Summer Program for High School Sophomores and Juniors

Summer 2019:   Session now closed to new registrants
Wednesday, June 19th
through Friday, June 28th
Weekdays only    8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Careers in Pharmacy Program

Program Overview
Pharmacy Careers
Fee & Registration
Program FAQs
Contact Us

Program Overview:
Discover if Pharmacy is the Career for You

This program offers a fun and comprehensive learning experience about the diverse career paths in pharmacy from expert pharmacy faculty and researchers. During this program, students will spend eight days on the Midwestern University campus learning from faculty, practicing pharmacists, and current pharmacy students, as well as enjoying campus life. The program includes:   

Hands-on activities and in-class demonstrations, such as: medication compounding, over-the-counter (OTC) products, opioid overdose rescue training, blood pressure monitoring, asthma devices, infection control, diabetes glucose assessment, pediatric medications, veterinary medicine, medication errors, bio-art, and more.   

Laboratory exploration: DNA amplification and purification, bacterial transformation, and cell transfection. Tour Midwestern University's lab facilities and instrumentations.

Team activities: Pharmacy scavenger hunt, mock code blue in the Clinical Simulation Center, escape room exercise, survey project and poster presentation on a current pharmacy topic of choice (options provided).  

Midwestern University has been offering a summer pharmacy program for nearly 20 years. This year's program is a new curriculum that will cover many topics, including:  

There are numerous career paths in pharmacy, so each day in the program will offer different activities, lab explorations, and discussions about various topics in pharmacy practice. A typical day may be scheduled as follows:  

DAILY SAMPLE SCHEDULE (Subject to change) 
8:30am Welcome/Day's Overview
Morning Curriculum 9:00am - 12:00pm
            PEP Talk* (Diabetes/Heart Disease)
            Mini-Exercise (Glucose Monitoring)
            Pharmaceutical Science Lab (Bacterial DNA Transformation)
Lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Afternoon Curriculum 1:00pm - 4:00pm
            PEP Talk* (Opioid Epidemic)
            Mini-Exercise (Naloxone Rescue Devices)
            Clinical Simulation Center (Mock Code Blue)
4:00pm Wrap-up/Adjourn  
*PEP: Pharmacy Engagement and Participation: 15-20 minute influential and interactive presentations from faculty experts on pharmacy-related topics.

Pharmacy Careers

Did You Know? Pharmacists Today...

A Pharmacy Career Has Many Options
Hospital: Emergency Medicine • Oncology • Infectious Diseases • Cardiology • Pediatrics • Critical Care • Organ Transplant • Nuclear • Specialty • Drug Information
Community: Chain and Independent Pharmacies • Compounding • Community Health Center • General Medicine • Long-term Care • Veterinary
Corporate: Pharmaceutical Research and Development • Translational Research • Information Technology • Consulting • Government Agencies
And many more ...

Learn more about pharmacy as a career.
Pharmacademy Program Flyer (pdf)
Early assurance admissions programs for high school students:
            Dual Acceptance Program (DAP)
            Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program (PPA)
Pre-Pharmacy Course Guides (for traditional admissions)


Pharmacademy participants must have:

Fee & Registration

The summer 2019 session is now closed to new registrants and the wait list is also full. If you are interested in attending next summer's program in 2020, please send an email with your name (student and parent names) and email addresses and year of high school graduation to Ms. Cheryl Elder at We will notify you when registration for next summer's program opens, which will be in approximately February of next year.

Program FAQs

Q: What is the schedule for the program?
Students will spend each of the eight days (June 19th - 21st and 24th - 28th) on the Midwestern University campus in Downers Grove. Each day will be filled with various fun activities that will help students learn more about a career in pharmacy. A sample schedule is posted above.  

Q: Will parents have the chance to see what their teen has done in the program and tour the campus?
On the final day of the program, Friday, June 28th, we will invite parents to campus for a presentation of research posters the students created in the program. This visit will also include the Closing Ceremony where certificates of completion will be awarded and photos will be shared. Afterwards, parents are welcome to speak with some of our faculty members, as well as tour our beautiful campus and its state-of-the-art facilities.  

Q: I understand from previous information that a pharmacy technician license is required as part of the program. Is this still the case?
No, the pharmacy technician license is no longer needed. This year's program has a new name and a different curriculum that does not require this license. This new program offers students greater insights into the many career paths in pharmacy through hands-on activities that focus on patient care and current pharmacy topics, as well as the opportunity to learn about pharmaceutical research.  

Q: How does the registration process work? 
Registration is currently closed to new applicants. When registration is open, you have the option to register and pay for the program either online with a creidt card, or you may print the registration form and mail it with a check. Complete instractions are available on the form.

Also required as part of the registration process is the parent- or guardian-signed "Consent for Program Participation" Agreement. If registration is done online, then this electronic agreement is included in the online form. If the registration is done with hardcopies that are faxed or mailed, then there is a separate form that will need to be printed, signed, and included in the submittal.  

Regardless of which registration method you use, all participants will need to have official high school transcripts sent to Midwestern University, as noted in the registration form. The transcripts must be official; we cannot accept Website printouts or scans. In addition, the cumulative GPA must be indicated. Students must have at least a 3.0 weighted cumulative GPA to participate in the program (on a 4.0 scale).  

Once we receive all components (registration form, signed consent/online acceptance, payment, and official transcripts), we will process the registration and confirm enrollment via email to both the parent and student. Enrollment occurs on a first-come-first-served basis, and there are 48 seats in the program.  

Please note: In addition to this confirmation email, there will be other emails sent in the month of June regarding other program details. Please be sure that the email addresses entered in the registration form are addresses that are checked frequently during the summer months.  

Q: What if the program is filled to capacity? How will I know and what are my options?
In the online sign-up: when the program reaches capacity, the system will no longer accept new registrations. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please send an email to Ms. Cheryl Elder at to indicate your interest in being added to the Pharmacademy's wait list. If space becomes available, she will notify you. If you are doing registration via fax or email, then we will not process your payment until you accept an available seat in the program.  

Q: What is your cancellation policy?
If there is a need to withdraw from the program, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible. If we receive notice of withdrawal before May 17th, then we will refund all monies paid, minus a $30 processing fee. After May 17th, we will not be able to issue any refunds. We are not able to prorate any fees, so the cost for each registered participant is $210, which includes all activity costs and lunch each day.  

Q: How does the student get to campus?
Very important: Transportation is the sole responsibility of the student/family. Pace bus service offers limited accessibility, so please review such schedules thoroughly. The campus is not located near the Downers Grove train station (our campus is three miles north of the Downers Grove Main Street Metra 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 who drive themselves each day will be issued temporary parking passes on the first day of the program (proof of auto insurance required).  

Q: Is there any on-campus housing available for participants in this program?
No, there is not. Participating students/parents 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 program's eight days. Our campus is located 20 miles straight west of downtown Chicago in the Oak Brook area, where there is an abundance of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

Contact Us

Ms. Damienne Souter
Pharmacademy Program Manager  

Ms. Cheryl Elder
Pharmacademy Program Coordinator  

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

The Director of Pharmacademy is Sheila K. Wang, Pharm.D., BCPS.  Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor in Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University, and a Clinical Infectious Disease Pharmacist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

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