At CCP, we are focused on training compassionate, patient-centered pharmacists. That's why our faculty are committed to teaching and mentoring the next generation of healthcare providers. Our student-centered curriculum integrates the latest in basic and pharmaceutical sciences while emphasizing the clinical skills and experiences you need for success. Through our partnerships with the best medical centers, clinics, and community pharmacies in the region, and the proven track record of our alumni, CCP will build your future as a pharmacist.

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Midwestern University was founded in 1900 as the American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. In 1991, the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) was established, and we have been educating patient-centered pharmacists for a wide array of practice settings since then. Located 25 miles west of Chicago, our beautiful gated campus features 105-acres of wooded land and provides students with excellent living and learning opportunities.

Dynamic Curriculum - In students' first years in the program, they engage in lectures, labs, workshops, and introductory pharmacy practice experiences. Students have two summers free for enrichment opportunities. In their final year, students participate in advanced pharmacy practice experiences and then graduate by early March.

Interprofessional Education - At Midwestern University, healthcare education is all we do. Our pharmacy students work with other healthcare profession students to practice communication across disciplines, as well as collaboration.

Premier Clinical Partners - CCP partners with the best medical centers, clinics, and community pharmacies in the Chicago area to provide rotation sites for students. International and out-of-state rotations are also available.

Accessible Faculty - Our dedicated faculty mentor students in clinical service, research projects, community outreach, and leadership.

Community Outreach - With more than 20 pharmacy-related student organizations, students develop leadership skills, serve the community, and work with professional pharmacy organizations.

Supportive Alumni - CCP has nearly 4,000 alumni who practice in all areas of pharmacy all over the country.

Career Support - From part-time pharmacy jobs and summer internships, to residency training and full-time career searches, CCP offers valuable resources to students to help ensure their success in beginning professional pharmacy careers.

Pharm.D. Program Flyer (pdf)

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Degree

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

General Requirements

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


Length of Program

Three-and-a-half years, full time, with summers off after the first and second years for pharmacy enrichment experiences. Program begins in August; final-year students graduate in late February/early March.

Three-year curriculum option available to students who begin the program in Fall 2019.

Pharmacist Professional Responsibilities

  • Recommend drug therapies
  • Monitor drug regimens for efficacy and safety
  • Counsel patients regarding their drug regimens and disease states
  • Work with other health care providers to ensure positive outcomes with the use of medications
  • Respond to questions regarding drug therapy
  • Educate the public regarding chronic disease management and drug therapies


Career Settings

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

US Employment Projections

According to sources, pharmacist demand is expected to increase 3 - 16% through 2025.1

2016 Median Salary

$122,2301

Link to additional Student Performance Data

1. 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 7/19/2017). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. National Center for Health Workforce Analysis - Health Workforce Projections: Pharmacists.   http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce/supplydemand/usworkforce/projections/pharmacists.pdf (accessed 7/19/2017).

Admission Requirements

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Students seeking admission to CCP 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
    • Preferred minimum cumulative GPA and science GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale
    • Grades of "C" or better for prerequisite courses (grades of C- are not acceptable)
  1. Direct submission of scores from the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) to the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) using PCAT code 104
    • PCAT exams are offered multiple times per year by Harcourt Assessment, Inc., (also known as Pearson), 800/622-3231 or www.pcatweb.info
    • Only scores earned from the test offered in 2013 or more recently are acceptable
  1. Demonstration of a people or service orientation as evidenced by community service or extracurricular activities
  2. Motivation for and commitment to the pharmacy profession as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences
  3. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues
  4. Completion of the CCP on-campus interview process (by invitation only)
  5. Satisfactory Midwestern University criminal background check
  6. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy

The Pharm.D. Program at CCP is rigorous and challenging. The CCP Admissions Committee will therefore assess the quality and rigor of the prepharmacy academic records presented by applicants. When assessing the prepharmacy academic records of applicants, the Admissions Committee will:

  1. View applicants with cumulative GPAs below 2.75 on a 4.00 scale with particular concern; although 2.50 on a 4.00 scale is the preferred minimum cumulative GPA for admission consideration, higher cumulative GPAs are more competitive and recommended.
    • The average cumulative GPA of applicants admitted for Fall 2016 was 3.16 on a 4.00 scale
  1. View component and composite PCAT scores below the 50th percentile with particular concern, although there are no minimum PCAT scores
  2. View with concern applicants whose prepharmacy math and science coursework was completed longer than 10 years ago
    • More recent (within four years) prepharmacy math and science coursework is preferred
  1. Consider the reputation for quality and rigor of the institutions where applicants have taken previous coursework, the extent of completion of science prerequisites, the credit load carried per term, the difficulty level of previous coursework, and trends in applicant grades

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Prerequisite Courses

Course Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
Biology with lab812
Human or Vertebrate Anatomy34
General Chemistry with labs812
Organic Chemistry with labs812
Physics (mechanics, heat, force, and motion must be included in the course)34
Calculus (integral and differential)34
English Composition69
Speech/Public Speaking34
Economics34
Statistics (general statistics or biostatistics)34
Social and Behavioral Science Electives (Includes courses within the areas of psychology, sociology, and anthropology)69
General Education Electives
(Any course not related to science, math, physical education or healthcare. Recommended courses include arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, foreign language, and business and computer courses.)
812
Total6290

Additional Application Information

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Accreditation

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The Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, Illinois 60603-4810; 312/664-3575, 800/533-3606; Fax 312/664-4652; or www.acpe-accredit.org.

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

College's Strategic Goals

1. Educate and prepare pharmacists to excel in a changing healthcare environment.
2. Promote advancements in the profession of pharmacy.
3. Contribute meaningfully to the advancement of knowledge.
4. Foster professional development of faculty, staff, preceptors, and students.
5. Develop and cultivate relationships with alumni and external stakeholders.
6. Optimize and enhance resources needed to fulfill the College's mission.

Campus Safety

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Students on the Downers Grove Campus benefit from a safe and secure suburban learning environment. Located 25 miles west of Chicago, our beautiful gated campus features 105-acres of wooded land and provides students with excellent living and learning opportunities. In addition, the University maintains a strong record of campus safety and has earned several partnership and citizen awards from local fire and police departments.

At Midwestern University, the safety and security of all members of our academic community is a top priority. For more information about our campus safety statistics, visit the national Campus Safety and Security database at http://ope.ed.gov/security/index.aspx.

Diane Baldemor is a 2014 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program.

Safi Mohammed, College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM), Class of 2014.

Chessa Calabrese is a proud member of the inaugural class of the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois.

Phil Huang, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Tolu Akinwale is a 2013 graduate in the Chicago College of Pharmacy, where he has learned to provide pharmaceutical care in a wide range of community and institutional settings.

Allison Rushing, D.P.T., is a 2012 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program on the Downers Grove Campus.

At age 11, I decided I wanted a career that would allow me to help others.

I cannot wait to be a practitioner who will be able to utilize my understanding of patients’ occupations in therapy in order to help them to live life to the fullest.