Chicago College of Pharmacy

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

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At CCP, we are focused on training compassionate, patient-centered pharmacists. That's why our faculty are committed to teaching and mentoring the next generation of healthcare providers. Our student-centered curriculum begins with your choice between a three-year track or three-and-a-half-year track. We integrate the latest in basic and pharmaceutical sciences while emphasizing the clinical skills and experiences you need for success. Through our partnerships with the best medical centers, clinics, and community pharmacies in the region, and the proven track record of our alumni, CCP will build your future as a pharmacist.

Program
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

Location
Downers Grove, IL

Duration
3 or 3.5 Years, Full Time

Intake
August

Class Size
180

Graduation Rate
90% Class of 2019


Midwestern University was founded in 1900 as the American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. In 1991, the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) was established, and we have been educating patient-centered pharmacists for a wide array of practice settings since then. Located 25 miles west of Chicago, our beautiful gated campus features 105-acres of wooded land and provides students with excellent living and learning opportunities.

Dynamic Curriculum - In students' first years in the program, they engage in interactive lectures, labs, workshops, simulations, and introductory pharmacy practice experiences. In their final year, students participate in advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

Student Success - There were 127 students from our Class of 2018 who tested in the second trimester of 2018 (May - August), and they achieved a more than 90% first-time pass rate on the North American Pharmacy Licensing Exam (NAPLEX). The class also achieved an average starting salary of $111,250.

Choice in Curriculum Length - Each option is designed to provide students with flexibility and opportunities they desire:

  • Three-year year-round curriculum offers a fast-track, intensive program that prepares students to begin their pharmacy careers as quickly as possible, while still benefiting from a well-rounded education focused on excellent patient care. Students in this program attend courses year-round, including summers, and graduate in late August.
  • Three-and-a-half-year curriculum offers two summers free of coursework, which may be used for pharmacy enrichment experiences, such as summer internships, research, and/or a pharmacy-related job. Students in this program graduate in early March, which allows them to get a jump start on their job search or prepare for residency training.
  • Detailed comparison chart
  • We are pleased to announce: For students planning to start pharmacy school in 2021, CCP will begin offering a single three-year, year-round curriculum that begins in June of that year, with an eventual May graduation date. This new curriculum will continue to provide the high quality pharmacy and experiential education that Midwestern University is long known for, in an efficient timeframe for the benefit of our students. Curriculum details to come.

Interprofessional Education - At Midwestern University, healthcare education is all we do. Our pharmacy students work with other healthcare profession students to practice communication across disciplines, as well as collaboration.

Premier Clinical Partners - CCP partners with the best medical centers, clinics, and community pharmacies in the Chicago area to provide rotation sites for students. International and out-of-state rotations are also available.

Accessible Faculty - Our dedicated faculty mentor students in clinical service, research projects, community outreach, and leadership.

Community Outreach - With more than 20 pharmacy-related student organizations, students develop leadership skills, serve the community, and work with professional pharmacy organizations.

Supportive Alumni - CCP has nearly 4,000 alumni who practice in all areas of pharmacy all over the country.

Career Support - From part-time pharmacy jobs and summer internships, to residency training and full-time career searches, CCP offers valuable resources to students to help ensure their success in beginning professional pharmacy careers.

Comprehensive CCP Pharm.D. Brochure

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Thanks to PioneerRx, our students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in simulated, real-world pharmacy functions in preparation for future practice.  See how PioneerRx compares to other pharmacy systems.

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

  1. Demonstrate professionalism
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  3. Communicate effectively
  4. Practice evidence-based decision-making
  5. Practice patient-centered care
  6. Promote health and wellness
  7. Manage medication use systems
  8. Manage a pharmacy practice
  9. Contribute to the interprofessional healthcare environment

College's Strategic Goals

1. Educate and prepare pharmacists to excel in a changing healthcare environment.
2. Promote advancements in the profession of pharmacy.
3. Contribute meaningfully to the advancement of knowledge.
4. Foster professional development of faculty, staff, preceptors, and students.
5. Develop and cultivate relationships with alumni and external stakeholders.
6. Optimize and enhance resources needed to fulfill the College's mission.

The Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603; 312-664-3575, 800-533-3606; Fax 312-664-4652; or www.acpe-accredit.org.

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

2018 MEDIAN SALARY for all pharmacists was $126,120, according to the 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 8/6/2019)

Students seeking admission to CCP 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:
    • Preferred minimum cumulative GPA and science GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale
    • Grades of "C" or better for prerequisite courses (grades of C- are not acceptable).
  2. Direct submission of scores from the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) to the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) using PCAT code 104:
    • PCAT exams are offered multiple times per year by Harcourt Assessment, Inc., (also known as Pearson), 800/622-3231 or www.pcatweb.info;
    • Applicants currently applying to another college within Midwestern University may have scores from the MCAT, DAT, or OAT transferred;
    • Current MWU students wishing to apply to the College of Pharmacy may have scores from the MCAT, DAT, or OAT transferred;
    • Only scores earned from the test offered in 2015 or more recently are acceptable.
  3. Demonstration of a people or service orientation as evidenced by community service or extracurricular activities.
  4. Motivation for and commitment to the pharmacy profession as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
  5. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  6. Completion of the CCP on-campus interview process (by invitation only).
  7. Satisfactory Midwestern University criminal background check.
  8. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.

The Pharm.D. Program at CCP is rigorous and challenging. The CCP Admissions Committee will therefore assess the quality and rigor of the pre-pharmacy academic records presented by applicants. When assessing the pre-pharmacy academic records of applicants, the Admissions Committee will:

  1. View applicants with cumulative GPAs below 2.75 on a 4.00 scale with particular concern; although 2.50 on a 4.00 scale is the preferred minimum cumulative GPA for admission consideration, higher cumulative GPAs are more competitive and recommended.
    • The average cumulative GPA of applicants admitted for Fall 2018 was 3.15 on a 4.00 scale
  2. View component and composite PCAT scores below the 50th percentile with particular concern, although there are no minimum PCAT scores.
  3. View with concern applicants whose pre-pharmacy math and science coursework was completed longer than 10 years ago.
    • More recent (within four years) prepharmacy math and science coursework is preferred
  4. Consider the reputation for quality and rigor of the institutions where applicants have taken previous coursework, the extent of completion of science prerequisites, the credit load carried per term, the difficulty level of previous coursework, and trends in applicant grades.

Prerequisite Courses

To see which courses at your undergraduate institution will fulfill our prerequisites, please visit our CCP Course Guides page.

Course

Sem Hrs

Qtr Hrs

Biology with lab

8

12

Human or Vertebrate Anatomy

3

4

General Chemistry with labs

8

12

Organic Chemistry with labs

8

12

Physics (mechanics, heat, force, and motion must be included in the course)

3

4

Calculus (integral and differential)

3

4

English Composition

6

9

Speech/Public Speaking

3

4

Economics

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 healthcare. Recommended courses include arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, foreign language, and business and computer courses.)

8

12

Total

62

90


$126,120
Median
Salary

Presentations to Help You Learn More

Pharmacy: A Profession with Many, Many Career Paths - While you may be familiar with traditional pharmacists in retail settings, there are numerous other career pathways for pharmacists that also mix medication expertise and patient-centered care.



Admissions Process
- Discover your various options for admission into the Chicago College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University. This is geared towards traditional applicants who already attend college, as well as high school students planning their college pathway.



Curriculum Summary
- What will you learn in our program and how will you learn it? And how do the three- and three-and-a-half- year programs compare? Find out how our curriculum can prepare you to become a knowledgeable and compassionate pharmacist.


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Curriculum Summary
- What will you learn in our program and how will you learn it? And how do the three- and three-and-a-half- year programs compare? Find out how our curriculum can prepare you to become a knowledgeable and compassionate pharmacist.

General Requirements

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

Length of Program

Students have a choice in the length of their curriculum. Each option is specially designed to provide students with the flexibility and opportunities they desire:

  • Three-year year-round curriculum offers a fast-track, intensive program that prepares students to begin their pharmacy careers as quickly as possible, while still benefiting from a well-rounded education focused on excellent patient care. Students in this program attend courses year-round, including summers, and graduate in late August. (Seats in this option are limited and granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.)
  • Three-and-a-half year curriculum offers two summers free of coursework, which may be used for pharmacy enrichment experiences, such as summer internships, research, and/or a pharmacy-related job. Students in this program graduate in early March, which allows them to get a jump start on their job search or prepare for residency training.

We are pleased to announce:
For students planning to start pharmacy school in 2021, CCP will begin offering a single three-year, year-round curriculum that begins in June of that year, with an eventual May graduation date. This new curriculum will continue to provide the high quality pharmacy and experiential education that Midwestern University is long known for, in an efficient timeframe for the benefit of our students. Curriculum details to come.

Pharmacist Professional Responsibilities

  • Recommend drug therapies
  • Monitor drug regimens for efficacy and safety
  • Counsel patients regarding their drug regimens and disease states
  • Work with other health care providers to ensure positive outcomes with the use of medications
  • Respond to questions regarding drug therapy
  • Educate the public regarding chronic disease management and drug therapies

Career Settings

Community pharmacies, hospitals, educational institutions, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, managed care organizations, home health care, and other health care settings.

US Employment Projections and Median Salary

2018 MEDIAN SALARY for all pharmacists was $126,120, according to the 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 8/6/2019)

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