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 24 or higher; SAT 1190 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 an interview. Invited applicants must attend an interview for further consideration in the admissions process.

During the interview day, 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 the interview, 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.

Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program
The Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program (PPA) with the College of Du Page (COD) is a cost-effective, early assurance program for select high school seniors and those newly enrolled in community college. The program provides students who are motivated to become pharmacists with a clear path to achieving their goal. Students admitted to the PPA who successfully complete specified coursework and requirements at COD then transition into CCP to begin a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Students may enroll in one of two available PPA Tracks. Eligible students may access PPA applications at www.midwestern.edu/PPA.

Track 1
This track is available to students who apply by February 15th during their senior year in high school. To be eligible, students must have a GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, a minimum composite ACT score of 24 or composite SAT score of 1190 (based on the 2016 scoring system). Applicants must submit their national test scores with a writing component score. To complete Track 1, students must complete all pre-pharmacy coursework within two years.
The following items are required in the application process and due by February 15th:

  1. Completed application and payment of associate fee
  2. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from: teacher or professor who has taught the student, or pre-health advisor; pharmacist or other healthcare professional who knows the applicant well
  3. Official high school transcript
  4. ACT or SAT test scores (with a writing component score)

Track 2
This track is available to students who have recently enrolled at COD, are in good standing, and are completing their first semester of full-time coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.20, and a minimum of a C in each course. These students must not have been enrolled in any other post-secondary institution. Those students who are accepted into the PPA program in the Track 2 option have up to three years to complete all pre-pharmacy coursework. (Each new class of pharmacy students at CCP begin in the Pharm.D. program in the fall quarter only. There are no mid-year enrollments at Midwestern University.)
The following items are required in the application process and due by January 6th:

  1. Completed application and payment of associated fee
  2. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from: teacher or professor who has taught the student, or pre-health advisor; pharmacist or other healthcare professional who knows the applicant well
  3. Official high school transcript
  4. Official community college transcript (upon completion of the first semester)

After the Midwestern University Office of Admissions receives all completed application materials, applicant files are reviewed to idenify those applicants who merit invitations to attend and on-campus Interview Day.

During the interview day, candidates will be required to participate in group interviews with other program 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, student services, and to tour the Midwestern University campus.

Following applicant visits, their files are forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review. The committee may recommend to accept or to deny student admissions. 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.

It is critical that students understand that all of the following conditions must be met to retain admission to CCP for their respective fall quarter. Failure to meet any of the following requirements will result in the forfeiture of the student's place in his/her respective fall entering class.

  1. All pre-pharmacy prerequisite courses must be completed at the community college within a two-year period for Track 1 students, and within a three-year period for Track 2 students.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 must be achieved and maintained at the end of each semester. Only courses taken at COD are used in the PPA cumulative GPA calculation.
  3. A minimum pre-pharmacy science grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 must be also achieved and maintained.
  4. Student must earn a grade of C or higher in all required prerequisite courses. (C- (minus) grades are not acceptable.)
  5. Students are not permitted to repeat courses for a higher grade.
  6. Students must take the PCAT and earn a minimum composite score of 50%. The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) must be taken during the student's final year in the PPA program at COD. For Track 1 students, this would be during the second year. For Track 2 students, this would be during the third year (or second year, if desired). Official PCAT scores must be received by Midwestern University no later than November 30th of the year prior to the anticipated year of matriculation.
  7. 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 PPA Program.
  8. 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 PharmCAS application is waived for students who successfully complete the PPA Program.

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