Accepted Pharm.D. Students - Arizona Campus

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Welcome to Midwestern University!

As you look forward to attending our College of Pharmacy on the Glendale, AZ Campus (CPG), we want to help you make your transition as easy as possible with these resources. If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to those referenced in the topics below.

Getting Situated
Meeting People
Academic Success

Key Dates:

Required Orientation: Tuesday May 28th – Friday, May 31st 
Classes Begin: Monday, June 3rd
Final Transcripts Due for Spring Pre-pharmacy Coursework: Third week of June

Login to Your Portal

To access your matriculation paperwork and other key documents, go to MWUnet.

If you have forgotten your password, please reach out to our Office of Admissions at (623) 572-3275.

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Make Your Deposit

Log in to MWUnet with your username and password to make your first deposit by the deadline. If you do not make your deposit by the deadline, you will be withdrawn from the program.

  • Not sure when your deadline is? Visit MWUnet or call our Admissions Office at (623) 572-3275. 

Make Your Deposit Now

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Financial Aid

Midwestern University's Office of Student Financial Services is here to help you! Here are some important notes:

  • FAFSA: For Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ, the Federal School Code is E00906.
  • Scholarships: We have gathered this growing list of scholarships for you to browse.
  • Once you have paid your deposit, you will be provided a new MWU email account. Financial aid information and instructions will be sent to this account. You will also have access to the Financial Services tab in your portal where you will find all of the requirements and details needed to apply for financial aid.
  • Workshops & More: As a student, you can take advantage of our financial literacy seminars and resources. 
  • Questions? Check out these FAQs or email

Financial Aid Information

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Student Apartment Complex
Our on-campus apartment complex consists of studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments that feature ample study and living space; kitchen with range, oven, and refrigerator; wireless Internet; and cable television. The complex also has a swimming pool, volleyball court, sand play area for children, picnic and barbecue areas for residents and their guests. Please note that units may not be available until Fall quarter. Pricing for the 2024-2025 academic year will be available at the end of Novemner 2024.

Please note: The 2024-2025  Housing Application will open on Monday, December 11th.

Area Apartment Complexes
If you would like to solidify your housing prior to the start of Summer quarter, an informal list of Glendale-area apartment complexes has been assembled for your convenience.

For further information regarding on-campus housing on the Glendale Campus, students may contact the Director of Residence Life at 623/572-3848 or the Office of Student Services at 623/572-3210.

Glendale On-Campus Housing

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Visit Campus

If you have not yet had a chance to visit our beautiful and secure campus, we encourage you to do so. Please be on the lookout for emails that highlight upcoming Pharmacy Visit Days and sign up via the link supplied in the emails. If you have questions or would like more information on the upcoming dates, please reach out to Ms. Jessica Dao in the Office of Admissions:

Or you may register for one of the general tours of our Glendale campus. We look forward to seeing you!

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Your dates for Orientation are Tuesday, May 28th – Friday, May 31st. Attendance is required on all four days, so please plan accordingly.

Orientation details will be emailed to all deposited students. Please be on the lookout for these emails:

  1. From Dr. Shannon Sesterhenn in Student Services: This initial email includes an important attachment that outlines health information needed, insurance required, criminal background check next steps, and other important details. Beginning in March, this will be sent to those who have deposited by this date. For those who deposit later, please look for this important email within a few weeks after you place your deposit.
  2. Also from Dr. Shannon Sesterhenn in Student Services: About one month prior to Orientation, you will receive further information and details for the activities on Tuesday, May 28th.
  3. From Dr. Michael Dietrich, Associate Dean for the College of Pharmacy: This will include the schedule and important information for the remaining days of Orientation. This will go out by late April.

If you have any questions about Orientation, we request that you review the information that will be emailed to you first before reaching out with questions. Thank you.

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Your Faculty Mentor

During your pharmacy studies at Midwestern University, you will be partnered with a Faculty Mentor who can advise you as you navigate the curriculum, as well as help you decide which pharmacy career pathway may be best for you.

Soon after you place your deposit, you will hear from your Faculty Mentor via email. Please watch for this outreach and take advantage of this valuable opportunity to get to know your Mentor who will be there for you … every step of the way.

Please allow three weeks after the time your deposit has been placed to receive an introductory email from your Faculty Mentor. For questions about this program, please reach out to Dr. Michael Dietrich, Associate Dean, at

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Meet Your Peers

You can follow us on social media to learn the latest about our student heroes and happenings:

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Summer Quarter Course Enrollment

Good news! This is one less thing you need to do. Your course enrollments will be done for you by the Registrar. Each class of pharmacy students follows the same schedule of courses each quarter, also known as a "block schedule." With this system, the University will enroll students in their required courses on the days and times they are offered. There is no option to create a custom schedule of required courses.

To give you an idea as to what to expect in your first quarter in the Pharm.D. program, here is a sample PS-1 Summer Quarter Block Schedule, which includes all of your summer courses' meeting days and times, workshops, quizzes, and exams. Your block schedule for Summer Quarter 2024 will adjust, based on holidays and other variables.

For your reference, here is the CPG Pharm.D. Curriculum, where you will find the list of courses scheduled for your first Summer Quarter as a PS-I student. 

For key dates, here is the 2024-2025 CPG PS-1 Academic Calendar for your reference.

For any questions, please contact Dr. Michael Dietrich, Associate Dean, at 623-572-3538 or email

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Strategies for Success

You’ve been accepted into our College of Pharmacy … congratulations! And soon, the real work will begin. Are you ready? Here are some strategies to help you prepare and ensure your success in pharmacy school:

Evaluate your study habits prior to the first day of classes
. How you studied in undergrad will most likely be different than what will be needed to earn your Pharm.D. degree. Pharmacy school goes beyond memorization and will have many application-based questions and patient cases.

Change your mindset. This will be a rigorous curriculum where you are earning your Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Courses and the schedule are mapped out for you … this is different than your undergraduate schedule. Consider this your full-time job, where you will be in class full time.

Go to class. This will help keep you on track with the material. Be an active listener and retain information in the moment. To be an active listener, take good notes. Not attending class puts you behind quickly.

Learn how you study best and incorporate a variety of study techniques. Find a study group and learn from one another. Get together with your group after you have studied the material on your own.

Time management is essential to balance multiple courses and priorities. Once you receive the block schedule, create a calendar and study schedule for yourself, and stick to it.

Study hard, as your first-year courses lay the foundation for future coursework. If undergraduate coursework came easy to you, be prepared to adjust your study habits. All coursework will need to be retained to be successful for your Pharm.D. degree and passing the licensure exams.

Do not procrastinate. Study as you go … do not wait until the last minute to prepare for an exam.  Do. Not. Cram.

Own a good laptop computer. Nothing will slow you down quicker than technology that cannot keep up with you. Review these Laptop Requirements to be sure your computer will enhance your success.

Use all available resources. Take advantage of practice homework, cases, and quizzes offered by faculty. This is a great way to prepare for exams.

Repetition, repetition, repetition. The more time you actively review material, the more you will retain.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reach out to faculty early and often if you need assistance.

Get involved in pharmacy organizations. This will provide connections with your classmates, other students, and potential employers.

If you have a part-time job, minimize your hours during your first quarter of pharmacy school. Get a feel for the pace of the curriculum and the content of exams, as well as master good study habits before you take on more hours elsewhere.

Establish a support system. You are not alone in this journey.

Take mini breaks and do something fun! Self-care should also be a priority.

Believe in yourself and your ability. We believe in you. And we are here to support you.

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Pharmacy Intern License

Complete instructions for obtaining this important document will be reviewed at Orientation.

If you have questions, please reach out to Dr. Mary Gurney at

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News & Notes

Pharmacy Residency Match Results for our CPG 2023 Pharm.D. Graduates

Residency Match season has concluded! Recently, final program Match results were announced for those pharmacy students who are seeking postgraduate training opportunities in pharmacy practice. Our College of Pharmacy, Glendale campus students fared very well!

Among the 31 CPG students who applied for a first-year residency position, 26 matched to the program of their choice (84%), which exceeds the national average match rate. Following are the institutions where our 26 students will begin more specialized training after graduation:

  • Salina Regional Health Center, Salina, KS
  • HonorHealth - John C. Lincoln Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Banner Health/Banner Boswell Medical Center, Sun City, AZ
  • VA-Phoenix, AZ - Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, AZ
  • Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa, AZ
  • Banner Health/Banner Boswell Medical Center, Sun City, AZ
  • UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Presbyterian Campus, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Dignity Health - Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Prescott, AZ
  • VA-Tucson, AZ-Southern Arizona VA Health Care Sys, Tucson, AZ
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, IL
  • Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, Tacoma, WA
  • University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • Northwestern Medicine Palos Community Hospital, Palos Heights, IL
  • Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
  • Banner Estrella Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Dignity Health/St. Joseph's Hospital & Med Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Fry's Pharmacy & Midwestern University-Glendale, Tolleson, AZ
  • VA-Prescott, AZ - Northern Arizona VA HCS, Prescott, AZ
  • HonorHealth - John C. Lincoln Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Dignity Health - Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Prescott, AZ
  • Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
  • Indian Health Service, location to be determined
  • Providence Health and Services, Portland, OR
  • Physicians Regional Medical Center, Naples, FL
  • UC Irvine Health, Orange, CA

Residency training after earning your Pharm.D. degree is the primary pathway to a career in clinical pharmacy. The match process is facilitated by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). To learn more general information about pharmacy residencies, visit the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Website.

The pharmacy residency match process is highly competitive. Congratulations to our students who continue to make us proud! 

Research Elective Students Present Their Studies at National Meeting

Last December, CPG students who took an Advanced Research Methods elective accounted for six of the student posters that were presented at the annual American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting held in Las Vegas. These six posters represented student-led research that was mentored by their course professor, Dr. Kathleen Fairman (pictured in front).

The opportunity to present research at a national level is not a small endeavor. The eight students, including two who paired with other students, submitted summaries (also known as “abstracts”) of their research for review by select members of ASHP. And all six posters were accepted for presentation at the meeting’s Student Poster Sessions.

The elective itself went beyond learning the process for conducting and presenting research. “In the course, students really enjoyed engaging in discussions about their work with other students,” said Dr. Fairman. “Additionally, perhaps the most important feature of the class is its team-focused philosophy. Research is a team sport, not a solo sport. Students are strongly encouraged to help one another, as they would as part of a research team, even though they are each working on their own projects. So, we became a close-knit group. I enjoy seeing students supporting one another so well.”

The students’ experiences in attending a national meeting, presenting their research, and networking with other pharmacy students and CPG alumni were very inspiring for them, as well as a powerful addition to their CVs and resumes. To learn more about this and other opportunities to participate in research at CPG, please reach out to Dr. Kathleen Fairman:


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