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.
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
3 years, full-time, year-round, June start
Innovative three-year, year-round full-time program allows quicker entry into the profession
NAPLEX 2015 first time test-taking pass rate2
MPJE 2015 first-time test-taking pass rate2
Community pharmacies, hospitals, educational institutions, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, managed care organizations, and other health care settings.
Community Pharmacy: 76.5% (88/115)
Hospital Pharmacy: 2.6% (3/115)
Residency and Fellowship: 16.5% (19/115)
Residencies: 18; Fellowships: 1
Specialty and compounding pharmacy, managed care, and industry: 4.3% (5/115)
11.6% (18/155) 4,5
According to sources, pharmacist demand is expected to increase 3 - 16% through 2025.6
1. Based on the Class of 2016, this percentage is reflective of those students admitted to the class in Summer 2013 who graduated on time. This includes students who voluntarily withdrew from the program as well as, students who had their graduation delayed due to an academic or personal issue.
2. Based on 2015 data provided by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale.
3. Based on the 2016 survey administered in May 2016 in which 148/148 (100%) of graduating students responded, 127/148 (85.8%) indicated they have sought post-graduation employment. Of those 127 graduating students, 90.6% (115/127) had secured post-graduation employment. The total number of graduates includes students who may have begun the curriculum earlier.
4. Based on the Class of 2016, this percentage is reflective of those graduating students who assumed residency training after graduation. The total number of graduates includes students who may have begun the curriculum earlier.
5. Based on 2016 National Matching Service (NMS) data obtained from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in April 2016. 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 2016.
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S., Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Pharmacists, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacists.htm (accessed 9/19/2016). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. National Center for Workforce Analysis - Health Workforce Projections: Pharmacists. http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce/supplydemand/usworkforce/projections/pharmacists.pdf (accessed 9/19/2016).
Students seeking admission to MWU-CPG must submit the following documented evidence:
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|Courses||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Biology with lab (for science majors)||8||12|
|Anatomy: human or vertebrate||3||4|
|General Chemistry with lab (for science majors)||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with lab (for science majors)||8||12|
|Physics (for science majors) mechanics, heat, force and motion must be included in the course||3||4|
|Speech (public speaking)||3||4|
|Economics (micro, macro, or general)||3||4|
|Social Sciences (divided among psychology, sociology, anthropology, or political science)||6||9|
|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 acceptable||8||12|
|TOTAL CREDIT HOURS||62||90|
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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