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Accelerated Pre-Pharmacy Experience Program

» Accelerated Pre-Pharmacy Experience Program (APEx)

Previously the Pre-Pharmacy Freshman Early Assurance Program (FEAP)

High school graduates can earn their Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) through the Pre-Pharmacy program in just 5 years, making this an accelerated program unlike any in the nation. 

Students spend 2 years on Chapman's Orange Campus to complete course prerequisites for our School of Pharmacy, instead of spending 4 years on a bachelor's degree. The final 3 years are spent on Chapman's Rinker Campus in Irvine, completing Chapman's year-round PharmD program.

The APEx program allows top-tier high school graduates the support needed to excel in their pre-pharmacy and PharmD studies. The program prepares students to pass the Pharmacy Board exams and, if desired, obtain a pharmacy residency or industry fellowship, or continue their education to get a Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences or Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy. 

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Where This Degree Will Take You

After finishing the program, graduates will have earned their PharmD 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 PharmD program, you’ll take experiential courses that will expose you to various pharmacy-practice settings.

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Meet the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Pharmacy Programs & Partnerships, Dr. Lawrence “LB” Brown, PharmD, Ph.D.

Lawrence BrownThroughout your first two years in the program, you’ll get ongoing support from Associate Dean LB Brown.

Dr. Brown is a PharmD and PhD. and has experience working in military, VA, hospital, independent, chain, and grocery store pharmacies. He is also the past President of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and Kappa Psi International Pharmaceutical Fraternity, the past Speaker of the House for APhA, and has been the Parliamentarian for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy since 2006.

Dr. Brown also served as the founding Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Chapman’s School of Pharmacy and was responsible for starting the Pre-Pharmacy program. Dr. Brown has first-hand experience and knows what it takes for you to succeed in pharmacy school.

His StrengthFinders are Leadership – Connectedness – Achiever – Activator - Futuristic.

In addition to teaching the program’s Intro to Pharmacy courses, he 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.
  • Assist you in any way he can to help you be successful.

If you visit Chapman’s Orange Campus, you can reach out to Dr. Brown for an in-person meeting. He can answer questions and help you learn more about the program. To schedule a meeting, email him 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 skill set. Chapman has hundreds of 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).
Dr. Adaeze Anthony Wise
Pharm.D. '23
"I thoroughly enjoyed and learned so much from my pre-pharmacy classes! It was a wonderful mix of social and academic euphoria.”
Dr. Mary Ngo
Pharm.D. '19
"Being part of the (APEx) program, I had the pleasure of spending my first two years on the Orange campus where I got to experience college life there prior to CUSP, where I got involved in a lot of organizations."
Dr. Mason Myers
Pharm.D. '23
“I would not have achieved the goals I have at such an early age without the incredible mentorship and support offered by the APEx program.”

Admission Details

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

The 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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Tour and Visit Opportunities

While you consider the Accelerated Pre-Pharmacy Experience (APEx) 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 the campus, we hope you will also have time to meet Program Director Lawrence Brown. To make an appointment, you can email him at prepharmacy@chapman.edu.

Virtual Pre-Pharmacy Information Sessions

You can learn more about the program and pharmacy profession at an upcoming information session. Information sessions are led by our Program Director. Prospective students and families are welcome!

Contact Us

Dr. Lawrence "LB" Brown
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Pharmacy Programs and Partnerships

Learn more on Instagram!

To get a better idea of the student experience, follow Pre-Pharmacy on Instagram. The account is entirely student-run:

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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.