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The Pharm.D. - Doctor of Pharmacy degree offered by Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy is a three-year, accelerated professional degree composed of eight, 15-week trimesters where students will begin in the fall of each year. Personalized education is a core value for Chapman University.

Why a Pharm.D. from Chapman?

  • School of Pharmacy’s location in beautiful Irvine, California provides unique opportunities for students to network with nearby biomedical, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Apple technology and free electronic textbooks are available for each student.
  • Innovative instruction, including discussion and learning exercises.
  • Teaching and learning are tailored to students.
  • Students learn to work with other health professionals like physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists, and speech pathologists.

By the Numbers: 

  • Top 100 Pharmacy Schools in US News & World Report Rankings
  • 6:1 Student Faculty Ratio 
  • 74% placement rate in PGY1 residencies (Class of 2022)

Our Students and Alumni

Here are some of the employers who have hired graduates with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Chapman University:

  • CVS
  • Walgreens
  • Rite Aid
  • Kaiser Permanente

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Admissions Requirements

CUSP accepts applications from:

  • U.S. citizens
  • Individuals with U.S. Permanent Resident status 

Important Admissions Dates for you:

Applications on PharmCAS

A complete CUSP application includes the following requirements:

  1. Official transcripts verifying:
    1. Completion of all 62-semester units of prerequisites courses with a grade of C* or better within the last 7 years
    2. Coursework in progress
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation – 1 must be from a Math or Science professor
  3. PCAT was previously required, but is now optional. It will be highly recommended for applicants looking to improve their application competitiveness.
    View more information on the PCAT exam, fees, registration and deadlines here »
  4. Personal Statement/Essay
  5. Employment and Extracurricular Activities
  6. Achievements

 * There is no minimum GPA, however, preferred applicants have overall GPA and a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Enrolling students must meet and comply with the School of Pharmacy Technical Standards.  Additionally, a criminal background check, drug screening, and up-to-date immunization record will be required.

Full Accreditation Status

Chapman University School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/664-3575; FAX 866/228-2631, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.

Visit the CUSP Accreditation page for more information.

 

Prerequisites

Prerequisite coursework for admission requires 63 semester (95 quarter) credits as specified below, which may be accumulated within two years.

Pathways for entry to Pharm.D program include 2+3 Freshman Early Assurance Program through Chapman University, a 2+3 from internal and external transfer students, and students with a Bachelor’s degree, however a Bachelor’s degree is not required.

summary
Course Semester Hours Quarter Hours
General Biology 1A with Lab 4 6
General Biology 1B, Biochemistry, Human Genetics, or Molecular Biology 3 4
Physiology with Lab 4 6
Microbiology 3 4
Chemistry (General with Labs) 8 12
Organic Chemistry with Labs 8 12
Physics with Lab 4 6
Human Anatomy with Lab 4 6
Calculus 3 4
Statistics 3 4
Psychology or Sociology 3 4
Economics (Micro or Macro) 3 4
Communications/Speech 3 4
English Composition 3 4
Electives 6 8
Total 62 88
AP test scores
  • Physics can be non-calculus based
  • Economics can be Micro or Macro
  • Statistics can be BioStatistics

Chapman University School of Pharmacy only recognizes the following AP test scores in lieu of the equivalent prerequisite class:

AP test scores

AP Test

Minimum Score

Calculus BC

3

Calculus AB

4

Statistics

4

Biology

5

Psychology

3

Physics

4

Economics

4

English Language

4

Please contact us for questions regarding IB equivalencies.

PCAT is now optional, but highly recommended for applicants looking to boost their application competitiveness. Learn more about the PCAT, including exam dates and registration.

 

Contact the Office of Student Affairs if you have any questions about prerequisites: pharmacyadmissions@chapman.edu or 714-516-5600.

Curriculum

 


Courses

Trimester 1

Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Units

IPE 501

Interprofessional Education (IPE) I

0

PHRM 521

Immunizations

1

PHRM 521L

Pharmacist Care Lab (PCL) I

1

PHRM 571

Introduction to Health Care

3

PHRM 581

Health Care Communications

2

PHRM 591

Law & Ethics

2

PHRM 601

Principles of Drug Action

4

PHRM 611

Macromolecules in Life

3

PHRM 621

Drug Delivery Systems I

2

 

Total Units

18

Trimester 2

Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Units

IPE 502

IPE II

0

PHRM 501

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) I

1

PHRM 511

Self Care I

3

PHRM 522L

PCL II

1

PHRM 531

Psychiatry/Neurology

5

PHRM 621L

Drug Delivery Systems Lab I

1

PHRM 622

Drug Delivery Systems II

2

PHRM 631

Pharmacokinetics

3

PHRM 641

Immunology

2

 

Total Units

18

Trimester 3

Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Units

IPE 503

IPE III

0

PHRM 502

IPPE II

1

PHRM 512

Self Care II

3

PHRM 523L

PCL III

1

PHRM 535

Dermatology/Rheumatology

2

PHRM 537

Cardiology

5

PHRM 622L

Drug Delivery Systems Lab II

1

PHRM 632

Applied Pharmacokinetics

1

PHRM 672

Research Design

2

Elective/Capstone

1

 

Total Units

17

Trimester 4

Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Units

PHRM 503

IPPE III

2

PHRM 524L

PCL IV

1

PHRM 540

Nephrology/Nutrition/Fluid & Electrolytes

3

PHRM 543

Endocrinology

4

PHRM 577

Health Care Delivery I

2

PHRM 642

Biopharmaceuticals

2

PHRM 651

Pharmacogenomics

2

Elective/Capstone

1

 

Total Units

17

Trimester 5

Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Units

PHRM 504

IPPE IV

2

PHRM 525L

PCL V

1

PHRM 546

Gastroenterology

4

PHRM 549

Pulmonology

2

PHRM 552

Infectious Diseases I

3

PHRM 578

Health Care Delivery II

2

PHRM 681

Pharmacy Practice Management

3

Elective/Capstone

1

 

Total Units

18

Trimester 6

Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Units

PHRM 505

IPPE V

2

PHRM 526L

PCL VI

1

PHRM 555

Infectious Diseases II

4

PHRM 561

Oncology

4

PHRM 579

Health Care Delivery III

2

PHRM 584

Clinical Pharmacy Review

2

PHRM 691

Pharmacoeconomics & Pharmacoepidemiology

2

Elective/Capstone

1

 

Total Units

18

Trimester 7 & 8

Courses

Course Number

Course Name

Units

PHRM 701

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) I: Internal Medicine

6

PHRM 702

APPE II: Ambulatory Care

6

PHRM 703

APPE III: Hospital Pharmacy

6

PHRM 704

APPE IV: Community Pharmacy

6

PHRM 705

APPE V: Elective I

6

PHRM 706

APPE VI: Elective II

6

 

Total Units

18

 

Units for graduation

Total Minimum units for graduation

142

Co-Curriculum

The CUSP Co-Curriculum will enhance student pharmacist learning and practice readiness. Co-curriculum has been defined as activities, programs, and experiences that complement didactic and experiential learning. Students will apply knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to experiences in the community. These events allow students to prepare for their future careers, practice patient-care, collaborate with interprofessional peers, and demonstrate leadership and innovation.

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) acknowledges the role and value of learning outside of the curriculum in developing and refining knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be practice-ready pharmacists. To be an effective member of a healthcare team, students need to develop and enhance self-awareness, communication, leadership, and collaboration skills along with professional comportment.

To augment student pharmacist practice-readiness, the CUSP Co-Curriculum will provide students with a strategic and intentional program which will personalize learning to best support student personal and professional development. Students will complete activities across the following four domains:

Career Preparation and Professional Development 

Within this domain, students will participate in activities which support personal and professional development and career preparation.  Examples of activities in this domain include networking events, CV/resume and ePortfolio building, mock interviews, and goal setting and self-reflection. These activities are intended to foster self-awareness and professional comportment while contributing to the students’ practice-readiness.

Community Outreach

Within this domain, students provide patient care and education in the local community. Examples of activities include disease screening, assessing or monitoring disease state progression, providing immunization, disease-state education, and facilitating patient care referrals when appropriate. This domain focuses on enhancing knowledge and skills necessary for practice as well as attitudes and behaviors that promote effective communication and health promotion in the community.

Interprofessional Collaboration

Within this domain, students participate in activities along with members of other healthcare disciplines including medicine, nursing, physical therapy, speech therapy, and more. Activities in this domain will help refine communication and collaboration skills while promoting awareness of contributions from various healthcare team members.

Leadership and Innovation

Within this domain, students demonstrate leadership and innovation through activities and contributions which advance the profession of pharmacy. Examples include involvement in local and national pharmacy organizations, political advocacy, entrepreneurship, and contributions to research and scholarship. Activities in this domain will help refine communication, leadership, and collaboration skills along with professional comportment.

Students will complete specific co-curricular requirements based on the year in the program. They can choose from an array of opportunities to personalize their learning and position themselves for success in their career path. complete all requirements to successfully progress through the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

CUSP students can find additional information and resources at the Co-Curriculum Program page.

 

PioneerRx University Software

By partnering with PioneerRx Pharmacy Software, our program allows students to learn in a real-world environment using the most installed software for independent pharmacies. Students enhance their clinical and functional skills by training in a pharmacy system that is innovative, robust, and feature-rich. Read what current pharmacy leaders are saying about PioneerRx at Pharmacy Software Reviews.

Technical Standards for Admission and Retention

Candidates for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree must be able to perform the essential functions in each of the following categories: Observation, Communication, Motor Function, Intellectual, and Behavioral/Social. However, it is recognized that degrees of ability very among individuals.

The educational objective of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program at Chapman University School of Pharmacy is to prepare students for the practice of pharmacy. Students admitted to, as well as those continuing in the PharmD program, must have the intellectual, emotional, and physical abilities, with reasonable accommodations provided to those with disabilities, to acquire the knowledge, behaviors, clinical and technical skills to successfully complete the curriculum in preparation for licensure as a practicing pharmacist. Further, the safety of the patient, on whom the professional education process is primarily focused, must be ensured as the final and ultimate consideration. Therefore, it is essential for competent patient care to require students to meet minimum technical standards in their pharmacy education.

The five standards listed below describe the essential functions students must demonstrate in order to fulfill the requirements of a pharmacy education, and thus, are prerequisites for entrance to, continuation in, and graduation from the School of Pharmacy. The School of Pharmacy will consider for admission any applicant who demonstrates the ability to perform or to learn to perform the skills listed in this document. If you feel you are unable to meet these technical standards you are encouraged prior to application to discuss your disability with the Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs at in order to determine whether or not reasonable accommodations can be made. Students pursuing the academic program who lack the ability to appropriately comply with these standards and who do not seek accommodations may place themselves in academic jeopardy.

A candidate for the PharmD degree must meet or exceed the required aptitude, abilities, and skills, in the following areas:

I. Observation: Candidates must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic and pharmaceutical sciences. Candidates must be able to accurately observe a patient’s condition, must be able to obtain a history and perform appropriate assessments and to correctly integrate the information derived from these observations to develop and implement an accurate and therapeutically appropriate plan. They must be able to prepare medications for dispensing to patients and observe the activities of technical staff operating under their supervision in accordance with State law. These skills require the functional use of vision, verbal, hearing and somatic sensations.

II. Communication: Candidates must be able to communicate with, understand, and observe patients in a clinical setting. They must be able to record information accurately and clearly, communicate fluently in and understand the English language, and communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. Candidates must also be able to communicate effectively with other members of the healthcare team in oral and written form, and in patient care settings in which decisions based upon those communications may be made rapidly. They must be able to effectively communicate with and supervise technical support staff.

III. Motor function: Candidates must possess the motor function sufficient to direct and supervise the accurate compounding and preparation of medications for dispensing to patients. In addition they must have the motor skills to teach medication administration, including the monitoring and counseling of patients regarding their medication. They must be able to use computer-based information systems. They must adhere to universal precaution measures and meet safety standards applicable to inpatient and outpatient settings and other clinical activities. They must have sufficient health to be able to work competently and consistently in a stressful work environment, be able to attend classes regularly, and be able to take exams on schedule.

IV. Intellectual: Candidates must have effective and efficient learning techniques and habits that allow mastery of the pharmacy curriculum. They must be able to learn through a variety of modalities including, but not limited to, classroom instruction, small group activities, individual study, preparation and presentation of reports, and use of computer technology. They must be able to memorize, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize and apply information and concepts. They must also be able to comprehend spatial relationships and three-dimensional models.

V. Behavioral and social attributes: Candidates must demonstrate the maturity and emotional stability required for full use of their intellectual abilities. They must accept responsibility for learning, exercising sound judgment, and promptly completing all responsibilities attendant to the care of patients. Candidates must understand the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of pharmacy and function within the guidelines established by the law and by the ethical standards of the pharmacy profession. They must be able to relate to patients and their families, colleagues, and other members of the healthcare team with courtesy, maturity, and respect for the dignity of individuals. This requires that they place the welfare of their patients foremost, and demonstrate honesty, integrity, dedication, compassion and nondiscrimination in the care of their patients. They must, at all times, demonstrate the emotional stability to be able to exercise sound judgment, and carry out prompt completion of all of the responsibilities attendant to the care of their patients in a sensitive and effective manner. This sensitivity includes self-examination of personal attitudes, perceptions, and stereotypes in order to avoid potential negative impacts on relationships and patient care. Candidates must be able to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and professional responsibility to their patients, and to learn to function in an environment of uncertainty, in which changes may occur rapidly and without warning. All of these personal qualities will be assessed during the admissions and educational process. Candidates must be able to contribute to collaborative, constructive learning environments; accept constructive feedback from others; and take personal responsibility for making appropriate positive changes.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

It is important to take into account the following expenses. Since actual student expenses vary, these are provided to assist in cost planning and may not reflect all of the actual expenses.

The Graduate Financial Aid Office can assist students in finding resources to meet their financial needs. For inquiries, please contact the Office of Graduate Financial Aid at (714) 628-2730.

Tuition and Fees

Living Expenses – Including room/board, transportation, personal expenses, etc…

background check
Background Check ~$100
Drug Screening $29
Immunization Verification Year 1: $25
Year 2: $10
Year 3: $10
BLS Training $35
Malpractice/Liability Insurance $26
California Intern Pharmacist License Up to $310
Health Insurance - REQUIRED

Please see Tuition and Fees (can be waived if student already has health insurance) 

Financial Aid

For Financial Aid Inquiries, please visit Graduate Financial Aid, (714) 628-2730, or gradfinaid@chapman.edu.

Experiential Education

CUSP students will have opportunities to take their knowledge, skills, and attitudes and apply them in various direct patient care environments during their experiential education courses as they work to become competent and caring health care professionals. These courses will comprise nearly one-third of the entire curriculum.

Introductory experiential courses will expose students early to various pharmacy practice settings, practitioners, and community health needs during the first two professional years.  These introductory experiences, coupled with the other courses in the curriculum, will adequately prepare student pharmacists for advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

In the third year, advanced experiential courses will be composed of six 6-week rotations in required (community, health-system, ambulatory care and acute care practices) and elective (managed care, administrative, pharmaceutical industry) area of practice.

Learn more about the Experiential Education program.

Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to participate in national and local pharmacy organizations to help them assimilate into the pharmacy profession. Students will develop as leaders and better appreciate their role in the profession and how they can contribute to the larger community. They will be encouraged to actively participate as a complement to their formal education and to extend participation throughout their entire career as a means to advocate for patients, themselves and the profession.

CUSP supports member students attending state, regional or national conferences by providing reimbursement of conference registration, when students are eligible for reimbursement.

Chapters of National Pharmacy Organizations

  • American Association of Pharmaceutical Science (AAPS)
  • Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)
  • American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists/California Pharmacists Association (APhA-ASP/CPhA)
  • California Society of Health System Pharmacists/American Society of Health System Pharmacists (CSHP/ASHP)
  • Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO)
  • International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR-CU)
  • Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP-ACCP)

Organizations Focusing on Specific Patient Populations

  • Hispanic Pharmacists Association (HAP)
  • Korean Pharmacy Student Association (KAPSA)
  • Vietnamese-American Pharmacy Student Association (VAPSA)

Fraternities

  • Kappa Psi - Zeta Tau Chapter (KY)
  • Phi Delta Chi - Epsilon Delta Chapter (PDC)

Leadership & Honor Societies

  • California Pharmacy Student Leadership (CAPSLEAD)
  • Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS)
  • Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society

Vital Statistics

On-Time Graduation Rates

On-Time Graduation Rates

Class of 2022 82%
Class of 2021 82%
Class of 2020 80%
Class of 2019 86%
Class of 2018 96%

 

NAPLEX Pass Rate: First-Time Candidates, Class of 2021
CUSP: 87.2%
State: 85.2%
Nation: 82.9%
Level 3 or 4 Achievement

% At Level 3 or 4 Achievement*

Domain (% of Exam)

CUSP

National

Obtain, Interpret, or Assess Data, Medical, or Patient Information (18)

80.2

79.5

Identify Drug Characteristics (14)

77.9

74.6

Develop or Manage Treatment Plans (35)

87.2

81.8

Perform Calculations (14)

76.7

71.5

Compound, Dispense, or Administer Drugs, or Manage Delivery Systems (11)

72.1

77.4

Develop/Manage Practice/Med-Use Systems to Ensure Safety and Quality

77.9

76.4

*Meets (Level 3) or Exceeds (Level 4) minimum performance to demonstrate competency

NAPLEX Pass Rate: First-Time Candidates, Class of 2020
CUSP: 82.7%
National: 86.5%

California Pharmacist Jurisprudence Examination (CPJE) [May – September 2022] 
CUSP: 63.2%
California Average: 66.8%

California Pharmacist Jurisprudence Examination (CPJE) [October 2021 – April 2022] 
CUSP: 47.7%
California Average: 44.6%

Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) [January 2022 – June 2022] 
CUSP: 83.3%
State: 65.3%
National: 77.9% 

Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) [September 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020] 
CUSP: 62.50%
National: 76.81%
 
Program Outcomes

Class of 2022
PGY1 Residency Match Results: 28 (accredited) programs
PGY2 Residency Match Results: 1 (accredited), 1 (unaccredited)
Fellowship Results: 4
Ph.D. Programs: N/A

Class of 2021
PGY1 Residency Match Results: 16 (accredited) programs
PGY2 Residency Match Results: 0
Fellowship Results: 1 fellow 
Ph.D. Programs: N/A 

Class of 2020
PGY1 Residency Match Results: 12 (accredited) programs
PGY2 Residency Match Results: 1 (accredited), 1 (unaccredited)
Fellowship Results: 1 fellow 
Ph.D. Programs: 1 graduate joined Ph.D. programs 

Class of 2019
PGY1 Residency Match Results: 10 (accredited) programs
PGY2 Residency Match Results: 2 (accredited) programs
Fellowship Results: 1 fellow
Ph.D. Programs: N/A 

Class of 2018
PGY1 Residency Match Results: 7 (accredited) programs
Fellowship Results: 2 fellows
Ph.D. Programs: 3 graduates joined Ph.D. programs

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The Chapman University School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and thereby meets the educational eligibility criteria for licensure as a pharmacist in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Students graduating from Chapman University’s ACPE accredited Pharmacy program are eligible to take the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. However, the NAPLEX is just one component of the licensure process. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) https://nabp.pharmacy/.

Requirements for licensure in all states include passage of the NAPLEX. However, additional requirements can vary by state. Most states utilize the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE), whereas California requires the California Practice Standards and Jurisprudence Exam (CPSJE). Each of the 50 states have different requirements in terms of reciprocity, jurisprudence examination, number of experiential/intern hours required to be eligible for the state license, and other documents to be submitted. The NABP provides information on requirements to practice as a pharmacist in each state: https://nabp.pharmacy/about/boards-of-pharmacy/

The information provided above does not provide any guarantee that any particular state licensure or certification entity will approve or deny a candidate’s application. Further, this disclosure does not account for changes in state law or regulation that may affect a candidate’s application for licensure that occur after this disclosure has been made. In addition to the information provided herein, students are strongly encouraged to contact their State’s licensure entity to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by their state(s) of choice.

CONTACT US


Rocke DeMark
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
demark@chapman.edu
(714) 516-5460

Pharmacy Admissions
pharmacyadmissions@chapman.edu