Midwestern University was founded in 1900 as the American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. In 1991, the College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove Campus (CPDG) 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.
Streamlined Admissions – You’ve worked hard on your pre-pharmacy coursework, and this is evident in your application. As such, we no longer require PCAT scores as part of the admissions process (though you are welcome to submit them if you wish to enhance your application).
Three-year, year-round curriculum - In our program, you will attend courses year-round beginning in June, with an ultimate May graduation. Our innovative program prepares you to begin your pharmacy career sooner, while still benefiting from a well-rounded education focused on excellent patient care.
Dynamic Curriculum - In your first years in the program, you will engage in interactive lectures, labs, workshops, clinical simulations, and introductory pharmacy practice experiences. In these environments, the safety of our students is our utmost priority. So when needed, interactive technology is leveraged, along with small group sizes and other safety protocols.
In your final year, you will participate in advanced pharmacy practice experiences, where you will be off campus learning in a variety of healthcare environments.
Premier Clinical Partners – We have longstanding partnerships with the best medical centers, healthcare groups, clinics, and diverse pharmacies in the Chicago area to provide a large variety of rotation sites for you, as you explore the many ways pharmacists provide patient-centered care. International, out-of-state, and government agency rotations are also available. Learn more about our pharmacy student rotation opportunities.
Interprofessional Education - At Midwestern University, healthcare education is all we do. In our curriculum, you will have the opportunity to work with other healthcare profession students to practice communication across disciplines, as well as collaboration.
Student Success – Each year a large portion of our students vie for desired residency positions that begin after graduation. In the spring of 2020, our competing Class of 2020 students achieved the highest Phase I match rate of all Illinois pharmacy schools and collectively were 4% above the national Phase I match-rate average. For more student successes as they happen, visit our social media sites listed below.
Accessible Faculty - As soon as you arrive on campus, you will meet your own faculty mentor who will be available to you throughout your studies at CPDG. In addition to teaching, our dedicated faculty also support students in clinical service, research projects, community outreach, and leadership.
Accomplished Faculty –
- A majority of our faculty members are in leadership positions in their respective pharmacy associations. Further, thirteen have achieved Fellow status, which recognizes a depth of leadership, research, and contributions to their associations.
- Seven faculty members are on editorial boards that review the latest in pharmacy research and perspectives, and three have written books.
- Nearly all faculty who practice pharmacy outside of the classroom are board-certified in their respective specializations.
Community Outreach - With more than 20 pharmacy-related student organizations, you will have multiple opportunities to develop your leadership skills, serve the community, and work with professional pharmacy organizations. Several of our organizations have won regional and national awards for their local initiatives.
Supportive Alumni - CPDG has more than 4,000 alumni who practice in all areas of pharmacy all over the country.
Career Support - From part-time pharmacy jobs to residency training and full-time career searches, we offer valuable resources for you to help ensure your success as you embark on your professional pharmacy career.
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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.