Midwestern University - Glendale Campus
College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  January 5, 2015


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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:
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? 
    • Open House Information:
      • Details: 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)? No
    • 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:



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 440
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 300
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 155
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 2
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 72
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 43%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 57%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.35
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 440
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20-48
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 6:1

  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: Spring 2015 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 
      Physics 
      Statistics  
      Calculus 
      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, match, physical education, and health care courses are NOT acceptable)


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: June 2009
      • Details: 

        Fall 2013 last accepted test date

      • 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. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • 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: 2/15/13 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      http://www.midwestern.edu/programs-and-admission/az-pharmacy/admissionapply.html#international


  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 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 February 15th.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Science)
    • 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? Yes
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • October through February 
    • Details: 
      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.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • 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? Yes
      • Amount: $1000
      • Due: 2 weeks after acceptance
      • Refundable? Yes
      • Details: $100 is refundable if applicant withdraws within 30 days of the first day of orientation
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • End of May 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: beginning of June
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: for illnesses only and approved by the Dean on a case by case basis