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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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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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A group of pharmacy studentsVirtual Pre-Pharmacy Information Sessions

You can learn more about the program and pharmacy profession at an upcoming information session. Information sessions are lead by Program Director Laura Cook and offered twice a month throughout the fall. Prospective students and families are welcome!

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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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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
prepharmacy@chapman.edu

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.