The College of Pharmacy-Glendale is committed to giving you both the scientific and professional skills to be a successful pharmacist. Our year-round three-year program develops your ability to provide patient-centric care by giving you hands-on experiences and interactions. Our experienced faculty will train you to help advance the practice of pharmacy while providing exceptional service to your community. At CPG, you can take ownership of your education because we give you the tools to build your future as a pharmacist.

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Degree

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

General Requirements

  • Two years of prerequisite course work
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • Minimum science GPA of 2.50
  • PCAT scores

Length of Program

3 years, full-time, year-round, June start

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Incoming Students Summer 2015 Class Size

155

Incoming Students Summer 2015 Class Profile

  • Female: 56%
  • Male: 44%
  • Average Age: 26
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.27
  • Top Home States: Arizona (53%), California (34%)

On-Time Graduation Rate

89% (136/153)1

Licensing Examination Scores

NAPLEX 2014 first time test-taking pass rate2

  • CPG graduates: (155 first time test-takers) 96.77%
  • National pass rate: (13829 first time test-takers) 94.35%

MPJE 2014 first-time test-taking pass rate2

  • CPG graduates: (254 first time test-takers) 96.46%
  • National pass rate: (23866 first time test-takers) 93.14%

Pharmacist Professional Responsibilities 3

  • Fill prescriptions, verifying instructions from physicians on the proper amounts of medication to give to patients 
  • Check whether the prescription will interact negatively with other drugs that a patient is taking or any medical conditions the patient has
  • Instruct patients on how and when to take a prescribed medicine and inform them about potential side effects they may experience from taking the medicine
  • Advise patients about general health topics, such as diet, exercise, and managing stress, and on other issues, such as what equipment or supplies would be best to treat a health problem
  • Give flu shots and, in most states, other vaccinations
  • Complete insurance forms and work with insurance companies to be sure that patients get the medicines they need
  • Oversee the work of pharmacy technicians and pharmacists in training (interns)
  • Keep records and do other administrative tasks
  • Teach other healthcare practitioners about proper medication therapies for patients

Career Settings 3

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

Job Placements 4

Community Pharmacy: 71.0% (71/100)
Hospital, Residency, and Other positions: 29.0% (29/100)

Residency Placements

16.9% (23/136) 5,6

2015 CPG Graduate Residency Match Rate 6

  • CPG Graduates: 62% for 2015 (23/37)
  • National Rate: 66% for 2015 (2692/4056)

US Employment Projections through 2022

Employment of pharmacists is expected to increase by 14% from 2012-2022.3

2012 Median Annual Wage


$116,6703

1. Based on the Class of 2015, this percentage is reflective of those students admitted to the class in Summer 2012 who graduated on time.

2. Based on 2014 data provided by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale.

3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S., Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Pharmacists, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacists.htm (accessed 8/5/2015)

4. Based on 2015 survey administered in May 2015 in which 113/136 (83.0%) of graduating students responded and 100/113 (88.5%) indicated having secured employment upon graduation.  The total number of graduates includes students who may have begun the curriculum earlier.

5. Based on the Class of 2015, this percentage is reflective of those graduating students who assumed residency training after graduation.

6. Based on 2015 National Matching Service (NMS) data obtained from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in March 2015. 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 2015.

Admission Requirements

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Students seeking admission to MWU-CPG 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 recognized postsecondary Canadian institutions that use English as its primary language of instruction and documentation. Grades of C or better for prerequisite courses (not C-).  Minimum cumulative GPA and science GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) calculates the cumulative and science GPA. Grades from all nonremedial courses completed post-high school are used to calculate the GPA. 
  2. Completion of prepharmacy coursework requirements by the end of spring semester or spring quarter prior to matriculation to MWU-CPG.
  3. Direct submission of PCAT scores to PharmCAS (see Application Process and Deadlines). Competitive test scores no more than 5 years prior to the planned enrollment year.
  4. Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  5. Motivation for and commitment to the pharmacy profession as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
  6. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  7. Completion of the MWU-CPG's on-campus interview process (by invitation only).
  8. Passing the Midwestern University criminal background check.
  9. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.

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Prerequisite courses

CoursesSem HrsQtr Hrs
English Composition69
Biology with lab (for science majors)812
Anatomy: human or vertebrate34
General Chemistry with lab (for science majors) 812
Organic Chemistry with lab (for science majors)812
Physics (for science majors)  mechanics, heat, force and motion must be included in the course 34
Calculus34
Statistics34
Speech (public speaking)34
Economics  (micro, macro, or general)34
Social Sciences  (divided among psychology, sociology, anthropology, or political science)69
General Education  (courses should be divided among humanities, fine arts, foreign language, business, or computer sciences) Science, math, physical education, and health care courses are NOT acceptable812
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS6290


Application Deadline

Applicants must apply for admission via the online Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application www.pharmcas.org  which is available usually in June of the preceding year. The deadline for submitting a completed PharmCAS application is February 15th; however, students are strongly encouraged to apply early in the cycle. Due to the large number of applications and the limited number of seats available, applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all seats are filled.

Additional Application Information

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Program Description

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At the College, students pursue the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. The Pharm.D. Program prepares the student for entry into the profession of pharmacy. The entire program requires a total of five years of coursework, the first two years at another college and the final three calendar years at the College of Pharmacy-Glendale. Students complete, on a year-round basis, required courses emphasizing the basic and pharmaceutical sciences, social and administrative sciences, pharmacy practice, elective professional courses, and clinical/experiential education.

At the conclusion of the Pharm.D. Program, all graduates will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a scientific foundation as related to the pharmacy profession
  • Integrate systems management concepts into the pharmacy profession
  • Identify and evaluate research methods and practice evidence-based decision making
  • Evaluate a patient case
  • Implement a pharmaceutical care plan
  • Implement public health, wellness, and disease prevention concepts
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate continuous professional development

Program Improvements

The CPG Doctor of Pharmacy program is grounded in continuous quality improvement and has revised the curriculum with greater emphasis on the integration of a strong science foundation with the professional skills required for successful pharmacy practice. This is reflected in the Professional Skills Development sequence of courses that stresses patient-centered care and written and verbal communications, applying principles taught in co-requisite courses in a hands-on environment with workshops, group discussions, and patient simulations. Further, the Integrated Sequence is a series of courses designed in an organ systems approach to stress the interdependence of pathophysiology, pharmacology and medicinal chemistry with pharmacotherapeutics.

The CPG Doctor of Pharmacy program utilizes a number of teaching methods and learning techniques to better allow students to take ownership of their education. In addition to the examples listed above, active learning is also emphasized through the use of the student response system, laboratory exercises, reflective writing, and the introduction of e-portfolios.

Program Expectations

CPG educates and graduates competent and motivated pharmacists who will provide pharmaceutical care in a wide range of community and institutional settings. Standards for admission set forth by CPG outline the nonacademic abilities considered essential for students to achieve the level of competence required by the faculty and by the ACPE, the pharmacy-accrediting agency, in order to obtain the Pharm.D. degree. Candidates must have abilities and skills in five areas: 1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and 5) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in certain of these areas, but candidates should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.

Mission

The mission of Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale (MWU-CPG) is to prepare pharmacists who will provide exceptional patient care, participate in critical inquiry and scientific research, and advance public health and wellness.

Accreditation

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Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603-4810, Tel 312/664-3575, FAX 312/664-4652, website 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.

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