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Learning compassionate patient-centered care begins with student-centered teaching. For more than 20 years, Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) has been providing an outstanding pharmacy education for its students. Its alumni are successful pharmacists who practice in a variety of settings.

The pharmacist is the medication expert on the healthcare team. They counsel patients on medication use, provide treatment recommendations to the health care team, and supervise the medication dispensing process.

The faculty members at CCP are dedicated to teaching pharmacy students to become lifelong learners and make a difference in the lives of their patients. A minimum of six years of coursework are required, with the minimum first two years at another accredited college or university and the last four years at CCP.

The pharmacy curriculum is comprised of four types of teaching environments. Students attend lectures provided by faculty with clinical and scientific expertise, who provide real-life examples to illustrate concepts. Courses also may include workshops where students work in small groups to solve problems and discuss patient cases, using technology to access current treatment guidelines. Some courses include labs where students practice formulating unique drug dosage forms or practice patient care in simulated environments.

Students also participate in experiential courses. These courses begin in the first year and are required throughout the program. Experiential courses are often referred to as rotations and require students to practice pharmacy in the "real world" under the supervision of clinical faculty, referred to as preceptors.

CCP partners with the best medical centers, clinics and community pharmacies in the Chicago metropolitan area to provide rotations. For example, select practice sites where students may complete rotations include, and are not limited to,  Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center, Advocate clinics and hospitals, Edward Hospital, as well as a wide network of chain and independent community pharmacies. Students may also opt to complete their fourth year rotations out-of-state, subject to certain terms, conditions, and availability.

Summer breaks after the first and second professional years offer more opportunities to build students' pharmacy resume before graduation. Most take advantage of this time to participate in various pharmacy internship positions or gain valuable research experience.

Program Faculty
In addition to teaching, most faculty are also practicing pharmacists in many specialized areas of pharmacy practice, including cardiology, emergency care, critical care, oncology, infectious diseases, psychiatric care, ambulatory care, and many others. Most faculty are board certified in their areas of specialization. In addition, faculty in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy administration teach foundational scientific principles and the administrative sciences. Faculty members teach their courses themselves, and they are available for questions and dialog. They do not defer to teaching assistants.

Each student is assigned to a faculty advisor, who will assist the student in academic and non-academic matters. A faculty advisor serves as an advocate for his/her student, oversees academic progress and professional growth of the student, and provides appropriate counseling during the selection of a career within the pharmacy profession. In short, our faculty are known for the guidance they give to CCP students and the individual attention each student receives.

Campus Location and Focus
The Midwestern University campus is conveniently located 25 miles west of Chicago, offering easy access to all the metropolitan area has to offer, which includes top medical centers and large pharmacy corporations. At the same time its comfortable suburban location offers a safe, scenic, and secluded environment, so students can focus on their studies.

Our healthcare-focused campus allows pharmacy students to work with those in other medical fields, and strengthen healthcare team collaboration skills. Students can also network with others through intramural sports on campus, or through one of the many organizations that unite students from different corners of the campus. 

Mission

Chicago College of Pharmacy fosters lifelong learning through excellence in education, postgraduate programs, and scholarship. The College encourages the development of professional attitudes and behaviors to prepare pharmacists who will provide exemplary patient care in a culturally diverse society.

Values

The Chicago College of Pharmacy embraces the values of learning and discovery, excellence, professionalism, and collegiality in everything that we do:  teaching, patient care, research, and service.

Vision

The Chicago College of Pharmacy will lead advances in pharmacy education, practice and scholarship through innovation and collaboration to meet the health care challenges of tomorrow.

Learn more about our Admissions process and requirements.

 

Fast Facts

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Degree

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

General Requirements

Length of Program

4 years, full time


Incoming Students Fall 2013 Class Size

214

Incoming Students Fall 2013 Class Profile

On-Time Graduation Rate

92% (194/211)1

Licensing Examination Scores

NAPLEX 2012 first time test-taking pass rate2

MPJE 2012 first time test-taking pass rate2

Pharmacist Professional Responsibilities

Career Settings

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

Job Placements3

Community pharmacy: 64.5% (89/138)
Residency training programs: 27.5% (38/138)
Hospital pharmacy and other positions: 8.0% (11/138)

Residency Placement Rate

19% (38/202)4

CCP graduate residency match rate5


US Employment Projections through 2020

Employment of pharmacists is expected to increase by 25% from 2010 to 2020.6

2010 Median Salary

$111,5706

 

1. Based on the Class of 2013, this percentage is reflective of those students admitted in Fall 2009 who graduated on time.
2. Based on 2012 data provided by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy
3. Based on 2013 survey administered in May 2013 in which 184/202 (91%) of graduating students responded and 138/184 (75%) indicated having secured employment upon graduation. The total number of graduates includes students who may have begun the curriculum earlier.
4. Based on the Class of 2013, this percentage is reflective of those graduating students who assumed residency training after graduation. Of these students, 35 matched through the National Matching Service  (NMS), and 3 reported to have found residency positions through the post-match scramble, which may not be inclusive of all such students. The total number of graduates includes students who may have begun the curriculum earlier.
5. Based on 2013 National Matching Service (NMS) data obtained from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in March 2013.  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 2013. This rate is based on 35 students from the Class of 2013 and 4 students from previous graduating classes.
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S., Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Pharmacists, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacists.htm  (accessed 10/23/2013)

Admission Requirements

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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 cognized postsecondary Canadian institutions that use English as its primary language of instruction and documentation
    • Minimum cumulative GPAs and science GPAs 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
    • Only scores earned from the test offered in 2010 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 prepharmacy academic records presented by applicants. When assessing the prepharmacy 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 minimum cumulative GPA for admission consideration, higher cumulative GPAs are more competitive and recommended  
    • The average cumulative GPA of applicants admitted for Fall 2013was 3.21 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
    • The average composite PCAT score of applicants admitted for Fall 2013was in the 59th percentile
  3. View with concern applicants whose prepharmacy 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

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    Prerequisite Courses

    Course Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
    Biology with lab812
    Human or Vertebrate Anatomy34
    General Chemistry with lab812
    Organic Chemistry with lab812
    Physics (mechanics, heat, force, and motion must be included in the course)34
    Calculus (integral and differential)34
    English Composition69
    Speech/Public Speaking34
    Economics34
    Statistics (general statistics or biostatistics)34
    Social and Behavioral Science Electives (Includes courses within the areas of psychology, sociology, and anthropology)69
    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.)
    812
    Total6290

    Additional Application Information

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    Accreditation

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    The Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, Illinois 60603-4810; 312/664-3575, 800/533-3606; Fax 312/664-4652; or 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.

    College Strategic Goals

    1.    Excel in educating and preparing pharmacists to thrive in and adapt to a changing health care environment.

    2.    Cultivate and advance pharmacy practice and promote pharmacists accountability as a member of the healthcare team to achieve optimal patient outcomes.

    3.     Embrace the values of learning and discovery to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of knowledge.

    4.    Foster professional development of faculty, staff, preceptors, and students.

    5.     Develop and nurture alumni relationships.

    6.    Optimize and enhance all resources needed to fulfill the College's mission.

    Related Links

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    PharmCAS

    Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)

    American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

    Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA)

    Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP)

    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)

    Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

    American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)

    American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP)

    Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

    American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)

    American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)

    National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)

    National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)

    American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT) 

    National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA)

    MWU Pharmacy Program in Glendale

     

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