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School of Pharmacy
Chapman University's School of Pharmacy strives to inspire students with a personalized, professional education, distinguished by self-directed and problem-based active learning in an interdisciplinary health team environment.

Message from the Dean

Welcome to Orange County’s first School of Pharmacy! Our vision for the Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP) is to enhance global health delivery and the biopharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. We are molding pharmacy practitioners and scientists who possess a deep scientific foundation, a passion for human health improvement and the caring concern needed to make a difference in people’s lives. - Dean Ronald. P. Jordan


»Welcome to the School of Pharmacy

The Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP) will begin enrolling for fall 2015 on July 14, 2014 through PharmCAS. The deadline for applications is March 2, 2015 however applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis through June 1st 2015. 

Chapman University School of Pharmacy will be hosting an Information Session on April 22nd. Register HERE to attend.



Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy has received precandidate status accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)—a national agency for the accreditation of professional degree pharmacy programs. This status approves the opening of CUSP at the Harry and Diane Rinker Campus in Irvine in September 2015 for the 8 trimester accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.

“We established an extraordinary high performing team and they continue to drive our program toward excellence and national notoriety,” said Ron Jordan, Founding Dean of The Chapman University School of Pharmacy.

To learn more about the process, please visit our Accreditation page »


Welcome to Orange County’s first School of Pharmacy! Located on the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, California, the School of Pharmacy (CUSP) will engage student pharmacists in science-based, personalized, interdisciplinary education and training. The CUSP program will help students focus on the lifelong pursuit of answers to the grand challenges in human health around the world and their role in compassionate delivery of those solutions, starting with engagement in the local Orange County community.  CUSP will confer the professional degree Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) upon those individuals who successfully complete the didactic and experiential educational components of the program. Responsibility for the use of medication and the health outcomes associated with such use is at the core of the pharmacist’s role in advancing health. 

Our new “accelerated” Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and we are currently working toward full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE).


The CUSP vision is to become a leader in innovative, inter-professional and personalized education of future pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, and pharmacy educators, while being recognized for excellence in collaborative, impactful research, scholarship, and practice models that advance global health.


The CUSP mission is to empower graduates and faculty to develop a deep science foundation, the drive for lifelong learning, and the compassion to optimize delivery of healthcare for those with diverse and unmet needs in Orange County (OC) and beyond through inter-professional practice models and community outreach. CUSP creates the culture and environment necessary to conduct collaborative basic, translational, clinical, education, and outcomes research that make a difference in people’s lives.


  • Recruit, develop and retain high quality faculty and staff to achieve the school’s mission.
  • Identify, admit and further develop high quality, diverse, self-reflective and compassionate students.
  • Develop and deliver an innovative personalized, inter-professional and integrated curriculum.
  • Conduct collaborative scientific research that is focused on achievable goals that improve the human condition.
  • Establish and cultivate a culture of community engagement and partnerships throughout the CUSP community.


  • The local, national, and international community of individuals and industries that improve life,
  • Entrepreneurial approaches to problem solving and the persistent pursuit of our goals,
  • The diversity of individuals around us and the richness our differences bring to the quality of our lives,
  • Innovation and creativity in personalized education where each individual takes responsibility for his or her learning,
  • Active, continuous, and cumulative assessment of knowledge and the gaps experienced by individuals so that they are recognized and addressed,
  • Professionalism, mutual respect, shared learning and a life-long commitment to pursue change that improves human health.

+-Points of Distinction

  • Personalized education, e.g., small class sizes, low student‐to‐faculty ratio
  • Learner‐centered approach that includes team‐based learning and active learning
  • Interdisciplinary education from the start, community involvement, global Citizen perspectives
  • Active learning, including labs and didactic with supportive classrooms/technology
  • Continuous, comprehensive and cumulative assessment through multiple means (e.g., oral and written testing, knowledge application simulations, interview, observation of presentations and participation)
  • Structured learning and practice experience with other health profession students, such as PA, PT, and Nursing
  • Enrollment starting at 60 entering students in 2015 and growing to a maximum of 100 entering students per year in 2017 and thereafter
  • Broad experiential learning partnerships in Pharmacy Clinical Practice and with local biopharmaceutical and medical device industry partnerships
  • Student study focus areas of research, regulatory affairs, continuous quality improvement


2018   May First Graduates & Full Accreditation received. Model: (0-5, or 2-3)
2015 September  First Professional Program Students matriculate
2014 June ACPE Board Pre-Candidate Application Consideration
April Final ACPE Pre-Candidate Application
March ACPE Staff Visit
January Draft ACPE Pre-Candidate Application
2013 December WASC Approval (WASC approval received October 2013)
August WASC Accreditation application
July CUSP Founding Leadership Team

+-Contact School of Pharmacy

School of Pharmacy Academic Program and Admission

Phone: (714) 516-5600

Email: pharmacyadmissions@chapman.edu

School of Pharmacy General Information

Phone: (714) 516-5480

Email: pharmacyinfo@chapman.edu