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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Program Description

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Learning compassionate patient-centered care begins with student-centered teaching. For more than 20 years, Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) has been providing an outstanding pharmacy education for its students. Its alumni are successful pharmacists who practice in a variety of settings.

In harmony with the mission and vision of the College, the curriculum leads advances in pharmacy education, practice, and scholarship through innovation and collaboration to meet the healthcare challenges of tomorrow. Our curricular philosophy integrates the basic and pharmaceutical sciences with the development of clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes through interactive and innovative teaching.  Students learn communication and collaborative skills through interprofessional teamwork, simulations, and standardized patient interactions.  Introductory practice experiences are integrated with didactic instruction throughout the first three years of the curriculum, while the fourth year consists of advanced practice experiences, all to provide students with the opportunity to apply their learning in real-life situations. At the conclusion of the Pharm.D. program, all graduates will have achieved the following curricular outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate professionalism
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  3. Communicate effectively
  4. Practice evidence-based decision-making
  5. Practice patient-centered care
  6. Promote health and wellness
  7. Manage medication use systems
  8. Manage a pharmacy practice
  9. Contribute to the interprofessional healthcare environment

CCP partners with the best medical centers, clinics and community pharmacies in the Chicago metropolitan area to provide rotations. For example, select practice sites where students may complete rotations include, and are not limited to,  Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center, Advocate clinics and hospitals, Edward Hospital, as well as a wide network of chain and independent community pharmacies. Students may also opt to complete their fourth year rotations out-of-state, subject to certain terms, conditions, and availability.

Summer breaks after the first and second professional years offer more opportunities to build students' pharmacy resume before graduation. Most take advantage of this time to participate in various pharmacy internship positions or gain valuable research experience.

Program Faculty
In addition to teaching, most faculty are also practicing pharmacists in many specialized areas of pharmacy practice, including cardiology, emergency care, critical care, oncology, infectious diseases, psychiatric care, ambulatory care, and many others. Most faculty are board certified in their areas of specialization. In addition, faculty in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy administration teach foundational scientific principles and the administrative sciences. Faculty members teach their courses themselves, and they are available for questions and dialog. They do not defer to teaching assistants.

Each student is assigned to a faculty advisor, who will assist the student in academic and non-academic matters. A faculty advisor serves as an advocate for his/her student, oversees academic progress and professional growth of the student, and provides appropriate counseling during the selection of a career within the pharmacy profession. In short, our faculty are known for the guidance they give to CCP students and the individual attention each student receives.

Campus Location and Focus
The Midwestern University campus is conveniently located 25 miles west of Chicago, offering easy access to all the metropolitan area has to offer, which includes top medical centers and large pharmacy corporations. At the same time its comfortable suburban location offers a safe, scenic, and secluded environment, so students can focus on their studies.

Our healthcare-focused campus allows pharmacy students to work with those in other medical fields, and strengthen healthcare team collaboration skills. Students can also network with others through intramural sports on campus, or through one of the many organizations that unite students from different corners of the campus. 

Mission

Chicago College of Pharmacy fosters lifelong learning through excellence in education, postgraduate programs, and scholarship. The College encourages the development of professional attitudes and behaviors to prepare pharmacists who will provide exemplary patient care in a culturally diverse society.

Values

The Chicago College of Pharmacy embraces the values of learning and discovery, excellence, professionalism, and collegiality in everything that we do:  teaching, patient care, research, and service.

Vision

The Chicago College of Pharmacy will lead advances in pharmacy education, practice and scholarship through innovation and collaboration to meet the health care challenges of tomorrow.

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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

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

2015 Median Salary

$121,5001

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 3/10/2017). 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 3/10/2017).

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/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

College Strategic Goals

  1. Excel in educating and preparing pharmacists to thrive in and adapt to a changing health care environment.
  2. Cultivate and advance pharmacy practice and promote pharmacists accountability as a member of the healthcare team to achieve optimal patient outcomes.
  3. Embrace the values of learning and discovery to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of knowledge.
  4. Foster professional development of faculty, staff, preceptors, and students.
  5. Develop and nurture alumni relationships.
  6. Optimize and enhance all 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.