Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program

For High School Seniors and Early First-Year College Freshmen

Program Description
Enrollment Options and Eligibility
        Track 1
        Track 2

Affiliated Community Colleges
Applications and Admissions Process
Requirements for Transition into the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP)
Taking the PCAT
Progress Checks

Dual Acceptance Program: Another early assurance program option

Program Description

The Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program (PPA) is a cost-effective, early assurance program for select high school seniors and those newly enrolled in community college. The program provides students who are motivated to become pharmacists with a clear path to achieving their goal. Students admitted to the PPA are required to:

At the end of five or five-and-a-half years,* the successful PPA student will earn a Pharm.D. degree enabling him or her to embark upon an exciting career in this healthcare field. There are several benefits for students who participate in the PPA that include:

* If a student enrolls in the Track 1 option, then all pre-pharmacy courses must be completed in two years. If a student enrolls in Track 2, then a student has up to three years to complete the pre-pharmacy coursework.

Enrollment Options and Eligibility

Students may enroll in one of two available Tracks:

Track 1

This track is available to students who apply by November 1st (early decision) or February 15th during their senior year in high school. To be eligible, students must have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, a minimum composite ACT score of 24 (submit ACT scores directly to MWU using code 6400); or composite SAT score of 1190 (submit SAT scores directly to MWU using code 3788). Applicants must submit their national test scores with a writing component score. To complete Track 1, students must complete all pre-pharmacy coursework within two years.

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The following items are required in the application process and due by November 1st (early decision) or February 15th:

Track 2

This track is available to students who have recently enrolled in the affiliated community college, are in good standing, and are completing their first semester of full-time coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.2, and a minimum of a C in each course. These students must not have been enrolled in any other post-secondary institution. Those students who are accepted into the PPA program in the Track 2 option have up to three years to complete all pre-pharmacy coursework. (Each new class of pharmacy students at CCP begin the Pharm.D. program in the fall quarter only. There are no mid-year enrollments at Midwestern University.)

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The following items are required in the application process and due by January 6th:

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

Affiliated Community Colleges

Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy has an agreement with these affiliated community colleges to provide the transferable courses and credits necessary for students who have been accepted into the PPA. The links provide some specific information, including specific prerequisite courses for these affiliates relative to this program.

College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn, IL

Henry Ford College - Dearborn, MI

Applications and Admissions Process

Eligible students may access the applications via the following links:

Track 1 Application

Track 2 Application

After the Midwestern University Office of Admissions receives all completed application materials, applicant files are reviewed to determine which applicants merit invitations to attend an on-campus Interview Day.

During the Interview Day, candidates will be required to participate in group interviews with other 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 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 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 critical that students understand that all six 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 community college within a two-year period for Track 1 students, and within a three-year period for Track 2 students. (All courses must be completed by the end of summer just before transition into CCP.) Refer to the appropriate required coursework listed in the flyer for your particular affiliated community college.

Please note the following:

Condition #2

A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 must be achieved and maintained at the end of each semester. Only courses taken at the PPA-affiliated college or university are to be used in the PPA 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.

Condition #6
Students must take the PCAT and earn a minimum composite score of 50. Details are discussed in “Taking the PCAT” below.

In addition to meeting the Pre-Pharmacy Advantage (PPA) requirements
Students are required to:

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

Taking the PCAT

The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) must be taken at the beginning of the student’s final year in the PPA program at the community college. For Track 1 students, this would be during the second year. For Track 2 students, this would be during the third year (or second year, if desired). Official PCAT scores must be received by Midwestern University no later than November 30th of the year prior to the anticipated year of matriculation. To be eligible for transfer into CCP, the student must earn a minimum composite score of 50. The exam is offered in four different testing windows: July, September, October/November, and January. For complete testing dates and details, please visit

Progress Checks

PPA students should meet with the affiliated college or university's PPA 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 PPA, 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 or three 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 scores, etc.). NOTE, the traditional application process is competitive, hence former PPA students must compete for available seats and are not guaranteed admission via this route.

For additional questions regarding the CCP Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program, please contact Ms. Damienne Souter at or call 630-971-6417.