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.50
    • 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.25
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 19-48
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 4:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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 2017 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 lab   12 
      Organic Chemistry with lab   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.

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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 2012
      • Details: 
        Regular Decision Applicants can take the PCAT in July, September or October/November 2016 or January 2017.
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Details: 
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
      • Details: Applies to students claiming Illinois residency
    • 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? 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, 2017 Received by deadline
    • Details: 
      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.

  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: 

      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
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • September thru May 
    • Details: 

      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.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Throughout the year, typically 2-3 weeks after the interview
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Three (3) weeks after date of acceptance letter. Late admits will be given a shorter window to deposit.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $1,000.00
      • Due: Three (3) weeks after date of acceptance
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 18, 2017 
      • Details: Attendance is Mandatory.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: PS-1 Classes Begin Monday, August 21
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: