Careers in Pharmacy Program

Summer Program for High School Juniors

Two Sessions Offered (choose one):
June 13 - 17  OR  July 11 - 15, 2016
Monday - Friday; 9:00am - 4:00pm
(Dates for summer 2017 will be announced in early 2017.)Careers in Pharmacy Program

For fifteen years, Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Pharmacy has offered a unique summer program for high school students interested in a career in pharmacy.

The Careers in Pharmacy (CIP) 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. The program provides an overview of pharmacy education and various ca­reers in pharmacy. A few of the activities may include:
 Activities in the compounding lab
 Healthcare communications skills
 Pharmacy calculations basics
 Round table discussions with pharmacists in various areas of specialization
 Talk with current pharmacy students
 Field trip to a pharmacy training facility
 Work in a mock pharmacy

During this program, students will spend seven hours per day for one week (Monday through Friday, 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.). Lunch will be provided. Students are responsible for their own transportation to campus. We do not have overnight accommodations available.

Careers in Pharmacy Program Flyer 2016


Students must have just completed their junior year in high school. The registration process will include the submission of official high school transcripts that will confirm this. 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 high 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 the 2016 program was $100 per student for the full week. This included all activity costs and lunch on each day. This is payable online with a credit card, or you can mail a check made payable to Midwestern University. The fee for the 2017 program is pending.


Registration for 2016 is closed. When available, registration may be completed online or via hard-copy form with payment.

Program FAQs

Has this program changed from previous years?
Yes, this program is very different this year. We have increased the class size, reduced the length of the program, and doubled the number of sessions available to better accommodate student schedules. This change will allow more students to enroll. There is a fee to participate. The cost per student is $100, which includes all activity costs and lunch on each day. Also new this year, students will not need to obtain a pharmacy technician license to participate in this program.

What will the students do on campus?

Students will attend interactive presentations, labs, discussion groups, and workshops. They will learn basic information, such as how drugs work in the body, drug dosage forms, pharmacotherapeutics, compounding lab, and clinical skills in pharmacy practice workshops.

How does the registration process work?

You may register and pay for the program either online, or you may print the registration form and submit it with your payment. Complete instructions are available on the form.

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 confirm enrollment in a select session via a letter in the mail. The confirmation letter will include additional forms and instructions for the first day of the session. Registration forms and transcripts will be processed as we receive them. Enrollment is on a first-come-first served basis. In the event a session reaches capacity, we will post this status on the Web page, and begin a short wait list. Therefore, it’s recommended to register as soon as possible. There is a maximum of 40 seats in each session.

Is the participation fee refundable?

If a session reaches capacity enrollment at the time we receive the payment, then there will be a full refund. If we place you on the short wait-list for either session, we will notify you and issue a full refund in the event that there is no enrollment opportunity.

If we confirm your enrollment in a session, and you cancel your enrollment prior to the start of the program, then we will issue a refund, minus a $20 processing fee. We will not prorate fees based on any days missed in the program.

How does the student get to campus?
Very important: Transportation is the sole responsibility of the student/family. Pace bus service offers some 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.

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 week.

Learn more about pharmacy as a career.

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