Program Overview

Discover if Pharmacy is the Career for You

This program offers a fun and comprehensive learning experience about the diverse career paths in pharmacy from expert pharmacy faculty and researchers. During this program, students will spend eight days on the Midwestern University campus learning from faculty, practicing pharmacists, and current pharmacy students, as well as enjoying campus life. The June session will take place on weekdays only, from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

The program includes:   

Hands-on activities and in-class demonstrations, such as: medication compounding, over-the-counter (OTC) products, opioid overdose rescue training, blood pressure monitoring, asthma devices, infection control, diabetes glucose assessment, pediatric medications, veterinary medicine, medication errors, bio-art, and more.   

Laboratory exploration: DNA amplification and purification, bacterial transformation, and cell transfection. Tour Midwestern University's lab facilities and instrumentations.

Team activities: Pharmacy scavenger hunt, mock code blue in the Clinical Simulation Center, escape room exercise, survey project and poster presentation on a current pharmacy topic of choice (options provided).  

Midwestern University has been offering a summer pharmacy program for nearly 20 years. This past year, a new curriculum was introduced that covered many topics, including:   

  • Hospital pharmacy
  • Drug development and research
  • Ambulatory care pharmacy
  • Oncology pharmacy
  • Community pharmacy

There are numerous career paths in pharmacy, so each day in the program will offer different activities, lab explorations, and discussions about various topics in pharmacy practice. A typical day may be scheduled as follows:  

DAILY SAMPLE SCHEDULE (Subject to change)  
8:30am Welcome/Day's Overview 
Morning Curriculum 9:00am - 12:00pm 
            PEP Talk* (Diabetes/Heart Disease)
            Mini-Exercise (Glucose Monitoring) 
            Pharmaceutical Science Lab (Bacterial DNA Transformation) 
Lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Afternoon Curriculum 1:00pm - 4:00pm
            PEP Talk* (Opioid Epidemic)
            Mini-Exercise (Naloxone Rescue Devices)
            Clinical Simulation Center (Mock Code Blue) 
4:00pm Wrap-up/Adjourn  
*PEP: Pharmacy Engagement and Participation: 15-20 minute influential and interactive presentations from faculty experts on pharmacy-related topics.

Pharmacy Careers

Did You Know? Pharmacists Today...

  • Are at the forefront of healthcare and its innovations
  • Merge science, patient care, technology, business, and math skills
  • Practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, corporate offices, etc.
  • Earn an average annual salary of $126,120, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019
  • Are the medication experts on healthcare teams
  • Are one of the most highly trusted professionals
  • Have good communication, team work, and leadership skills
  • Are in demand with job security  

A Pharmacy Career Has Many Options 

Hospital: Emergency Medicine • Oncology • Infectious Diseases • Cardiology • Pediatrics • Critical Care • Organ Transplant • Nuclear • Specialty • Drug Information 
Community: Chain and Independent Pharmacies • Compounding • Community Health Center • General Medicine • Long-term Care • Veterinary 
Corporate: Pharmaceutical Research and Development • Translational Research • Information Technology • Consulting • Government Agencies 
And many more ...

Learn more about:

Pharmacy as a career
Early assurance admissions programs for high school students
Pre-Pharmacy Course Guides (for traditional admissions)

PharmAcademy Flyer


Pharmacademy participants must have:

  • Completed their sophomore or junior year in high school (graduating classes of 2021 or 2022)
  • A weighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)


Specific details for the 2020 summer program are not yet available. Session dates, program details, and registration information will be available in early 2020. If you are interested in attending next summer's program, please send an email with your name (student and parent names) and email addresses and year of high school graduation to Ms. Cheryl Elder at We will notify you when registration for next summer's program opens, which will be in approximately February of 2020.

Please note:  There are no overnight accommodations on campus for this program.

Contact Us

Ms. Damienne Souter 
Pharmacademy Program Manager  

Ms. Cheryl Elder 
Pharmacademy Program Coordinator  

Midwestern University 
Chicago College of Pharmacy 
555 31st Street 
Downers Grove, IL 60515 

The Director of Pharmacademy is Sheila K. Wang, Pharm.D., BCPS.  Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor in Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University, and a Clinical Infectious Disease Pharmacist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

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