Pharmacy in Downers Grove
Technical Standards for Admission
Application Process and Deadlines
Dual Acceptance Programs
CCP considers for admission applicants who possess the academic and professional promise necessary for development as outstanding members of the pharmacy profession. The CCP admissions environment is highly selective; approximately 2,000 applications were received in 2011.
Completed applications received on or before the application deadline are reviewed to determine applicant eligibility for on-campus Mandatory Candidate Visits. Within its competitive admissions framework, CCP uses multiple criteria to select the most qualified candidates. Cumulative grade point average (GPA), science GPA, Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores, letters of recommendation, written communication skills, health care experience, knowledge of the profession, and motivation for choosing pharmacy careers are considered when reviewing an applicant’s file.
Students seeking admission to CCP must submit the following documented evidence:
The Pharm.D. Program at CCP is rigorous and challenging. The CCP Admissions Committee will therefore assess the quality and rigor of the prepharmacy academic records presented by applicants. When assessing the prepharmacy academic records of applicants, the Admissions Committee will:
|Course||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Biology with lab||8||12|
|Human or Vertebrate Anatomy||3||4|
|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 and differential)||3||4|
|Statistics (general statistics or biostatistics)||3||4|
|Social and Behavioral Science Electives (Includes courses within the areas of psychology, sociology, and anthropology)||6||9|
|General Education Electives
(Any course not related to science, math, physical education or health care. Recommended courses include arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, foreign language, and business and computer courses.)
An international applicant 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:
World Education Services (WES): 212/966-6311 or Fax 212/739-6100 (www.wes.org)
International applicants 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 at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation.
For clarification about recognized post-secondary institutions in Canada that use English as a primary language of instruction and documentation, international applicants should contact the Midwestern University Office of Admissions.
The educational mission of CCP is to educate and graduate competent and motivated pharmacists who will provide patient-centered care in a wide range of community and institutional settings. The Technical Standards for admission set forth by CCP 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, to obtain the Pharm.D. degree.
A candidate 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 a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.
Candidates are required to certify that they understand and meet these Technical Standards. Candidates must provide such certification prior to matriculation. Candidates who may not meet the Technical Standards must inform the Director of Admissions, who will then contact the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students, in consultation with the College Dean, will identify and discuss what accommodations, if any, the College would need to make that would allow the candidate to complete the curriculum. The College is not able to grant accommodations that alter the educational standards of the curriculum. Students must meet the Technical Standards for the duration of enrollment in their professional program.
CCP uses a two-step application process. Applicants must submit both a completed Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application and a College supplemental application.
Applicants are required to submit online applications and application fees to PharmCAS by January 7, 2013. In addition to the online applications and application fees, applicants must forward to PharmCAS official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended by the January 7th date. PharmCAS will not consider an application complete and will not begin the verification process until all official transcripts are received. (Students who have taken coursework and/or earned a degree from a foreign institution must also submit an evaluation of their transcripts from an approved foreign transcript evaluation service).
Students must apply for admission via the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) at www.PharmCAS.org. Please refer to the PharmCAS application instructions for specific details about completing the PharmCAS application, required documents, and processing time. PharmCAS applications are typically available beginning in June of the academic year preceding the year in which the applicant plans to matriculate. Due to the large number of applications and the limited number of seats available, students are strongly encouraged to complete their PharmCAS application and their CCP supplemental application early in the cycle. CCP will consider completed applications on a first-come, first-served basis until all seats are filled.
Applicants must arrange for scores from the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) to be sent directly to PharmCAS using PCAT code 104. Only test scores received directly from PharmCAS and scores earned from the test offered in 2008 or more recently will be accepted. This exam is offered by Harcourt Assessment, Inc., (also known as Pearson), 800-622-3231; www.pcatweb.info. The exam is typically offered four times per year. However, please note to meet the application deadline dates, first time PCAT test takers should take the exam prior to January 2013. Please check with Harcourt Assessment, Inc. for the exam dates.
Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from professionals to PharmCAS (www.PharmCAS.org). The Office of Admissions will only accept letters of recommendation received directly from PharmCAS. One letter should be written by a college professor who has actually taught the student or by a prehealth advisory committee. It is preferred that the second letter be written by a pharmacist. However, any one of the following recommenders is also acceptable: prehealth advisory committee, science professor, or another health care professional who knows the applicant well. Please refer to the PharmCAS application instructions for specific guidelines and requirements for submitting letters of recommendation.
After receiving PharmCAS applications (www.PharmCAS.org) from the application service, the Office of Admissions will e-mail a supplemental application to all applicants who meet the minimum cumulative and science GPA requirement of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must complete and submit their supplemental applications with the required information and their application fee to the Office of Admissions on or before March 1, 2013.
All application materials, including the PharmCAS application, PCAT scores (as reported to PharmCAS), two letters of recommendation (as submitted to PharmCAS), and supplemental application materials with the application fee, must be received in the Office of Admissions on or before March 1, 2013. Only completed applications received by the Office of Admissions on or before the deadline date will be reviewed for potential entrance into the program.
Please Note: Applicants are responsible for tracking the receipt of their application materials and verifying the status of their applications on the University website. The Office of Admissions will send qualified applicants instructions for checking the status of their application materials online.
Applicants are also responsible for notifying the Office of Admissions of any changes in their mailing address or e-mail address.
Office of Admissions
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
The Chicago College of Pharmacy uses a rolling admissions process in which applications are processed and reviewed during regular intervals in the admissions cycle until the class is filled.
Before invitations are issued to attend on-campus Mandatory Candidate Visits, applicants must meet the admission requirements listed previously. After the Office of Admissions receives all required application materials, applicant files are reviewed to determine whether applicants merit invitations to attend Mandatory Candidate Visits. Applicants may also be placed on a waiting list pending possible openings toward the end of the admissions cycle. Visits are typically held between September and April. Invited applicants must attend Mandatory Candidate Visits to achieve further consideration in the admissions process.
Candidates will be required to participate in group interviews with other pharmacy applicants during their Mandatory Candidate Visits. Group interviews will be used to evaluate verbal communication skills, understanding of the pharmacy profession, commitment to patient care, and other elements as determined by faculty. Applicants will be required to participate in writing sample exercises during the visit. Visits also provide opportunities for candidates to learn more about the pharmacy program, financial aid, student services and to tour the Midwestern University campus.
Following applicant visits, their files are forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review. The committee may recommend to accept, to deny, or to place students on the alternate list. Recommendations are then forwarded to the Dean for final approval. The Dean, via the Office of Admissions, notifies applicants of their status within two to four weeks of their visits.
All requests for application withdrawals must be made in writing.
The matriculation process begins after students receive notification of their acceptance. To complete the matriculation process, students must:
Students who fail to satisfy these matriculation requirements or who omit or falsify information required on official admission documents automatically forfeit their seat in the program. Any individual accepted for admission to the college/program who does not comply with stated timelines for submission of all required materials receives no further notification from the college regarding the forfeiture of their seat.
Loyola University Chicago College of Arts and Sciences, Benedictine University, Benedictine University at Springfield, Dominican University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Millikin University, Lewis University, the University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne, IN), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Elmhurst College, Hebrew Theological College and Rockford College each offer a Dual Acceptance Program with CCP for selected students who successfully complete the specified coursework. These students will be granted early acceptances to CCP. To receive consideration for the Dual Acceptance Program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Eligible students should obtain their applications from the affiliated college or university that offers the Dual Acceptance Program. The deadline for submitting completed applications is February 15.
After the Midwestern University Office of Admissions receives all completed application materials from the affiliate colleges or universities, applicant files are reviewed to determine which applicants merit invitations to attend Mandatory Candidate Visits. Invited applicants must attend Mandatory Candidate Visits for further consideration in the admissions process.
Candidates will be required to participate in group interviews with other dual acceptance applicants. Group interviews will be used to evaluate verbal communication skills, understanding of the pharmacy profession, commitment to patient care, and other elements as determined by faculty. Applicants will be required to participate in writing sample exercises during the visit. Visits also provide opportunities for candidates to learn more about the pharmacy program, financial aid, student services, and to tour the Midwestern University campus.
Following applicant visits, their files are forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review. The committee may recommend to accept or to deny student admissions. These recommendations are then forwarded to the Dean for final approval. The Dean—via the Office of Admissions—notifies applicants of their status within two to four weeks of their visits. Accepted applicants will be ensured a seat at CCP upon successful completion of the program requirements:
The PCAT and PharmCAS applications are waived for students who successfully complete the Dual Acceptance Program at Loyola University Chicago College of Arts and Sciences, Benedictine University, Benedictine University at Springfield, Dominican University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Millikin University, Lewis University, University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne, IN), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Elmhurst College, Hebrew Theological College or Rockford College.
Students who fail to complete the program may reapply to CCP using the standard procedures.
Students fulfilling these requirements will be permitted to reapply to the University and to the College. Students should obtain their applications from the CCP Dean's Office (not through PharmCAS). The application deadline is April 1st. Completed applications of reapplying PS-I students will be forwarded by the CCP Dean's Office to the Admissions Committee for review and recommendations. Completed applications of reapplying PS-II, PS-III, or PS-IV students will be forwarded by the CCP Dean's Office to the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee for review and recommendations. Each committee's recommendations are forwarded to the Dean for action.
No guarantee of readmission is implied, and questions related to advanced standing and similar issues will be addressed as they are for new applicants.
Reapplications are allowed only within the first two years following dismissal. Readmission will be granted only once.
After receiving a denial letter, applicants may reapply for the next enrollment cycle. Before reapplying, however, applicants should seek the advice of an admissions counselor. To initiate the reapplication process, students must submit their applications to PharmCAS. Applications are then processed by the standard application procedures.
CCP may accept transfer students from other ACPE-accredited pharmacy schools for students who are currently enrolled, are in good academic standing, and provide legitimate reasons for seeking transfer.
Transfer applicants should not apply via PharmCAS.
All requests for transfer information should be referred to the CCP Dean’s Office, where potential transfer applicants can be counseled prior to receiving and submitting applications.
Students requesting transfers must meet the College’s general requirements for admission. They must also submit the following documents by March 1:
The Office of Admissions will collect and forward student portfolios to the CCP Dean's Office for review. When reviews are positive, candidates will be invited for a Mandatory Candidate Visit. As part of their visits, candidates will be required to participate in group interviews with other pharmacy applicants. Group interviews will be used to evaluate verbal communication skills, understanding of the pharmacy profession, commitment to patient care, and other elements as determined by faculty. Applicants will be required to participate in writing sample exercises during the visit. Visits will also provide candidates with opportunities to learn more about the pharmacy program, financial aid, and student services, and to tour the Midwestern University campus.
Following applicant visits, files are forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review. The Committee may recommend to accept, deny, or place the student on the alternate list. Recommendations are then forwarded to the Dean for final approval. The Dean, via the Office of Admissions, notifies applicants of their status within two to four weeks of the visit. When transferring students are admitted and request advanced standing, the CCP Dean's Office will forward student requests to the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee (see relevant section below). No advanced standing credit will be awarded for professional pharmacy coursework completed at foreign colleges of pharmacy.
PCAT scores are optional and may be provided by transfer student applicants.