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Pre-Pharmacy Freshman Early Assurance Program

» Pre-Pharmacy Freshman Early Assurance Program

Through the Pre-Pharmacy program, high school graduates can earn their Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) in just 5 years. 

This is done by spending 2 years on Chapman’s Orange Campus, where you complete course prerequisites for our School of Pharmacy. You would then spend your final 3 years earning your Pharm.D. on our Rinker Campus in Irvine.

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Program Overview

In this rigorous program, you will be part of a cohort of 35-40 other ambitious students with a passion for pharmacy. Together, you will gain the foundation you need to enter and excel in our Pharm.D. program. Your Pharm.D. will prepare you for a number of meaningful and lucrative careers.

In your first two years, you will take courses on our Orange Campus, with many classes in our new Keck Center for Science and Technology. During this time, living in on-campus housing is required, although you can opt out of this requirement if you live nearby with family.

All Pre-Pharmacy students are guaranteed admission to the Pharm.D. program as long as they satisfy all program and admission requirements. For more information on these requirements, including required courses, visit our Pre-Pharmacy Catalog Page.

Program Privileges

As a Pre-Pharmacy student, you’ll receiving the following privileges:

  • Guaranteed admission to the Pharm.D. program after satisfying all program and admission requirements.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities with faculty and graduate assistants in the School of Pharmacy.
  • Guaranteed additional scholarship for the Pharm.D. program.

To receive these privileges, you must satisfy the program requirements listed on the Pre-Pharmacy Catalog Page.

Where This Degree Will Take You

After finishing the program, you’ll have earned your Pharm.D. and be well prepared for a number of careers. Many graduates work in community-practice settings, but there are several other options:

  • Clinic or ambulatory practice: You see patients in a medical clinic or physician's group office, and are often able to prescribe medication and make appropriate changes to existing medication therapy.
  • Research: You would conduct or support research that involves drug discovery in the lab, or track medication utilization, adherence, effectiveness or side effects in patient populations.
  • Hospital practice: You would work with physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team to provide in-patients with optimal medication therapies.
In the Pharm.D. program you’ll take experiential courses that will expose you to various pharmacy-practice settings.

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Graduate Outcomes

Our first Pre-Pharmacy cohort graduated in spring 2019. We were proud to have 85% of our graduates accepted to residency programs. This is far above the national average of 65%.

Here are some of the places our students went on for residencies and fellowships after earning their Pharm.D. If you would like to be connected with any of our alumni, please contact us at prepharmacy@chapman.edu.

Class of 2019

  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation (Beverly Hills, CA)
  • Clinical Pharmacist at MedWatchers (Irvine, CA)
  • Managed Care PGY-1 Residency at VA San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • Outcomes and Analytics PGY-2 Residency at VA Sierra Pacific Network/VA Nevada (Reno, NV)
  • PGY-1 Residency at Pomona Valley Hospital (Pomona, CA)
  • Oncology 2 year Fellowship through CUSP-Amgen (Thousand Oaks, CA)
  • Residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation (Beverly Hills, CA)

Class of 2020

  • Regulatory Affairs Fellowship through Rutgers-Genentech (San Francisco, CA)
  • PGY-1 Residency at Antelope Valley Hospital (Lancaster, CA)
  • PGY-1 Residency at Desert Hospital (Palm Springs, CA)
  • PhD Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Chapman University School of Pharmacy
  • Managed Care PGY-1 Residency at Prospect Medical Group (Orange, CA)

Meet Program Director Laura Cook

Program Director Laura CookThroughout your first two years in the program, you’ll get ongoing support from Program Director Laura Cook. Laura is a Pharm.D. and has first-hand experience to know what it takes to succeed in pharmacy school. In addition to teaching the program’s Intro to Pharmacy courses, she will:

  • Hold at least two meetings with you per semester to go over your progress in the program and assist with course scheduling.
  • Offer career advising and suggest opportunities to get more experience in areas that align with your interests and goals.
  • Connect you with faculty-led research projects in the School of Pharmacy if you are interested in gaining hands-on research experience.

If you visit Chapman’s Orange Campus, you can reach out to Laura for an in-person meeting. She can answer questions and help you learn more about the program. To schedule a meeting, email her at prepharmacy@chapman.edu

Student Clubs and Organizations

Joining a student club or organization is a great way to build your community and develop your skillset. Chapman has more than 230 options.

In addition, Chapman has a Future Pharmacists Club that is popular with Pre-Pharmacy students. The club:

  • Helps students learn more about the field and network with others interested in pharmacy.
  • Schedules activities and hosts guest speakers.
  • Runs a peer-mentoring program for club members (2nd-year students mentor 1st-year students).

Admission Details

Steps for applying and additional admission information is below. Every cohort begins in the fall semester; spring entry is not available.

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How to Apply

Pre-Pharmacy applicants generally follow the same application process as all first-year applicants to Chapman. However, there are some additional considerations and steps unique to this program:

  • The priority application deadline is November 1. Those applying after that date will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • While completing the Common App, choose “Pharmacy” as your major. You can also select a second-choice major when applying. If you are not admitted to Pre-Pharmacy, we will consider you for your second choice.
  • You will need to complete an additional essay on why you feel you would make a good pharmacist.

Admission Requirements

To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen or have U.S. permanent resident status.

In addition, competitive applicants should have taken honors, AP or IB classes when available. Math level should be up to Pre-Calculus. If AP exams are taken, the minimum test scores are:

  • Calculus AB/BC: 4/3
  • Biology: 5
  • Statistics: 4
  • Economics: 4
  • English Language or English Literature: 4
  • Physics: 4
  • Psychology: 3

Admission Criteria

Pre-Pharmacy reviews applicants on a holistic basis. We use the same criteria to evaluate California and out-of-state applicants. This admission criteria includes:

  • Academic strength
  • Motivation to pursue pharmacy
  • Maturity
  • Communication skills
  • Community involvement

There is no interview involved in the Pre-Pharmacy admission process.

Notification Process

Those who apply by the priority application deadline (and select Early Action or Early Decision as their notification plan) should receive their admission decision by mid-December. 

Those applying after the priority application deadline will be notified by mid-March.

If you are not offered admission into the Pre-Pharmacy Program and applied with a second-choice major, your application will automatically be considered for your second choice.

Alternate Pathway to Chapman’s Pharm.D.

Chapman’s Pharm.D. has other pathways outside of the Pre-Pharmacy program. These might be a good alternative if you are unsure about your readiness to commit to an accelerated program. 

You can complete Pharm.D. prerequisites, with or without obtaining a B.S. Degree, at any accredited institution, including Chapman. After completing those prerequisites, you can apply using the PharmCAS system. 

For more detailed information, review the Chapman University School of Pharmacy Admission page.

Tour and Visit Opportunities

While you consider the Pre-Pharmacy program, we hope you will also have time to visit our Orange Campus for a:

  • Campus Tour and Information Session: Walking tours are led by current students who will show you the campus and residence life area. They’re eager to answer questions and show you what life at Chapman is like.
  • Keck Center for Science and Engineering Tour: Pre-Pharmacy students will take many courses in the Keck Center. On this tour you will learn more about the Keck Center’s state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities.

If you visit campus, we hope you will also have time to meet Program Director Laura Cook. To make an appointment, you can email her at prepharmacy@chapman.edu.

Related Programs

Chapman encourages you to explore your interests wherever they take you. Many students interested in Pre-Pharmacy are also curious about:

You can explore all of Chapman’s undergraduate majors and minors with our program finder.

Contact Us

Laura Cook
Program Director

Keck Center for Science & Engineering

Keck Center at Chapman University

The Keck Center is where you’ll take many of your classes and study during your two years on the Orange Campus.