Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program

For high school seniors and select college freshmen

Program Description
Enrollment Options and Eligibility:
        Track 1 - for high school seniors
        Track 2 - for select college freshmen

Affiliated Community Colleges
Applications and Admissions Process
Requirements for Transition into the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP)
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 an affiliated 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 two years upon the time of acceptance into the PPA Program to complete the pre-pharmacy coursework.

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

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). To complete Track 1, students must complete all pre-pharmacy coursework within two years.

Apply to Track 1 Now

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 year 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 Track 2 option have up to two years from the time of acceptance into the PPA Program 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.)

Apply to Track 2 Now

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

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

Prairie State College - Chicago Heights, IL

Applications and Admissions Process

Eligible students may access the free applications via the following links:

Track 1 Application - Deadline: November 1st (early decision) or February 15th (regular decision). 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 PPA application.

In addition, college entrance exam scores may be forwarded directly to Midwestern University with the following codes:
ACT: 6400
SAT: 3788 

Track 2 Application - Deadline: June 6th

For both Tracks
, official transcripts should be forwarded to: Midwestern University, Office of Admissions, 555 31st Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515.

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 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 community college within a two-year period for Track 1 students, and within two years upon acceptance into the PPA Program 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.


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

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

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 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.