Dual Acceptance Program

For High School Seniors

Program Description
Affiliated Colleges & Universities
Eligibility Requirements
Application and Admissions Process
Requirements for Transition into the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP)
Progress Checks

Program Description

The Dual Acceptance Program (DAP) is an early assurance program for select high school seniors. The program provides students who are motivated to become pharmacists with a clear path to achieving their goal directly out of high school. Students admitted to the DAP are required to complete their prerequisite requirements during the first two years at an affiliated college or university, and then transition into Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy to begin a three- or three-and-a-half-year Doctor of Pharmacy program.

At the end of five or five-and-a-half years, the successful DAP student will earn a Pharm.D. degree enabling him or her to embark upon an exciting career in this high-demand healthcare field. Benefits of the DAP include:

To learn more about the Chicago College of Pharmacy's highly respected program, visit Curriculum & Student Life.

For a brief printed summary: DAP Flyer (pdf version)

Affiliated Colleges & Universities

Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy has agreements with each of these affiliated colleges or universities to provide the transferable courses and credits necessary for students who have been accepted into the DAP. Links provide some specific information, including prerequisite courses for this affiliate relative to this program. 

Benedictine University - Lisle, IL
Dominican University - River Forest, IL
Elmhurst College - Elmhurst, IL
Hebrew Theological College - Skokie, IL
Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago, IL
Lewis University - Romeoville, IL
Loyola University - Chicago, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Rockford University - Rockford, IL
University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne, IN
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI

Eligibility Requirements

High school seniors must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for admission into the DAP:

•  Possess a minimum high school weighted GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
•  Earn one of these scores on a college entrance exam (must include a writing component score):
               -  ACT score of 24 or higher (use MWU code 6400 to directly submit ACT scores)
               -  SAT score of 1190 or higher (use MWU code 3788 to directly submit SAT scores)
•  Apply to an affiliated school in the DAP and later gain acceptance. 

Application & Admissions Process

Eligible high school seniors may submit the free online Application to the CCP DAP. There is no application fee. The deadline for submitting the completed DAP applications, transcripts, and test scores to Midwestern University is November 1st (early decision) or February 15th. To apply to affiliate schools for the pre-pharmacy coursework, please contact the institution(s) directly. If a student is applying to more than one affiliate school, this can be designated in the online DAP application.

In addition, official high school transcripts should be forwarded to: Midwestern University, Office of Admissions, 555 31st Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515. College entrance exam scores may be forwarded directly to Midwestern University with the following codes:
ACT: 6400
SAT: 3788.

After the Midwestern University Office of Admissions receives the completed application, official high school transcript, and ACT/SAT test scores, applicant files are reviewed to determine which applicants merit invitations to attend Interview Day.

During the Interview Day, candidates will be required to participate in group interviews with other Dual Acceptance Program applicants. Group interviews will be used to evaluate verbal communication skills, understanding of the pharmacy profession, commitment to patient care, and other elements as determined by faculty. Applicants will also be required to participate in writing sample exercises during the visit. These visits provide opportunities for candidates to learn more about the pharmacy program, student services, and to tour the Midwestern University campus.

Following applicant visits, their files are forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review. The committee may recommend to accept or to deny student admissions. These recommendations are then forwarded to the Dean for final approval. The Dean—via the Office of Admissions—notifies applicants of their status within two to four weeks of their visits. Accepted applicants will be ensured a seat at CCP upon successful completion of the program requirements.

Requirements for Transition into CCP

It is of utmost importance that students understand that all five of the following conditions must be met to retain admission to CCP for their respective fall quarter. Failure to meet any of the following requirements will result in the forfeiture of the student's place in his/her respective fall entering class.

Condition #1  
All pre-pharmacy prerequisite courses must be completed at the affiliated college or university within a two-year period. (All courses must be completed by end of summer just before transition into CCP.) Refer to the appropriate required coursework for a particular affiliated college or university, as provided by that school's designee.

Prerequisite Coursework




Biology with lab


Anatomy (human or vertebrate)


General Chemistry with lab


Organic Chemistry with lab








Speech / public speaking




Social and Behavioral Sciences


General Education


Condition #2
A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 must be achieved and maintained. For a student to retain his/her place in the DAP Program, the cumulative GPA must be a minimum of a 3.20 by the end of the spring of the student's first and second pre-pharmacy year and at the end of all pre-pharmacy coursework. Only courses taken at the DAP-affiliated college or university are to be used in the DAP Cumulative GPA calculation. 

Condition #3
A minimum pre-pharmacy science grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 must be also achieved and maintained.

Condition #4
Student must earn a grade of C or higher in all required prerequisite courses. (C- (minus) grades are not acceptable.)

Condition #5
Students are not permitted to repeat courses for a higher grade.

In addition to meeting the Pre-Pharmacy Academic DAP requirements
Students are required to:

In order to enhance their performance when later attending CCP, students should consider these additional experiences:

Progress Checks

DAP students should meet with the affiliated college or university's DAP designee or their assigned academic advisor every semester. The designee monitors the progress of students and will advise CCP of any students failing to meet the requirements.

In order for CCP to monitor the status of students in the DAP, students must request that a copy of their transcript be sent to the CCP Dean's Office (555 31st Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515) at the end of each spring during their two years in the affiliate institution. CCP will conduct a review of transcripts after each spring and will follow up in writing to students regarding their academic/program status.

In addition, if students take courses in the summer just before they transition into CCP, they will need to submit a final transcript to the Office of Admissions that includes their summer grades.

Any student who fails to meet the program requirements will be encouraged to apply to CCP via the traditional route (complete a PharmCAS application, submit PCAT score, etc.). NOTE, the traditional application process is competitive, hence former DAP students must compete for available seats and are not guaranteed admission via this route. 

For additional questions regarding the CCP Dual Acceptance Program, please contact Assistant Dean Paula Giometti at or call 630-971-6417.