College of Pharmacy-Glendale

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

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The College of Pharmacy-Glendale is committed to giving you both the scientific and professional skills to be a successful pharmacist. Our year-round, three-year program develops your ability to provide patient-centric care by giving you hands-on experiences and interactions. Our experienced faculty will train you to help advance the practice of pharmacy while providing exceptional service to your community. At CPG, you can take ownership of your education because we give you the tools to build your future as a pharmacist.

Program
Doctoral

Location
Glendale, AZ

Duration
3 years, full-time, year-round

Intake
June

Class Size
151

Graduation Rate
78% On-Time


At the College, students pursue the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. The Pharm.D. Program prepares students for entry into the profession of pharmacy. The entire program requires a total of five years of coursework, including two years of pre-requisites at another college and then three calendar years at the College of Pharmacy-Glendale. Students complete, on a year-round basis, required courses emphasizing the basic and pharmaceutical sciences, social and administrative sciences, pharmacy practice, elective professional courses, and clinical/experiential education.

Pharmacist Professional Responsibilities

  • Pharmacists work with other healthcare professionals to assure optimal medication therapy for patients and optimal patient outcomes
  • Pharmacists collect information to identify a patient's medication-related health problems and health-related needs 
  • Pharmacists analyze information to determine the effects of medication therapy, identify medication-related problems, and prioritize health-related needs
  • Pharmacists establish patient-centered goals and create medication care plans for patients in collaboration with the patient, caregiver(s), and other health professionals that are evidence-based and cost-effective
  • Pharmacists implement medication care plans in collaboration with the patient, caregiver(s), and other health professionals
  • Pharmacists follow-up and monitor patient medication care plans to determine the therapeutic effects and any adverse effects related to the treatment plan
  • Pharmacists collaborate as a member of the interprofessional health care team
  • Pharmacists educate patients and professional colleagues regarding the appropriate use of medications, using evidence-based information to advance patient care
  • Pharmacists fulfill medication orders, maximizing the appropriate use of medications in a population and minimizing adverse drug events and medication errors
  • Pharmacists provide immunizations to ensure patients have been immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases

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.

At the conclusion of the Pharm.D. Program, all graduates will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a scientific foundation as related to the pharmacy profession
  • Integrate systems management concepts into the pharmacy profession
  • Identify and evaluate research methods and practice evidence-based decision making
  • Evaluate patient cases
  • Implement pharmaceutical care plans
  • Implement public health, wellness, and disease prevention concepts
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate continuous professional development

Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale Doctor of Pharmacy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603-4810, Tel 312-664-3575, FAX 312-664-4652, website www.acpe-accredit.org.

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

Students seeking admission to MWU-CPG must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Completion of 62 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of nonremedial, prerequisite coursework from regionally accredited U.S. colleges or universities, or recognized postsecondary Canadian institutions that use English as its primary language of instruction and documentation. Grades of C or better for prerequisite courses (not C-).  Preferred minimum cumulative GPA and science GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) calculates the cumulative and science GPA. Grades from all nonremedial courses completed post-high school are used to calculate the GPA. 
  2. Completion of prepharmacy coursework requirements by the end of spring semester or spring quarter prior to matriculation to MWU-CPG.
  3. Direct submission of PCAT scores to PharmCAS (see Application Process and Deadlines). Competitive test scores no more than 5 years prior to the planned enrollment year.
  4. Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  5. Motivation for and commitment to the pharmacy profession as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
  6. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  7. Completion of the MWU-CPG's on-campus interview process (by invitation only).
  8. Passing the Midwestern University criminal background check.
  9. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.

PREREQUISITE COURSES

Courses Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
English Composition 6 9
Biology with lab (for science majors) 8 12
Anatomy: human or vertebrate 3 4
General Chemistry with lab (for science majors) 8 12
Organic Chemistry with lab (for science majors) 8 12
Physics (for science majors)  mechanics, heat, force and motion must be included in the course  3 4
Calculus 3 4
Statistics 3 4
Speech (public speaking) 3 4
Economics  (micro, macro, or general) 3 4
Social Sciences  (divided among psychology, sociology, anthropology, or political science) 6 9
General Education  (courses should be divided among humanities, fine arts, foreign language, business, or computer sciences) Science, math, physical education, and health care courses are NOT acceptable 8 12
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 62 90


APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applicants must apply for admission via the online Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application www.pharmcas.org  which is available usually in June of the preceding year. The deadline for submitting a completed PharmCAS application has now been extended until May 1st;however, students are strongly encouraged to apply early in the cycle. Due to the large number of applications and the limited number of seats available, applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all seats are filled.


78%
On-Time Graduation Rate

93.38%
Pass Rate on NAPLEX

$126,120
Median Salary

General Requirements

  • Two years of prerequisite course work
  • Preferred minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • Preferred minimum science GPA of 2.50
  • PCAT scores

On-Time Graduation Rate

78% (122/156)

Based on the Class of 2019, this percentage is reflective of those students admitted to the class in Summer 2016 who graduated on time. This includes students who voluntarily withdrew from the program as well as students who had their graduation delayed due to an academic or personal issue or were dismissed.

Licensing Examination Scores

NAPLEX 2018 first time test-taking pass rate

  • CPG graduates: 93.38%
  • National pass rate: 89.46%

MPJE 2018 first-time test-taking pass rate

  • CPG graduates: 85.42%
  • National pass rate: 83.76%

Based on 2018 data provided by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale.

Incoming Students Summer 2019 (Class of 2022) Class Profile

  • Female: 66%
  • Male: 34%
  • Average Age: 26
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.07
  • Top Home States: Arizona (71%), California (12%)

Career Settings

Community and ambulatory care pharmacies, hospitals/health systems, specialty pharmacies, managed care organizations, educational institutions, pharmaceutical industry, and other health care settings.

According to sources, pharmacist demand is expected to increase 16% through 2025.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S., Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacists.htm (accessed 8/7/2019).  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. National Center for Workforce Analysis - Health Workforce Projections: Pharmacists on the Internet at:

https://bhw.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/bhw/nchwa/projections/pharmacists.pdf (accecssed 8/7/2019).

Placements

Job Placements1

Community and Ambulatory Care Pharmacy: 57% (49/86)
Hospital and Health System Pharmacy: 10% (9/86) 
Residency and Fellowship: 26% (22/86)
Residencies: 21; Fellowships: 1
Specialty and compounding pharmacy, long term care pharmacy, military, Indian Health Service, managed care and industry: 7% (6/86) 

2019 Residency Placements2,3

15.4% (22/143)

2019 CPG Graduate Residency Match Rate3

  • CPG Graduates: 61% for 2019 (22/36)
  • National Rate: 64% for 2019 (3822/5937)

1 Based on the 2019 survey administered in April/May 2019 in which 143/143 (100%) of the Class of 2019 graduating students responded, 115/143 (80%) indicated they had sought post-graduation employment. Of those 115 graduating students, 75% (86/115) had secured post-graduation employment. The total number of graduates includes students who may have begun the curriculum earlier.

2 Based on the Class of 2019, this percentage is reflective of those graduating students who assumed residency training after graduation. The total number of graduates includes students who may have begun the curriculum earlier.

3 Based on 2019 National Matching Service (NMS) data obtained from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in April 2019. Match rates are calculated by dividing the number of individuals who matched to a residency program by the number of individuals who submitted a rank list to NMS in 2019.

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