Chicago College of Pharmacy

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Dual Acceptance Programs

Chicago College of Pharmacy

Loyola University Chicago College of Arts and Sciences, Benedictine University (Lisle, IL), Dominican University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Millikin University, Lewis University, the University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne, IN), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Elmhurst College, Hebrew Theological College and Rockford College each offer a Dual Acceptance Program with CCP for selected students who successfully complete the specified coursework. These students will be granted early acceptances to CCP. To receive consideration for the Dual Acceptance Program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Apply to the CCP Dual Acceptance Program as a high school senior.
  2. Earn admission to an affiliated college or university that offers a Dual Acceptance Program.
  3. Apply for admission to the Dual Acceptance Program by February 15 of the year of matriculation at the affiliated college or university.
  4. Score in the top 20% on a college entrance exam (ACT 25 or higher; SAT 1700 or higher). Applicants must submit a national test score for ACT or SAT that includes a writing component score.
  5. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.200 on a 4.000 scale.
  6. Demonstrate a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  7. Demonstrate motivation for and commitment to the pharmacy profession as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer, or other life experiences.
  8. Possess the oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.

Eligible students should obtain their applications from the affiliated college or university that offers the Dual Acceptance Program. The deadline for submitting completed applications is February 15.

After the Midwestern University Office of Admissions receives all completed application materials from the affiliate colleges or universities, applicant files are reviewed to determine which applicants merit invitations to attend Mandatory Candidate Visits. Invited applicants must attend Mandatory Candidate Visits for further consideration in the admissions process.

Candidates will be required to participate in group interviews with other dual acceptance applicants. Group interviews will be used to evaluate verbal communication skills, understanding of the pharmacy profession, commitment to patient care, and other elements as determined by faculty. Applicants will be required to participate in writing sample exercises during the visit. Visits also provide opportunities for candidates to learn more about the pharmacy program, financial aid, student services, and to tour the Midwestern University campus.

Following mandatory candidate visits, their files are forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review. The committee may recommend to accept or to deny applicants for admission. These recommendations are then forwarded to the Dean for final approval. The Dean-via the Office of Admissions-notifies applicants of their status within two to four weeks of their visits. Accepted applicants will be ensured a seat at CCP upon successful completion of the program requirements:

  1. All prerequisite prepharmacy courses must be completed at the affiliated college or university that offers a Dual Acceptance Program within a two-year period.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.200 must be achieved at the end of the spring semester/quarter of the first and second prepharmacy years and at the end of all prepharmacy coursework at the affiliated college or university.
  3. A minimum prepharmacy science GPA of 2.500 must also be achieved and maintained.  
  4. Students must earn a minimum grade of "C" in all required courses. A grade of "C-" or lower is not acceptable.
  5. Students may not repeat any prerequisite course for a higher grade.
  6. Students must submit all required deposit fees according to the schedule in their letters of understanding, which are provided to students at the time of acceptance to the Dual Acceptance Program.
  7. Students must comply with the requirements outlined in the matriculation agreement and Technical Standards certification form, which are provided to students in the spring of their second prepharmacy year.

The PCAT and PharmCAS applications are waived for students who successfully complete the Dual Acceptance Program.

Students who are not accepted to or fail to complete the program may reapply to CCP using the standard procedures.