Careers in Pharmacy Program

Summer Program for High School Juniors

Two Sessions Offered: (Both are now CLOSED to new registrants.)
June 18 - 29, 2018, and
July 9 - 20, 2018
Monday - Friday; 9:00am to 4:00pm

Careers in Pharmacy Program

For more than seventeen years, Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy has offered a unique summer program for students interested in a career in pharmacy.

The Careers in Pharmacy Program consists of a short course of organized, hands-on activities in pharmacy-related topics offered on the campus of Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL, just west of Chicago. The program provides an overview of pharmacy education and various careers in pharmacy, as well as an opportunity to observe a pharmacist in the field.

During this program, students will be on Campus for seven hours per day for two weeks (Monday through Friday). Students are responsible for their own transportation to campus. We do not have overnight accommodations available.

Careers in Pharmacy Program Flyer


Students must have just completed their junior year in high school and will be graduating with the Class of 2019. The registration process will include the submission of official high school transcripts to confirm. Students who have just completed their senior year in high school or those attending college are not eligible.

Students who are strong in math and science have the greatest success rates in pharmacy school. Other helpful qualities include possessing a strong desire to help people, analytical thinking skills, attention to detail, high ethical standards, a natural desire to learn, as well as good judgment and professionalism in answering questions.


The fee for participation in this program is $50 per student for the full two weeks. This includes all activity costs and lunch on campus for two of the days. This fee is payable online with a credit card, or you can mail a check made payable to Midwestern University. Please note: There is an additional fee of $40 to obtain the required State of Illinois Pharmacy Technician License.


Both sessions for the summer of 2018 are now closed to new registrants. The transcript deadline is Friday, May 11th. Upon receipt of official high school transcripts, enrollment will be confirmed via email. Both rosters will be finalized by Monday, May 14th. After this date, cancellations will not be refundable.

Enrollment will be confirmed upon receipt and review of official high school transcripts. (Website printouts are not accepted.) Please have transcripts mailed to:

Midwestern University
Chicago College of Pharmacy Dean's Office
Attn: Ms. Cheryl Elder
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL  60515

Transcripts are reviewed as they are received and confirmations sent soon after. There is a maximum of 40 seats in each session. Upon confirmation, it is the student's responsibility to obtain a pharmacy technician license, which is a simple online process and required for participation in the program. Details will be included in the confirmation email.

Program FAQs

What is the schedule for the program?
Students will spend most of the ten days on the Midwestern University campus in Downers Grove. The remaining two or three days may be spent at their assigned community pharmacy locations. The exact schedule will be shared on the first day of the program.

Is there a cost to participate in this program?

Yes, there is a $50 cost, which includes all activities, and lunch for two of the days. In addition, there is a required $40 fee to obtain the pharmacy technician license. Students learn about the importance of patient-centered care in the community pharmacy setting through a shadowing experience. However, to have access behind the counter in the pharmacy department, the pharmacy technician license is required. Upon confirmation of enrollment, details about applying for this license will be included, which is a very simple online process. Please allow six weeks for receipt of the license via email.

How does the registration process work?
When the registration process opens, you may register and pay for the program either online, or you may print the registration form and mail in your payment. Complete instructions are available on the form. Please refer to the Registration paragraph above for any updates.

Regardless of which registration method you use, all students will need to have official high school transcripts sent to Midwestern University, as noted in the instructions on the registration form. (They must be official transcripts and not Website printouts.)
Once we review the transcripts for confirmation of grade level in school, we will notify registrants of the status of their enrollment via a confirmation email. This will include instructions to obtain the required pharmacy technician license, which is a simple online process.

Registration forms and transcripts will be processed as we receive them. Enrollment is on a first-come-first-served basis. Therefore, it's recommended to register and forward transcripts as soon as possible. There is a maximum of 40 seats in each session.

What will the students do on campus?
Students will attend various lectures, labs, and workshops. They will learn basic information, such as introduction to pharmacy careers, customer service, and some pharmacy law. Students will also experience a sample of classes typical in pharmacy school, such as pharmacy calculations, how drugs work in the body, environmental concerns, drug dosage forms, compounding lab, and clinical skills in pharmacy practice workshops.

What will the students do at a community pharmacy site?
Students will spend two or three days at community pharmacy site(s) where they will gain valuable experiences by observing a pharmacist as he/she consults with patients and physicians, oversees the dispensing of medications, and administers patient-centered care. Students may also learn how to be a pharmacy technician, which will be helpful in gaining employment in a pharmacy.

White coats will be provided to students, but must be returned at the conclusion of the program. Visits to the community pharmacy locations will be on midweek days.

When do I need to obtain the pharmacy technician license?
Students who receive confirmation of enrollment will be supplied with details about obtaining a State of Illinois Pharmacy Technician license in their notification email. At the time of application for this license, the student must be 16 years old. It can take up to several weeks to receive the license via email. Upon receipt of the license, it must be printed out and in the student's hand on the first day of the program. The student must have a social security number in order to apply for a pharmacy technician license.

How does the student get to campus?

Very important: Transportation is the sole responsibility of the student/family. Pace bus service offers limited accessibility. The campus is not located near the Downers Grove train station. Parents may drive their teens to campus and pick them up at the end of the day. However, due to security restrictions, parents may not spend the day on campus. Parking is free on campus, and students will be issued temporary parking passes on the first day of the program (proof of auto insurance required).

Is there any on-campus housing available for participants in this program?
No, there is not. Students who are accepted into the program must plan to commute daily to campus from their own home or the home of a nearby adult family member who can provide the minor with supervision and guardianship for the duration of the two weeks.

Learn more about pharmacy as a career.

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Ms. Damienne Souter
Careers in Pharmacy Program Manager

Ms. Cheryl Elder
Careers in Pharmacy Program Coordinator

Chicago College of Pharmacy
Midwestern University
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515