Midwestern University - Glendale Campus

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

James Walter

Office of Admissions

19555 N. 59th Ave
Glendale, Arizona 85308

Phone (Work): 623-572-3275

Tracey Ramirez
Assistant Director

Office of Admissions

19555 N. 59th Avenue
Glendale, Arizona 85308

Phone (Work): 623-572-3275


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? Yes
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: 2-3 (two years prepharmacy required; accelerated)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
  • Dates


    Open House events are held in the spring and fall each year. Please check the university website for more information

Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • None
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)

At Midwestern University's College of Pharmacy–Glendale (CPG), students pursue the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Supported by a faculty member, small groups of students work together to complete projects and assignments and gain extensive clinical knowledge. Patient care experiences begin immediately and are integrated throughout the curriculum. The entire program requires a total of five years of coursework, the first two years at another college and the final three calendar years at CPG. Students complete, on a year-round basis, required courses, elective professional courses, and clinical/experiential education. The second and third professional years provide immersion in hands-on learning at diverse clinical rotation sites, emphasizing problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills. Settings include community pharmacies, hospitals, managed care facilities, physician offices, Indian Health Service programs, and other rural and urban sites in the growing Southwest region.

Program Expectations

CPG educates and graduates competent and motivated pharmacists who will provide pharmaceutical care in a wide range of community and institutional settings. Standards for admission set forth by CPG outline the nonacademic abilities considered essential for students to achieve the level of competence required by the faculty and by the ACPE, the pharmacy-accrediting agency, in order to obtain the Pharm.D. degree. Candidates must have abilities and skills in five areas: 1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and 5) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in certain of these areas, but candidates should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.

Vision:           To excel in pharmacy education

Mission:        Prepare pharmacists who will provide exceptional patient care, participate in critical inquiry and scientific research, and advance public health and wellness

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 400
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 300
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 155
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 0
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: Preferred minimum 2.5
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)
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: 3.10
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 17-49
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3.8:1

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: Spring 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 62  90 
English Composition  
Biology with lab   12 
Social Sciences: divided among psychology, sociology, anthropology, or political science 
General Education Electives*   12 
Anatomy: human or vertebrate  
General Chemistry with lab  12 
Organic Chemistry with lab  12 
Speech: public speaking  
Economics: micro, macro, or general  

Additional Information

* General Education Electives are to be divided among the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, fine arts, foreign language, business, or computer sciences (science, math, physical education, and health care courses are NOT acceptable)

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: June 2014

Spring 2019 last accepted test date

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:

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: 2/15/19 Received by deadline

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 from two professionals directly to PharmCAS. MWU-CPG will only accept letters received directly from PharmCAS. It is preferred that one letter be written by a college professor who has actually taught the applicant or a prehealth advisory committee, science professor, or a health professional who knows the applicant well. Please refer to the PharmCAS application instructions for specific guidelines and requirements for submitting letters of recommendation. The deadline for submission of the letters of recommendation is March 1st.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Science)


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? Yes
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • September through April
Once an applicant's file is complete, the Director of Admissions and the Admissions Committee review an applicant's GPA and PCAT scores to determine the applicant's interview eligibility. If they consider the applicant eligible for an on-campus interview, an invitation will be sent to the applicant. All interviews are scheduled on a first-call/first-scheduled basis.
No interviews will be granted until an individual's application process is complete. Interview invitations are typically extended from September through February. During the interview process, the applicant will meet with an interview panel consisting of pharmacy faculty members, pharmacists, and/or pharmacy students. Panel members will evaluate the applicant's professional motivation and preparedness, personal qualities, communication skills, and decision-making ability by rating the applicant on a standardized evaluation scale. The interview panel members will also review each interviewee's MWU-CPG supplemental application to facilitate the interview process.
After reviewing the applicant's completed application and interview evaluation, the Admissions Committee can recommend accepting, denying, or placing the applicant on an alternate list. This recommendation is then forwarded to the Dean for final approval. Applications to MWU-CPG are processed and reviewed during regular intervals in the admissions cycle until the class is filled.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? 2 - 3 weeks after interview
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 2 weeks after acceptance
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $1000
Due: 2 weeks after acceptance
Refundable? Yes
Details: Early Decision Admission Offer: Full acceptance deposit ($1000) - due two weeks after offer; Regular Admission Offer (before March 1, 2018): Initial acceptance deposit ($200) - due two weeks after offer/Final acceptance deposit ($800) - due March 1, 2018; Regular Admission Offer (after March 1, 2018): Full acceptance deposit ($1000) - due two weeks after offer
New Student Orientation Information:
  • End of May
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Beginning of June
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes